Crocheting is a truly rewarding and relaxing pastime. Everyone of all ages and genders can enjoy the creative exploration crocheting delivers. One of the best things about the hobby of crocheting is that it does not require heavy equipment, like sewing machine. This means you can crochet on the couch while watching your favorite program, in the bath while you get a good soak, or even on the road while you travel! In fact, if you are a lover of crocheting and you have some trips in the calendar up ahead, you might enjoy your commute much more if you bring with you a crochet travel kit! Even beginners can learn to crochet in a few simple steps!
Continue below to learn how to make a crochet travel kit for your next road trip or vacation!
Crocheting is Not the Same as Knitting
Crocheting and knitting are two different styles of stitching with yarn, though many people use the two terms interchangeably. So, why crochet rather than knit? Crocheting has a lot of benefits and delivers instantaneous gratification. Not only is crocheting much faster than knitting, but it’s also easier, making it a perfect crafting hobby for beginners, especially children. Perhaps the most distinguishing attribute between crocheting and knitting are the use of tools. Crochet work requires one needle, while knitting requires simultaneous manipulation of two needles.
Fundamental Crochet Tools
To crochet at home or in the office, or wherever you station your crocheting space, there are some basic items that you will need in your toolkit. This includes a hook needle, yarn, scissors, stitch markers, measuring tape, and a darning needle (also known as a tapestry needle). The six items are essential tools for a beginner’s crochet kit.
What You Need to Crochet:
☑ Hook Needle
Crocheting involves creating series of loops and knots. To do this, you will need a hook style needle. Hook needles come in all different varieties, sizes, and lengths. Yarn rolls will contain information on the label from the manufacturer telling you which hook size to use for it. For beginners, it is recommended to start with hook needle size I-9, which works great for both light and medium duty yarns.
Freely choose whichever kind of yarn and yarn colors you would like to crochet with. Just keep in mind that quality does impact the results of your crochet work. For beginners, look for simple yarns that are affordable, and also non-slip and non-fluffy.
You can choose to buy a designated pair of scissors or yarn snippers for your crocheting toolkit. Be sure they are sharp, or better yet, come with blade covers. If you purchase a pre-made crochet kit, it’ll likely come with a portable yarn snipper.
☑ Stitch Markers
Stitch markers are important tools to have when you are crocheting larger pieces. They will easily mark areas that need your attention or even count stitches.
☑ Measuring Tape
You want something to measure the length and width of your project piece, or in the least, your strings of yarn. A measuring tape is always something handy to have in your crocheting toolkit. Best of all, they are very cheap.
☑ Darning Needle (Tapestry Needle)
Darning needles are also called tapestry needles, and they are a good tool to have in a crochet kit. These are tools used to connect crocheted pieces together and to tie up the ends of yarn. As you become better at crocheting, you will learn how to utilize a darning needle to create larger pieces of work.
Tools for a Travel Crochet Kit:
☑ Hook Needle
For a travel crochet kit, you will need only half of these items to get by. These tools are a hook needle, yarn, and a pair of scissors! In addition to these three tools, you will also need a travel case. Choose a high quality travel case that has full zipper capability. You don’t want anything to be able to fall out of your kit while you’re traveling about. Be sure your travel case has enough room to store all of the yarn you plan to take with you. It also helps to bring mini scissors rather than a full-size pair when traveling.
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