Newbie Newsday: Which Material Is Best For Crochet Hooks?

There are three main materials for crochet hooks: wood, plastic, and aluminum (or other type of metal).

Obviously, which you prefer will be subjective and me telling you that I love aluminum might not be the best choice for you.

There are some considerations to be made though that could help you on choosing a hook material depending on your skill level and yarn being used.

First Consideration

If you are new to crochet.

I would recommend wood or plastic to a newbie. Wood’s natural materials make it “sticky” to yarn. That is, when you are crocheting, the yarn will slide slower along your hook, which can help you keep from losing loops as you learn to crochet different stitches.

Plastic is the next “stickiest”, but will allow a little more movement than wood. However, plastic hooks are known to “squeak” when using certain types of yarn, so that might deter some.

Once you get your stitches down, I highly recommend aluminum hooks. They are the “fastest” hooks for any type of yarn (more on that in a second).

Second Consideration

The yarn you are using.

Any hook will be okay for more yarn you choose; however, some hooks will do better with certain types of yarns.

When crocheting with slippery yarn, like rayon, or some cotton, a wood hook can come in handy to keep your loops from slipping around and falling off.

Other yarns, like boucle (knubby yarn), can be much easier to work with on aluminum hooks.

My best advice is to get one of each hook, try them out, and see which you like best. We are lucky that hooks, for the most part, are not too expensive and afford us the opportunity to experiment.

What is your favorite type of hook? Let us know below.

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3 Perfect Gifts For the Crocheter In Your Life

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There are still 10 days left to shop for Christmas. If your loved one is crocheter, here are the perfect gifts that are always useful no matter how many the crocheter already has.

  1. Crochet Hooks

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Furls Crochet Hooks ~ Retail $49 each

These Furls candy colored crochet hooks will be your crocheter’s new favorite hook. Plus, they are a perfect gift to keep giving. One hook for each special occasion (if the sticker shock of buying them all at once scares you). Whoever said diamonds are a woman’s best friend, also said these hooks are her second best.

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Clover Amour Soft Touch Hook Set ~ Retail $45+ for the whole set

Not quite as shiny as the Furls, but these are my go to favorite hooks of all time.

You can never have too many hooks, and these are the best quality for the money. Plus you can get the whole set for the same price as one of the Furls.

2. Yarn Bowl

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Stitch Happy Handmade Extra Large Wooden Yarn Bowl ~ Retail $49

This yarn bowl could actually be in the “save” section as well depending on how much you want to spend. Etsy alone has over 4,000 currently listed, with it’s most expensive at over $400.

Yarn bowls have made a huge explosion over the past year and it’s a good chance your crocheter might not even have one yet. But, if they do, don’t worry, they will always be able to use more.

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Yarn Bowl by Yarn Valet ~ Retail $12.99

This bowl is a great deal and was just mentioned by Good Housekeeping  as a must have for knitters and crocheters.

With is tiny price tag, it’s a great choice for those on a budget.

3. Project Bag

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Slipped Stitches Studio Plus Tote and Tot ~ Retail $135

Your crocheter can always use another project bag, so this is a no brainer.

The project bags from Slipped Stitches have every pop reference imaginable (I’m partial to Labyrinth- pictured here). This is their largest tote, but they have many other sizes (and price points) available.

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Art Bin Yarn Drum ~ Retail $21.99

What this lacks in style, it makes up for in utility. This thing is a workhorse, holding up to 8 skeins of yarn. If your crocheter loves making blankets, this is the tote for them.

What’s On Your List?

If you are a crocheter, what would you like for the holidays? Let us know below.

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My Next Set Of Crochet Hooks

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Knit Picks Rainbow Crochet Hook Set

Knit Picks is my go to website for affordable fantastic yarn. Now it is my go to place for affordable fantastic crochet hooks.

I just got my newest Knit Picks catalog in the mail today and was so stoked to see this set in the pages. The Rainbow Crochet Hook Set is only $9.99.

YES!

$9.99!!

FOR THE WHOLE SET!!!

NO!

NOT JUST FOR ONE!!

FOR THE WHOLE SET!!!

9 hooks for the price of less than two of the Clover Amour!

Can’t talk now, have to go buy…

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