Today we cut to the heart of the matter (bad pun intended) – the scissors. No crochet kit would be complete without them. But which ones do you truly need?
Most people, from beginners up through intermediate or even advanced crocheters, will be just fine with a pair of children’s safety scissors like these. Safety scissors are portable and I’ve never had a problem bringing blunt-tip scissors on a plane. (And what better time to crochet than during a long flight?) For the most part, the short tips will allow you to cut your yarn close enough to avoid frays but gently enough to keep your finished piece intact.
If you are selling your finished crochet work or using highly textured yarns, you may find that safety scissors don’t cut sharply enough. To prevent little frayed edges, you may need to upgrade. I was lucky enough to get a pair of these Omnigrip thread snips as a gift a few years ago. The tips are extremely sharp and they cut very cleanly. The thread snips are still small enough to be portable. They can be pretty dangerous though – you can cut yourself or your crochet work if you aren’t careful. If you do upgrade, get a set like mine with a protective plastic cover so you don’t poke yourself inadvertently.
If you don’t want to buy a new pair of scissors just for crocheting, most all purpose scissors are effective. These scissors are generally larger than what you will need. You may be able to use embroidery scissors as well – some are not strong enough to cut through thick yarns, so you will have to experiment.