17 March, 2020
Best Crochet Hooks and Styles; Which One is Right For You?
What Hook Size Should Be Used
Crochet hooks vary in size. This size is determined by the brand, material, or country that the hook was produced. When you first start a project, the directions will tell you the size hook that they recommend using or one that is needed to obtain the correct size.
The number or letter of the size of the hook is identified on the hook. It relates to the diameter of the shaft between the handle and the hook itself and determines the size of your stitches. When it comes to crocheting, size does matter! If your stitches are too loose for the material you are using, you may need to change to a smaller hook.
Helpful Hint: When choosing your yarn or thread for your project, check the label, and there will be a suggestion as to what size hook should be used.
The carpal tunnel is the narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of your hand. When the median nerve is compressed, the symptoms can include numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm. https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/carpal-tunnel/carpal-tunnel-syndrome
A combination of factors causes most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. One of those factors is repetitive hand use. Repeating the same hand and wrist motions or activities over a prolonged period may aggravate the tendons in the wrist, causing swelling and puts pressure on the nerve.
Crocheting is one of those repetitive hand and wrist motions that can eventually lead to carpal tunnel. Luckily there are several ways to help slow the effects. Using ergonomic hooks or wearing compression gloves can help significantly, in my opinion.
This tool is used to make your aluminum crochet hooks size B/2mm to K/6.5mm into ergonomically inclined hooks. The handle is easy to grip and lightweight. It helps your hand to sit in a more natural, relaxed position. With this tool, you can update your aluminum hooks instead of buying a new set. On the downside, this handle doesn’t have a flat spot, which I find handy to keep the correct angle when pulling up loops. It also takes a bit of time to get used to and can feel rather clumsy until you get adjusted to using it.
What reviewers have to say about Clover Armour hooks:
“Best crochet hooks I’ve ever used.”
“They’re ergonomically made, so you don’t tire out while using them.”
“These have been great for my arthritic hands. I can work faster now.”
“They slide through like softened butter on warm toast.”
The only problem found in the reviews of these hooks is that the size is difficult to see on the side of the handle. Others thought that the shaft was too short for those that use a pencil-hold grip.
The product description has the Susan Bale Silvalume crochet hooks as being made of durable aluminum with a smooth finish. They come in a variety of sizes and soft pastel colors. They are a good hook for the price and work well to grab the intended yarn, rather than splitting and snagging unintentional yarn threads. They have a deep head that is cone-shaped to get into tight stitches.
The drawback with these hooks is they don’t have an ergonomic handle, but you can insert them into the Crochet Dude Handle, or comfort grips.
Comfort grips were mentioned above and can be purchased at most craft stores. Here’s a link to Hobby Lobby for free shipping if you don’t have one near you.
All you do is slide them onto your hooks. They’re made of soft foam that helps you keep a better grip on your hook without added pressure on your hand. They advertise that they help to keep your hand blister-free and comfortable when crocheting.
When you hear about steel hooks, it means that they are the tiny ones that are used to make…You guessed it, small things like doilies. These hooks are budget-friendly. But of course, if you want to move up the ergonomic version, they can cost a little more. If you’re going to get into making small items like ornaments and intricate lace table decor, you will need to purchase a set of steel hooks.
There are two types of Tunisian hooks. One variation is long and sometimes called a knitting hook. Probably because they are usually the same length as a knitting needle with the stopper at the end to keep the yarn from sliding off. The other has a hook the same length as your typical crochet hook; only there is a flexible section of plastic cable. These cabled hooks allow you to do larger projects rather than making them in panels and then joining when completed.
Knooking is often considered knitting with a crochet hook but is a horse of a different color. The stitches differ both from knitting and crocheting, but the result gives you a look that resembles a knitted stitch. Tunisian crochet picks up the stitches from the previous row with a slip stitch, whereas knooking uses the crochet hook to do a knit or purl stitch through the previous row of stitches that are still “live” on the cord. https://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knitting-Tutorials/Knooking
The “Cadillac” of crochet hooks are Furls hooks. They are handmade right here in the USA and are specially made with the crocheter in mind. They come in many different shapes and sizes. Their site claims that they are more comfortable, beautiful, and are guaranteed to help you get better quality of stitches and improve speed. The only catch is the price. They range from $16 to $180 each. These beauties are really for the serious crocheter that is in it for the long haul.
The Right Hook For You
So to get the right hook for your project, you need to take into consideration just what you’re planning to make. If you want to make a doily, use a small steel hook. If you’re going to do a large project, check the gauge the yarn skein for the recommended size and then go from there. It all just depends on personal preference.
The goal of crocheting is to have fun and create something fantastic. Feel free to leave me a comment or question about what kinds of crochet hooks you do or don’t like.
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