Amazon.com is a great place to find starter tools and sets for learning crochet, and even for finding some cool crocheting deals as well!
If you are contemplating buying something online, chances are that you might be checking amazon to see if they have it. The large selection and potentially super-fast shipping make them a go-to stop for any type of shopping.
As it happens, crochet tools and supplies are no exception here. Amazon has plenty of offerings for yarn and tools for crocheters and knitters.
So, for someone who might be wanting to try crochet, I’ve put together the following guide for using Amazon to grab the absolute essentials you need to get started. Whether you decide to grab everything at Amazon or only consider it for part of what you want, hopefully these suggestions will help you find the best tools and resources available while you’re just getting started.
Plus, at the bottom of this post there’s a free shopping list and guide that you can use, no matter where you shop!
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Now, by the “best available” items, I mean reasonably priced tools and yarn that are going to last you a long time(and get you off to a very good start crocheting) without being too “fancy” or expensive. There are absolutely things out there that some people would consider better for crochet, and many of those brands and preferences are things that I can appreciate. But to just help you get in there and get started, my goal is to provide options and ideas that I know will serve you well(by not falling apart right away) on a budget that will help you feel even better about trying out this amazing skill.
I’ve found things that will allow you to get started for as little as $10 by getting your supplies on Amazon. If you already have a prime account, you can be opening your starter crochet box and learning your first stitches for about the price of a typical lunch on the go.
Later on in the post, I’m giving you a few different options and some extras that are optional as well. If you choose to go ahead and grab any of these, or if you don’t have a prime account and need to pay a little in shipping, then obviously your actual total can exceed $10. For now though, just know that even online you can easily get what you need and start learning crochet right away.
What you need
Note: You can scroll to the bottom of this post right now if you want and grab my free shopping guide and checklist for picking up your supplies. It lists all of the essential and non-essential items I go through here, plus a few reminders to keep in mind as you browse. You can easily use it while shopping for crochet supplies anywhere!
Basically, other than a way to learn crochet(like attending a class or following tutorials on a site such as Amelia Makes, you only need three things to get started:
- A hook
- Some yarn
- Some scissors(or similar cutting instrument for your yarn)
Easy, right? In fact, if you already have some decent scissors at home you don’t even need to get another pair. But, I’ll go into that in more detail in a moment.
Finding your supplies on Amazon
Below are a few more details about the supplies you need and what to look for. For each item I’ve left a few links for amazon items that would be good choices. The prices listed for everything are the current as of my last checking.
Generally speaking, simple metal hooks are going to be fine for most beginners. For the sake of simplicity, you can get one single hook(or a set of a few in the same size, in case one gets lost) and purchase a yarn that goes with that hook size. Or, you can go ahead and purchase a set containing a handful of hooks in different sizes. With that, you will have greater flexibility to crochet different sizes of yarn right away and that is certainly a good thing.
Simple is good
However, one thing to keep in mind is that anytime you give yourself more options, you may find yourself having more trouble choosing what to do. This “decision paralysis” is not your friend during this time of learning a new skill, so consider if limiting yourself in choices at first might actually give you a better chance of success, by helping you focus. You can always expand and upgrade your tools later(and the same goes for yarn). In fact, if you crochet for any length of time you will probably find that many of us end up with so much stuff we hardly know what to do with it all!
If you have arthritis or other factors that might affect your comfort and ability to grip and control your hooks, consider some of the options that have ergonomic handles. These are also helpful later on if you find yourself crocheting a lot.
Hook starter options
Here are a few hook choices to get you started.
- For just one metal hook: Susan Bates size H hook($4.55)
- For one ergonomic hook: Clover H Hook ($3.50)
- For a starter metal hook set: BCMRUN 14 hook set($6.97)
Although you certainly don’t have to start with an H size hook, I find it very versatile. Plus, it just so happened that I was able to find both of them individually, so it seemed best to list both the normal hook and the ergonomic option in the same size.
Now let’s move on to the mainstay of crochet: YARN!
What works best
Simplicity is key in yarn when you first start to crochet. A smooth, solid-colored yarn(in a light color) is what you want because your stitches will be easy to see. Fluffy textures, multiple colors, and other fun features are best left for later. They can be distracting and just make things more difficult starting out.
At this time, many of the options below are only priced as low as they are for one or some of the colors that Amazon has available. With that in mind, I’ve tried to list several different options and colors. Some of these yarns may also come in striped/multicolored versions, but in my opinion it’s much better to stay away from these for now.
Finally, I believe that all of these yarns will work well with size H hooks, like the ones I linked above. There’s always a chance that you will end up preferring a different hook size for different sizes, but usually a few different hook sizes get good results with the same yarn.
Good starting options
Some good starter yarns as of right now:
- Caron Simply Soft Tweed($2.94)
- Darice Cotton($2.99)
- Caron Simply Soft($3.42)
- Bergere de France($3.47)
- Wool Ease($3.49)
Finally, you’ll want to have a good cutting instrument available for your crocheting. As I said earlier, any decently sharp scissors that you already have will work fine. However, if you don’t have an extra pair to just keep with your crochet supplies it is more than worth it to invest in something. Thankfully, getting something small just for snipping your yarn can be super inexpensive.
Those three things(hook, yarn, and yarn cutter) are really all you need to start learning crochet. And from the things I listed above, there are many different combinations you can make and stay under the ten dollar mark.
But, as you learn and practice there are definitely other things that you may want to get along the way.
The following are some extra tools and things that I have found extremely useful. I’m including them here so that you can look into them if you are interested, but also so that you know some of what is available when you are ready to expand!
- Tapestry needles($3.45): These are fantastic for weaving in ends when you are done with something.
- Stitch markers($5.69): Stitch markers really help with keeping track of rows and stitches. Plus, they have even more uses once you start doing more complex patterns and crochet techniques. I like these because the colors come sorted in a neat little box.
- Stitch Counter($5.99): Also very helpful for keeping track of things is a stitch/row counter. Basically the same thing as a tally counter used in sports, a counter can save you endless time of re-counting something(although it might still happen sometimes!). There are lots of options for these, but I like the listing that I linked because you are able to get just one and it can be worn either on your finger or as a pendant.
Finally, you might be wondering if there’s a way to just grab the essentials of crochet and a few extras in a kit.
There absolutely is!
In fact, there are so many kit options out there that it’s a little overwhelming even for me. And, like buying all of these things separately some of these kits can get rather pricey. Some, however, look just right for a beginner and budding crochet enthusiast.
I’ve picked just one to show you because I honestly think it’s an amazing deal. This kit has twelve hooks(with the softer handles), two nifty cutters for your yarn, all of the extras I listed above, plus a convenient carrying kit. This kit should last a new crocheter a long time and all you would still need to grab is some yarn to get started.
It’s called the 37piece Crochet Hook Set, and it’s amazon’s choice in this area right now for good reason.
And the real kicker: it’s only $12
In my eyes, that’s an absolute steal. In fact if I didn’t already have a ton of crochet supplies, I would be grabbing one of these for myself right now. Check it out!
You can also see this item by clicking on the image below:
Final Encouragement and Shopping List
Now that you know what you need to crochet(and have some great options right in front of you), feel free to grab the handy shopping list and guide that I’ve put together to help you remember all these tips. It can help you out no matter where you decide to get your stuff!
Then, if you need to start at the absolute beginning with your new supplies, you can check out my first crochet lesson by visiting my chain stitch tutorial.
Keep the crafting delightful!