Here are a few tools I’ve found to be surprisingly useful in more than one way when crocheting!
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1. Bobbi Pins
Not only are these great for holding back loose bangs when furiously crocheting, but they are the cheapest (and in my opinion) most effective stitch markers! Just be sure not to lose them all before your project is finished.
2. Yarn Scrap Trash Can
I know what you’re thinking… “Can’t I just use the trash can I already have in the kitchen for free?”
I’m telling you, spend the $1 at the dollar store and get yourself one of these little wonders. I use yarn scraps for stuffing my amigurumi projects and never have to purchase polyfil stuffing! Plus, if you keep this little guy next to your favorite crochet spot, you’ll never have to get up to toss away scraps. Now isn’t that worth it? You’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t do it before!
Hit up any decent Goodwill store and you’ll find teapots galore. Usually a decent sized one will go for $2-3 or a beautifully ornate hand-painted one will set you back $5. What I’m saying is – they’re affordable if you look in the right places!
I recommend picking up a new one because you won’t be using this guy for your favorite earl grey – you’ll use it as a yarn bowl! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, stay with me. You thread the working yarn through the spout of the teapot and leave the whole skein inside. Now you don’t have balls of yarn rolling all over the carpet which, let’s be honest, we haven’t vacuumed lately because there are too many WIPs! Also it keeps your working yarn hidden away from tiny wandering hands or paws! (anybody have a kitten that destroys projects on the regular??)
Let’s get real. Remember all of those Bake Shop Blanket Squares I made? Well sometimes even I (yes, I!) would crochet my granny square around the bakery motif in the wrong color (gasp!). Having these tiny scissors to work around the stitches and cut off what I didn’t want was a huge time saver! (I have a love/hate relationship with frogging yarn. Just don’t ask.)
Also these little guys fit perfectly in a purse or small tote bag for crochet on-the-go!
5. The Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant
I know this one is a splurge at about $8 retail, but I’m telling you when that unplanned trip to visit the family in Georgia comes along and you get on a flight quick, fast, and in a hurry – you’ll be glad you have this little tool! You can take it in your carry on or even wear it as a pendant. I keep mine on my keys because every stinking time I go anywhere I remember my yarn and hook but not my cutting tool! No more with this little guy.
So for a total of about $10 you are on your way to being a better crocheter! Happy hooking, one and all!
Unfortunately, the yarn cutter pendant is not permitted in airline carry on luggage.
Hmm I’ve taken mine on a plane before…