Not all crochet hooks are created equal and this article might confuse you a little, because it really is YOUR choice which hook you are using, however most pattern makers recommend a certain hook size for the project.
Hooks are made of different materials to suit specific purposes. Some are made out of steel, bamboo, aluminum or wood. There are some even still around made from ivory.
The smallest hooks are numbered from 00 to size 14, the largest being 14 are mostly made of steel and are used for crocheting thread to produce lace or filet work.
The average hooks are made from aluminum and are sized by letters from C to K, whereby C is the smallest and they graduate thicker through K being the fattest. Those are hooks used with different types of yarn, not thread, not rags strips or ropes.
Wooden hooks are the biggest and are marked from Q to S, suitable to crochet thick nylons or rag strips. If the yarn snags on the wood, you can sand paper the snag off.
Mercerized cotton you can work with hook seizes 1 through 14 and it will pretty much always be easy to work and turn out right. Same thing with 4 ply worst weight you can use different hooks and receive different results.
The bigger the yarn usually the thicker hook you will need. It is helpful to have different sizes on hand, so you can end up with the perfect gauge, though in my pattern I “deemphasize” gauge, unless it is a garment. In some of my patterns you can use different hooks and make something entirely different by just choosing an other size hook ( Example: the business card holder, which turns with a bigger hook into a travel tissue case, not even altering the pattern).
Having said all that about choosing your hook and that it doesn’t matter much what hook you use with the yarn, I have to explain something else: Even though you have much “leeway”, you always want to “match” hooks to the correct yarn/thread, because that way you will have the desired result. It is very frustrating if for instance you have a thin gold – or nylon thread to work and the hook size is either too small or large. Large loops look unsightly with certain threads or the too small loops will not hook properly. Most yarns- especially the naturals, WILL work nicely with a variety of hook sizes.
The smaller hooks will make a tight weave and the larger hooks a loose weave. You also can adjust your tension, if you have the tendency to work very tight, you might want to choose a larger hook. Or the other way around: if you work too loose, you use a smaller hook, to obtain the proper gauge or the softer weave of a piece.
But sometimes it is desirable to have a very tight weave. For example in toys, Amigurumi, may be dolls. That way you can shape the item better and have more control over the forms.
I really have not studied about ergo-dynamic hooks, but I have heard they are very nice to work with. I prefer hooks that are longer over those that are short, like hooks made in England. That is because I hold my hook like a shovel. hahaha. I never learn to crochet with poise or style, fact I don’t even remember learning it. My grandma taught me when I was wee little, at least that is what my older brother tells me.
Please tell me what you think, how do you crochet and what are your favorite things to crochet. may be you have a special project you are working on?
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