Emma at Lulu Loves shares her must-have crochet accessories…
I use this Cath Kidston basket for keeping my projects in. It’s just the right size to keep everything together and I can move it from room to room or out into the garden easily. I do most of my crocheting at home in the evenings but if I’m out and about collecting/dropping off the children I will pack what I’m working on into a smaller bag and crochet in the car.
Like most people I know who knit or crochet I usually have several projects on the go. At the moment I’m trying to finish one of my ruffle cushions using some leftover Rooster Almerino. I love the muted colours of this yarn and it’s so soft. I’ve also been working on some small gifts of coasters and bobble bows and practising my cabling on a dolly blanket for Lulu.
I always carry a notebook and pencil with me for jotting down ideas and pattern notes. When I started crocheting written patterns looked like a foreign language. I was completely confused by things like gauge and all the stitch abbreviations and would often end up with oddly sized items. This was the main reason I started writing my own patterns so that I could remember what (and how) I had achieved. Even now I still prefer working from diagrams.
My ipad usually lives in my basket too. I don’t print out patterns I just store the pdfs on there and work from them. I also use it to read books and magazines – it saves so much space. Everything on here is shared with my phone, so when I’m out I have access to any patterns I’m working from.
I keep the hooks I’m using in a small pencil case that also carries a tapestry needle, tape measure, small scissors and a stitch counter. I like these tulip hooks although I’m happy to use any metal hooks. I don’t use stitch markers (mainly because I’m certain I’d loose them) I prefer to work my first stitch over a contrasting thread of yarn if I need to keep track of my stitches.