One of your first questions is probably: what are the best crochet hooks for beginners? Just browsing the crochet tools section at your local craft store you can get overwhelmed with choices. Plastic hooks, bamboo hooks, metal hooks, with silicone handles, various brands and sizes. And there’s even more online. Woah!
So what’s the best kind? There are a lot of differing opinions out there in the crochet community as far as what hook is the best to use. Individuals tend to have brand preferences, particularly bloggers who endorse certain brands as affiliates, or get paid to review products.
From what I’ve read in various crochet books by experts and professional designers, the answer is: it depends. It depends on what project you are working on, what yarn/material type you are using, how much money you want to spend, etc. Overall, it mainly depends on personal preference. Well, great, so, how do you make up your mind which to use, especially if you are a beginner? If you are just starting out, I recommend sticking with the Boye or Susan Bates aluminum hooks because:
- they are very inexpensive ($2 ea.) Handmade wood hooks can get really pricey at $75+
- they are very easy to find in any craft store
- they work well with all the most common types of yarn
My grandmother-in-law, Ruth, has been crocheting for many years and still prefers to use aluminum hooks. They’re great!
When I started I knew I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in a new hobby that I might end up disliking or giving up later. So, I purchased a Crochet Dude set of 8 Boye hooks with a case. for about $9 at Michael’s after a 40% off coupon. Deal finder’s Tip: I always check online to see if there are any good coupons before purchasing items at Michael’s or Joanne’s craft stores. They often have a promotion or sale going on.
Later, when certain projects called for larger sized hooks (like this super chunky cowl I made that required a US size 50 jumbo hook), I purchased those specialty size hooks individually.
At some point I realized crochet wasn’t just a passing phase, but something I truly loved. I began taking on more intensive projects such as blankets that take many hours of work. I found I loved
it so much I could crochet for hours and hours at a time. Which is great if you are excited to get a project finished, but not so great in terms of hand and wrist fatigue. So in the last two months I decided to invest more and try different ergonomic hooks to see if it would help with hand cramping and wrist soreness. I’ve been testing hooks made by Clover, Tulip, a wonderful wood artist on etsy, and Furls–the Mercedes Benz of crochet hooks. Ahh those drool worthy wood hooks. Currently I switch between types. I will report more on my hook findings in the near future after I have had more time to experiment and analyze.
It takes time and experimentation to find the best hooks for you. Most serious crocheters keep all kinds. For now, start with some classic aluminum hooks. They do everything a beginner needs. Once your own skills progress–after you’ve mastered the basic stitches and completed several projects–you will be able to be more discerning about what hooks you personally prefer to use.
If you have been crocheting a while, what type of hook do you like best? Did you find a certain hook to be easier to use when you were learning? Other questions? Please leave a comment below.