I’ve been asked a few times recently about micro-crochet and how to use tiny hooks and sewing thread, so I thought it might be a good idea to post about this and see if I can put all the answers together. If you are wanting to know where to get the hooks, what type of thread I use and how I see those minute stitches, read on! I’ll link to the products I use, but please note that I’m in no way affiliated with either the product or the site. What works for me, might not be best for you.
First things first, let’s talk about thread. I have some plain old polyester thread, cheap as chips from a local craft store. I also have a few spools of Gütermann Sew-All, which is also polyester, but looks smoother and has less fly-away ends. It’s also more expensive, so if you are just setting out, but want a good selection of colours, I’d recommend this. If you want to invest, you will find Gütermann and its huge selection of colours in haberdashery shops and places like John Lewis, where I got mine.
Gütermann also has cotton threads too, so if you want to use something natural, you can try that, but I can’t speak for the strength of it, whereas the polyester thread feels quite hardy.
Hooks! This is the question I’ve been asked the most. Where can you buy these tiny lace hooks? For sewing thread, you’ll need a tiny 0.35mm, 0.4mm and 0.45mm to start with. As you can see, the sizes jump up 0.05mm, so if you find your work is bobbling up, you can increase the hook size without it becoming too loose. Sew2go stock all the sizes and you can find them here. These are the Tulip hooks with a handle and are so comfortable to hold. I’ve tried hooks without a handle and they made my hand ache. I will probably keep adding to my mini hook set and have several of the smallest sizes, just in case.
Once you have your hooks and threads, you will want to start your project, so how to see these crazy small stitches? I have to admit, my eyes are not great, so anyone managing this without magnification really blows my mind. I prefer to use a head set, which has a light and is extremely unflattering to wear, but we aren’t in this for the glamour, are we? The one I have is this one and I have tried more expensive ones with extra lenses, but this one is my favourite. I use the x3.5 lens and hold my project quite close to my face. You will notice at first that you move your hands a lot, which takes everything out of focus. Just practice, as you will soon get the hang of it.
Finally, I’ll just mention how I hold and wrap my thread. I wrap it once around my little finger, then up and over my index finger to keep the tension as I think most people do with standard crochet. I find this helps keep things a little more taut, as you don’t want loose stitches.
Doesn’t this all sound so nice and straightforward? It really is if you take your time! You don’t have to change anything for any stitch, although, top tip, back posts? Flip the work and do them as front posts or you will stab your finger.
If you are used to crocheting with nice chunky yarns, but are wanting to give this a go, I’d suggest, getting some Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush and a 1.25mm and 1.5mm hook, as it is a nice way to decrease your size without needing much magnification – I don’t have to use any with this. I also love this thread and have every colour there is and even then, it doesn’t take up much room. I’m currently making a mini Ubuntu with this thread and it’s just beautiful to use. You can find it at Wool Warehouse where you can also get this lovely Tulip Set, which starts at 0.5mm.
I hope this helps with any questions and calms any doubts about micro-crochet, it really is so satisfying to see a mini project develop out of such tiny threads.