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How to hold the crochet hook

  • It is in the same posture of holding a pen, support it with the middle finger of the dominant hand and hold it with your index and thumb.
  • Then holding the thread in your hand.
  •  It has the vital role of maintaining the tension of the yarn to make it easier to crochet.
  • Thread the thread between the little finger and the ring finger.
  • And through the palm, between the middle finger and the index finger.
  • Hold the hand and grasp the thread with your middle finger and thumb.
  • Pass the tread between your fingers, and you can keep moderate tension.

Crochet hook – how to choose yours!

  • Crochet hook measurements: The crochet hook is measured per millimeter, although each manufacturer adds its numbering, this measurement is not necessarily standard. Therefore, what matters are the indicated millimeters, which is a universal measure, being the same for all brands. The size of the crochet hook will vary depending on the yarn you choose and how tight you want it. Each thread has a needle recommendation to be used on the label. Sometimes more than one crochet hook option is indicated, as in the image below. If you choose the smaller size, the stitches will be tighter, and if you select the larger size, the stitches will be looser. I usually, not always, choose the smaller crochet hook because I prefer a tighter job, but you may prefer it looser. I suggest that you test what will be better by making a few chain stitches before defining which needle to choose for your job.
  • Crochet hook manufacturers: The most well-known needle manufacturers in Brazil are Círculo, Corrente, Clover, Telanipo, We Care About, Serend, Tulip, Maluli, but there are still others. Some are national and other international.
  • The material of the crochet hooks: The shape of the cable is a significant differential, although it also makes a difference in the material of the hook region in the way the line will slide.

Type of crochet hook

  • Nickel-plated steel – these are the most well-known and traditional ones, usually for work with thinner wires a hook with this material is used. For example: 0.6mm / 0.75mm / 1.0mm / 1.25mm / 1.50mm / 1.75mm.
  • Colored aluminum – very similar to traditional nickel-plated steel, but they are slightly lighter because they are aluminum. They are painted, which makes it easier to identify the size, as each measurement has a color. Aluminum hooks allow you to work smoothly and quickly.
  • Plastic – are available in all standard sizes, as well as jumbo hooks. They are very large and usually made of hollow plastic because it is light.
  • Bamboo – are light and warm in hand. They are available in all sizes, from the smallest to the jumbo, but are usually used for strings (thicker lines) and even strips of fabric or plastic.
  •  Aluminum hook with rubberized handle – they are more anatomical because of the flattened and rubberized grip.
  • Aluminum hook with bamboo handle – ideal for those who like to work with the bamboo handle, but prefer the way the wire slides in the aluminum. The example below is from the Círculo brand. They indicate this needle to work with the Baroque thread.
  • Steel with double tip – usually, each tip has a measurement, so you have two needles in one. Besides, it is possible to crochet Tunisian or Afghan (click here to learn more) using the double pointed needle.
  • Aluminum hook with plastic and rubber handle – They are the ones that come first on the head of the crochet girls. They are even considered objects of desire by many. They are more expensive and are imported from Japan. They are deemed ergonomic needles, made to fit the hands better. Some crochet women say it helps to prevent calluses on the finger caused by the constant practice of crocheting a lot.
  • Tunisian crochet hook – note that it looks like the knitting needle, but has the hook of the crochet hook. There are many types of material of Tunisian crochet hook as Tunisian or Afghan Crochet Hook, Aluminum Crochet Hook for Tunisian or Afghan Crochet, Bamboo Crochet Needle for Tunisian or Afghan Crochet and Bamboo Crochet Needle for Tunisian or Afghan Crochet.
  • Staple crochet hook – in fact, the needle used is the same as the Traditional crochet hook, but you need a loom, which is called by most staple needle. See some models.