The Ultimate guide to crochet hooks
Who knew there were so many choices for crochet hooks? From bamboo to aluminum, this is your ultimate guide to crochet hooks!
I spent some time this week with different crochet hooks, to determine which was right for different techniques and projects. I crocheted with each of the hooks and got to grips with soft-grip hooks. I put my personal preferences aside in the name of science and discovery, and opened up to new kinds of hooks.
Pony Easy Grip Crochet hook
I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist with crochet hooks, and I’ve never used one with a grip before. I tried this hook out with DK weight yarn, but these hooks are available in sizes from 2 mm to 6 mm (US J-10). They feature a cushy handle in different colors and a plastic tip.
These hooks are surprisingly easy to work with, and that’s saying something coming from my minimalist self. I found that the grip meant that my hands hurt less after spending some time crocheting, and the hook felt comfortable in my hand. These hooks would be a good choice for arthritis sufferers or for crocheters with a rock-solid grip who need to loosen up a little bit.
I’m a big fan of bamboo hooks and needles. They are great for arthritis sufferers because they warm up in your hand, they are economical, and they work for almost any project. Bamboo hooks are all-purpose, solid hooks, and I love to have a set on hand.
The Addi Bamboo hook has a very rounded tip, which is fantastic for yarns that can be splitty and fragile. It also features a dramatic angular hook, which makes catching your loops easy as pie. I really love this hook for all-purpose projects, especially ones that feature yarns that are difficult to work with.
Like the Addi hook, this Pony Bamboo crochet hook is a joy to crochet with. It has a similar rounded tip; again, that’s excellent for working with splitty yarns. The deep hook sets the Pony hook away from the Addi – I found that the deeper hook made it easier to do taller stitches, like trebels and double trebels. In the past, I’ve found that shallower hooks can have trouble keeping the yarn on the hook with tall stitches, but this hook never saw any of those problems.
The Pony hook also felt a big thicker in my hand, so if you’re someone who likes a chunky hook, this is the one for you. Bamboo hooks are economical and eco-friendly, plus they don’t bend like skinny aluminum hooks can.
I have a confession – I love aluminum hooks. They are by and large, my favorite hook material. I tend to have a (very) tight tension, and the slippery aluminum hooks make crochet much faster for me. I also find that aluminum hooks are great for ”sticky” yarns, yarns that have a high mohair content and tend to have a halo around them that can be difficult to crochet with.
The Pony Aluminum hook is a great all-purpose, no-nonsense hook. No frills, no fuss, just a solid hook that will be your best friend until the end of time. These have a pointier tip, which is excellent for tight projects like amigurumi, where you have to get into tight stitches.
I have another confession to make – I am a KnitPro fangirl. I love my KnitPro needle set, and these crochet hooks definitely didn’t disappoint. Plus, they are available up to a huge US O-16 (12 mm) size hook, for all of your super bulky crochet projects. The wood feels comfortable in your hand, and wood is well known for being a good choice for arthritis patients.
The KnitPro Symfonie hook has a rounded tip with a deep hook, which is a unique combination that I loved working with. The rounded tip meant that splitty yarns were easier to crochet with, and the deep hook meant I could create stitches as tall as skyscrapers without a problem. Genius!
If you’re in need of a gigantic, 20 mm (US S) hook, then this Pony Plastic crochet hook is an excellent choice. They are inexpensive and very versatile. The rounded tip makes crocheting with novelty yarns a snap, and the shallow hook makes short stitches super quick and easy.
Plastic hooks are a great choice for those of us (ahem) that lose our hooks to the couch monster on a regular basis. They’re also great for travel and on the go, because if you lose one, it’s never a crisis.
I truly enjoyed my week working with different hooks, and I have to say that my opinions of different hooks has truly changed. I never would have picked up a crochet hook with a grip before, but I found myself ordering a cushy hook for my marathon summer CAL sessions on the weekends in the hopes that my hands would look like an evil witch’s by the end of a long day crocheting. I learned a lot, and I hope you did too.
What kind of hook is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!
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