Hunting down just the right fabric, sewing machine, knitting needle, and even yarn is part of our wonderful hobby! There are so many places to search for these things from your local yarn shop, nation-wide craft stores, to online shops and websites. One unlikely place hobbyists may not think to look in is AMAZON.COM!
I have purchased many hard to find items that I was surprised Amazon carried, like this Pendant Yarn Cutter by Clover. They happen to carry many Clover items (heart them for sewing and knitting/crochet tools)! Along with OLFA rotary cutters, Gingher fabric sheers and much more! And for decent prices too.
They have an Arts, Crafts, and Sewing section! I especially like to find sewing supplies on here because they tend to have a large selection and for decent prices! But they carry anything from markers, colored pencils, drawing desks, and drawing pads to fabric markers, rotary cutters, and cutting mats! Stitch markers, crochet hooks, and even yarn and fabric. Ott-Lite crafting lamps, Dress Forms… And everything for your home crafting studio! Including Sewing Machines and Sergers!
Doing Your Shopping Online
I’m a big online shopper/browser for my fiber crafting needs. While looking for things like fabric and yarn are best done in person, shopping for machines, tools, notions, etc online can be a very efficient way of finding the perfect tool and for the best price. While there are so many wonderful sites out there, here are a few places to start:
Larger Knitting and Quilting Specialty Stores online like Fabric.com and Yarn.com.
Small Indie Yarn Shops Online like found on Etsy
Nation-Wide Craft Stores like Joann, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby
Big Box Stores like Target, Walmart, and Costco.
Are you a New Yorker? For more on where to buy Sewing, Knitting, or Crochet items in NYC, please check out my posts here in the Where To Buy section.
OMG! Heart these. Just discovered these handy little accessories for knitting and crochet! I always drag some crochet or knitting with me wherever since I commute on the train to work and I always just throw my knitting into the smallest plastic bag I can find. I also always find that I need a yarn ball container/bag when working at home because it keeps the yarn from rolling around but never quite found one I wanted. Until now! I found both of these at Lion Brand Yarn Studio. The only major con I see is they’re both on the pricey side. Crafters on a budget can easily poke 2 holes in a bag or something to come up with a similar, albeit less durable, solution. For more avid crafters, it can be well worth the splurge!
GoKnit Bags $26
I’ve been carrying around my travel/commuter knit and crochet projects in plastic bags! Great in a pinch but if you do it a lot, you’ll find your needles poke thru, the bags tear, and of course it’s unsightly. So when I saw these simple yet durable looking bags, it was the perfect solution! Super lightweight, durable, easy to keep clean, and can ball up into nothing when not in use. I also love that there are many loops and drawstrings so you can attach to whatever you desire.
It’s simply a drawstring bag that has 2 snap close loops. One on the inside (to feed your yarn through) and one on the outside to attach to a purse or bag! Plus, you can swap out projects whenever you want. You can snap open the inside loop to pull the yarn through without having to cut it, so projects already in progress can be removed and replaced whenever you like. Awesome. These bags are offered in a variety of materials. I got the Nylon Medium in Bright Yellow.
Where To Buy: GoKnit Pouches by KnowKnits.com
YarnPop Pouches $29
This is a handy yarn pouch with two little holes for pulling yarn though. Fabulous for keeping balls and skeins from rolling around everywhere, yarn from tangling, and getting dirty. And it’s a lot less bulky and lighter than most yarn holders. A small con is you cannot use this pouch for projects you’ve already started without cutting the yarn, pulling it through the holes, and then rejoining.
The pouch I got has 2 holes on one side so I could use it to carry 2 different yarn colors! It also comes in other varieties, one pouch has a hole on each side with an additional inside zip to separate your yarn balls. They have so many different variations. Check out their site for the one that best suits you! I got the Large with 2 holes on the same side.
Where To Buy: YarnPop Pouches
Etimo Tulip Crochet Hook Set ~ By Tulip Japan ~ $79.95
I like em! But the hook shape is definitely something I’m not used to. I crochet on Boye Aluminum Hooks. I love em. But for long or large crochet projects I really start to feel it in my fingers and elbows! Yup, I have major carpal tunnel since I also work on a computer all day. Anyway, so I thought I’d try these ergo soft-grips out. I also lost my trusty G Hook and was looking for a replacement, so decided to shop around.
I love the shape of the handle, the materials, and the feel. It has a soft yet firm rubbery feel, great grip, and a pencil shape which I like. The ergo grooves are nice. Subtle but perfect. As opposed to the Clover Soft Touch which has a flat paddle-shaped handle. The tip is very smooth and Addi Turbo-like in the smoothness. The neck is also a generous length so the finger grips do not choke up too far on the hook. I did not like any of the Skacel Crochet Hooks the handle shapes (Addi Swing) or the materials. The neck shaft was also very short.
I loved the pouch! Ha. It’s super cute and very handy. I didn’t think I’d use the little extras it came with but now I love it. It’s great to have all the little tools and notions at hand. Plus I throw in a bunch of stitch markers into the zip portion of the pouch. Great!
Even the freebies are high quality materials and well made. The scissors it came with, which were really nice, were made in Italy. The yarn needles were made in Japan. Both are steel and nickel coated. The pouch is lovely woven synthetic wool with some sparklies in it!
Hook Shape. It’s kind of shallow and not “hooky” enough. It’s not quite like any hook shape I’ve seen in US crochet hooks but it’s closest to a Boye hook shape. Kind of a hybrid of Boye and Clover Takumi. I find my yarns slipping all the time when I pull! Not good. So I’m going to give it a few more tries. But aside from that major flaw for me, I don’t feel any fatigue when crocheting for the long haul.
Unusual Sizes. My G Hook (made by Boye) is 4.25mm. Their G Hook is 4.00mm. The next size up is 4.50mm. They do not offer a 4.25mm sized hook.
Individual hooks usually sell for about $9.99 each.
What’s in the Set?
8 Crochet Hooks
2 Yarn Needles
High Quality Thread Scissors
4 1/2″ Plastic Ruler
A Hook Pouch
The above set is the “Regular USA Set”. They re-marked the hooks to follow US Sizing Conventions as much as possible. Their original set comes in Japanese Sizes (with weird sizing) and they also make a Steel Set. Hook tips are Aluminum. Handle grips are Elastomer.
Where To Buy
Etimo Tulip Crochet Hook Set, $79.95 – Caron.com
Etimo Tulip Crochet Hook, Individual, $9.95 – Caron.com
Etimo Pink Set – 10 Crochet Hooks in sizes: 2 [2mm], 3 [2.20mm], 4 [2.5mm], 5 [3mm], 6 [3.5mm], 7 [4mm], 7.5 [4.5mm], 8 [5mm], 9 [5.5mm] and 10 [6mm]. $109.99 – Caron.com
Etimo Steel Set – 8 Crochet Hooks in sizes 14-0 for thread or lace crochet. $69.99 – Caron.com
*This hook set was sold out everywhere I checked online. But I was able to find it at Knitty City, a local yarn shop here in NYC.
Crochet is one of the zippiest and convenient handicrafts around and is suitable for almost any budget, skill level, and age! Great for traveling like on a train or on a plane! Or a nice little weekend project. For little to no investment and some spare time here and there, anyone can try a crochet project for the first time and complete it!
Of course, with anything your tools are important and choosing just the right ones to suit your needs is an essential task. Anyone who knows me, knows that I tend to choose the best tools I can find in relation to their value and versatility. There are a myriad of higher end handcrafted artisan tools available. (I have seen $40 needles. Even knitting maniacs are hard pressed to own those!) If it’s you’re thing, go for it! I just chose the best quality and value within reason. They’re what I use! So here are my tools and recommendations. Also, here’s a list of where to find all these tools when ready to buy, Where To Buy: Knit and Crochet Tools.
Boye Aluminum Hook Set Sizes D-K by Wrights
On the heavier side but these hooks are great for beginners. The shape of the hook is very easy to learn on. They are very affordable and a popular brand found in many craft stores. The perfect starter set. Great for natural and synthetic fiber yarns. The ever popular Susan Bates Brand hooks have a slightly different shape than the Boye hooks. Many prefer the Bates version. Boye also makes a plastic hook called Balene and a wooden one in Rosewood.
Boye Giant Crochet Hook – Size Q (15.75mm)
This is a big blue plastic crochet hook on the right, #12! For extra chunky yarns or working with multiple strands of yarns at once. Excellent for quick yet stunning knits. Perfect for that First Crochet Project when getting comfortable with crochet. The only drawback with this is working with plastic hooks/synthetic yarns is kind of icky. I don’t know of any Size Q hooks that are not plastic. Given the size of the hook, it’s the only material that won’t be too heavy to work with.