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.
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 £1.99 eBay ones!)
What is your favourite hook? Why? Do you have any other crochet essentials?