Crochet Hooks - How to Choose the Right Type and Size
A crochet hook is a tool consisting of a slender handle with a
hook at one (or both) ends, which is used to pull thread or yarn
through loops to create
crochet stitches. You can also use a crochet hook to
lace, to pick up dropped knitting stitches, or thread beads
onto string. Sizes, handles, and materials that make up crochet
hooks can vary. Each type has specific benefits and drawbacks from
the ease of use, price, and comfort.
Types of Crochet Hooks
are for the smallest sizes and are often used in fine thread
crochet such as in doilies.
Aluminum are available a large range of
sizes. Aluminum hooks allow you to crochet smoothly and
are available in all the common sizes as well as jumbo hooks. They
are very large and are usually made of hollow plastic, because it
Bamboo are lightweight and warm in the hand and
are available in all but the smallest and jumbo sizes.
are longer than regular hooks, and sometimes have a hook on each
end. A crochet hook with a hook on both ends is also called a cro
hook. Like a knitting needle, you keep your stitches on a tunisian
crochet hook as you create the fabric. Tunisian crochet is also
called afghan crochet, and the fabric looks different from normal
crochet, and a little like knitting.
have larger soft handles or handles you can insert a regular hook
into. They are designed to reduce the strain in your hands as you
grip a small hook for an extended period of time. There are also stress relief
gloves that can also help to ease hand soreness or pain.
Knook is a
long crochet hook with a hole running through one end. You thread a
piece of yarn through the hole in the knook needle, and you can
create stitches that look like knitting, but with a single crochet
hook rather than with knitting needles.
Crochet Hook Sizes
- Crochet Hook sizes vary based on the material, brand, and
country that the hook was produced in.
- The size of a crochet hook is determined by the diameter of the
shaft, or the part of the hook between the point and the handle.
The shaft determines how large your stitches will be.
- Steel hooks are also known as "thread hooks" and should only be
used for fine lace thread. They come in numbered sizes that get
larger as the number gets smaller. The sizes vary from the 0.6 mm
thickness of the size 14 to the 3 mm thickness of the size 00.
- Crochet hooks made and sold in the USA use a lettering system
for their sizes. As the letter gets further into the alphabet, the
hook gets larger. These sizes vary from the 2.25 mm size B to the
16 mm size Q.
How to Choose the Right Size Hook
If you look at the label of any skein of yarn, there will be a
suggested hook size listed, and an estimated number of stitches per
inch (or 4 inches). Crochet a swatch with the stitch pattern you
are going to use for your project, wash your yarn, let is dry, and
then measure your stitches. You may need to swatch again with a
larger or smaller size hook, depending on if you are a loose or
Here is a link to a helpful chart from
the Craft Yarn Council which tells you the recommended hook size
for each weight of yarn, and an approximate number of stitches per
four inches in single crochet.
Crochet Project Inspiration
Learn how to crochet from Red Heart Yarn
There are plenty of books full of crochet patterns and
Find the right yarn for your crochet hook at the yarn buying guide.
Check out ThinkCrafts.com for more crochet
project ideas and inspiration!
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