If knitting is the new sexy, then crocheting is the hottest thing ever. And if it isn’t, it very well should be. If you’ve only started this very relaxing hobby, then you know that it can be an extremely frustrating endeavor when choosing a best crochet hooks. Because not all crochet hooks are created equal.
They come in various sizes, shapes, and material. And since there is no truly “right” crochet hook, it can be hard for a beginner to determine which one to buy. But since we’re such a helpful bunch, we’ve done a bit of crocheting for you to find out which ones are considered the best of the bunch in any crocheting circle.
Top 10 Crochet Hooks of 2017
- Top 10 Crochet Hooks of 2017
- How to Choose the Right Crochet Hook
1. Clover Amour Crochet Hooks
This is a very popular choice among crochet lovers. The hook features a soft easy grip that feels warm in your hand and comfortable to use. The aluminum hook allows the yarn to smoothly glide over the shaft while you’re stitching. The hooks come in different sizes and each size has a specific colored handle, enabling you to easily remember which hook to use for your project.
- the tapered hook is more rounded than a Boye hook so the yarn doesn’t snag or catch.
- yarn slides smoothly
- comfortable grip
- some users feel the hooks and the handles are shorter than standard crochet hooks
- the hook isn’t as deep so the stitches may slide off too easily
- the handles are more for users who prefer the pencil grip
2. Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks
The Clover Soft Touch is another popular choice, particularly for users who use the pencil or knife grip. The handle shape feels really comfortable and the shaft is super smooth so you can hook faster. It’s perfect for tight amigurumi stitches.
- comfortable grip
- smooth hooking
- easy to manipulate in your hand
- shorter handle and hook
- may be difficult to use when working on complex patterns that need you to have several loops on your hook
- smaller sized hooks have even smaller handles
3. Susan Bates Silvalume Crochet Hook
Made out of lightweight aluminum, this hook features an inline head that easily grasps yarn when you’re crocheting. While this type of hook does have a tendency to catch yarn, it does glide smoothly and is really good at catching yarn and letting you pull it through the stitches. And they come color coded. Each size has a specific color so you can easily tell which hook to use.
- easy to use for beginners
- the thumb rest could be placed further back from the hook
- the paint does chip easily
- yarn may get caught
4. Addi Swing
The hook is nickel coated steel and features a tapered, more rounded head while the handle is plastic. But it isn’t just as simple as that. The handle actually has two plastics. One plastic is colorful and soft while the other plastic is white and firm. When combined, the handle provides the right amount of comfort and flexibility. It was specifically designed to fit perfectly in your hand and it definitely delivers.
- very comfortable handle
- perfect for a knife grip crocheter
- makes crocheting easy
- may be difficult to use if you prefer the pencil grip
- it takes a bit of practice to get hooked on it
5. Athena’s Elements Crochet Hook
Similar to our other picks, these crochet hooks are color coded and feature an ergonomic handle which is perfect if you want to keep crocheting for long periods of time. The handle is made out of high grade Thermoplastic Rubber while the hook is high quality aluminum.
Aside from high quality material, the hooks are longer which allows you to create multiple loops on the shaft. And because there are no rough edges, your yarn won’t get snagged. And should you find yourself unhappy with how the crochet hook feels in your hand, you can get your money back!
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- color-coded hooks
- gripping the handle is easy
- some users have complained of the handle slipping from the needles
- the tip of the hook may be too rounded for some when doing detailed work
- the sizes are listed in metric numbers on the hook rather than letters
6. Tulip Etimo Rose Crochet Hook
If you really want a comfortable crochet hook that speaks to the little girl in you, then Tulip Etimo’s Rose Crochet Hook is the one for you. Not only does this hook feel super comfortable in your hand (in both pencil and knife grip), the aluminum is so smooth that the yarn just glides on. And if you’re wondering about the type of hook, Tulip Etimo chose to do something in between an inline and a taperd hook. The throat of the hook isn’t that deep, however, so you may have some issues with the yarn slipping off.
- lovely pink color
- comfortable grip
- smooth hooking
- sizes on the hooks are just stickers, not marked permanently
- the sizes are listed in mm rather than in letters
- the word “Japan” on the handle is embossed so it can rub your finger
7. Lion Brand Yarn 400-5-1907 Crochet Hook
Working with bulky yarn (weight of 6 or 7) means using a large crochet hook. This Q-sized crochet hook from Lion Brand is perfect if you want something smooth and lightweight. Made entirely out of plastic, the hook doesn’t have any rough seams or edges that would bother your hands or snag the yarn.
You can easily may rag rugs using this baby. And if you’re a beginner, you even might want to use this hook for practice because it’s easy to see what you’re doing and, more importantly, it makes it easier for you to count your chain stitches.
- Smooth hooking
- Sturdy and well made
- Slightly expensive for just one hook
- Not for people who dislike using plastic hooks
- Some users found the handle to be too short
8. ChiaoGoo Wooden Crochet Hook
This ChiaoGoo Wooden Crochet Hook is another huge piece that makes working with bulky yarn so easy. Made entirely out of bamboo, it features a tapered hook that is deep enough that it can handle thick yarn easily. The tip is pointed enough to push through thick material without much effort. And the wood is wonderfully smooth which prevents any yarn from getting snagged and your fingers from getting chafed.
- Smooth hooking
- Feels better in your hand than plastic
- Some users found the hook to be too smooth/slippery
- Made in China
- A bit on the expensive side
9. Addi Steel Crochet Hook
Designed and manufactured in Germany, this steel hook comes with a lifetime guarantee. It features fine gold tips that make it perfect for detailed thread-crochet projects. The hook doesn’t snag the thread at all. And it slips easily between stitches, catches the thread, and pulls it through the loops so smoothly, nothing will interrupt the rhythm you’ve got going.
- smooth hooking
- no snagging
- very fine hook tip
- no ergonomic handle
- a bit delicate; some users have complained about breaking it
- very expensive
10. Crochet Lite
If your eyesight is going bad, you love working with dark yarns, or you love crocheting in the dark, you’ll need a hook that will light up your work. And that’s Crochet Lite. Each crochet hook in this line comes with its own installed battery so no need to switch it out when you change hooks. Even better, the batteries are replaceable so you don’t need to worry about buying a new hook every time you run out. The entire crochet hook is made out of plastic.
- replaceable batteries
- great grip
- batteries die out pretty quickly
- some users found the light too bright
- yarn doesn’t smoothly glide on the shaft as well as our other picks
How to Choose the Right Crochet Hook
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of crocheting. As any old hand will tell you, there’s no such thing as the perfect crochet hook. You’ll have to do a lot of testing to find which one suits your needs best. To help you in your quest to find “the hook,” we’ve written a short guide on crochet hooks with discussions on the two most important features – types and size.
What are the different types of crochet hooks?
Bamboo crochet hooks are lightweight and feel good in the hand. They’re also really affordable and comes in a variety of sizes except for the smallest size and the jumbo one.
Steel crochet hooks have the smallest hook sizes and were specifically designed for fine thread crocheting like when you’re making doilies.
Aluminum crochet hooks are very popular among beginners because the yarn slides smoothly over the shaft, enabling them to crochet more easily and quickly. It also comes in a large range of sizes.
Plastic hooks are also available in a variety of sizes including really huge ones. This is perfect if you’re working with really bulky yarn or working on broomstick lace. The hooks are made out of hollow plastic so it won’t feel heavy in your hand while you work with it.
Tunisian hooks, also called cro hooks, are a lot longer than regular crochet hooks. Some of them even feature a hook on the end. These look like knitting needles, allowing you to keep the stitches on the hook as you work on your fabric.
Ergonomic hooks are hooks that feature large soft handles or just soft handles that allow you to insert the hook you need for your project. This makes crocheting easier on your hands, especially if you’re planning on working on your project for an extended period of time.
Knook is a long crochet hook that features a hole in one end. The yarn can be threaded in the hole, allowing you to produce stitches that look like knitting.
What size should you get?
Crochet hooks, as we’ve already mentioned, come in a variety of sizes. The shaft of a crochet hook, found between the hook and the handle, is the measurement used to indicate the size of a hook. For beginners, you should know that the size of your stitches is determined by the size of your shaft. If you’re buying hooks made and sold in the US, you’ll notice that they use a lettering system to indicate size. The sizes start from the smallest (2.25 mm) which is “B” and goes all the way up to “Q” which is the largest.
Steel hooks, on the other hand, come in numbered sizes. Unlike the letter sizes, the larger the number, the smaller the thickness of the shaft. For example, the size 14 thread hook has a 0.6mm thickness.
What kind of crochet hook would you choose?
When you’re buying yarn, the label shows the recommended hook size as well as an estimated number of stitches for every 4 inches. This makes it even easier for beginners. As a general rule of thumb, the size of your hook should correspond with the size of your yarn. Small yarn requires a small hook while a bulky yarn requires a larger hook.
Here’s a tip: if your stitches are loose, then you need to go down a hook size. And if you really want to determine the number of stitches per inch, you can crochet a swatch using the pattern you plan to use for your project. Then you should wash the yarn, let it dry, and then measure the stitches.