Crocheting is a craft that is both fun and relaxing. With the proper guidance, it is simple for most people to learn, however, it is critical to have the right equipment on hand. Second only to the yarn, the most important piece of equipment is the crochet hook. While they may look similar to the novice, there are differences that should be noted, such as size and type. While shopping with Paradise Fibers, browse our impressive selection of hooks, including brand names, such as Addi hooks and the Clover brand.
Before starting a crocheting project, it is important to get the right hook for the job. They are typically made from materials such as wood, aluminum, steel, bamboo, or even bone. One of the most common styles are bamboo and aluminum. Personal preference plays a large part when it comes to selecting the best material. A person who is new to crocheting will determine what works best for them based on trial and error. People who are interested in more durable hooks may prefer metal hooks as opposed to wood or Bamboo.
When purchasing a hooks, it is important to take the size into consideration. Depending on the type of hook that is being used, the size will be represented either by numbers or letters. Often, the size is imprinted on the hook itself. If using a pattern when crocheting, the directions will indicate what size hook is appropriate for the project. When choosing a steel hook, a number will represent the size - with higher numbers equaling smaller sizes. If it has a letter to indicate size, the hooks with letters closest to the beginning of the alphabet will be smaller than those with letters near the end. For example, a “D” represents a smaller size hook than an “L”.
When uncertain about what size hook to buy, there is always the option to purchase a convenient crochet hook set. A set includes an assortment of hook sizes. A person may wish to buy a set that contains three of the sizes that she or he prefers to use. Another option is to purchase a complete set with as many as eight different hook sizes. Shoppers will find different hook materials are also available in sets, such as Bamboo, plastic or aluminum.
Whether using a Clover or one of the Addi hooks or crochet interchangeable sets, they all have the same basic anatomy. This includes the handle, shaft, throat, groove, point, and an optional thumb rest. There are variations in the anatomy, such as points that are rounded or pointy, or shallow versus deep grooves. Beyond the anatomy, there are also different types. These include basic hooks and specialty hooks as well. Common specialty hooks may include Afghan, the Cro-hook or double hook needle, rug hooks, and jiffy hooks.