I was recently asked why its important to know the composition of crochet hooks. Afterall, its just a crochet hook! A piece of steel, aluminium or wood moulded accordingly, with a hook on the end. So what's the fuss.
Well, the thing is, its NOT just a crochet hook. In the same way that artists need to know about the various paintbrushes or pencils in order to create their masterpieces so too do crocheters need to know their hooks. Why? Because a crochet hook is the most important tool in the art of crochet.
That being said, what is it that you need to know and why.
Other than the sizing of hooks (and you should know your hook conversions as well. See my tutorial here: https://crochetclassescapetown.co.za/tutorials/item/14-crochet-hook-conversion-chart ), it is important to know which hook type suits you best. In order to figure this out, you need to know the anatomy of the crochet hook. What are its parts and what are their roles.
So, here is a basic rundown of this oh so very important tool:
The Parts / Sections Of A Crochet Hook
There are 5 sections:
- The Head or Hook
- Its function is to catch / hook the yarn
- It can be pointed or rounded
- It can also been inline with the shaft or tapered
- The Throat
- Its function is to guide the yarn towards the point or head of the hook
- This section can either be tapered (sharp incline) or untapered (gradual incline) towards the point of the hook
- Often crocheters who are prone to snagging or splitting yarn will find that hooks with a more tapered throat, helps to prevent that from happening
- Similarly crocheters who often drop loops find that a crochet hook with a gradual incline tends to solve the problem
- The Shaft (also referred to as the shank)
- This is the section of the crochet hook that determines its size i.e 2.5mm
- Shafts can either be short or long. If you love to crochet cluster stitches or puff stitches, then a crochet hook with a long shaft would suit you better
- The Grip
- This is the section of the hook where your index finger would grip. It is also where your thumb would normally rest
- Rubber Grip hooks sometimes do not have a thumb rest as it is covered by the rubber grip material
- It is important to note that some crochet hooks, like Addi Swings, have a grip that protrudes slightly. Because I hold my hook like a knife, I find that that protusion is a perfect spot for my thumb to rest. However, some of my students who use a pencil hold, find that it gets in the way, thereby making it uncomfortable
- The Handle
- Crochet hooks can have either short handles or long handles. I find that a short handle tends to dig into the palm of my hand and therefore reduces the amount of time I spend crocheting. I therefore prefer hooks with a long handle that protrudes past my hand when I hold the hook.
So Then.....Which Hook Type Is Best For You
Other than the makeup of the crochet hook, you should actually first determine what hook type suits you.
Crochet hooks are made of different materials.
- Steel crochet hooks - normally available in the finer hook sizes and used mostly in lace crochet. They normally start at 0.20mm up to 1.75mm.
- Aluminium crochet hooks - start at 2.0mm and go up to about 8mm
- Bamboo Hooks tend to start in the middle size ranges....4mm and depending on brand can go up to about 8mm as well
- Rubber Grip crochet hooks start at about 2mm and again, depending on brand, can go up to 12mm...sometimes a little higher
- Plastic hooks also start in the middle sizes at about 4m and can also go on to the thicker hook sizes
- Ergonomic Hooks - these are very special hooks. They either have a rubbergrip or plastic handle.
- The entire grip and handle section of the hook is ergonomically designed to fit more comfortably in your hand. These are by far my favorite type of hook as I can crochet for hours on end with no hand cramps or strain.
When purchasing crochet hooks it is best to test them, in store first; obviously with the retailers permission. Choosing a crochet hook is a not a one size fits all exercise. It's entirely about your comfort and about what works for you.
These are my favorites:
Clover Soft Grip (the yellow handles): although a short handle, Clover have the inbetween sizes I sometimes need
Knitpro (the black handles): I love their finer hooks for my lace doilies
Addiswings (the colourful handles): the ULTIMATE!......I say no more :)
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