It’s no surprise that crochet hooks are the most important tool we use. Our crochet hook, in many ways, determines the outcome of our entire crocheting experience – enjoyment, neatness, hand fatigue and even gauge. With this incredible influence, we must carefully choose the tool that is right for us.
After all, you are only as good as your crochet hook.
This 3-part blog series was inspired by an email question that asked:
I’m completely new to this crochet stuff. I want to invest in a good set of crochet hooks because I see myself crocheting for many years to come but I have NO CLUE where to start. What kind of hooks should I buy? How do I know what is right for me? What are the benefits to each type of hook and the material they are made of? I need some serious help and I know you’re the person to point me in the right direction.
I have Megan’s permission to publish her question here on the blog. It’s a very important one! As I was answering Megan’s question, I realized there is a LOT of information to be said about crochet hooks. So much in fact that I needed to break it up into three categories: Materials, types and brands. That’s exactly what you can expect to learn about with this mini blog series all about crochet hooks!
In this first blog post we will have a look at all the different types of crochet hook materials, their pros and cons and the usability of each. I’ve had the pleasure of working with every material listed here and will provide you with my personal experience with each.
No two materials are created equal in the world of crochet hooks.
Aluminum Crochet Hooks
- Low friction
- More pricey
Aluminum crochet hooks are the material category that ALL of my favorite crochet hooks fit into. I personally love how easily the material glides through each stitch and how lightweight they are. This is the maximum level of comfort and productivity for most crocheters. When your hook glides easily through stitches and it feels as though you’re holding the weight of a pencil, you’re much more likely to crochet for longer and enjoy the experience better.
Most (if not all) aluminum crochet hooks have an ergonomic handle as you can see in the image above. This also promotes comfortable crochet binges and cuts down on hand fatigue. I couldn’t live without my ergonomic crochet hooks. More on that later.
Steel Crochet Hooks
- Abundantly available
My first crochet hooks were of the steel variety. I used them everyday for about a year, until I discovered aluminum hooks. In my opinion, the weight is the biggest draw back to this material. Smaller crochet hooks aren’t too uncomfortable, however, when you use a size 6.5 mm on a regular basis, you feel it.
The weight isn’t a huge deal breaker for some. There are many thousands of people using them right this second. If you’re just starting out with crochet and you aren’t sure if you’ll stick with it for very long, invest in a cheap steel hook. It will get the job done while you decide if this is the hobby for you.
Wooden Crochet Hooks
- Often hand carved
- Beautiful to look at
- Can break
Wooden crochet hooks, for me personally, are more artistic than practical. I love the look of a hand carved crochet hook. Just look how beautiful the variety here! You’ll often find me taking pictures with wooden crochet hooks but see me using my trusty aluminum hooks. Wood has slightly more friction than aluminum or steel which requires slightly more effort to use.
Be careful not to lose your wooden hooks in the couch or on the ground. They will snap if stepped on!
Plastic Crochet Hooks
- High friction
Plastic crochet hooks are my least favorite variety of material. Although the inexpensive and lightweight qualities are great, this is outweighed by level of effort needed to use one. Of the four material types we’ll cover, plastic has the highest amount of friction against the yarn. This requires you to put a little more effort into each stitch. Not my cup of tea.
Some people like this quality. It gives them a sense of control of each stitch. You’ll have to decide for yourself!
Find the Hook that’s perfect for YOU
Crochet hook material preference is different from person to person. You can certainly use the information on this page to guide your decision but in order to find the crochet hook that will maximize your productivity and experience, you’ll need to try them all – eventually.
My crochet hook collection has grown slowly over the last several years. When I first started out, I used steel crochet hooks and never knew there was a better option out there. We often stick with the type of crochet hook we begin with.
Making the switch from plain steel hooks to my ergonomic aluminum hooks was pretty life changing. So much that I need to tell you about them – again. I talk about my Tulip Etimo hooks a lot here and for good reason. I noticed a big difference in my tension and in my hands and wrists. My stitches were neater and more consistent. I could crochet faster. They look pretty cool too.
My Perfect Crochet hook
For me, the perfect crochet hook is the Tulip Etimo. It took me two generations of hook sets to find them but once I did I was, well, hooked. They are lightweight, comfortable to hold and make crocheting effortless. They’ve held up very well to repeated use even after two years.
The set I have here came from Amazon. Tulip is a Japanese company and unfortunately, I have not seen these hooks anywhere in stores. I am, however, a big fan of Amazon Prime so I had my set in only two days.
If you’re interested in learning more about my perfect crochet hook, check out my product review:
If your on the fence about these hooks, just do it. You won’t regret it!
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What is your perfect crochet hook?
This is the takeaway from this post: what is your perfect crochet hook? Every crocheter has their own personal opinion and experience with each material type and it’s up to you to decide which one works best for you.
So where do you start?
I recommend purchasing at least one hook in each of the four varieties of material – aluminum, steel, wood and plastic. Complete at least one project with each. That will be enough to figure out which one you prefer. You may even decide just a few stitches in!
There are, of course, other factors when it comes to finding the perfect crochet hook. That’s why I’ve had to break this into a 3-part series. Next time we’ll look at the different styles of crochet hook. Have you ever heard the terms tapered, inline or tunisian? These are just a few of the different types of crochet hooks we’ll look at next.
By the end of this series, you’ll be well on your way to finding your perfect crochet hook!
Bye for now,