If you want to take up crochet but don't want to make the wrong investments, here's our list of the best value for money crochet equipment, all tried and tested by us.
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Basic crochet hooks
I bought this hook set back when I first started crocheting, and it has served me well ever since. It might not be the most comfortable, but it comes with a handy travel pack (that I now also store scissors, stitch markers, darning needles etc in) and you're never lacking in sizes.
Tunisian crochet hooks
A cheap and cheerful pack for those who are just beginning to dip their toes into the wild word of Tunisian crochet (also known as Afghan crochet).
Don't know what Tunisian crochet is? Take a look here
This pack again boasts a wide range of sizes, so the range of patterns within your grasp is even wider.
I swear by Ice Yarns yarn. They have a wide and ever-changing range of high quality yarns, with reasonable prices and surprisingly fast shipping.
It's easy to buy in bulk for big projects or to complete your stash!
Speaking of amigurimi, what's a cute critter without some eyes to give him some personality? Less creepy than using buttons, lazier than embroidery, safety eyes are a great solution, and mean that your creations should be safer around small children.
Maybe you want to add some Coraline factor to your toys, or maybe you're making baby clothes, or maybe even you just love sticking buttons on everything. In this golden age of the Internet, it's just better value to buy in bulk (I have empty jam jars full of these bits and bobs all over the place)
For crochet projects, or for any kind of decoration really; once again buying in bulk is the best way to go. Not to mention that the colours of these beads are really cute.