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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.

Types of crochet hook

  • Crochet Needles: Stainless Steel: This type of needle is very suitable for those who will work with fine threads. The most common measurements (in millimeters) of the stainless steel needle are 0.6 mm, 0.75 mm, 1.0 mm, 1.25 mm, 1.5 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.0 mm. These are standard measurements, but you may find a supplier that uses your size. In this case, the thinner the number found in the needle. The stainless steel needle is the most versatile of all, but remember that for thick threads, wool or string, it is not the most recommended.
  • Crochet Needles: Aluminum: Unlike stainless steel needles, aluminum needles are recommended for thicker threads, wool, and string. The most common measurements (in millimeters) are 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, 3.5 mm, 4.0 mm, 4.5 mm, 5.0 mm, 5.5 mm, 6.0 mm and 7.0 mm (phew). Most jobs are done with this type of needle because it is very light and so it does not tire so much.
  • Crochet Needles: Bamboo: In recent years, bamboo needles have become very popular because, in addition to giving a softer feel while we work, they are made from a sustainable resource, a word widely used today. Another advantage is the resistance of this type of needle. An interesting fact is that many crochet teachers prefer to use the bamboo needle for beginning students because bamboo is not as smooth as aluminum or stainless steel needles. I don’t mainly use bamboo needles for two reasons: as they are “handcrafted,” it is challenging to find them on the market, and, for that reason too, the price is a bit steep.