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Start Knitting With Our Comprehensive Guide To Crochet Hook
There can be a substantial amount of knitting needles and crochet hooks you may require for projects. When you purchase one of our knitting or crochet books, you will quickly notice that specific patterns need a certain type of needle or hook. While most people are very familiar with knitting needles, crochet hooks are a different matter. So, to ensure you can get started with our crochet books without problems, we have created a comprehensive guide to crochet hooks.
What Are The Various Sizes Of Crochet Hooks I Should Obtain?
You will find that the sizes of crochet hooks can be incredibly diverse. However, the most common sizes used in projects will range from size E to J. While the letters may mean little to you at this point, these letters are usually associated with a certain diameter in millimetres. Also, the further the letter in the alphabet, the larger the crochet hook will be.
As a beginner, it is important to choose crochet hooks that are a little easier to handle. For most beginners, a crochet hook in size G or H seems to be more appropriated. We also recommend worsted weight yarn for a first project, which slides a little better on the hook and can be more forgiving if you make a mistake.
Do Crochet Hooks Come In Different Materials?
Crochet hooks can be made from a variety of materials and it is important for beginners to be familiar with the properties associated with those materials. Some materials are not recommended for beginners, as they can make the crochet process a little more difficult.
Common materials that are used for crochet hooks include plastic, aluminium, and bamboo. However, some specialist crochet hooks can even be made from glass, wood and even special types of clay.
When you are a beginner, it is usually best to choose aluminium. Aluminium is fairly easy to manipulate, and the stitches tend to slide more easily. Once you become more proficient, you can look at acquiring one in glass or wood.
Why Is The Hook Throat?
The hook throat is a term you must be familiar with when you start with crochet. Crochet hooks can basically come with two types of hooks, the tapered or the inline hook. Depending on the type you obtain, the top of the hook can be rounder or flatter.
There is no real benefit to choosing tapered over inline and vice versa. However, everyone has their own way of doing things, so it is possible that you find crochet easier with one of these hook heads. If you struggle with tapered hook heads for example, you could try the inline hook instead.
Are Ergonomic Crochet Hooks Worth The Investment?
From time to time, you may encounter so-called ergonomic crochet hooks. It is important to note that not everyone will require these ergonomic crochet hooks, but that they can have benefits for people who suffer from certain medical problems. For example, people with arthritis may find it easier to work with ergonomic crochet hooks.
Ergonomic crochet hooks are characterised by a larger handle and an improved grip. Because of the handle, the crochet hook is easier to manipulate and will put less strain on the hands and wrists. They can also be more comfortable to crochet with over a longer period of time.
Is There Any Benefit To Light-Up Crochet Hooks?
Since crochet has remained popular over the years, you will have no problems finding a range of novelty crochet hooks. One such a type of crochet hook is the light-up crochet hook, which basically are is illuminated at the tip. However, this is more than just a gimmick. The illuminated tip makes it easier to see where your crochet hook goes in. In other words, beginners that do not have the muscle memory yet could find it easier to crochet with a light up hook.
Please note that illuminated crochet hooks are most effective on darker yarns. Illuminated hooks do not increase the visibility for crochet projects that involve white or brighter yarn colours. Nevertheless, since most beginners start with darker yarns, an illuminated crochet hook is certainly an interesting thing to have.