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How to start knitting or crochet as a hobby. The complete beginner guide!

So, you want to start crafting, huh? Well, you've come to the right place. I'm going to give an overview of what you need in order to get started and where you can find these items for cheap.

It can be a bit daunting to go to the craft store and not understand what you are looking for, I have made this post to help avoid that scary feeling.

Now there are lots of different crafts for beginners out there (I'll cover some in another post). But for this post I'm going to be focusing on some of the best beginner tools for your yarn craft. These will be basic tools that you need as part of your crafting toolbox.

Why Yarn crafting is good for self-care?

Yarn Crafting is good for self care. It will make you happier, aid relaxation and recovery from anxiety and stress. Handmade crafts are very therapeutic with the repetitive motions of knitting or crocheting to calm your mind and induce serenity. Yarn can be a blessing to those recovering from addiction. What could be better for self care than taking up a new hobby?

If you've always wondered what it would be like to delve into a new hobby, the time is now. Although they may seem intimidating at first, there's no reason to shy away from the idea of pursuing something new and exciting. There are plenty of things you can do as a crafter such as knitting, sewing, stitching, and even handcrafting out of nothing but paper. And if you're wondering where to shop for essentials like craft store supplies and fabric crafting patterns, there are plenty of places online where you can find all you need.

What Tools Do I Need to Start Crocheting?

The two main tools or things you need to crochet with are yarn and a crochet hook. These two tools are the most often the first materials you’ll need for crocheting when beginning your very first crochet project.

What size crochet hook do I need?

Crocheting hooks come in various lengths and sizes, and the size you need will depend on the yarn you’re using. Yarns are nearly always labelled with suggestions for the size of hook best suited to working with them.

Crocheting hooks come in other varieties, such as those with ergonomic or padded handles, or hand-carved from wood. These are pretty fancy and give it a nice feel, but it’s not essential to have anything like this to begin with.

What tools do you need to begin knitting?

When you are a complete beginner to the world of knitting the best place to start on a size 4 mm, 4.5 mm or 5 mm knitting needle.

These is because they are easy to hold and the stitches are relatively large, making it easier to see what you are doing.

Which yarn should you choose?

One important thing to be aware of is the colour of the yarn in which you choose.

Lighter yarn is the better choice for beginners as it's just a lot easier to see the stitches compared to a darker shade.

Any beginner knitter should always have on hand:

Yarn crafting is a fun hobby - whether you're doing it with friends, family, or by yourself. There's no age limit for knitting or crocheting - you can begin crafting from the time you are very young.

We've covered some of the basics of yarn crafting here, so you can tell if it's something that will appeal to you. However, we've only scratched the surface—there's plenty more to learn!

The best thing about yarn crafting is that you can create a wealth of items, including toys, home décor, garments and accessories. You can get started on this craft for as little as $20 - so don't delay: 

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