A Guide to Crochet Hooks

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If you are a crocheter like me, you know it already that there are so many different crochet hooks to choose from.

I created this post just to show you the main types of hooks and add my personal experience and opinion.

When I started crocheting in 2017, I started off with a basic set of cheap aluminium hooks. I think almost all of the new crocheters doing the same as they are just starting their new craft journey and don’t want to invest a lot in it at the very beginning. As they get more and more into the craft they start to explore the difference between them and buy more expensive ones which suit their needs and preferences better. This happened to me too, and by now, I tried out many different brands, types and materials so I can share my experience with you all. Let’s start! 😊

General information

Size: Crochet hooks and sets come in different sizes and they can be measured by letters, numbers or millimeters depending on where are they originally from. For example, American sizing is usually letters or numbers but European brands use metric measurements in millimeters. Luckily, most of the brands include the letters, numbers and also the millimeters on the hooks so you won’t get confused.

I created this chart for you to see the different measurements

An average crochet hook set usually contains 8 or 9 hooks starting from 2 mm up to 5 or 6 mm. This can be varied by brands but they all contain the general, most used sizes.

Hook throat: There are 2 types of hook throats, tapered or inline. Inline hook throats are flat and the head of the hook is ‘in line’ with the shaft. They are also more pointy at the head and the throat of the hook is a bit deeper. The tapered ones are more rounded and the hook head is extented out past the shaft and also, their throat are not as deep.

Inline hook
Tapered hook

There’s no good or bad choice regarding the hook throats, it’s just a personal preference. Some may work better with inline hooks, others prefer using tapered ones. For me, tapered hooks work better then inline and I only use this type as I found the other a bit difficult to work with. For you, it might be the opposite, you have to try and experience yourself! 😊 💕

Crochet hook types

1. Basic crochet hooks

A basic crochet hook is simple and can be made from bamboo, plastic or aluminium. Beginners usually tend to choose aluminium but any of these materials are good for a start. They can be inline or tapered as most hooks. The most common brand for inline basic crochet hooks is Susan Bates and for tapered is Boye. There are also tons of cheap, basic crochet hooks available to buy online. My first set was a basic aluminium hook set and I loved using it until I found a better option. However, I don’t think I could use them again after my experience with better, more comfortable hooks. 😅

My first basic set
My basic bamboo hooks

2. Ergonomic crochet hooks

Working with basic crochet hooks for a longer period of time can be tiring for the hands and it can cause pain. To make crocheting more comfortable, there are crochet hooks with ergonomic handles. People with conditions like carpal tunnel or arthritis also like to work with this type as the ergonomic handle creates a better, more comfortable grip. The most known brands with ergonomic handles are Tulip, Clover, Knit Pro or Addi. My all time favourite is Tulip and Clover! The handles are so soft, the hook is so lightweight, it’s a dream to work with. When I decided to change from my basic crochet hook set, I decided to buy a Clover hook and I didn’t regret it for a second.

My Clover Crochet Hook Set
My newest Tulip Etimo Set straight from Japan

3. Luxury crochet hooks

Luxury crochet hooks are more expensive than average crochet hooks and they are made from unique materials (wood, resin etc.) to ensure great comfort and high quality. They are also ergonomic so many crocheters love using them. The most known brand is Furls but there are others too.

For a long time, I was not thinking about buying this type of hook as I was satisfied with my Clover and Tulip hooks but I got curious. The price also made me to think twice before I ordered my first Furls hook.

I am so happy I finally did! I got my first two Furls Streamline crochet hooks made from teak a few weeks ago and I absolutely love them! I also ordered a Furls Odyssey in turquoise color with nickel head but I didn’t get it yet so I can’t show it. 😊

My two new Furls hooks
My Furls Streamline Galaxy Crochet Hooks

4. Special crochet hooks

There are some special crochet hooks too, let me show you some examples.

Thread crochet hooks:

These special type of crochet hooks are used when crocheting with thread instead of yarn and they are often made from steel. They are also much smaller than an average yarn hook and the steel material makes it much harder to bend and it also prevents deformation.

My tiny steel hooks (I only used them once)

Light-up crochet hooks:

Light-up crochet hooks come in handy when you are crocheting at night but you don’t want to keep the lights on as others are asleep. They are like regular crochet hooks but they light-up right at the tip so you can see where your next stitch supposed to go. Personally, I don’t use them as I have a flexible neck lamp to use at night which is really nice with my favourite hook but others prefer using these kind of hooks.

Image from Google

Tunisian crochet hooks:

Tunisian crochet is using a different set of stitches and it has a special crochet hook, called tunisian crochet hooks or afghan crochet hooks. These hooks are much longer than regular yarn hooks and they can often have a cable at their end or there are tunisian hooks with heads at both ends.

Image from Google
Image from Furls

I hope you found this guide useful and thank you so much for reading!

Remember! There’s no good or bad choice when it comes to crochet hooks. Choose the ones which you find comfortable to use, it’s all about your personal preference!

Happy crocheting!

Krisztina 💕

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