My crochet tools!
To crochet you usually don't need much. A ball of yarn and a crochet hook and you can get started. Some of us crochet the most beautiful things out of our heads and others like to crochet according to a pattern.
But there are still a number of other useful tools, utensils that you want to keep on hand when you are going to make a crocheted creation.
Scissors, needle and fibrefill
In my patterns when listing the materials used you will always find these 3!
For example, you can't do without scissors to cut off your thread, a needle to hide your loose threads or embroider a nose, for example. To do this, use an embroidery needle, a needle with a blunt tip. But I also use a long needle to secure the arms and legs through the body. This is always a pointed long needle, which I often pull through the work with the help of pliers. More about pliers in a moment.
If you are going to crochet cuddly toys and amigurumi, you also need filling or stuffing. I regularly buy a large bag of fibrefill filling. I like to work with some stiffer filling instead of the softer filling, but that's more of a personal choice. I sometimes use the filling of pillows as well. I'm always amazed at how much stuffing goes into an amigurumi creation.
In addition, I always use stitch markers, so I don't lose count. I also use them to determine place when I'm designing. When I crochet with fluffy yarn, I use a lot of stitch markers!
If you want to read more about which ways you can use a stitch marker, read my blog: 8 ways to use stitch markers.
What else do I use when designing and crocheting amigurumi?
What else do I have in my toolbox, besides scissors, needle, and stitch markers? I say toolbox, but I have a large Kipling case, where everything fits. Unfortunately, the bag with filling does not fit in, otherwise I would have crammed it in!
The standard utensils
- Pencil, eraser and pencil sharpener. While designing a new amigurumi pattern, I make my notes in a notebook with pencil. This makes it easier for me to make adjustments to my notebook and I can make drawings right away. I prefer to make drawings with pencil!
- Pins to pin all parts in the right place before I sew everything. I use small pins, but also some larger and longer pins.
- Textile glue, to glue small things to my crochet, such as the dots on the cap of the mushroom gnome. If you do not want to use textile glue, you can also sew everything very well with thin sewing thread.
- Measuring tape, always useful to measure the size of my creations. That's something I do last, when I'm finishing the pattern.
- Thick cardboard or thick plastic: from thick cardboard or thick plastic (for example the lid of a cottage cheese tray) I often make the surface for a gnome or the soles for the shoes of my creations.
The real tools
- Thin iron wire (binding wire), I make a frame to put in the hands of my amigurumi's. You could possibly use thin chenille thread for it, but I find the thinner binding wire just a bit more pleasant to work with.
- Cutting pliers to cut the iron wire or electricity wire. Also useful to cut off the tip of a skewer.
- Round-bending pliers and flat-jawed pliers. The round bending pliers are to bend coloured aluminium wire in, for example, glasses and the flat-mouthed pliers to pull my needle through a work when I fasten arms and legs.
- Coloured aluminium wire to make glasses, for example. Or a nice handle for a lantern!
- And what I can't live without: Electric wire
I use black installation wire of 1.5mm2, it has a diameter of 2.8mm. I have a roll of 100 meters, but there are also rolls of 5 meters for sale.
I use this thread in most of my creations as reinforcement and so that you can put the creations in all kinds of positions. I know it can be quite tricky, crocheting around an electrical wire, but it gives a creation that little bit extra.
So dive into your shed, maybe there is still a piece of wire or a few handy pliers that you can use!