Comfort is key when settling in for a long afternoon of crochet!
If you thought all crochet hooks were made equal, prepare to meet a whole new world of choice.
The 18 different hooks pictured here were brought to the June LCC group crafternoon for our local crocheters to feel the difference first hand.
So, what did we all think of the different hooks?
- Overall first choice was the Clover Amour (silver tip with blue handle). Very comfortable especially for sore hands. These retail for around $10-14 each.
- The generic ebay hooks (silver tip with pink handle) look very similar to the clover hooks. The grip on these is not as wide under thumb, but very close and great value at less than $20 for a set of 10.
- Also in the same league was the Tulip waves (white handle with silver tip) which are a little more narrow and priced at around $35 for a set.
- The Tulip etimo (grey handle with gold tip) were very comfortable and the tip of these is a fantastic shape to work with. However the little ‘rise’ at the top of the grip is designed for your thumb to rest on and works great for some, where those with smaller hands find the rise to sit in the wrong place and rub under thumb.
- A popular choice with many was a tie between the Clover soft touch (brown) & the bamboo wide handle with gold tip hooks. These two feel quite similar in hand and have a flat wide handle. These seem to be ideal for some, but but feel a little weird to others. More a personal preference for the flat handle style.
- Of the lot, the most expensive Addi Swing (purple) hooks were found to be the least popular. At upwards of $15 each, they were expected to gain more popularity, but the short tip area limits how many loops you can have on the hook and all the plastic seams all over the handle to not meet well making it uncomfortable against the skin.
- The Boye ergo grip (large round blue and green) design can hold different size metal hooks. The handle is ideal for those with arthritis who can not grasp smaller handles, but does not have a flat placement for the thumb to find the front of the hook.
Overall, everyone had different preferences based on handle weight, length, shape, tip style and cost.
Choosing the right hook for you can make your crochet time more comfortable.
If you would like to see these hooks for yourself, be sure to come along to a LCC group crafternoon to see them for yourself!