Crochet has to be one of the most satisfying crafts, and it’s enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment due to lockdown. Although some stitches are fiendishly complicated to learn, you can master the basics quite quickly and enjoy seeing your project grow. The name ‘crochet’ comes from the French word for ‘hook’, as you need the special hooked tool to create the intricate stitches. If you’d like to learn a new skill, then we’ve put together 10 kits suitable for beginners which come with accessories and instructions (although most will expect you to know a basic stitch or two already – search YouTube for video tutorials). Do check carefully what each kit contains, as some are complete and others will require you to have basic equipment such as a hook, scissors and sewing needles.
1. Gin and tonic mandala kit, Pineapple Fibre Art
This kit contains yarns, ribbons, hoops and the written patterns and charts to make two mandalas (one 10cm in diameter, one 15cm). All you need is a 2mm crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge), pins to block them out, scissors and a needle to sew in the ends. £23, available from Pineapple Fibre Arts.
2. Learn to crochet kit, LittleCraftBoxCo via Etsy
This craft box includes everything you need to make coasters and trinket bowls, including two balls of ribbon tied yarn in a choice of six colours, aluminium 3mm crochet hook, darning needle for weaving in end, highly detailed instruction booklet with photos, stitch guide and pattern and access to detailed online videos. £24, available from the LittleCraftBoxCo via Etsy.
3. Crochet your own pumpkins kit, The Range
This kit contains everything you need to create two pumpkins. Perfect for beginners looking to take up a new and exciting crafting project. £11.99, available from The Range.
4. Crochet basket duo, Stitchingmesoftly via Etsy
This kit contains all the materials and tools you will need to learn how to crochet two baskets in your choice of two different sizes. The kit includes a bamboo crochet hook, two balls of Bobbiny 100% recycled cotton cord, a pattern, a ‘how to crochet’ guide and a stich marker. £35, available from Stitchingmesoftly via Etsy.
5. Easy baby blanket crochet kit, CrochetKitsUK via Etsy
This blanket is made from easy crochet stitches which would suit a beginner, including chain and treble crochet It includes an “Introduction to Basic Crochet Stitches” booklet, three 100g balls of acrylic yarn in saxe, fondant and a saxe/yellow/white mix, and a 5mm crochet hook. £18, available from CrochetKitsUK via Etsy.
6. Learn to crochet kit, HevsHomeCrochet via Etsy
Learn to crochet from scratch with this beginner kit. It has everything you need inside to get started and comes with some helpful tips and tricks to get you into the crochet groove, plus information on how to access video tutorials. The kit includes one 100g ball of acrylic Aran weight yarn from Marriner, one 5mm metal crochet hook, one plastic darning needle and one instruction booklet. £8.50, available from HevsHomeCrochet via Etsy.
7. Beginners’ crochet kit, Beacon Crafts
This kit has been designed to mimic a face-to-face workshop as much as possible. It contains four 100g balls of quality premium acrylic yarn, a crochet hook, a wool needle, an instruction booklet, a ‘basic granny square’ booklet and you’ll also have access to a private Facebook group where you can access video tutorials, ask for help and advice when ever you need it and chat to others learning to crochet along with you. £25, available from Beacon Crafts.
8. Beginners’ turtle crochet kit, Chloe’s Crochet Cuddles via Etsy
This kit is perfect for someone wanting to start a new craft and contains a pattern booklet with video help for each stitch, a 5mm crochet hook, green yarn, brown yarn, stuffing, extra yarn to practice, black yarn for the smile, a set of 10mm safety eyes, a tapestry needle, a stitch counter and some extra treats. £15, available from Chloe’s Crochet Cuddles via Etsy.
9. Aimee the giraffe beginners’ crochet kit, Wee Woolly Wonderfuls
This is a luxury kit containing everything you need to make your very own Aimee the giraffe. It’s suitable for a complete beginner crocheter, as there are step-by-step video tutorials available. This kit contains all the yarn you need, an instruction booklet, a 4mm crochet hook, a sewing needle, two stitch markets, stuffing and a cotton project bag. £27, available from Wee Woolly Wonderfuls.
10. Crochet basket kit, The Left Hookery via Etsy
This kit comes with a choice of three patterns and enough materials to make one basket. You’ll need basic crochet skills including magic ring, chain, double crochet, half treble crochet and slip stitches. The kit contains 100m of 5mm recycled cotton rope/cord, available in a variety of colours, a crochet hook, a bulb stitch marker and patterns. £25, available from The Left Hookery via Etsy.
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