Hooked on a Feeling

I mentioned in a previous post how it was a bit overwhelming when I started back to crochet to learn how many yarn options were available. However, if that weren’t confusing enough, there are other important decisions to make: Decisions that are equally important. And that is what type of hook to use.

Material Considerations

When my mother first introduced me to the art as a youngster, I don’t remember there being many options. In fact the only hook type I remember having available was aluminum. And the size wasn’t that large.

Fast forward to July 2017 when I began crocheting again, and now I have Amazon, and 9 million choices available. As I quickly learned with yarn, I found the same true with hooks…it is difficult to purchase hooks from online, unless you have a company that you know and can trust. Other than that, you really want to have a chance to see the hooks up close and personal.

Even in looking at the hooks up close there are options enough to make your head spin: bamboo, plastic, steel, aluminum, lighted, the choices are endless, and that doesn’t even consider the handle options. But a lot depends upon your style of crochet and what you crochet.

Size Does Matter

I’ve found when it comes to my crochet hooks, the yarn weight I’m working with and the project itself help me determine a lot about what type of hook I’m going to reach for.

If I’m working with a bulkier weight yarn…something like a Wool-Ease Thick and Quick or Bernat Blanket, I want a sturdy hook and a large hook size (usually 10 or larger). When it comes to those types of projects, I have found the Clover Amour hooks are my favorite.

The construction is in two pieces: the white hook section (as pictured above) is connected to the ergonomic, rubber handle. For me, I hold a crochet needle like I hold a knife, so this hook works well at helping me quickly work up the chunkier fabrics to craft scarves and blankets.

I have tried the one piece style larger hooks they have at Joann’s and Michael’s, but I didn’t have much success with them. I like the one piece design, but I found the plastic catches at my yarn more than the Clover Amour and it doesn’t have as smooth of a glide through the yarn.

For hats and medium sized projects with worsted to bulky weight yarn, I find I still prefer the Clover Amour hooks, but in the smaller sizes (the one pictured above is a 6 mm). I like the way that particular brand of hook glides through the material for hats and mittens. I also appreciate the more ergonomic handle that helps take some of the strain off my wrist.

I have experimented with other brands of ergonomic-style hooks but haven’t had the same success as I have with the Clover Amour.

Woo Craft Crochet Hooks

TOVOT Crochet Hooks

Imagine Thing BEST Crochet Hooks

All three of the above hooks I have purchased in my early days from Amazon and have sadly rejected each of them. The TOVOT I found I just wasn’t able to work with, regardless of the yarn thickness or the hook size. The curved handle does not work for the shape and size of my hand and I could never get a good angle to make it work.

For the other two types of hooks, I found the steel hooks easily separated from the rubber grips and I would end a stitch with two pieces of a hook- the metal part dangling from my work and the rubber piece in my hand. I tried putting them back together with super glue, but that didn’t seem to work well either. I haven’t been able to part with these hooks, but I don’t use them.

I liked the concept of bamboo. It doesn’t have the ergonomic handle, but it maintains an even temperature and is one piece – which gets rid of the chances of a hook and handle separation. The problem I found with the bamboo is because they are a natural material, there are differences in how each is constructed and some have sharper ends that catch and snag the fibers of the yarn during the crochet. Again, I don’t use these any longer, but I can’t quite get rid of them because I like the concept.

These are the most gimmicky things I think I have ever purchased and I can’t say I regret it. Yes, these are lighted crochet hooks. They are not the most practical hooks in the world, but they aren’t without merit…just not for everyday use.

These hooks are a clear, plastic with a plastic base. There is a switch on the side to turn the LED light on and off.

The type I purchased from Yarn Mania also has the option to replace the batteries when they die.

The pros are these work really nicely with dark yarn, especially pure black to help see where your next stitch can go. It’s also nice for those car trips at night where you could get some crochet in.

The negatives are the hooks are made from a very soft plastic. This means the hooks bend very easily and can get stuck in the fabric. Also, I am a person who suffers from chronic migraines, many of which are triggered by flashing lights. So having the hook’s light on and it flashing in and out of the fabric can make it a little hard on the eyes and head.

However, of all the choices I have mentioned to date, none of those are my preferred weapon on choice for my amigurumi. For my Luvvies, I find that it’s hard to improve on the original.

Maybe it’s because I learned on aluminum but when I am in Luvvie mode, these are the hooks I grab. Yes, they can be hard on the fingers and wrists (take frequent breaks), but the one piece construction and metal construction lead to a smooth motion through the yarn without separating the fibers.

The Choice is Yours

Again, the best choice of hook depends on the project you are working on. It also depends on your style of crochet: If you have a looser style of crochet, the bamboo might work well for you, and the Clover Amour might not hold your stitches as well.

The best thing to do is just try different types and see what feels comfortable for you. The one thing I noticed is that is had to use the hooks a few times until I made a full decision on whether I liked it or not. Sometimes I would think a hook was the best thing ever (hello lighted hooks), but upon further practice, find it really wasn’t the best for my style.

The good thing is, if you buy one hook at a time to try, they are rather inexpensive (especially if there is a sale and coupons…the Joann’s and Michael’s apps are the best-worst things ever), so you can buy one hook and give it a try before committing to a full set. That ability to buy one hook at a time makes it so worth going to a craft store. Once you find the style that works for you, then you can go to Amazon and find a full set of that brand

Using this tactic, you can find a full set of hooks in the brand you like for a decent price. This way you can really be a happy hooker and have a comfy tool to help you on your journeys.

Hugs and love 💋💜

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