B.Hooked TV Episode 24: Tips for Choosing the Right Hook Size

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In this episode of B.Hooked TV I’ll share a few tips for choosing the right hook size for your projects. It’s all about drape, or how you want your crochet fabric to flow when the project is done.

The drape you want will guide your decision to choosing the right hook size.

If your project requires a more dense, sturdy fabric like a basket or rug, you’ll want a stiffer drape achieved by using a smaller hook size than you’d normally use for that yarn. Or if you want a more flowy drape for projects like a sweater, you’ll want to choose a larger hook size.

You can get a pretty good starting point by looking at the hook size recommended on the yarn label. This hook size will usually get you somewhere in the middle – not too stiff, not too loose; it’s a nice happy medium for most crocheters.

Remember this rule of thumb:

  • For more dense and stiffer fabrics, go down about 2 hook sizes
  • For more flowy and loose fabrics, go up about 2 hook sizes

So use the yarn band hook size as a starting point and go up or down about 2 sizes for the drape you want. Then test it out! It’s always a good idea to work a swatch or a few rows before you dive into the project.

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Hook | Furls Odyssey Crochet – Not currently available

Yarn | Lion Brand Color Made Easy – Get it on Amazon

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Some topics are best explained one-on-one. Since Brittany can’t be right there with you, B.Hooked TV is the next best thing. You’ll find helpful tips for improving your crochet and knitting skills in a relaxed and conversational way. It’s not your everyday tutorial but we try to keep them fun, interesting and educational.

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