Choosing the Right Crochet Hook... for you!

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Like many of you, I’m sure, I’m a member of a number of different crochet-related groups on Facebook.

One question that I see frequently is “What crochet hook should I buy?” Plenty of suggestions get thrown

about, but very few responses reflect the reality of choosing a hook… the real answer is, “it depends.” We

can all share our favorite hooks, but honestly, choosing the right hook is really more of a question of

choosing the right hook FOR YOU!

There are many different types and styles of crochet hooks out there, and not every style or type works for every crocheter. Let’s take a look at some factors to consider when choosing a crochet hook.


Inline hooks have a head that is “in line” with the shaft of the hook; in other words, it doesn’t extend any

wider than the rest of the hook. An inline hook usually has a deep mouth, and comes to a sharper angle

than a tapered hook. Many fans feel that they get a more consistent stitch size with an inline hook, but

some people find that due to the deeper mouth, inline hooks “catch” more, and slow them down.

Tapered hooks have a head that extends past/is wider than the shaft of the hook. The mouth is not usually

as deep as an inline hook. In contrast to an inline, some people feel that a tapered hook glides more easily,

but others feel that it’s harder to stitch consistently. Your mileage may vary.


Another consideration when choosing a hook is the material used to make the hook. Aluminum,

plastic/acrylic, wood, and bamboo are all common material types, with aluminum probably the most

common. There, too, preference comes into play. Some people will change up their hooks based on what

fiber they are using; wood and bamboo may not glide as easily as aluminum, which may make them

preferable for more slippery yarns, while aluminum may be preferable for yarns that are a little rougher

and more likely to catch on the hook. There is also a weight and feel factor in terms of material - you want

to consider how the hook feels in your hand (more on that later…).


This is actually a big consideration for some people. I have a friend who almost exclusively uses standard

crochet hooks - your basic aluminum hooks you can buy almost anywhere. I, on the other hand, rarely use

anything but an ergonomic hook, especially when using smaller hook sizes. Ergonomic hooks typically

have a wider handle of some sort to allow the user to use a loose grip on the hook, with less stress on the

hands and wrists. Some have cushioned handles, others have shaped, solid-construction handles. 


There is a wide range of pricing of crochet hooks. Some, such as a standard aluminum hook, are

inexpensive and available almost anywhere, and are easily accessible to those on a tight budget. Big box

craft stores often carry their own house brands of ergonomic hooks at the lower end of the price range.

Other stores and websites carry a wide variety of brands, including some inexpensive no-name brands.

Then you start moving up the ladder to a wide range of brand name crochet hooks and a number of

different custom hook creators. When looking at ergonomic hooks, there is an element of “you get what

you pay for.” You may spend less on a set of no-name hooks from a discount seller, but is it really a deal if

the handle starts coming loose 6 months later? (Yes, I learned this lesson the hard way!)


This is probably the most important factor to consider, although for some, it may be the most challenging.

The hook you choose needs to fit comfortably in your hand, ultimately an extension of your hand/arm. Test

out different brands - some hooks are longer, others shorter. Some are narrow, some are wide. Over the

past 3 years, I have tried almost every major brand crochet hook out there, and keep coming back to my

preferred brand because of how it fits in my hand. You need to think about how you hold your hook, as well

as the size of your hand. My preferred brand fits perfectly in my hand, but for a friend of mine, the hooks

are too short, and rub the side of her hand the wrong way. I have other friends who love a popular, more

expensive brand, but they’re too wide for my short fingers and don’t sit right in my hand. If you love

crocheting, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with a hook in your hand. You want to make sure that

it’s going to be comfortable.

If you’re looking for a new hook, my ultimate advice to you is this:Try out a variety of hooks in different styles and materials. Don’t commit to a set right awayIf you have the money, buy a single hook in your favorite size in the styles/brands you want to try, and

test them out. Even better, see if your crocheting friends have something you want to try and ask to borrow

it, even just to crochet a couple of rows with it.

Obviously, consider your budget. You do get what you pay for, but you also don’t want to go bankrupt.

Once you figure out your preferences, watch for coupons and sales. For some hooks, it may be cheaper

to buy the set with a coupon, for others, you may need to watch for sales and buy a hook or two at a time

Finally, have fun learning more about yourself as a crocheter!

WeCrochet & CGOA Podcast - Crochet Jobs

Friday, July 16, 2021

Do you know all the different education programs offered by the CGOA? 

WeCrochet invited CGOA board member Pia Thadani for an interview all about teaching crochet, and the various education programs that CGOA offers. 

Hear her interview, plus others, in this fabulous podcast episode!

You might be a better crocheter than you think!

Monday, April 5, 2021


Have you ever passed on a pattern because it looked too difficult? "There's NO WAY I could make that," you say.

We've all been there - lusted over a design we were sure we couldn't possibly execute. I get it. You certainly don't want to make the commitment of buying the pattern and all of the supplies just to find out you don't have the skills to make the project.

But, consider for a moment, that you might be underestimating yourself and your crochet skills.

Let's talk skill levels for a moment. You may consider yourself a beginner but you might actually be able to complete something that's labeled "Advanced Beginner". Even if you're an advanced crocheter, you probably still find things that make you think twice about making a design.

A designer generally uses the following list to determine the skill level for the pattern:

  • Beginner - Projects intended for first-time crocheters using basic stitches. This level can help ANY crocheter build skills and provide practice. These patterns are no-brainers for experienced crocheters.
  • Advanced beginner - Patterns for the advanced beginner use basic stitches and repetitive stitches and patterns. There may be color changes, simple shaping and may require some finishing.
  • Intermediate - Projects will use a variety of different stitches and techniques. More detailed shaping and finishing will be required.
  • Advanced - This is where the rubber meets the road and everything is on the menu - intricate stitch patterns, multi-color techniques, small hooks, detailed finishing, to mention a few. These patterns really are reserved for the most experienced although, depending upon the number of advanced techniques, this would be a good stretch for the experienced crocheter. 
How do you decide? Look at why a designer may have classified a pattern with a certain skill level using the guidelines above. How many of the techniques or stitches in the design are you not familiar with? Remember, many designers provide resources to help you master the skills used in the design so it may be possible to easily make the design.
Obviously, it will be up to your judgment to decide whether or not you should try a pattern.

First and foremost, stop underestimating your crochet skill. Be realistic, sure, but don't pass on a pattern for the wrong reasons.

Push yourself to try new things. Again, you do have to be realistic. However, by trying new things, you get the chance to improve your skills, opening the door for even more complex pattern making down the road.

Prepare yourself for the more involved patterns by practicing your crochet skills and pattern reading skills. Find a pattern design that incorporates just one new skill and go for it.

And, don't forget, one of your greatest assets is your fellow crocheters. Ask advice, especially in Facebook groups, at your local yarn shop, YouTube. Find a group meeting at your local library or church. Crocheters LOVE to share their knowledge so go tap into that wealth.

The Crochet Guild of America is here to help!
  • The organization provides online classes taught by world-class instructors. You will not be disappointed!
  • Under the heading "Resources - Learn to Crochet" you'll find videos and lessons for basic crochet skills. You can choose right-handed, left-handed and children.
  • If there's one near you, join a CGOA chapter. Learn from other crocheters.
  • Crochet for Charity is a great way to practice skills and give back at the same time.
  • And, participate in a Crochet-Along. Not only will you improve your skills, but you'll have a built in community of crocheters working together toward a common goal. Have a question? Someone will have the answer!

Now, go out there and get that pattern. You can do it!


What to Look for Before Purchasing a Crochet Pattern

Friday, March 19, 2021

Starting a new crochet project is exciting for so many reasons. It’s the opportunity to carve out a little “me” time as you get to create something new. You are also able to enjoy artistic journey of picking out yarn types and colors to make the new creation unique to you. There is a little spark of energy as we sit down to begin a new project and see our vision come to life.


But, that spark can fade fast if the pattern you are working from is confusing, incomplete or not detailed enough. The joy slowly dwindles as you have to reread instructions, have to frog rows of work because it doesn’t look right, or after hours of work you realize it is not going to be the right size. However, there are ways to help prevent this frustrating situation.

Put On Your Investigation Glasses

Once you decide you want to make a project from a crochet pattern you will spend a good amount of time looking for just the right pattern. As you browse the multitude of patterns available there are going to be some you are just drawn to. But, before you decide to hit the “add to cart” button, check a few things out. 

Check those reviews. This may seem like a no brainer, but it is important not to just look and see if they are a 4 or 5 star pattern designer. Click on those buttons and read, this is where you can really discover some good information. See the below crochet pattern reviews: 

Clearly written, and support videos for further explanation make for a great pattern and experience. Thank you!”

“It’s perfect. I actually turned around and bought four more patterns.”

“Such a cute little garment. Easy to follow pattern. And the designer was so helpful to answer all my questions.”

These review all came from the same crochet pattern shop, and are all recent. This is a great sign that the pattern you are looking at purchasing is clear, has all the information you need and has resources to help you out along the way.  

Check the Pattern's Description

Always take a minute to read the pattern's description. This is so important, if the basic pattern information is missing it could be a sign that the pattern is also missing info. Always check to see that the following is listed: 

  • Size of Crochet Hook needed

  • Weight of yarn needed (amount can be helpful as well)

  • Are there any other or unique supplies needed

  • Is the pattern written in US or UK term

  • Is the pattern written, chart or graph

Contact and Follow

Is the patter designer available if you might need assistance? One way to find out is to read their bio (this can usually be found on the website you are ordering from). You can also check their social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any others out there. The designer does not have to have a huge following to be good. There are some amazing up and coming designers that are just starting out. But, if they have a presence on social media or have ways to reach them in their bios that is a good sign that they can and will offer support. 

Support Those You Love

After you have completed a project from a pattern, if you had a great experience continue to support that designer. Next time you are looking for a new pattern, check their shop. You already know you like the format they use and that they offer support if needed. Chances are you will have another great experience on your next project. 

Feel free to take it a step further and share your completed work with the designer as well. There is no greater reward to a pattern designer.

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