Plastic, aluminium, bamboo, steel, acrylic, soft-touch, double-ended, ergonomic, inline, non-inline, Tulip, Clover, Boye, Susan Bates, etc – which of the many crochet hooks have you used? Which are your favourites?
Before I discovered the joy of online stores, I never wondered about which types of crochet hooks to buy as the only hooks available at the nearest local retailers are either steel or aluminium (which I previously couldn’t discern their differences). The only thing that mattered were the sizes (even that can be a mystery to me – deciding which hook to use for the few types of yarn available at the store).
Now, I am perplexed on whether to get myself steel, aluminium, bamboo or plastic hooks. And what about the many, many brands available in the many online stores? I’m sure colours and designs shouldn’t be the only factors to consider. But I admit, colours and designs are very exciting features, and let’s not forget budget. It is really upsetting when, after you’ve bought very expensive hooks, you find out later that they are not suitable. I suggest those who have more than a few unsuitable hooks to sell them off to other crocheters on FB at reduced price. You’ll feel better and make others happier, too.
In my state of confusion, I look to the many blogs to acquire some ideas on which hook to get for myself. I think this post in Fresh Stitches by the lovely Stacey (one of the instructors at Craftsy), is wonderful as it suggests that we decide which hook to buy based on our crocheting styles. It was written way back in 2011, but I think it is still relevant.
I also read interesting readers’ opinion in Crochet Geek and one of them suggested Bamboo hook for those suffering from arthritis. So, our conditions are also pertinent to consider.
And what about the terms inline and non-inline (or tapered) crochet hooks? There is an extensive post and readers’ opinion written about that by an amigurumi crocheter in Nerdigurumi.
And if you’re still in the mood to read more about hooks, Mikey from The Crochet Crowd is the man to refer to.
At the moment, based on my recent readings, I think the crochet hooks that are in my wish list are Bamboo (Inline), Bamboo (Non-Inline) and Tulip Etimo Hooks (which are given rave reviews by Mikey and Doris Chan). Tulip Etimo Hooks cost a lot, but the long-term benefits make it worth the extra costs.
So, what is the difference between steel and aluminium crochet hooks? Do you know? They do look alike. From my readings, I think steel hooks are the smaller ones, ie metric sizes 2.0 mm and below. While aluminium hooks are the bigger ones between 2.00 – 8.00 mm.
In short, if budget is not an issue, those who would like to crochet with ease for hours, could really benefit from using special crochet hooks such as Tulip Etimo, Hamanaka Raku Raku or Clover Amour crochet hooks.
At the moment, aluminium and steel crochet hooks are still my weapons of choice. 🙂