What’s in the box? – some crochet tools I use (and recommend)

   
 If you follow me on Instagram (@littlecosythings) you’ll see these boxes in a lot of my photos. The small one was given to me by my gorgeous sister in law for Christmas when I first started to crochet to store all my bits and pieces! Such a beautiful gift. I loved the box and the sentiment, so I went and bought another matching one! These boxes are always by my side.

So what’s in the box? In the little box I store all my yarn ends and bits of embroidery threads. In the big box, I store all my tools, hooks, and bits and bobs.

Let’s have a look inside the box..

  
You’ll see my set of clover hooks, stork scissors, stitch marker, stitch counter, tapestry needles, and a chopstick. Yes, a chopstick haha.

I’ll go into each in a little more detail, and compare them to different styles I have tried and which I like best.

First let’s start with what every hooker needs – Crochet Hooks

 
These are the hooks I use, they are called Clover Armour hooks, and I bought them in a set from size 2mm to 6mm. There are more sizes available, and they can be bought individually too. 

(Let me just say I’m not way associated with clover or being paid by them, this is just my personal opinion I want to share with you)

Comparison of Clover Armour hooks, to other hooks I’ve used before:

   
All these hooks are the same size (5mm) on the left we have a blue Clover Armour hook, in the middle is a metal hook, and the one on the right is a bamboo hook.

I prefer the Clover Armour, firstly for that squishy soft handle. I found I could crochet for hours longer than I could with the metal hook and the bamboo. I don’t like the feel of the hard metal hook, and my hand would slide around. The bamboo hook was a bit nicer to hold, but the yarn would sometimes snag on the hook part.

The downfall with the armour hook is that space between the hook metal part and the handle. If you are doing a project that needs you to keep more than 5 or so loops on your hook, then it gets quite tight as the padded handle gets in the way. Whereas with the metal and bamboo hook, you don’t have to worry about space.

Next is the way the yarn glides on the hook. As soon as I used the clover Armour hook the very first time, I noticed straight away how beautifully the yarn slides on the hook and how it slides so effortlessly between stitches. Which made my crochet so much faster! I was able to hook for longer and faster with the new hooks. 

Once a week I give my crochet hooks a wash in warm soapy water. The oils from your hand can leave residue on your hook handles and make them harder to hold. Plus they can get pretty grimy and germy too. Yes, it might be a little OCD.. but I find washing them can make a difference.

Tapesty Needles

You will need these to sew in ends of your project. The horrible little ends lol I’m still hoping for a magic end fairy to come and sew them in for me, but until that happens, think we have to do it ourselves.

I bought these little metal tapestry needles for crochet, and I love them so much more than the plastic ones.

 
They came in a few different sizes for different thicknesses of yarn. I use the smaller metal needle for my cotton and 8ply or thinner yarn. And I use the big needle for 10ply plus yarn. They have a blunt end so they won’t snag or split your stitches, and they can’t break like the plastic ones. Like the hooks, I found these metal needles so much easier to work with, as they glide in between the stitches so effortlessly and they can squeeze into those tight stitches. It made sewing in ends a tiny bit less tedious.

Stitch Markers

  

Those little plastic horrible snappy breakable tedious cheap stitch markers drive me crazy. There are fiddly and time consuming to open and close and they snag your stitches and break. I really don’t like them.

Now look at these adorable little glass stitch markers (I brought these from lovely @flaminbeads on Instagram). They are not only totally cute, and brighten up my world, but they don’t snag the stitch, they are easy to open and move to the next row or spot, and they don’t break. There are lots of adorable stitch markers on Etsy and some amazing people who make them on Instagram. My two favorites are @flamingbeads & @pedro_plaques who also has an etsy store – http://www.etsy.com/shop/pedrosplaques 

What are stitch markers for? And why do I need them?

Stitch markers are to mark a stitch. Haha. But why do I want to mark a stitch? They are mostly used for amigurumi or any project that requires you to continuously work around without chaining and/or turning your work to start a new row. When you are doing a project, like a beanie, you work in spirals around and around. But you need to remember where you started your row, which is where you will end that row. That’s why you need a stitch marker! It hooks onto the last stitch of the row you just finished so when you work around in the spiral and reach the stitch marker again you know you’ve done 1 row ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Scissors

Crochet needs scissors too, to cut your yarn of course! I love my little stork scissors, because they are pretty and they are super sharp, which means that cut a nice crisp end on my yarn, which is easier to thread into the tapestry needle when I need to sew it in. Plus the scissors are small and easily fit into my box, or your project bag, or handbag or wherever you are taking your crochet.

Stitch Counter

 
I’ve had a lot of people ask me what this is and what I use it for? And when I tell people, and they go buy one they don’t know how they didn’t have one before! I loooove this little tool, and apart from my hooks, it’s my most used tool.

This stitch counter is by Clover as well, like my hooks. But there are lots of different ones available. Find them at yarn shops, and craft stores.

What is it for? It’s a counter.. and I use to keep count of my rows. So, if I’m doing a project and the pattern says:

Row 12 – 18: 1 sc in each st (16)

So that means I need to do 7 rows of the same amount and type of stitch.

 How do I keep track of how many rows/rounds I have done? I click on my stitch counter at the end of each row! And it keeps track. Phone rings, hubby talks to me, I want to make a coffee, or if I’m putting down my project.. i can remember how many rows I have done and what I was up to. It’s fantastic!! I don’t loose count and I can put my project down and come back to it without wondering where I was. This particular counter has a little lock on the bottom, so it can’t accidentally be knocked or clicked.. (great if you have kids! or for your project bag).

Chopstick 

So why the chopstick? It’s for stuffing! It comes in handy when doing amigurumi and you need to stuff into a small space or for example stuffing a leg or giraffe neck and you need to get the stuffing nice and tight. I use the flat square end of the chopstick to push the stuffing into the amigurumi. You can use a pencil or the end of a hook, but I find a chopstick works the best!

Well that’s it for what’s in my box! It’s given me an idea.. maybe a competition on Instagram (stay tuned!)

Hope you’ve enjoyed my first blog post!! I hope it’s helped and you’ve got some new info. 

What crochet tools do you love? How do you store your supplies? I would love to know what’s in your crochet box/bag/basket?

Love Nat xxx

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