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I was asked so many times to provide a post all about tips and tricks and useful accessories and tools that I personally use, that I finally had to create it. So this will be a summary of all my most helpful resources I have ever used in crochet, as well as my personal preferences when it comes to certain crochet techniques and which tools I use most often.

So here is now my long list of Tips, Tricks and Accessories & Tools:

1. Do you have problems with your wrist when crocheting? I noticed a huge different once I started using clover hooks. They are ergonomic crochet hooks and very helpful and soft on your fingers. I also notice less slipping of the crochet hook from my fingers as the surface is rubber rather than metal. You can get those awesome hooks HERE.

2. Are you like me and browse Amazon very often? Well, you should for sure sign up for their Prime membership as you will save so much money on shipping and also have a peace of mind when you know you can get your shipping in 1-2 business days in case you forgot to buy enough yarn or need an extra crochet accessory or gift for a special one.

Especially during the holiday season, that is such a time saver and provides me with a calm and stress free time. Click on the picture below to try Amazon Prime for FREE!

3. Sometimes I noticed that certain people seem to have trouble holding their yarn while crocheting, whether it is due to an illness or even due to crocheting for too long in one sitting.

Well, I found an awesome tool which is called the LoRan Norwegian Knitting Thimble that seem to be extremely popular. I posted a video on Facebook of me using it and the video has been seen more than 100K times. Incredible. I added the video below, in case you want to see and share it too. 🙂 To share it on Facebook, click HERE. To buy this tool, click HERE.

4. How often to we have projects and then we need to add more yarn? Nobody wants to see knots in a project. I found and use 2 techniques that seem to help me a lot. The first one makes a small knot, but it is acceptable as it is small. Watch the video below, and share it on Facebook by clicking HERE.

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But the second technique, which is the Russian Knot, makes no knot at all is very sturdy. never made one? Check out the video below! I also posted it on Facebook, click HERE if you want to share it with everyone.

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5. Did you ever want or did make a long chain and needed to connected to make a circle and it got all twisted? Well, I found a technique to prevent the twist. It is awesome, I can’t believe how easy it is. Watch the video below to check it out and share it in Facebook, by clicking HERE.

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6. When you make a graphgan or a crochet project where you need to switch colors all the time, you should carry the yarn along and pick up the color you need to use as you go. Be sure to change the colors during the last pull thru (the last loop) during the stitch before you change colors.

7. When creating your own pixelgraph whether it is for Corner-To-Corner or just a graphgan or afghan, you can use excel or Stitch Fiddle to create your own images. One pixel/square is one single crochet for an afghan for example, or one Corner-To-Corner square.

8. To make Pom-Pom, either watch the video below which shows how to use a Pom-Pom maker to make Pom-Poms or use a cardboard or fork to make Pom-Poms. With a fork, the Pom-Poms might be small, but with cardboard you can make them as big as you want, by simply cutting out a U shape form.

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You can even wrap yarn around a chair and then tie off the long yarn bundle evenly with yarn strips and then cut between them. With this technique you can make Pom-Poms at once with less work.

9. Do you have a lot of scrap yarn? Use it to fill amigurumis instead of polyfill, or use it to fill pillow cases. I use mine as stitch markers. Please don’t give birds left over yarn, as it has chemicals in it and it would hurt or kill the birds.

10. Do you run errants a lot and always bring your yarn projects with you? Make your own yarn storage bag with my FREE pattern, or buy this awesome storage bag below. It is my absolute favorite yarn storage bag, besides the one I made myself. haha

11. When you fasten off a project try using a yarn needle instead of a hook (during the slip stitch or slip knot) so, you can weave in the ends right away and make it more secure. Also it might save some time and forces us right away to weave in the ends instead of waiting till later.

12. When you have multiple projects going on at the same time, but you use the same hook for it, you properly want to mark your project so you remember which hook you used. There are many ways to do it.

a) buy a kit, to just clip it on your project -> click HERE

b) use a small paper, write the size of the hook (letters or numbers), laminate the paper, make a hole with a hole punch and tie with a some yarn string and tie it to your project

c) use a bobby pin and add some nail polish at the tip (have the color correspond to your hook color) and hang it onto your project

d) put your WIP projects into a bag and write onto the bag what it is, when you started and write down the hook size (be sure to add your project pattern)

e) Do you know more ideas? Let me know I will add it here 🙂

13. Do you know all 3 ways how to start a single crochet row with a chain? Click HERE to see the tutorial which includes photos and a video.

14. Do you use a pattern over an over again? Well, print it and either laminate it or put it inside a plastic sheet protector. Now you can use a dry eraser to mark which row you are on.

15. Are you tired of using a simple single crochet? Try these different tutorials, which are all variations of a normal single crochet:

a) Waistcoat stitch aka Knit stitch -> TUTORIAL

b) Turkish Star Stitch -> TUTORIAL

c) Tunisian simple stitch -> TUTORIAL

d) Tunisian knit stitch -> TUTORIAL

16. Tired of your yarn running around on the ground? Buy this useful tool below, or make your own by using baskets or boxes (make holes for the yarn to go thru, be sure to cut the holes with a long line to the edge of the box, so you remove the yarn any time) or even use a paper towel holder.

17. Another way to prevent your yarn from running around on the ground would be to pull the yarn from the middle of the skein. Some yarn skeins are actually made in a way that you can easily pull it our from the middle; Premier yarns for example does that.

18. Do you know how to make bag bottoms or shoe soles? If you do, do you know how to prevent the gasp that are created some times? Check out my tutorial HERE to learn how to prevent or even fix them.

19. When buying yarn at Michael’s or JoAnn’s, do you know you can use their coupons at the other store. I use coupons from Micheal’s and JoAnn’s at Michael’s or JoAnn’s all the time. Saves you more money. Remember thought that this only works in stores, not online.

20. Do you have a storage container for your hooks? Use a pencil box, buy a zipper pouch like the one below or make your own, like my Pencil Shaped Pencil Holder which you can find HERE.

21. Do you have a too much yarn left over, but it is not enough for new projects? Make your own yarn cakes using a yarn winder, like the one below.

 

I hope you enjoyed this collection of tips, tricks and helpful accessories or tools. Do you have more ideas that are missing in this collection? Please leave a comment below and I will add it. Thanks 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Tips, Tricks and Helpful and Useful Accessories and Tools for Crochet”

  1. I love to put my yarn in zip lock bags and cut a corner to stick the yarn through. Then I can tape the label on the outside so I can remember what it was if I need more!

  2. I use large safety pins for stitch markers.
    When weaving in ends, I go one direction then the opposite, locks them in better!

  3. Here is another way of remembering your hook size for the project you put away for a while: make as many knots in your running yarn as the number of your hook. Just undo them when you get back to it.

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