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Last updated on April 11th, 2018 at 10:51 am

A Beginners Guide to Purchasing Crochet Hooks and Accessories

Part 1 of the Learn How to Crochet with U-NEED-A Crafty Creation: FREE Email Course

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Introduction

As a newbie crocheter, I was completely unsure of what crochet hooks and accessories I needed to purchase to start out.

I spent a solid 30-45 minutes in the yarn aisle of Walmart deliberating with myself on what to buy.

All the different sizes and types of crochet hooks were so confusing.  There were double-ended crochet hooks and really long hooks.

There were aluminum ones and steel ones and plastic ones.

Not to mention all the little accessories that I had no idea what they were.

At the time, I ended up going with what I thought was the safest option….

the all in one learn how to crochet kit.

If I knew then what I know now I wouldn’t have even wasted my time or money with that little kit.

The crochet hooks in it are cheap and terrible and the patterns weren’t even all that great either.

When I got it home I was only able to crochet for approximately 10 minutes before my wrists were cramping and going numb.

After that, I didn’t even pick up my crochet hooks again for months.

What finally made me try to learn again was my mom.  I had bought her a kit too when she expressed an interest in learning how to crochet.

She was excited and picked it up really quick.  She kept urging me to try it again so I finally did….and I was hooked.

I am so glad I gave it another try.  This time I purchased the Boye ergonomic crochet hooks from Walmart.

They worked well enough for me to learn the basics but they still weren’t the most comfortable hooks to use.

I purchased several hooks after that from the local craft stores, desperately trying to find ones that I liked and were comfortable.

I didn’t have any luck.

It wasn’t long after that I joined a bunch of crochet groups on Facebook.  Several people kept recommending the Clover Amour or Soft Touch Hooks for wrist pain and comfort.

At one point I saw someone share a link to them and I clicked.  They had a ton of reviews on Amazon and a 4.5-star rating so I figured why not and bought myself a 5.00 mm Clover Amour to try out.

I couldn’t find the Clover Amour crochet hooks at my local store, but I did find the soft touch ones and bought a 5.00 mm soft touch crochet hook to try while I waited on the amour from Amazon.

I had purchased so many cheap hooks at this point that I didn’t want to commit to the full set before I tried it.  I wish had.

They are hands down the best crochet hooks I have ever used.

I didn’t care too much for the soft touch one but I loved the amour!  I thought the soft touch one was too slippery and I prefer the rubber grip instead.  The bright colors were a huge selling point for me too!

In this part of the course, I am going to cover all the different options for crochet hooks and accessories.

That way you can make an informed decision going in and you won’t be wasting your time deliberating on what to buy.

You won’t be wasting your money on crappy supplies you hate either.  I can’t even tell you how much money I went through testing out supplies.

So, let’s get started!!

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Crochet Hook Options

Crochet Hook Styles

Which one is best?

It really comes down to personal preference.  I own a furls and Clover hooks.

I didn’t really care much for the furls.  I loved the wood, but the inline hook drove me nuts.

I couldn’t seem to keep my yarn from slipping off the hook constantly.

I tend to crochet pretty tight so that might have had something to do with it.

I have seen other crochet bloggers mention inline hooks being better for beginners.

Their reasoning is because the way the shaft of the hook is designed.

The shaft is the same diameter from the shank to the beginning of the curve of the hook.

On the tapered hooks, the shaft slowly gets smaller before it reaches the curve.

From what the other craft bloggers said, the shank getting smaller made it easier to make your stitches too tight.

Personally, I love tight stitches lol.  I can’t stand my stitches being all loose.  To compensate for how tight I crochet, I just go up a hook size or 2.

If you aren’t sure which hook style would work best for you I would suggest picking 2 brands of hooks you want to try and purchasing a 5.00 mm in each.

Test them both out thoroughly and see which one you prefer over the other.

If you are interested in more information on the Clover Amour hooks I love you can read the review I published on them here or check them out on Amazon by clicking here.

Crochet Hook Materials

Aluminum Crochet Hooks

This is probably the most common type of crochet hook material you will see.  My favorite crochet hooks are made of polished aluminum.

They are some of the smoothest hooks I’ve ever had.  No snagging or splitting of my yarn.

They just glide right through it like a hot knife through butter.

Not all aluminum hooks are alike though.  I have used the Boye aluminum ones and I hate them.

The handles are so tiny they hurt my hands and hooks catch and split my yarn the whole time.

Even the ergonomic ones have terrible hooks on them too.  My mom loves the Boye ergonomic ones

She says the Clover ones are too light.  I love that they are light and I thought the Boye ergonomic ones were too heavy.

The heavier a crochet hook is the more pressure it puts on your joints.  It adds more strain to your wrist.

I have pain in my wrist when I type and crochet.  I can’t crochet with anything that isn’t lightweight and ergonomic.

If you want to check out the Clover Amour crochet hooks I love you can read the review I published on them here or see them on Amazon by clicking here.

If you want to see the Boye ergonomic crochet hooks that my mom likes, click here.

Steel Crochet Hooks

Steel crochet hooks are mainly used for working with really fine, thread weight yarns.

You would want to use steel crochet hooks if you are planning on making doilies, amigurumi, or extremely lightweight apparel.

If you end up being a Clover gal like me, they have a steel crochet hook set available on Amazon.

If you want to check it out click here.

Bamboo Crochet Hooks

I have purchased a few different bamboo crochet hooks.  My favorite ones are the Clover Takumi Interchangeable hooks.

I bought those when I wanted to start learning how to Tunisian crochet.

I love how smooth the bamboo feels and how it warms to my hands.

I haven’t gotten to play with those hooks enough to write a review on them yet.

If you want to check out the Clover Takumi Interchangeable hooks on Amazon, click here.

Wooden Crochet Hooks

The only wooden crochet hooks I have used are the furls.  My hubby bought me one.

I love the handle and I love the wood.  As I mentioned above, I hate the inline hook lol.

If you want to see the furls crochet hooks like my hubby got me click here.

Plastic Crochet Hooks

The plastic crochet hooks just look cheap so I have never really bought any.  The only one I own is a huge one.

I bought it for working with Bernat blanket yarn and then never finished the blanket lol.  I got very frustrated as a beginner.

I’ll tell you all about that story in the next part of this free email course.  Make sure to sign up for the course if you want the free printable and course materials.

Glass Crochet Hooks

I have never used a glass crochet hook before.  They do exist though so I felt I should include them.

If I left off any other hook materials, I apologize.  I tried to be as thorough with this list as possible.

If you know of a hook material I left out please comment below and tell me about it.  I would be happy to add it to this post and my course materials.

Types of Handles on Crochet Hooks

Different crochet hooks are going to come with different handles.  Some crochet hooks have the same material for the hook and the handle like the Boye aluminum hooks.

Others have comfy rubber handles for better gripping.  A great example of those would be the Clover Amour crochet hooks.

Plastic handles are common too.  I have some crochet hooks I bought from Hobby Lobby that are Yarnology brand hooks.

They have aluminum hooks with plastic handles.

My favorite types of handles are rubber or Polymer clay.  I have found I really prefer the Polymer clay handles.

My go-to crochet hooks are Clover Amours that have been customized with a handmade Polymer clay handle.

My hubby bought them for me for Christmas last year from a shop on Etsy.

To see the shop he bought them from click here.

Crochet Hook Sizes

If you have looked at crochet hooks at all I’m sure you have noticed that they come in many different sizes.

One of the things that tripped me up when I was buying my first supplies was what size to get.

That was the main reason I went with the kit over purchasing everything separately.  I wasn’t really sure what sizes to get or what accessories I needed.

The size of crochet hook you choose depends on the yarn weight, your tension as you crochet, and kind of result you are going for.

I like my stitches to look tight, but if it’s too tight then the fabric doesn’t drape or shape well.

If you are making apparel this would be a big problem.  If you are making home decor or amigurumi then it wouldn’t be as big of an issue.

I tend to stick close to what the yarn labels recommend for the most part, but if I want my fabric to be tighter or looser I hook up for hook down a size.

For 4 weight yarns like Red Heart Super Saver or I Love This Yarn I normally go with a 5.00 mm crochet hook for apparel or general projects and a 4.00 mm crochet hook for amigurumi.  The label recommends a 5.5 mm.

As a beginner, I suggest following the labels or patterns until you get comfortable enough to play with your hook sizes.

Making test swatches to check your gauge before projects are important too if you are making something where approximate sizing matters.

I don’t like making test swatches so I usually just wing it.  This has bitten me in the butt several times but I just can’t bring myself to make those test swatches lol.

I just hate wasting the yarn to be honest.  I know it’s really a small amount of yarn, but I can’t help it.

I don’t like that it throws off my yardage count either lmao.  I’m always paranoid that the yarn in that test swatch is going to be the exact amount of yarn I needed to not buy another skein lol.

I know, I’m terrible.  If I had a laughing crying emoji I would totally be using it right now.

What Crochet Hooks are the Best?

Honestly, that’s a personal decision.  I know people who absolutely love those little cheap aluminum hooks.

Some people swear by the wood ones and say they love how smooth the hooks glide through the yarn.  They also talk about how they love the way the wood warms to their hand.

In my opinion, there is no better crochet hook than a Clover.  The hook is hands down the smoothest I’ve ever tried from any brand.  My only complaint was I wished the handle was bigger.

A bigger handle means less pressure on the wrist because you don’t have to grip your hook as tightly.

Thanks to Hook Ewe, and my hubby, that problem was solved!  Now my only problem is not having enough money to buy a ton of her hooks lol!!  Let just say I’m hoping my hubby remembers how much I loved him getting them for me for Christmas!

I did tell him I would love a Pickle Rick one and a normal Rick one from Rick and Morty.  She accepts custom orders so maybe she can make them.

Keep your fingers crossed for me gals!!!

If you would like to find out more about the Clover Amour Crochet Hooks make sure to read the following review I published.  It has a lot of useful information if you think you might want to try these hooks.

Clover Amour Crochet Hooks Review

Hooks From Hook Ewe

Crochet Accessories

  • Yarn Needle or Darning Needle
    • Yarn needles are used for weaving in your ends when you finish a project.  They are also used for sewing together projects like apparel or amigurumi.
  • Yarn Scissors
    • Yarn Scissors are used to cut your yarn while crocheting and sewing.
  • Tape Measure
    • Tape Measures coming in very handy for measuring test swatches and your projects.  If you plan to make a lot of apparel you will definitely use one of these a ton.
  • Stitch Markers
    • Stitch markers come in lots of different shapes and sizes.  They are used for marking your rows when you work in the round.  I loved them when I was first learning too.  I used them to mark my beginning stitches or stitches from the previous row so I could visualize how the patterns worked and where the stitches were.
  • Stitch Counter
    • These can come in handy if you do projects in the round a lot.  I have never used it to actually count stitches, but they are great for keeping up with your rows.
  • Crochet Hook Cases
    • I have a crochet case that I purchased when I first got my set of Clover Amour hooks.  I loved it and it worked perfectly.  When my hubby bought me the polymer clay ones they wouldn’t fit in my case.  Since then I have gotten in the habit of leaving my hooks inside my coffee table.
  • Yarn Winders
    • Yarn winders help you make yarn cakes with different colors.  They are great for turning your skeins of yarn into center pull skeins too.  I have been wanting one forever now but I still haven’t bought one yet.
  • Yarn Bags
    • When you are first starting out you will probably want to skip on these and just use some tote bags or a Walmart bag.  Depending on how you like to crochet you might want to purchase a yarn bag later.
  • Safety Pins
    • You don’t really need these unless you want to use them, but I prefer to use them.  They are great for pinning together amigurumi limbs or other projects that need to be sewn together.
  • Project Planners
    • Project planners are really not necessary, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t really cool!  Most of them come with exclusive patterns inside and room to plan out your own projects with guidance.  You can even get ones that are made exclusively for pattern designers.  I have not purchased any, but I do have plans to create some for you soon!!  Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter at the end of this post so you will be notified when I do :-).

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Conclusion

This was the 1st installment of my new “Learn to Crochet with U-NEED-A Crafty Creation Free Email Course“.

The next post in this series will be “How to Pick the Perfect Yarn for Your Crochet Project”. 

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