Learn Everything You Need To Know About Crochet Hooks!
When you first start out crocheting, it can be difficult to know which hooks to get as there is an bewildering array of different crochet hooks on the market.
In this article, we will try to demystify the different crochet hook types and sizes for you.!
Crochet Hook Types
Steel: Usually reserved for fine thread crocheting, such as doilies.
Aluminum: This is likely the most “generic” hook choice. Aluminum hooks are available in a large range of sizes. It’s a popular choice (espcially for beginners) because the yarn glides smoothly and quickly.
Plastic: Another popular choice and generally the most cost-effective. Plastic hooks are available in all the common sizes, as well as jumbo hooks.
Bamboo: Lightweight and warm in the hand; these are available in all sizes except the smallest and jumbo sizes.
Tunisian: These 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.
Ergonomic: Designed to reduce the strain in your hands as you crochet, these hooks usually have larger soft handles or handles you can insert a regular hook into. There are also stress relief gloves available that also help to ease discomfort.
The Knook: 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 can vary depending on a number of factors:
- country of origin
Usually, you can find the crochet hook size on your hook. The size will be given as either a number or a letter, or sometimes both and can usually be found on the thumb rest.
The size of the shaft is what determines how large your stitches will be. In Europe, it is common to give the diameter of shaft in a number given in millimeters. In the US, it is common to use lettering system, where B is usually the smallest and Q the largest.
Crochet hooks can be separated into two categories: thread hooks and yarn hooks.
Thread hooks are made from steel and yarn hooks are usually made from plastic, aluminum, or even wood. Steel are for the smallest sizes and are often used in projects with fine thread. Here is an overview over US and UK crochet hook sizes: