You don’t need a lot of information to dive right in.
I’ve put together some resources and information I’ve found helpful, broken down by topic. Please note, this post contains Affiliate links.
Knitting and Crochet Resources
You don’t need a huge amount to get started. Check out Getting Started With Yarn for some starting tips.
Crochet Hooks – I really enjoy the Clover range of products and they are generally my go to range for crochet hooks. Clover Amour Crochet Hook Set is a great first time option to get a variety of hook sizes to start off with. You can also buy Clover hooks individually if you prefer.
Knitting Needles – Pony aluminium knitting needles were a good starting point. I’ve also tried bamboo needles which I really liked. Try a few out and see what feels best to you.
Websites – there are loads of websites dedicated to yarn based crafts. You can find some of my favourites here.
Books – The following are a few of the books I tried and enjoyed when I was starting.
Mollie Makes: How to Crochet: Go from Beginner to Expert with 15 Exclusive Projects – This book was useful as the diagrams and instructions were very clear and easy to follow.
Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of Knitters – A funny and slightly irreverent book about the history of knitting, how it’s done, and why it’s coming back into fashion.
If you need more visual information there are loads of YouTube videos to show you how to knit or crochet. Sometimes though you want something in front of you to flick to the page about the stitch you are working on without having to find the 20 second instruction you want in the middle of a 15 minute video.
Yarn – I have dedicated a post as an intro to yarn, but I have listed here some of my preferred yarn shops.
Deramores – they have a wide selection and offer free shipping to the UK, Europe, US, Canada, Australia AND New Zealand, depending on your spend. You can also buy accessories, patterns and pretty much anything you might need.
Etsy – Gorgeous products available. Hand dyed yarns from all over the world in any combination you could think of. Not cheap, but worth it for special projects.
Sewrella is one of my favourites – she offers blogging tips as well as craft patterns. I really like her blogging style and while she hasn’t heard of me, her posts encouraged me to set up this site.
Google Analytics – a must have for tracking the performance of your site.
Yoast – a plug in that helps with your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Sounds boring but it’s crucial if you want anybody beyond you, your friends and family to read and enjoy your efforts.
Pinterest – many bloggers find the majority of their traffic comes through Pinterest. You need to create and post your own pins as well as pinning posts you see. It’s also important to make your pins attractive as well as suitable for the dimensions of Pinterest pins. Speaking of which…
Canva – my preffered tool for creating images for Pinterest, Instagram and just to include on my blog. It has templates set up with the dimensions required for various social media sites