Everything you need to know about Crochet Hooks
Having the right tools when you start to get more serious about a craft can be essential. The good news is that, compared with many other hobbies, crochet will give you good results with a comparatively low initial investment. I restarted as an adult with a hook my Mother in Law gave to me. It was a 4.25 mm (US G) hook passed down from her Aunt. I used it for 3 huge striped blankets (they turned out VERY thick – I had no idea about hook sizes and yarn..) 2 bags and all my beginning Amigurumis. I used it until the metal started rubbing off and turned my fingers gray. That’s when I knew I had to start branching out. There are a lot of choices out there and I want to share some of my experiences with you!
Plastic Crochet Hook Review
I think most of us may have started with these. I first learned crochet in Elementary school and we all got the same white, plastic hook.
Cons: slow you down, snag the yarn, feel a little icky as they make your fingers sweat
I would recommend these only if you are uncertain you will like crocheting and don’t want to spend the money on metal ones. Only get one size you need and don’t invest in a whole set of these, unless they are a gift for a younger kid.
Metal Crochet Hook Guide
There are many kinds of metal hooks out there and, like the plastic ones, they can be separated into two general categories:
Tapered Crochet Hooks
this refers to the shape of the throat. In tapered hooks the throat gets very thin compared to the shaft and the head. A good example of a tapered hook is the Boye hook. This shape is recommended when your stitches are very loose as the narrow throat will help tighten the loops. I can recommend the Boye hook for amigurumi because the head is pointy and leaves your stitches tighter so the stuffing wont peek through.
Inline Crochet Hooks
these hooks have a throat “inline” with the shaft and the head. A common inline hook is the Susan Bates hook. I used one of these as a beginner, because my stitches tend to be very tight and were even more so back then. The Bates hooks head is rounder and I don’t recommend these for amigurumi as compared to the Boye hooks.
These are hooks with a more comfortable grip. They come in both inline and tapered styles and are usually a little pricier then the simple metal or plastic hooks. There are lots of different choices, but I want to talk about two grip categories
Round grip crochet hooks
This shape is ideal for crocheters who roll their hooks. They have no dent for your thumb to rest and are the same thickness all around.
This grip has a distinct place for your thumb. My first one of these was the crochet Dudes Boye hook and it did help with my thumb aching after crocheting for hours. So if you grip your hook rather tightly and your hand tends to cramp up after a while, I recommend an ergonomic grip. The Clover Soft touch hooks were recently voted the best ergonomic hooks and I do like the feel of them, however they seem a little short for my hands and my hands are not particularly large. Another very popular choice is the Clover Amour hook. The aluminum ones go up to a size 6mm (J) and they have added a whole plastic Jumbo line. I own a 6.5mm (K) hook and have loved making throws in record time with it. These are the kind of hooks you get when you know crochet will remain a part of your life. If that is the case I absolutely recommend getting a whole ergonomic or comfort grip set.
I knew it was time to upgrade when two of my crochet dudes Boye hooks started losing the handle due to overuse!
My Favorite Crochet Hooks
I pondered over which ones to get or quite some time and fell in love with the Tulip Etimo Crochet hook set. They are somewhere along the in line spectrum, not as much so as the Bates hook. The price kept me from taking the plunge, which is actually silly if you think about the cost of paint and canvas or using a kiln or fixing up an old car. Luckily my birthday came and my sweet husband had been tracking my Internet searches. When I first used them it was everything I hoped for and more. Corny, but true. The feel of them was just perfect. Every crocheter I know who has tried them out has agreed with me too. You don’t want to put them down. The set comes in a pretty clutch and there are eight hooks (from D to J), scissors, a ruler and two yarn needles. I had bought the Clover K hook earlier and there is actually room for two extra hooks in the clutch. I have used these every day for the past six months and still get happy every time I open the set.
Pros: everything mentioned above. No more hand pain and it makes you feel pretty professional and serious about your art. Another Pro I have to mention is everyone I have let try out these hooks has ended up buying them!
Cons: The price. You should catch them on sale. Not to say that they are not absolutely worth every penny, but you will have that much more money to buy yarn.
Hint: If you are thinking about getting a more high end set, like the Clover Amour or the Tulip Etimo, but are unsure if you’ll love them, get one of their hooks outside the set’s size range. That way you’ll have have it already if you do decide on it, but not have spent too much if you don’t love it.
Fancy top of the line crochet hooks
After all the practicality above this is the place for beauty. There is a whole sector of beautiful, fancy crochet hooks out there. The most well known, I think are Furls crochet hooks. If you haven’t, check out their website, just to gawk a little at the pretty hooks. Then there are lots of skilled artisans who carve wooden hooks, or make beautiful comfort grips. I have yet to buy a hook for beauty, but came close in the old house, when I had a whole room dedicated to yarn and crocheting (what people call ‘office/ den’ will always be ‘yarn room’ at my house).
Pros: These are the hooks you leave out for decoration. They really celebrate your art.
Cons: These are usually seriously pricey. I haven’t loved crocheting with a fancy hook as much as with my Tulip set, but there are people who swear by them.
Note: These are all my opinions and I did not receive any hooks. I affiliate with Amazon to support my blog so if you decide to buy any of these products you can click from here at no cost to you. Thanks!