With everyone looking for a spot of mindfulness, it's no longer just your Gran that you'll find picking up the crochet hook – even Cara Delevingne famously crochets behind the scenes at fashion shows. The world of crochet has boomed in the past few years, and why not? It's stress-relieving, creative, therapeutic, and so satisfying!
The melatonin-releasing activity has got the world hooked, and crochet kits have become one of the best activities for relaxation. From blankets to baskets, scarves to stuffed toys, we've researched the best modern, easy-to-do kits for beginners and beyond from online retailers such as John Lewis and Amazon to get you inspired. Enjoy!
Crochet is the process of creating textiles and products by using a hook to interlace strands of yarn. It's similar to knitting but with a few clear differences – knitting uses two needles and holds the stitches on the needles themselves, whereas crochet uses one, much smaller hook and stitches the loops directly together to create your pattern.
Many elements are needed for crocheting, such as hooks, needles, yarn, stitch markers, scissors, measuring tapes and patterns, but crocheting kits are great because they contain everything you need to get going.
Of course, you can buy the elements separately if you know what you're doing, but buying a kit is much more convenient, it's better value for money and it's time-saving, leaving you to get down to the stitching!
In this section, we'll be discussing the different types of crochet kits, the tools you need to have, and what to look out for to make sure it's the right kit for you.
Before you dive headfirst into balls of yarn, you want to think about what type of kit you need. This section will go through the three main categories that will help you narrow down your search for the perfect project.
Single project kits will contain all the tools, materials and instructions for creating one specific project. These are ideal if you're looking to make a particular thing such as a rainbow-coloured snood or a soft bunny for your child.
The kits are measured out precisely, so you won't have any leftover pieces of yarn, which means no waste! That said, if you want to make multiples of your project, you will have to order more supplies.
Single project kits usually contain yarn, but some don't, so be sure to check the packaging very carefully before you buy. A good indication of whether it does include it is the price – it will be much more expensive if the yarn is included!
Beginner kits are specifically geared towards people who know zilch about crocheting. They are much the same as single project kits in that they contain everything you need, no more and no less.
As with single project kits, check that they come with yarn – this is especially important as a beginner as it's challenging to know which is the best sort for your needs.
These kits will come with really detailed, easy-to-follow instructions, with the best ones containing illustrations to check that your piece looks as it should every step of the way. This is invaluable at the beginning of your crochet journey, so it's always worth looking for.
Amigurumi is essentially the craft of crocheting stuffed toys. They aren't recommended for complete beginners as they have a few more elements than a simple crochet pattern. Still, you can find some entry-level amigurumi kits, and once you get the hang of a few techniques it shouldn't be too hard!
Amigurumi consists of crocheting the various parts of the pattern, sewing them together and stuffing the finishing product. The kits are fully inclusive of all of this, including darning needles, stuffing and a step-by-step guide. The best thing about learning to amigurumi is the wide variety of patterns and projects!
Crochet hooks are one thing that you need to get your head around. A hook is the crochet version of a knitting needle, and is your primary tool for creating your masterpieces! Essentially, the hook is used to pull the yarn through the pattern, weaving it into place.
If you aren't sure whether your kit is for a beginner or a seasoned crocheter, take a look at the hook, as some are much easier to use than others.
There is a vast range of hooks from plastic to wood, thick to thin, and all seasoned crocheters have their preference. However, beginners are advised to use metal or aluminium hooks. This is because when you first start to crochet, your hook will most likely receive quite a bit of strain and tension before you're able to hone your technique, so you'll need something durable.
Secondly, metal hooks are usually the cheapest option, so they are often included in a kit for beginners. There's no point forking out a small fortune for a hobby that you're not even sure you like yet! But if you stick with it, metal is an all-rounder, suitable for a wide range of projects.
As well as the material, it would also help if you looked at the width of the hook. For a beginner, the recommended size is between 4 mm and 5 mm. This is a medium-size which is just big enough that it's still comfortable to hold, but small enough that the process isn't too fiddly.
While aluminium hooks are excellent for beginners, crochet pros will probably want to branch out into new territories. It may be a good all-rounder that is comfortable to use, but metal isn't the best choice for more intricate designs. Depending on the use for your hook, there are a few things to look out for.
Firstly, there's the shape. Flat handles allow for a more comfortable grip and extra precision which is ideal if you're working on an intricate design filled with complicated stitches. If you've got your technique down to a tee, lightweight hooks are much easier to work with.
If you work on large projects, you'll want a hook that's easy on the hands – something lightweight and soft such as plastic, and preferably with a soft thumb grip to help you hold your position in place for a while longer.
The other popular option is wood. The best wooden hooks are usually made from bamboo and have a certain amount of flexibility to them, which is excellent if you dislike the rigidity of metal or plastic. That said, bamboo might not allow you the same level of strength as the others, but it all comes down to personal preference.
Long gone are the days of crochet only being an acceptable hobby for grandmas, these days everyone's having a go! This means you'll be able to choose from small designs that take just a few hours to complete to the intricate, complicated and oh-so-satisfying marathons of projects. Here's a quick look at the most popular categories.
Blankets, throws and quilts are wonderful crochet projects to get stuck into. Being large square pieces of intertwined yarn, the shape of them makes them excellent projects for beginners. That said, there is such a wide range of designs that the patterns can be as straightforward or as complicated as you'd like.
Dishcloths are an excellent choice if you want something simple, and there are lots of starter kits to choose from. If you're looking for more of a challenge, try a patchwork quilt with pretty designs on each square. These look lovely draped over a bed, a sofa or your lap, and add a cosy feel to your home.
Crochet isn't just for square pieces, though! Art projects, wall hangings and decorations are excellent for adding a bit of life and homemade charm to a dull space. From multicoloured wall hangings to stuffed acorns and pinecones for a winter table; there's a whole range of patterns to choose from.
Being decorative, the designs tend to be a little more complicated than a square project such as a towel, rug or blanket, but you can still find small projects suitable for beginners if you would like to have a go.
If you're new to crochet, granny square scarves are an excellent way to begin. This term refers to a simple square shape of a certain pattern that allows you to hone your technique before moving on to more complicated designs.
Once you've mastered the square, you can move on to things like jumpers, cardigans and tops – perfect for those wanting to make more sustainable fashion choices. There are even some excellent kits for making cute little slippers to keep those tootsies warm over winter, and best of all, they only take a few hours to make!
Amigurumi opens up a whole new world of crocheting when you're ready, and they are excellent projects to undertake if you have small children. Instead of spending a fortune on small stuffed toys for cuddle time, make them yourself!
They also mean more when your hands created them, and they can be kept, passed on, handed down or given as a gift, which makes them even more special. The options here are endless, from traditional bears to baby racoons, bunnies and foxes. Make a whole family if you like!
These aren't always needed depending on your project, but it's a good idea to check out the contents before you purchase. You'll obviously want the hooks, and yarn if it includes them, but there are also a few other handy bits to look out for.
Now that you're educated on all the ins and outs as well as the options and designs available for crochet kits, let's dive into our top 10 recommendations!
|Yarn||Hometown 135 yarn|
|Hook||Plastic 4, 5, 5.5, 6.5, 8 mm|
|Accessories||5 x hooks, 2 x needles, tape measure, knit trolly, stitch markers|
|Category||Amigurumi (multiple projects)|
|Yarn||Enough included for two characters|
|Accessories||Eye screws, needle, booklet of instructions, hook|
|Hook||Metal 4 mm|
|Yarn||3 x premium Stylecraft yarn|
|Accessories||Printed pattern, 2 x stitch markers, yarn needle, project bag|
|Hook||Plastic 4 mm|
|Yarn||12 x premium acrylic yarn|
|Accessories||Printed pattern, stitch markers, yarn needle, project bag|
|Yarn||Ra-Ra Raffia yarn|
|Accessories||Pattern, sewing needle, 'Made by Me' label, magnetic fastenings|
|Hook||2 x plastic|
|Yarn||7 assorted colours of yarn for three projects|
|Project||Mixture of accessories|
|Accessories||Plastic needle, 2 x hooks, yarn, instruction booklet|
|Hook||Plastic 5 mm and 8 mm|
|Yarn||3 x Bernat Blanket yarn|
|Hook||Soft grip metal 5 mm|
|Yarn||100% British Stone DK yarn|
|Accessories||Hi-loft polyester stuffing, needle, pattern|
|Hook||Plastic 4 mm|
|Yarn||Hello 100% cotton yarn|
|Project||7 decorative and Amigurumi projects|
|Accessories||Stuffing, pattern book|
Wool And The Gang
Blue Ammonite Designs
Blue Ammonite Designs
Lion Brand Yarn Company
Rainbow Dreams Crochet Kit
Emma the Bunny Crochet Kit
Lulu Llama Crochet Kit
Easy-to-Do Crochet Kit
Money Honey Clutch Bag Crochet Kit
Vintage Rainbow Blanket Crochet Kit
Easy Peasy Baby Blanket Crochet Kit
Harry Potter Crochet
I Taught Myself to Crochet Kit
Calliope Super Scarf Crochet Kit
The Ultimate Rainbow Crochet Kit
The Classic Soft Toy Crochet Bunny
A Colourful Crochet Llama Perfect for Gifting
Complete Crochet Kit for Beginners and Crafty Children
A Stylish Clutch Bag Crocheted by Your Own Hands
A Grown-Up Blanket Made From Luxury Soft Yarn
The Multicoloured Crochet Baby Blanket
The Magical Crochet Kit for Harry Potter Fans
A Starter Kit of 15 Projects With Boye
Begin Your Crochet Journey With a Super Scarf Pattern
|Category||Multiple projects||Beginner kit||Single project||Beginner kit||Single project||Single project||Single project||Amigurumi (multiple projects)||Beginner kit||Single project|
|Hook||Plastic 4 mm||Soft grip metal 5 mm||Plastic 5 mm and 8 mm||2 x plastic||3.5 mm||Plastic 4 mm||Metal 4 mm||Plastic||Plastic 4, 5, 5.5, 6.5, 8 mm||Not included|
|Yarn||Hello 100% cotton yarn||100% British Stone DK yarn||3 x Bernat Blanket yarn||7 assorted colours of yarn for three projects||Ra-Ra Raffia yarn||12 x premium acrylic yarn||3 x premium Stylecraft yarn||Enough included for two characters||Not included||Hometown 135 yarn|
|Project||7 decorative and Amigurumi projects||Soft toy||Soft toy||Mixture of accessories||Handbag||Blanket||Blanket||Soft toys||Variety||Scarf|
|Accessories||Stuffing, pattern book||Hi-loft polyester stuffing, needle, pattern||Stuffing, pattern||Plastic needle, 2 x hooks, yarn, instruction booklet||Pattern, sewing needle, 'Made by Me' label, magnetic fastenings||Printed pattern, stitch markers, yarn needle, project bag||Printed pattern, 2 x stitch markers, yarn needle, project bag||Eye screws, needle, booklet of instructions, hook||5 x hooks, 2 x needles, tape measure, knit trolly, stitch markers||Instructions|
Feeling inspired to get creative? Whether you're looking for new ways to occupy the family on a wet-weather weekend, a unique activity for a party or a thoughtful gift idea, DIY crafts are a fantastic shout. Here are three more kit ideas to get stuck into!
We hope you enjoyed our article on the best crochet kits in the UK. Whether you want to have a go at making your own clothes or something more artistic, hopefully we've sparked your creative urges to get stitching, hooking and making lots of pretty things to fill your home with.
Author: Roxy Pratley
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