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Crochet Hooks – How to Choose?

I have too many crochet hooks. But still I buy more!

If you are a crocheter, you probably have the same addiction. I love trying out all kinds of different crochet hooks. I see the latest and greatest and feel like I have to try them, yet I often go back to my tried and true when working a project.

But, if you are new to crocheting, how do you choose what your first hook will be?

I’m a big fan of sets. Getting a set will cover you for most of your basic crochet projects. Aim for a set that starts at about 3mm [US-D] and goes to 6mm [US-J]. This is a good range to be able to do lace projects all the way to afghans.

My absolute favorite go to hook set is the Clover Amour Crochet Hooks.

However, there are times when you will need (or want) a specific hook for a specific project. Wood hooks, for example, are great when using slippery yarn like bamboo. Aluminum, like the Clover set above, might have your yarn slipping off the hook constantly, so wood would be the better, and oftentimes, prettier choice (like the one at the top of this post).

Plastic hooks, I love for the designs they come in. I don’t find them practical at all! BUT, they are super cute when they have sparkles like the one pictured below. Perhaps in days gone by, they were the more price practical purchase, but most hooks these days are comparable price-wise, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality.

Then you have ergonomic hooks for those with hand pain. I have reviewed one of these types here, and desperately want to try some Furls hooks because they are gorgeous and are supposed to be ergonomic as well. I mean, come on! Looks at those colors! It’s just a bonus if your hands don’t hurt using these.

Do you have a go-to hook? or hooks? Do you use specific hooks for specific projects? Let me know in the comments!

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