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Choosing your first crochet hook: a guide for beginner

Updated on January 30, 2013

Introduction

I used to own 14 sets of crochet hooks, consisting of different brands, types, materials and sizes. I used to own .25mm to 19mm. I collected them from 2008 to 2012.

I decided to sell and destash my collection, so I would like to share with you my experience with them, and the lesson I learned.

These are my entire collection of crochet hooks prior to destashing them :) I have 14 or so sets and some 60 +++ out of sets pieces.
These are my entire collection of crochet hooks prior to destashing them :) I have 14 or so sets and some 60 +++ out of sets pieces. | Source

Crochet hooks are available in different sizes, ranging from .65mm to 19mm. There are bigger sizes that are hand carved.

Crochet hooks are commonly made out of steel, aluminum, wood , bamboo or plastic. Aluminum is my favorite.

Every brand has their own design and ergonomics. The leading brands are PONY, Susan Bates, BOYE, Clover and Tulip.

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A set of carbonized bamboo crochet set in calibrating sizes.
A set of carbonized bamboo crochet set in calibrating sizes.
A set of carbonized bamboo crochet set in calibrating sizes. | Source
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A set of aluminum crochet hooks in different colors and different sizes.
A set of aluminum crochet hooks in different colors and different sizes.
A set of aluminum crochet hooks in different colors and different sizes. | Source


4 years into collecting and testing crochet hooks I learned these:

1. There will always be favorites..

After testing and trying out different techniques, you will have your favorite yarn types and projects, so this will determine your favorite crochet hooks.

My personal favorite are the aluminum ones.

2. You don’t always need a set.

A set is good, because it will contain graduating sizes, which are uniform in cut and even color. Some people claim that they are more inspired to work if they have a nice crochet hook set.

But after collecting a lot of hook sets, I realized that I don't really need a set, because I don't get to use all the sizes that I own. I always use the 2.5mm and 3.25mm steel ones, and 4.25mm to 5.00mm for the aluminum ones.

The other sizes, I use very seldom. I made a note to myself that I should have bought only 4.

Nevertheless, a complete set will always come in handy should you try something new . It will alow you to experiment in gauge and change crochet hooks as needed.

Anatomy of a crochet hook here on this site: http://www.freshstitches.com
Anatomy of a crochet hook here on this site: http://www.freshstitches.com | Source


3. There is never a complete set , NOT EVER, you will find yourself buying loose crochet hooks outside of your set.


4. You don’t really need a big crochet hook… unless you enjoy making quick projects that uses big hooks and thick yarns, alternative yarns such as t-shirt and plastic yarns , but I bet you will always grab that big size regardless if you need it or not.. it’s like a blender.. every kitchen has a blender, even if it’s seldom used. hahahaha

5. However, you can always use your big crochet hooks over laceweight yarn or crochet thread to achieve that lace effect.

6. One Final Tip:

I strongly suggest that you test drive the crochet hooks that you are buying. Check first if it feels good in your hands, if you like how it glides on the yarn you are using and if you are comfortable working with it.

Not because it's a complete set and they are colorful, doesn't mean it's guaranteed that you will finish all those projects that you have in mind.

However, if you hoarded a lot , you can always destash, sell or donate your crochet hooks :)

How many sets or pieces of crochet hooks do you own?

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How about you? What have you experienced and learned on your recent crochet hooks acquisition trip? Please share your stories on the comments below.

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      Happy 2 years ago

      Keep on writing and chnugigg away!

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      handmadebybheng 4 years ago from Cubao , Quezon City

      hi.. thanks for visiting my hub.. naubos na kasi ung binebenta ko eheheheh i don't think i'll restock big hooks na over 6.00mm above.. try dreams yarnshoppe in glorietta 5, 3rd floor :)

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      Kat 4 years ago

      hello po, san po buh makaka purchase nung larger hooks? wala po ksi dito sa Davao tsk thanks

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      handmadebybheng 5 years ago from Cubao , Quezon City

      thanks moira :) I'm sure your bolero will turn out just fine :)

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 5 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Hi Bheng! Great suggestion about using bigger hooks to make a lacy effect! I'm making a bolero for my niece and I'm using that technique you suggested and so far, I'm loving what I see.

      Great thoughts here. Keep it up!

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      handmadebybheng 5 years ago from Cubao , Quezon City

      Thank you for the feedback :) I normally crochet thick yarns from fingering to worsted weights.. now that you mention it. I don't use steel hooks more often than I thought.. it is because my eyes has degraded considerably after crocheting for a long time... I now prefer quick projects to make :) bamboo is definitely good for knitting , but not for all yarns, it glides well on acrylic as I noticed :)

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      Veronica Lewis 5 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Very interesting hub! I have been crocheting for about 40 years. I started with Susan Bates aluminum hooks and still use those. But I have to say, after reading your hub, I think I will step out and try a Clover and Tulip. I saw the ones with the comfortable looking handle. I don't really crochet much with worsted weights. I mostly use steel hooks so there isn't a whole lot to choose from. Most of mine are vintage because I use size 30 and sometimes 80 thread so I use a size 11 and 12 quite a bit and have only found those sizes in vintage steel hooks. Lately, I am working with a lot of younger women and attending baby showers so I will look for a couple of hooks for baby yarn. I used to work at A.C. Moore and demonstrated using a rosewood hook but I didn't like it. I find I only like bamboo for knitting and then only with certain yarns.