Hey there, fellow crocheters! Welcome to my cozy little corner of creativity. I’m Valeria, and today, I’m thrilled to share my very first post dedicated to sharing my knowledge about crochet clothing. The series is called Crochet Basics. I will talk about all the little details I have learned along my path. It is dedicated to crocheting clothing, choosing the right crochet hooks for the best final project, choosing the right yarn to match your vision, to fit your body, and caring about the final crocheted project, so it will stay in amazing conditions and size to make you happy for years!

So today let’s get deep into crochet hooks! How to choose the right ones, what to avoid…

Oh! And you can read the post or scroll down for the video 🙂

1 – THE BRAND

There are so many different companies producing different crochet hooks. The truth is: that the brand does not matter! I had crocheted amazing dresses with crochet hooks from companies I had never heard of and at the same, I had issues with very famous companies in the knitting world.

So, do not fix on the company as the main point of choosing the crochet hook.

Let’s keep going:

How to Wash and Care for Crochet Clothing: A Comprehensive Guide

Maintaining the beauty and durability of your crochet projects involves more than just choosing the right yarn and hook. Properly washing, drying, and steaming your crochet items are crucial steps to ensure they keep their shape and look as stunning as when you first made them. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential techniques for caring for your crochet samples and finished garments, whether you prefer hand washing or using a machine. By following these steps, you’ll ensure your crochet creations remain in perfect condition for years to come.

How to Hold Your Crochet Hook and Yarn Comfortably

Discover the best techniques for holding your crochet hook and yarn in this comprehensive guide. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, learn how to achieve consistent tension, avoid hand fatigue, and enjoy a more comfortable crocheting experience. Explore different holding methods and find the one that suits you best. Happy crocheting!

The Ultimate Guide to Matching Yarn with Crochet Hooks for Perfect Crochet Clothes

Explore the essential tips for matching your yarn with the right crochet hook to achieve perfect texture, drape, and fit in your crochet clothing projects. Whether you’re aiming for structured garments or flowy designs, this guide will help you select the best hook and yarn combination for your needs. Happy crocheting!

How to Handle Yarn Bleeding in Crochet Clothes

When choosing yarn for your crochet projects, one often overlooked but critical factor is colorfastness – specifically, whether the yarn bleeds. Yarn bleeding can ruin your hard work by staining other parts of your garment, other clothes, or even your skin. In this post, we explain how to identify and handle yarn bleeding, with practical tips to prevent it from affecting your beautiful crochet creations.

Understanding Twist of the Yarn for Crochet Clothes

The twist of the yarn is another crucial factor that influences the final appearance and durability of your crochet project. The way the yarn is twisted affects its strength, texture, and how easy it is to work with. In this post, we delve into the importance of yarn twist, explaining how to choose the right twist for durability and ease of crochet.

How Yarn Thickness Affects Crochet Clothes

The thickness of the yarn you choose plays a crucial role in determining the final look and feel of your crochet project. It affects everything from the drape and texture to the warmth and weight of the garment. In this post, we discuss how to choose the right thickness for different types of clothing, helping you achieve the perfect balance between drape and structure.

The Best Yarn Composition for Crochet Clothing

When it comes to choosing yarn for crocheting clothing, the composition is paramount. Using natural fibers not only benefits your skin but also the environment. In this post, we explore the best types of yarns for crochet clothing projects, focusing on cotton, silk, and linen. Find out why these natural materials are my top recommendations and how they can make your crochet garments comfortable, durable, and beautiful.

How to Choose the Best Yarn for Your Crochet Clothes

In this post, we dive deep into the world of yarn selection for your crochet projects. Join me as we explore the composition of yarn and uncover the secrets to choosing the perfect yarn for your creations.

2 – CROCHET HOOK TYPE

There are crochet hooks with handles and without handles & I would strongly recommend not choosing the ones that do not have handles. Those that look just like sticks will provoke hand paint before you get to the middle of your crochet dress.

Of course, it is not equal for everybody, there will always be people who do fine with every crochet hook! What I am sharing here with you is my experience in crocheting clothing.

If you use crochet hooks from 1,5mm to 3,5mm you will not be comfortable crocheting with crochet hooks that look like sticks, you will need that crochet hook to have a handle, so you can finish your crochet skirt before hating the whole crochet concept!

There are different handles. Some are more bouncy and others are more plasticky. From my experience, there is no difference in what kind of material the handle is made from, it is comfortable to crochet for a long time. I noticed however that handles made from wood were not comfortable enough for me.

These are the crochet hooks I decided to use because of their comfort for long-time crocheting without pain. Remember this will not cause a higher or lower quality in your final garment, the crochet handle will impact how long you will be able to crochet without the pain in your palm, hand, and fingers.

I started my crochet path with a crochet “stick” hook, and when I changed to handle, it was a bit awkward for me for a bit, but then I started feeling fast improvement!

Have you ever worked tirelessly to create a garment that you thought you’d love, only to finish it and find out it does not look remotely like you thought it would on your body? 

This ebook is designed to help you develop a closet that you love because it complements your body! You will learn to create a silhouette custom designed to reflect your body shape, so you can experiment with clothing styles, fits, and colours on paper before cutting into that expensive fabric or spending weeks knitting that sweater. 

hWardrobe – ebook.

3 – CROCHET HOOK SIZE

If you are planning to crochet clothing and if in some moment you want to follow my crochet patterns and my tutorials, I highly recommend you buy crochet hooks from 1,5mm to 3,5mm (with 0,25mm step).

My most used crochet hooks are 1,5mm; 1,75mm; 2mm; 2,25mm; 2,5mm; 2,75mm; 3mm; 3,25mm; 3,5mm. It will be 10 crochet hooks.

Why do you need this tiny step of 0,25mm? Is there really a difference?

YES!

There IS!

When you crochet clothes with crochet hooks from 1,5mm to 3,5mm then you will notice that there is a HUGE difference! Stitch count, tension – all these you will be able to control perfectly with these numbers! I will go deeper into explaining, the importance of this, when we will crochet a dress based on a square crochet pattern, and you will NEED to maintain squares to be squares and not stretch to rectangles! It will be important to regulate the right tension for it! Or..if you want to go into fluffy skirts or blouses and instead of adding stitches you might use a bigger number of crochet hook and create a change of tension that will look fluffy and romantic… There are too many examples of it in crochet clothing!

Have you ever worked tirelessly to create a garment that you thought you’d love, only to finish it and find out it does not look remotely like you thought it would on your body? 

This ebook is designed to help you develop a closet that you love because it complements your body! You will learn to create a silhouette custom designed to reflect your body shape, so you can experiment with clothing styles, fits, and colours on paper before cutting into that expensive fabric or spending weeks knitting that sweater. 

hWardrobe – ebook.

VERY IMPORTANT THING I

Some crochet hooks come faulty, it does not depend on the brand, or on the type of the crochet hook. To check if the crochet hook is faulty or is right, take a yarn and pass it through the head of the crochet hook. If you feel some tangle, if the crochet hook is not passing easily and gets kind of lightly stuck, do not buy this crochet hook. 

If you buy crochet hooks online, as fast as you receive them, pass the yarn in all crochet hooks. If there is something wrong with them, right to the online shop, so they refund you, or send new ones!)

You can check the video at the end of this post on how to pass the yarn in the head of the crochet hook. 

The yarn MUST pass smoothly!

VERY IMPORTANT THING II

Do not buy different crochet hooks from different companies at the same time, or even from different lines.

These crochet hooks have different heads and materials, they will produce different count stitches being the same size. You will not be able to use these crochet hooks in their different size to manipulate the tension of the crochet fabric.

It might look like you will just try them out and see what you like more. It is fine. But make sure that you have the same sizes in all the lines and when you are crocheting a garment and changing the crochet hook, you are changing inside the same line of crochet hook in order to maintain stability of the tension of your crochet fabric.

I have crocheted a sample with 2 crochet hooks of the same size – 2mm – and from the same company – Clover – . BUT! Different lines. I got a different outcome. Different stitches count in the same 2mm! just a different line…