If you’ve been following along on the blog, you know that I’ve been lusting after the Clover Amour Crochet Hook . I finally broke down and bought 6 different sizes, and I wanted to share what I’m loving about them and what the jury’s still out about.
1. The Colors
I love colorful things, and having each hook size in it’s own candy colored hue is visually appealing to me. This was the number one reason why I bought these. I usually choose decor items that make me smile (hence my cow taking a shower bath print), so when I can find pretty and practical things it’s like an awesome twofer.
2. The Length
If you notice in the picture above, the Amour hook is slightly longer than the Soft Touch — not only in body length, but in shaft length as well. Having the longer shaft really helps on those stitches where you do multiple yarn overs or keep multiple loops on your hook as you work (ie. my 5 DC bobble).
3. The Hook
The actual hook is of course the most important part of the whole thing. If it doesn’t push through stitches easily and grab yarn without splitting it or get caught on it, nothing else would matter.
When I crochet with the Amour, I can’t tell a difference between it and the Soft Touch. If you like the point and grab of a Soft Touch you will not be dissapointed by the Amour. It slides easily through any yarn and is not too pointy at its tip, so you won’t split yarn easily nor stab yourself when you need to help your hook through a tight spot.
4. The Handle
The elastomer rubber handle is very comfortable to hold. Like the Soft Touch it has a wide base that is easy to hold. I want to say that the little dark brown soft spot on the Soft Touch is the same material the whole Amour hook is made out of, but don’t quote me on it. However, if you’re wondering what the handle feels like, that is what it is closest to.
Jury’s Still Out On
1. The Handle
Yes, I like the feel of it, but I’m worried that the rubber’s texture could change over time. If it is made of the same material as the soft spot on the Soft Touch (say that 5 times fast) then I know that the rubber will hold up because I’ve been crocheting with the Soft Touch for years with no change in it’s texture.
However, with the larger surface area, I don’t know if oils and other crud that comes off of my hands could alter it down the road. I’ll keep you up to date with any changes that show up (if any) as I keep working with them.
2. The End of the Hook Handle
The rubber extends about a half inch past the rigid hook interior of the handle, so you can actually bend the end of the handle.
I worry about this because my kids have an uncanny knack of knowing exactly how to break anything they put their hands on. So I might give them one of the hooks just to see how much bending power they can put to it and see if the end breaks off.
These two last points are of course going to be found out with time, but overall I love these hooks as much as the Soft Touch. The wonderful colors and softness of the handle make them edge above slightly. As long as the the two above concerns don’t ever pan out, then my new go-to hooks (when I inevitably lose one to my hook gremlin) will be the Amour.
I also made up a little video with the comparisons above (and show how bendy the end of the hook is). You can check it out here.
If you’ve been using the Amour please let us know what you think and if you’ve had any problems with the handles.