Top 10 Crochet Tools You Need To Feel Like A Pro

Top Crochet Tools

When I first started my crochet journey, I was overwhelmed with all the different little plastic rings, needles and hooks down the crocheting aisle. I wish there was someone who could tell me what tools I needed from the beginning, and what worked the best. Being a self-taught crocheter, I had to figure it out for myself. Now after two years, I think I’ve tried every crochet gadget there is and now I’m here to share with you the top 10 must haves if you want to venture into crocheting. (Some may surprise you!)

  1. 1. A place for all your crochet hooks. You may be thinking now, “why, I won’t have THAT many hooks!” Well.. you will be pleasantly surprised at how many crochet hooks you will accumulate as you crochet addiction grows. You’ll start to find hooks that went missing under the couch cushions, in the bottom of your purse or in your skein of yarn. With crochet hooks being fairly inexpensive for the aluminium ones, you’ll find it’s hand to keep a few of each size hook on hand. With all that being said, I like to use a car to keep in my craft room/office. That way it’s easy to see what hook I’ll need for my next project. And when I take my projects with me, I like to use a little zip pouch to keep my hooks in.

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2. A stitch counter. Stitch counters are a lifesaver! They’re perfect for all the times when you think you’ve lost track of what row you’re currently working on. You can grab on for less than $7 on Amazon, get it here. It’s simple and gets the job done.

3. Bobby pins. Yes, that’s right bobby pins for crocheting. I’ve learned over the past years that these little guys are great to help keep your work together. (Especially when sewing together granny squares!) They’re cheap and you probably already have them all over your house. They make a great stitch marker, too!

4. A ‘Crochet Pocket Guide’. This is great for looking up stitches when a pattern calls for one you can’t remember. It’s also great if you are a self-taught crocheter like myself. The diagrams inside are easy to follow and go step-by-step.  It’s a brochure style so it’s light weight to carry with you if you’re taking your current project on the go with you. I picked up this one from Amazon a couple years ago, and for under $5 you can’t beat the price!

5. A binder. This may sound like a silly one as well, but if you’re going to be on the hunt for free patterns across the web and Pinterest, I promise you it’s so worth it to have. You essentially make your own pattern book! Just make sure you get the clear inserts to keep the printables patterns in and you’re golden. I myself, have two of my own pattern books and it’s SO nice to be able to go back and easily know where I can find a pattern. (Another promise, it’s a ton better then hunting on your Pinterest board for a pattern you remember seeing last week!)

6. Plastic or metal yarn needles. Some people have a preference between metal or plastic needles to weave in the ends of their works, but either will work. These are a key essential because remember don’t knot the ends of your work! You risk the knots coming undone and losing your project 🙁 These are my favorite yarn needles currently, they’ve held up and never broke on me. You can get a pack of two on Amazon! Get my favorite plastic yarn needles here.

7. A tiny pair of scissors. You have no idea how many times my husband has wanted to kill me for taking the kitchen scissors to use for my crochet addiction. That’s why a tiny pair of scissors are a must. They can go with you in your yarn bag, and will always be handy for when you need ’em! You can find these at any local craft shop, usually down the sewing aisle.

9. A designated yarn bag and yarn notebook! I love my yarn bag I have from YarnMamas! It’s my own little place to keep all my current projects in, that I can take easily with me to work so I can crochet through out the day when there’s time. If you’re interested in your own bag check them out at https://yarnmamas.com/collections/totes/.  I also recommend in your yarn bag that you keep a little notebook. That way you can keep notes about how to do a certain stitch, notes about a new pattern, write your own pattern or a list of patterns you want to try next. You’ll feel SO organized when you have your own spot for your crochet notes. I got my adorable and sleek crochet notebook from Joann Fabrics (extra bonus that it was on sale for $2.97! 🙂 )

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Last but not least..

10. Stitch markers! You can go pick up a pack of about 20 plastic ones from any local craft or yarn store, but I would highly recommend to check out Etsy for more personalized stitch markers! When I was searching around earlier, I found these ones from the shop needleclicksEtc. They’re adorable! It’s always fun to find some that are your style and taste. Makes crocheting just that more fun and relaxing. 🙂

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Well my crochet lovers, those are my go-to’s when it comes to crocheting! I hope you could take away a few good tips from this post and add a few more useful crochet tools to your collection of goodies. Let me know what your go-to crochet tool is! 🙂

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FREE Puff Stitch Coral & Floral Headband Pattern

Floral Headband Cover Page

FREE Puff Stitch Coral & Floral Headband Pattern

Puff stitches are so very easy to do once you get the hang of it! I really love creating patterns around this unique-looking stitch lately, maybe you could tell from my previous pattern. (To view my previous puff stitch cowl pattern click here, where I show you how to create a puff stitch that will also be used with this pattern!) This pattern is for an adult size headband, but if you’d like to make one for your little, just measure their head with a measuring tape and adjust the foundation chain to fit that length. Easy-peasy! There are two parts to this pattern, one for the headband portion, and one for the simple crochet flower. Feel free to add a bow, button or anything else as well in place of the flower, all would look wonderful!
Now let’s get started!

Once again, I’m back at it using my favorite brand of yarn lately! That’s right, I’m using two skeins total of Big Twist Premium (4) Yarns. One  in “Premium Salmon” and one in “Premium Sixties Stripes”. Feel free to use any color combinations you’d like or any worst-weight or (4) yarn.
Yarn For Headband

 * You may sell finished products from this pattern, but please make sure you link back to my blog in order to give myself proper credit. Please be considerate and not copy this pattern as your own. 

FREE Puff Stitch Coral & Floral Headband Pattern

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Materials needed:
Yarn – (One Skein) Big Twist Premium Yarn in “Premium Salmon” and one skein in “Premium Sixties Stripes”.
Size I 5.5mm crochet hook.
Yarn needle to weave in ends.
Tape measure.
Optional: Stitch counter.

Abbreviations used:
Ch-Chain
DC-Double Crochet
FDC-Front Double Crochet
BDC-Back Double Crochet
St-Stitch
Sk-Skip
PfSt-Puff Stitch
SC-Single Crochet
Sl St-Slip Stitch

Pattern:

Foundation: Ch 60 then Sl St to the first chain. (Note: Be sure to measure your head with a tape measure before hand so you know how many chains to make in your foundation.
Row 1: Ch 1, then SC in each St around. Sl St to the first St then turn your work.
Row 2: Ch 2, then Sk the next St after the Ch 2. *PfSt Ch 1, Sk 1 Ch* Repeat * around then Sl St to the first St, turn your work.
Row 3-7: Ch 2, then Sk the next St after the Ch 2. *Pf St Ch 1* in the spaces of the previous rows’ Ch 1 space. Repeat * around, then Sl St to the first St, turn your work.
Floral Headband Step 1
Row 8: Ch 1, then SC in each St across. Sl St together. Weave in ends. (Optional: Sl St along the top edge after Row 8.)

Simple Crochet Flower Pattern

Foundation: Ch 6, then Sl St together.
Row 1: Ch 2 then DC 12, starting in the middle of the Ch 6, all the way around. Sl St to the first DC.

Here’s what that completed should be looking like:
Flower Step 2
Row 2: Working in only the front loops of the double crochets, *Sl St, Ch 2, 2 DC, Ch 2, Sl St then Sl St to the next FDC* all in the first front loop of the previous rows’ first double crochet. Repeat * in all 12 DC’s across and Sl St the last petal to the first petal’s Sl St.

Here’s what you should be working with:
Flwoer Step 3
Row 3: Now turn over your flower and we’ll be working in the back loops that we left out the first time. *Sl St, Ch 2, 5 DC, Ch 2, Sl St then Sk 1 BDC* Repeat * all the way around, until you have 6 completed petals behind the first set. Sl St to the first petal and leave a 12 in tail, so it can be attached to your puff stitch headband!

Here’s what your flower should be looking like, from the back side while completing Row 3:
Flower Step 5

You did it, you finished your simple crochet flower! You finished product should look something like this. Feel free to add a button to finish off your flower, before we put it on the headband!
Flower Step 4

Finishing Touches & Putting it all together
Now all you need to do is sew your simple flower, to your puff stitch headband. Preferably, do this along the seam of your headband, covering it up and making your headband look seamless and flawless!
Floral Headband

I hope you all loved this pattern as much I do! Be sure to share with your fellow crochet lovers via Pinterest and let me know if you try this pattern! 🙂

FREE Puff Stitch Cowl Pattern

(Improved) Popcorn Stitch Cowl Blog Cover

FREE Puff Stitch Cowl Pattern

There are many things I enjoy in life, one of them being quick and easy patterns with ONE skein of yarn. As we all know, I have a HUGE obsession with scarves. Like, two dresser drawers full of scarfs! (Told you I was obsessed..) Therefore it’s no surprise that this is what my second pattern came out to be. It’s very easy to follow along and only takes about an hour to complete. Did I mention it’s only 8 rows?! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon project!

I fell in love with this super chunky sage green yarn after browsing the many yarn aisles at Joann-Fabrics. I’m really liking the Big Twist Premium yarns lately. They’re super affordable and I have no problem with the fibers separating on me, even when using this super bulky weighted yarn. I love more earth-toned colors, but feel free to use any color or super bulky (6) yarn to follow along with this pattern.

Yarn Used - Big Twist in Premium Sage

This pattern requires a puff stitch as the main stitch for this pattern. Don’t be scared, it’s super easy to do!

Follow these three simple steps on how to make a puff, and you’re on your way.
(Of course if you already know how to do this stitch, continue on down to the pattern!)

Step 1: Yarn over, then yarn over three more times into the same chain. After completing this, you should have a total of 7 stitches on your hook.

Popcornstitch Cowl - Step 1 For Popcorn Stitch


Step 2:
 Yarn over and pull through ALL 7 stitches on your hook. This can be tricky, so make sure that when you yarn over from the previous step, that you aren’t making them too tight. You should now be left with one stitch on your hook. Here’s what you should be left with:

Popcornsitch Cowl - Step 2
Step 3: You’re almost there! Now, all you need to do is one chain crochet to “lock” your puff stitch into place. There you go, you just did your first puff stitch! Feel free to make a few chains and practice this stitch, until you feel comfortable with it. Then move onto the pattern below!

* You may sell finished products from this pattern, but please make sure you link back to my blog in order to give myself proper credit. Please be considerate and not copy this pattern as your own. 

FREE Popcorn Stitch Cowl Pattern

Level: Beginner

Materials needed:
Yarn – (One Skein) Big Twist Natural Blend Yarn in “Natural Blend Sage” or any super bulky (6) yarn.
Size M 9.0mm crochet hook.
Yarn needle to weave in ends,
Optional: Stitch counter.

Abbreviations used:
Ch-Chain
St-Stitch
Sk-Skip
Pf St-Puff Stitch
SC-Single Crochet
Sl St-Slip Stitch

Pattern:

Foundation: Ch 45 then Sl St to the first chain.

Poprnstitch Cowl - Cast On

Row 1: Ch 2 then sk 1 ch. Then *Pf St ch 2, repeat * all the way around. Sl St to the first St, so they’re joined together.
Row 2-7: Ch 2 then * Pf St ch 2, Pf St ch 2. Repeat * all the way around and Sl St to join together.

Popcornstitch Cowl - Row 1 and 2
Row 8: Ch 1 and SC in each stitch around. Join together with a Sl St.

Fasten off, and weave in ends. Enjoy your new easy and cozy cowl!

FREE Lace Spring Cowl Pattern

Spring Lace Cowl Cover Picture

FREE Lace Spring Cowl Crochet Pattern

Spring time is upon us and there’s nothing better than packing away our winter coats and gloves. However, I cannot give up my scarf addiction even when the sun and warm weather finally show up.

That brought me to create this spring cowl. Inspired by my love of lace and all things feminine. It works up very quickly and can be done with only one skein of yarn. This pattern is available for FREE to all my lovely viewers. I hope you all enjoy! This is my first time writing and creating my own pattern. Let me know if you try this pattern by tagging me on Instagram with the hashtag #TCWLSpringCowl! I hope you try out this pattern, and let me know if you enjoy patterns like this.

Happy crocheting!

* You may sell finished products from this pattern, but please make sure you link back to my blog in order to give myself proper credit. Please be considerate and not copy this pattern as your own. 

FREE Lace Spring Cowl Pattern

Level: Beginner

Materials needed:
Yarn – (One Skein) Big Twist Premium Yarn in “Premium Moss” or any worst weighted (4) yarn.
Size I 5.5mm crochet hook.
Yarn needle to weave in ends.
Optional: Stitch marker and stitch counter

Abbreviations used:
Ch-Chain
St-Stitch
Sk-Skip
TrCh-Triple Crochet
SC-Single Crochet
Sl St-Slip Stitch

Pattern:

Foundation: Ch 85 then Sl St to the first chain.

Foundation Chain

Row 1: Ch 1 then SC in every stitch. Finish with a Sl St to the first St.
Row 2: Ch 4, Sk first St after Ch 4, then *1 TrCh Ch 1, 1 TrCh Ch 1* Repeat * until you reach the first St. Sl St to the 3rd Ch.

Row 2 Example

Row 3-10: Ch 4, Sk first St after Ch 4, then *TrCh Ch 1* in the previous row’s Ch 1 space. Repeat * until you reach the first St. Sl St to the 3rd Ch.
Row 11: Ch 1, then SC in reach St until you reach the first St. Sl St to the first SC.
Row 12: (Optional) Place a stitch marker in the previous St from row 11, then Sl St in each St around until you reach the stitch marker.

Weave in ends and enjoy your new Spring cowl!