Monday, February 8, 2016

Which Hook To Hook With?


Now that the holidays are over and you've had time to yourself, you have decided that you wanted to learn how to crochet (yay!). You watched a couple of YouTube videos (that's actually how I learned - click here to see my Crochet Basics Playlist for both right and left hand) and thought, "Okay, I just need at least one crochet hook to start with, a ball of yarn and a pair of small scissors." Then you happily step inside a craft store or your local yarn store and felt overwhelmed at the amount of crochet hooks to choose from, on top of the yarn varieties. And then there are starter kits as well as full sets of crochet hooks! You are leaning towards the cheapest and biggest ball of yarn as well as the cheapest set of crochet hooks. After all, you don't want to spend a lot of money in the early stages of learning how to crochet in the event you discover later on that you don't like the craft, right?

   
Via Fiber Flux 
Via Fiber Flux

   
The truth is in your hands. No matter how many video reviews you watch or blog posts you read (about the different types of crochet hooks), a lot of times, you just have to hold the hook in your hands and try it out. If you know someone who crochets, this is a golden opportunity for you to ask them to see if you can try out the different types of hooks they have. I myself have both the tapered hook type and the inline hook type in materials such as aluminum, plastic and bamboo in regular designs and comfort grip designs. This is the part where I wished I had someone to borrow crochet hooks from before I went out and bought my individual hooks. So, if you know someone, ask them to see their hooks. I'm sure they'll be more than happy to show you their hook collection. 



Don't be surprised if they show you a lot of hooks and you might notice duplicate hook sizes. But pay attention to the material of the hooks, the design of the hooks (tapered or inline) and how the yarn feels as you work the hook through the loops. Some crocheters prefer tapered hooks and some prefer inline hooks and some prefer plastic or wood over metal and vice versa. I myself prefer the tapered metal hooks and my favorite hooks are the Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks (click here to read my review) because of their comfort grip handle at a reasonable price especially for a full set.



To save you some money and save you from trial and error of the wrong hooks, I highly recommend that you get and try a comfort grip crochet hook — after you have figured out if you like the tapered or inline hook and what material the hook is made of that you like to work with — whether you have dexterity problems or not because the more comfortable your hands are, the more likely you will enjoy learning how to crochet. I myself have taught a couple of friends how to crochet and the first thing I did was bring my zippered pouch of crochet hooks to work and sat with them and asked them which hook (plastic, wood, aluminum and comfort grip aluminum) did they like best in terms of grip. 100% everybody said they prefer the comfort grip with aluminum hooks. 

And so when I meet with them at the craft/yarn store, they already know which hook to get and so the next question is, what type of project are you looking to make? I ask this question so that I can gauge which one hook size they should get since we all don't know yet if they will like and enjoy crochet. If they can't decide on what type of project, I will then ask them to handle and fondle the yarns and see which texture and color (preferably, bright and light colored yarns to better see your stitches) they prefer and from there, I will suggest they get the hook size that is recommended for that yarn. Because let's face it, if you're working with yarn that you don't like the texture or color, you will not be motivated to learn with that yarn or if the hook is too small to grab the yarn, you'll get frustrated and give up on it. 

If you stop by your local yarn store, chances are, they will allow you to try some of their hooks (if you don't personally know a crocheter) or if you enroll in one of their crochet basics classes, I'm sure they will allow you to try out the different hooks they have. At least, I would if I own a yarn store. I hope this helps you in buying your first crochet hook or first set of crochet hooks without breaking the bank. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to post a comment on this blog post and I'll be more than happy to answer them. Also, please feel free to share this blog post if you found this information helpful.