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Crochet is a wonderfully relaxing activity that is being enjoyed by a lot of people, women in particular. You can create a lot of things using crochet – bags, wallets, purses, cell phone holders, laptop sleeves, and even curtains! You can use the usual stitch, but to make your creation more interesting, you can also use different crochet patterns. There are a lot of them that you can choose from.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

If you are looking for a crochet pattern for something that you are planning to make, there are many sources from which you can get ideas from. Let me tell you all about them

Crochet Patterns Online

There are a lot of websites that you can go to for crochet patterns. The Internet is a great place where you can get a lot of ideas involving crochet patterns. You could also order your crochet materials online if you want to!

Buy a Book

You do not need an expensive, new book to tell you all about crochet. We all know that crochet is a craft that has been practiced many years before. Your grandmother surely knows how to crochet, and maybe even your grandmother's grandmother too! Any old book concerning crochet can be bought at discount book stores. You might even find them at the local library.

As your Grandmother

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).


I'm serious! Your grandmother might just be the best person to teach you how to create new and wonderful crochet patters. That way, you would also be able to ask her to review your stitches if it needs any improvement.

Once you have established the kind of design you would want to go with your creation, you can begin making then as soon as possible. Crochet is a wonderful hobby that you can do while talking to your friends, having a cup of tea, or watching television. The process is pretty repetitive, and you really do not need to put in a lot of mental activity while doing the task.

To get you started, here are some very popular crochet stitches:

Basic stitch – you would probably already know how to make a basic crochet stitch. If you don't it's about time you learn. These basic stitches are important for you would be beginning and ending any patter with a basic stitch.

Cluster stitch – this kind of stitch is very interesting and has a wonderful texture. It is great to look at, especially when you use multiple colors.

Lace stitch – now this is something wonderful to make. This kind of stitch imitates the look of lace, looking like patterns with holes in it. Using a white tread, you could easily pull off the lace look. This would look great as a lining for curtains and lends a feminine feel to almost anything.

Other than crocheting, knitting is also another activity that a lot of people enjoy. Unlike crochet, knitting is faster because it has bigger knitting stitches. You can make scarves, sweaters and a whole lot more with knitting.

So, jump-start a new hobby now! Look up look up crocheting or knitting on the Internet. I'm sure you'll find a lot of sources there.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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