crochet

H is for Hooks

A tiny bit predictable but very important. There are some forms of crochet that can be done with other, more unique tools, but for the majority of projects a hook is essential. There are loads of different types and brands of hooks, from basic aluminium sets purchased from eBay for a few pounds to luxury gold plated ones handcrafted by unicorns which only lottery winners can afford (OK, that may be a slight exaggeration but the very best hooks are pretty pricey!) I’ve also seem some rather beautiful carved wooden ones when I was browsing, though I can imagine I would break them.

I have a lot of hooks (2 full aluminium sets, 1 ergonomic set and 1 clover amour hook plus a few random ones I’ve picked up along the way). The aluminum ones tend to be what most people start with as they are cheap and often come as free gifts on magazines.  I used them a lot and they have served me well, but more recently I’ve started branching out. I ordered a set of cheap ergonomic hooks from amazon. The ends are aluminium and the handles are made of a silicone/resin type material. They are more comfy to hold for extended periods of time because they have thicker handles, which is pretty handy if you’re making a blanket! When I ordered them I also treated myself to one Clover Amour hook. It is my absolute favourite hook to use and I’m hoping to get more sizes soon. It is as comfy to hold as the other ergonomic hooks but what sets it apart is the non stick coating  (that’s the best way I can describe it!) which allows the yarn to literally glide over it. When I use it I can work really fast (and hopefully neatly!) and it feels so lovely and smooth to work with. It was well worth the investment, though the price of a full set of them makes me feel a tad faint. 

Left-right: Basic aluminium hook, fusion ergonomic hook, Clover Amour hook

Now I have discovered the pleasure of using an ergonomic hook I don’t tend to use the aluminium ones, but I’m keeping them as I don’t have every size of ergonomic hooks and I may need them. Also, a couple of friends want to learn to crochet so they will come in handy to teach them with. If I manage to add to my Clover collection I may have to make a new crochet hook roll as the spaces are only wide enough for the aluminium ones. I don’t take my projects anywhere without it!

I know this post is about hooks, but there’s a couple of other essentials I wouldn’t be without. A pair of small, sharp scissors are really useful, as is a tapestry needle. I also have a tiny retractable tape measure in there and some safety pins which I use as stitch markers/holders. Crochet is a fantastic craft because it needs so few tools to start off with, and it doesn’t have to be expensive unless you want the Ferrari version of crochet hooks (as opposed to the Ford Fiesta* aluminium ones, which are perfectly serviceable!) 

*I have nothing against Ford Fiestas, apart from my own when it needs to go to the garage.

I hope this little introduction to crochet hooks has been useful. I’d just like to finish by adding that crochet hooks are a real personal preference thing and it’s worth trying different types before committing to buying a full set of a particular brand (unless they’re the Β£1.99 eBay ones!) 

What is your favourite hook? Why? Do you have any other crochet essentials?

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18 thoughts on “H is for Hooks

  1. Great Post yet again!! πŸ˜€ I love your little Carry All for them too.

    Why the Tapestry Needle over a normal needle? I always used to think Nanna used a Darning Needle…that was until I started to darn socks….just never worked out why the difference.

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    1. It has a nice wide eye for getting chunkier yarns through and a slight point but isn’t too sharp, I just find it easier. It was also left over from my cross stitching days. I’m not sure of the difference between that and a darning needle though as I don’t think I own one. 😊

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      1. πŸ™‚ Thanks for that!!! Sounds similar to a Darner, I know mine is a thicker needle with a larger eye, but then I also have one that has a slight curve in it.
        If it’s got a pointy end and I can thread it, that’s good enough for me! πŸ˜€

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  2. My first set of hooks were Boyes Aluminium ones that came in a great range of sizes. I thought they were awesome until I bought my Tulip Etimos and saw my lacework transformed overnight. Definitely wouldn’t use anything else now!

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  3. Great post! I started off with aluminium hooks, but recently my hubby treated me to some symphony knit pro hooks, mad from birch, with a small Swarovski crystal at the bottom, they are gorgeous, but I too am petrified of snapping them! When he’s not looking I sneak back to my aluminiums!

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  4. I used an aluminum hook for about 10 days before I went to a better hook. Once I tried the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz hooks I was hooked! (Mine sadly don’t have crystals though.) πŸ˜‰

    My local independent is ONE block from my apartment which is truly unfair and once they let me try the Knitter’s Pride hook I was literally unable to use anything else. The are compressed ash (also used for baseball bats) and even though they look delicate they are really very sturdy. The colours help me get the right size too.

    I like the way the clovers handle but the feel of the plastic is unpleasant to me and the colour of the one I tried reminded me of earwax. The wood of my set feels light, war, delicate, alive and perfectly balanced in my hands.

    The hooks I use most often are the .5mm – the 3.0mm one, I like to crochet with thread and thin yarns. These hooks have the perfect inline hook as well as a head that is neither too sharp nor too nor too rounded. I think I may have an healthy attachment to my set!

    Since I teach and craft, it isn’t unusual for me to have a hook in my hands for up to 30 hours a week when I am really on a tear. My tools are too important to me to skimp.

    They were pretty pricey as hooks go (although nothing like the furls!) but since I was a weaver before I tried crochet it didn’t seem to bad to me.

    After buying a 45″ floor loom and all the assorted doodads weavers need I think I am immune to crochet hook sticker shock.

    Like all serious String People, I have SERIOUS opinions on my tools! πŸ™‚

    I love your post, great blog!

    Baba StringThings

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