Yep, you may have guessed it by the title! Today I will be talking all about those lovely little tools that we couldn’t live without. Hooks come in so many different shapes, sizes, colours and materials it can be confusing to know where to begin if you are just starting out on your crochet journey.
I have built up quite a collection of crochet hooks over the years. When I first took that plunge and bought my first hook, I had no idea what I was doing or what size I needed so I just bought the cheapest hook. A 5mm as that was around about a middle size and I figured it would do for most projects. I had no clue that the size of the hook depended on what yarn I was using and what project I was making. So off I went with one ball of yarn and my 5mm crochet hook hoping to make a blanket. I soon realised I was going to need a LOT more yarn!
My blanket project was a perfect beginner make, I learned the basic stitches and how to hold my yarn and my hook, I also realised this was the beginning of a crochet love affair!
Two types of Crochet hook
So, lets get into it… there are so many hooks available, in so many styles it really hard to know where to begin. There are two types of hook, inline and tapered. I actually didn’t even realise this until I ordered some Susan bates hooks a couple of years ago, I began to crochet with one and instantly knew something about it was different. It didn’t feel the same as I was used to and I felt like I had to kind of twist my hands more when I was crocheting. I took an instant dislike and put it away, never to be used again which is a real shame as they come in such pretty pastel colours!
Still I was unsure of what it was I didn’t like about it until I read something about inline and tapered hooks and realised this was it! I was used to using tapered hooks and Susan bates are inline. I think the inline style is more common in the U.S with the rest of the world mainly using the tapered style.
Just wanted to add, there is no right or wrong style. This is completely personal choice and what you feel comfortable using. With the inline style, the throat and shank of the hook are the same size, where as the tapered style the neck of the hook is narrow and the tip is raised up.
So with this in mind, the main bulk of my hooks are the tapered style. Let’s talk shape, there are so many different shapes of hooks, plain old straight hooks are what I started with, these tend to be the cheapest style and come in lots of different materials. Aluminium, plastic, and bamboo being among the most popular, these hooks are great for beginners as you can try out the type of materials without too much expense. I would say its good to have a few of all of the different material types as it depends on the yarn you are using to which hook feels best.
Plastic is great and works well with most yarns but it can feel too light and I find with Amigurumi I need a sturdier hook with a little more weight, but if I was making a blanket these would be great. Bamboo are also lovely to use they glide really well and are light and pretty. Again I find these aren’t the best for Amigurumi as I’ve actually snapped a couple in the past when working tighter Amigurumi style stitches.
Aluminium or metal crochet hooks tend to be my go to when working my toys, for years my favourite hook was a straight basic aluminium hook, I think it must have slightly bent to accommodate how I hold the crochet hook as I could have easily done the Pepsi challenge with a different aluminium hook of the same size. I was just so used to using it.
Nowadays though I prefer to have a Crochet hook with a handle, the soft rubber style grip are fantastic and not too expensive. There are so many different handle styles, its just a matter of finding one you like. Some have a thumb grip, some are just round, so it really depends on how you personally hold the hook and what feels the most comfortable to you. I love all of the different handmade fimo hooks, you can find one to suit any style or have one custom made.
I have a whole set of prym ergonomic crochet hooks, these are made from a sturdy plastic and each size has a different colour handle. They are pretty reasonable price wise too. These hooks are so, so comfortable to hold and using them is an absolute pleasure, I would definitely recommend these hooks. The only downside to them, is that I feel they don’t glide through the stitches as well when using cotton yarn… which is unfortunate as I mainly use cotton for Amigurumi making. These would definitely be a 10/10 if it wasn’t for that, I use these when working with every other yarn type and I do love them. You can find them at wool warehouse and lots of other online retailers.
Custom made crochet hooks
Recently I made a purchase for my most expensive hook to date. It was a custom made wooden hook with a metal insert. I wanted a 2.5mm as this is probably the size I’d get the most use out of. As this was an expensive hook I wanted my monies worth! I had to get it with the metal insert because the small size wasn’t possible to make with wood, I also didn’t want a snapping incident as I’d had with previous wooden hooks that were on the smaller side. It took around 30 days for my hook to be made by bowl tech hooks. I can tell you, I absolutely LOVE this hook. The fact that it’s handmade just makes it that extra special. The ergonomic grip is really comfortable and smooth to hold, as well as it being so, so pretty!
Furls crochet hooks
Now lets talk about the kings of hook makers furls crochet. I was recently gifted 3 of these amazing hooks to try. The odyssey hooks were a perfect fit for me as these come in small enough sizes for Amigurumi making. I absolutely love these hooks. Everything about them, the style, the tip, the way they lay in your hand and when working with them they glide like a dream. They’re not heavy but do have a nice weight to them. The tip of the odyssey hooks are a kind of a mix between inline and tapered and I know I said I didn’t like the inline style but it’s like furls have taken the best elements of both styles and combined them perfectly.
Now I know these Crochet hooks are expensive and its taken me 10 years to of crocheting to want to invest but they really do improve your hand health and if you crochet as much as I do it’s well worth taking the plunge. I’d recommend choosing your favourite size, the one you feel you will use the most and give one a try. I know I was gifted these odyssey hooks, but this is my honest opinion after using them for a few weeks. If I didn’t like them I would always give you guys my true thoughts, weather they are gifted or purchased. I will definitely be investing in furls hooks in the future. If you would like the chance to give them a try please see my latest Instagram post for a chance to win a $75 gift card. I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at furls crochet for an awesome giveaway, which hook would you choose if you won?
So to round things up, my personal choice in crochet hooks would always be one with a grip, and preferably that rounded tapered style as in the prym and furls hooks. If you can afford to splash some cash, I would also recommend trying a handmade hook as they are just beautiful, you could maybe request one as your next birthday or Christmas gift. If you crochet a lot, the investment is well worth it.