Hooks; how to choose which is right for you.

Crochet hooks how to choose which is right for you

hooks– which is right?

Crochet hooks can vary greatly. So how do you choose which is right for you? Let’s start at the beginning.

Every individual portion of a crochet hook has multiple options available.  This can be fantastic but it can also be frustrating if you’re new and simply don’t know what you’re looking for or if you’ve been struggling with stitches and just want to find a hook that feels better.

There are so many options out there. How do you choose? How do you know which is best for you? 

Well, in order to answer that question, we need to go over the differences. 
There are several components to consider when making purchases.

Head & Hook shape – Handle shape – Material

Lime green fish shaped mug filled with various crochet hooks.

Crochet hooks how to choose which is right for you

I know it might seem like I’m making this all a bit too complicated. Just remember that knowledge is power. 
Knowing the whats and whys could help to determine how to fix tight or loose stitching, how to possibly speed up your stitching, andor ease hand discomfort.

Because there is quite a bit of information to cover, I’ve broken it down into smaller, more specialized posts (links above & below) to make it easier to read and understand before moving on to the next option.

To help it all make sense, before we dive into the these differences, let’s first go over the anatomy of a hook. I’ll be using this terminology in future posts, so a quick diagram will be helpful in pointing out exactly what the words are referring to. 

Drawn crochet hook graphic with labels of each hook part.

Head│Tip│Point – the very top of the hook; this is the portion that is first inserted into stitches. The head of the hook is either round or pointed or falls somewhere between. Read more HERE.

Hook│Mouth – the actual ‘hook’ portion of a crochet hook; used for grabbing yarn to pull through stitches. The hook can either be rounded and shallow or more wedgeslit-like and deep or (again) fall somewhere between. Read more HERE.

ThroatNeck – refers to the graduating area leading from the hook to the shaft.

Shaft│Shank – the area of the hook where stitches are created and rest. The width of the shank is what determines the size (in mm) of the hook and the sizing of the stitches. Read more HERE. 

Grip│Thumb Rest – a small depression or flat area for thumb placement, not universal to all hooks.

Handle – the remaining length of the hook used for holding and maneuvering the hook. Read more HERE. 

Now that you are familiar with the different sections│areas of a crochet hook, click through the links above to learn a bit more. Go a little deeper into the specifics to narrow down the best crochet hook for you. 
I recommend starting HERE: Hooks; in-line vs tapered.

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