The Best Crochet Hook

Choosing The Best Crochet Hook

 

      You are probably reading this article because you want an answer.  Which crochet hook is the best?

There really is no such thing as the best crochet hook.  They do vary in quality, but there are just too many to nail it down.  All things being the same...

The more appropriate question is, which hook is best for this crochet project.

Take the following information and use it to choose a crochet hook.  Through trial and error you may find, "the best crochet hook." Hook Sizes

 

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     The tapered hook, in the picture above,  has a shallow recess with less hook overhang. (Boye Hook)

The lower hook, a Bates, has a body diameter equal to the neck of the hook.  A Bates hook is also more symmetrical with sharper edges, and a deeper throat.

Crocheters will take a stance regarding  which head shape is better.  Some will advocate that their shape doesn't snag, splits= yarn, or give poor control.  You will have to experiment to see which type suits you. 

 

Material Types

 

 Aluminum Hooks

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     The general consensus is that aluminum makes the best starter hook(s). 

These hooks are inexpensive, super smooth, and strong.  

The Ups:

  •        Inexpensive
  •        Crochet Fast
  •        The Favored Starter Hook

The Downs:

  •       Not Great For Slippery Fiber 
  •       Not Ergonomic
  •       Cold In The Hands
  •       Fiber can squeak against the shaft

 

Wood Hooks

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     A little disclaimer, I make would crochet hooks, so I'm a little partial.  Wood is not as slippery as aluminum, but it is more slippery than plastic.

Wood is strong but not as strong as Aluminum.  If you bend your aluminum hooks through use, then wood hooks are not for you.

What I like about wood is the aesthetic. They are beautiful and they feel wonderful in the hand.  

A crafted wood hook is akin to a hand-thrown-clay-cup, or a favorite wooden spoon.  

If you are looking to pass something on to your family nothing beats an heirloom quality wood hook.

Wood hooks will work best for you if you do some basic hook maintenance.

 

The Ups:

  • Come in any handle shape you can dream up
  • Aesthetically Pleasing
  • Warm and lightweight
  • On The Slippery Index, They Are Between Aluminum and Plastic

 

The Downs:

  • High Priced
  • Strong, But Not As Strong As Aluminum or Plastic

 

Bamboo Hooks

     Bamboo hooks are inexpensive, and Eco friendly, an inexpensive substitute for wood.

Bamboo tends to be a little tacky, and less smooth than Aluminum.

Bamboo is also warm and lightweight.  

 

Ups:

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight 
  • Warm in the hand
  • Improve with use
  • Feel Organic in the hand

Downs:

  • Not as smooth as Aluminum
  • May be a little rough in the beginning, depending on the finish

Steel Hooks

 

 

     There isn't going to be a lot of thought involved in picking a steel hook because they are for a specific kind of crochet.  

There aren't really any other options.  No other material is strong enough to go this small in diameter.

Steel hooks are normally used with thread for making; doilies, bridal or other intricate works.  

When choosing a steel hook you will decide if you want an inline or tapered head, and if you want an ergonomic handle.  

Ups:  

  • You don't have to choose

Downs:

  • You don't have to choose 
  • Ergonomic handle not required, but suggested

 

Plastic Hooks

 

      Plastic hooks are all over the map when it comes to crocheting characteristics.

 The finish on plastic varies widely.

 If you choose to purchase a plastic hook, do a little research.

 Plastic hooks seem to be used often with really big fiber.

 The Ups:

  •     Inexpensive

The Downs:

  •    Not Eco Friendly
  •    Fiber can squeak against the shaft
  •    Plastic Characteristics Vary

 

 

 

Other Types 

  • Bone
  • Antique Ivory
  • Glass

* There are probably other materials but the ones listed in this article are the most common.

 

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