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Crochet hook sizes and types

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This guide will provide you with tools and offer an extensive knowledge on everything you need to know about the different types of crochet hooks. #CrochetHookSizes #CrochetHook #CrochetNeedles

If you’re just learning how to crochet, choosing a crochet hook can be overwhelming. There are various crochet hook sizes and types and styles. It’s really about finding the set that works best for you. But until you’ve worked with crochet hooks for awhile, you won’t know which you prefer. That’s why it’s a great idea to get a set for beginners when first starting out.

Most sets for beginners have a range in sizes that will work for most basic patterns. The crochet needles will go from small to larger sizes, and each work with different weights of yarn. Just like when you’re choosing a knitting needle size, the size crochet hook you use will determine your gauge.

When you learn to crochet, having a hook size chart and a yarn weight chart is recommended. These tools will help you determine what you’ll need for your projects. This guide will provide these tools and offer an extensive knowledge on everything you need to know about the different types of crochet hooks.

Types of Crochet Hooks

There are several different types of crochet hooks, all made from different materials. This subtle difference can really change the outcome of your work and your comfort level.

There are even two types of hook throats. Inline and tapered. Inline crochet hooks has a deeper hook and the thumb grip is higher up. Tapered is more of a smooth straight hook with a thumb grip lower down. You can find both options in most materials. No one type of hook or throat is better than the other. It’s all about personal preference.

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Here’s a list to get you familiar with the different types of hooks and to help you discover which is right for you.

Aluminum – Aluminum crochet hooks are one of the most popular choices for beginners. Their smooth surface makes it easy to slide stitches on and off the hook. You can find these in craft stores and online for a very reasonable price.

Bamboo & Wood – Wooden crochet hooks are soft and warm in feel. They’re comfortable to hold and can oftentimes mould to your hand. The only downside to these hooks is that they do not come in all sizes. While you can find most of the standard sizes in wood or bamboo, you won’t be able to find the jumbo or tiny hook sizes.  

Ergonomic –  Ergonomic crochet hooks are the easiest to hold and are recommended for people with Arthritis and other hand conditions. It reduces the stress on your hand from the repetitive movements of crochet. You don’t have to have a hand condition to use these. These hooks are a good preventative measure to take and to care for your hands.

Knook – This is a special tool. It has a hook on one end and a hole drilling through the other. By inserting your yarn through the hole, you can form knit like stitches. If you’re trying to mimic knit fabric without the time and effort knitting takes, this is a great option. There are a lot of good tutorials online if you can’t figure out how to use the knook.  

Light Up – These crochet hooks are great if you have a hard time seeing or work late at night. Lighted crochet hooks are also a great option for travelling. They have little lights installed in the hook when makes the hook glow. It’s easier to see and work with this added light and a lot of people grow to love these.

Plastic – Plastic hooks, like aluminum are very affordable. You can find these most places and they come in all sizes. Whatever project you’re working on, you can find a plastic hook to match. They often come in fun colors and have a decent grip. They’re pretty durable for plastic too.

Steel – Steel hooks are used for detail work and lacework. Steel crochet hook sizes typically run small for this reason. They’re easy to hold onto and delicate enough for small work. If you have the patience to do lace crochet and make doilies, these are the hooks you should look for.

Tunisian – Tunisian crochet is a crossover between knitting and crochet. Like the knook, Tunisian crochet can create knit like fabric if you work certain stitches. A Tunisian crochet hook looks like a mix between a knitting needle and a crochet hook. It’s long like a needle and has a hook at the top. You work multiple stitches onto the long part of the hook like you would in knitting. This is a really fun technique, and if you’re interested in trying it, pick up a Tunisian hook first.

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Sizes

Now that we’ve gone over the various materials and types of crochet hooks, let’s talk about sizing.

Crochet hook sizes can be complicated because there are different types of measurements. Sizes can be measured in letters (U.S) or millimeters (metric) and even numbers (U.K.).

The most standard size hook for crochet for beginners is an H-8 5.00mm. This size comes in almost every beginner set out there.

Crochet hook sizes aren’t standardized. That means that if your pattern calls for a size J, and you use a size J from a different crochet brand, your pattern could turn out wrong. Frustrating, right? That’s why the one method you should rely on is metric measurements. This is based on an actual form of measurement so you can guarantee your patterns will turn out properly.

Most US hooks include the letter, number and metric measurement all in one such as I mentioned before. H (letter) 8 (number) 5.00mm (metric).

To help with conversions between measurement styles, here’s a chart explaining the US, UK and Metric measurements and how the sizes correlate.

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While this chart will help you figure out which size to use for your pattern, it’s always a good idea to do a gauge square. If your square is smaller than what the pattern calls for, size up a hook or vice versa, down a size if your square is too large.

Gauge is also dependant on your yarn weight. Each hook size has a yarn weight that pairs perfectly. Once you’re more experienced, you can play around with mixing yarn weight and hook size. You can get some fun results for doing this. But to start out, it’s best to stick with the yarn weight the pattern and hook size called for.

To help you figure this out here’s a really detailed chart pairing up hooks with their appropriate yarns.

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Crochet and Knitting on an Airplane 2019

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Crochet and Knitting on an Airplane 2019

There’s something that sparks fear in the hearts of knitters all around the globe. One question. “Will my knitting needles get taken away at the airport?”

This is a very real fear, and while less likely, crocheters fear for their crochet needles as well. Luckily, there are ways to assure you won’t lose your favorite tools and can enjoy your hobby while in flight. If you’ve ever wondered “What can I take on a plane,” here’s the scoop.

What Can You Take on a Plane?

It’s important to note that guidelines for flying with knitting needles and crochet hooks vary all over the world. What’s allowed in one place may be prohibited in another. In order to avoid confiscation, it’s best to research the specific airport rules for each airport you’ll be flying in and out of.

 

Can I Bring My Knitting Needles on a Plane?

As a general guide, knitting needles and crochet hooks ARE ALLOWED in checked bags and carry on in the USA, UK and Canada (more on that below). There are of course stipulations to these rules. But can you bring scissors on a plane?

In the US, according to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) scissor blades must measure 4” or less to be considered safe TSA scissors. Blunt rounded scissors (think kindergarten style) are also allowed. For a full list of what items you can take on a plane, check out the TSA’s list of “What Can I Bring”

Things are a little different in Canada and the UK. Scissor blades must measure 6 cm (2.4 in) or less to be considered safe for airplane travel. Of course, this is up to the TSA screener’s discretion and they can decide anything is unsafe to bring on board. For the full list of what you can carry on your flight in Canada and the UK, check out the Canadian “What I Can Bring” list and the UK’s “Hand Luggage Restrictions” list. For all other countries, you’ll need to research their rules on a case by case basis.

 

Ideas for Flying with Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks

Some good alternative for flying with scissors or cutters would be TSA nail clippers or dental floss. Yes. Dental floss will be a game changer. Dental floss has a little blade inside that can be used to cut yarn. When my travel scissors didn’t arrive in time for my recent flight, I used this technique and it worked like a charm. Also, if your knitting needles are confiscated, the dental floss can be used to hold your stitches so you don’t lose your project.
Crochet and Knitting on an Airplane

 

Preferred Types of Knitting Needles to Take on a Plane

While knitting needles are allowed, the airports tend to prefer bamboo or plastic over metal. They also prefer circular knitting needles. These seem less threatening and are actually better for you and your neighbors on the plane. You see, circular needles take a smaller range of motion and tend to be smaller. The smaller your needles, the better chance of you passing airport security with them. They’re also more practical. Having circular needles means you can’t drop and lose a knitting needle like you could with straights.

 

Best Practice for Traveling with Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks and Notions

It’s a good idea to wrap your needles or hooks up in a sheath or blanket to help prevent injury of TSA agents. They don’t want to be poked when they’re doing a safety check on your bag. Point protectors for circular knitting needles are also ideal to make sure your needle tips are protected. Wrapping your sharp objects up safely is a nice way to be considerate of the safety agents.

As far as notions go, it’s best to have a little notions kit for traveling. So everything is in one place. All your knitting tools such as stitch markers, yarn needles, tape measure etc can be kept in one convenient place. This means you don’t have to dig for it once you’re on the plane and having it all together is easier for the agents.  

Crochet and Knitting on an Airplane

Flying Home or To Different Countries

Also remember the country you’re flying home from as well. I was recently on a vacation to Mexico and while I knew there were no problems going through security in Canada, I did get stopped in security at the Cancun Airport. I told the security agent that I called my airline prior to the flights to make sure I could bring my knitting needles onto the plane. My beautiful circular knitting needles were taken to a security manager and they made inquiries with my airline. In the end, I got approval to take the knitting needles on the flight but it was a stressful situation nonetheless. Best advice – be prepared!

Tips for Traveling with Knitting and Crochet Projects

There are a few tips you can use to ensure you have an easy trip with your favorite hobby. One of the worst things you can do is overpack.

Be practical with yourself about how much time you’ll have to work on a project during your trip and pack accordingly. If you’re going to be spending time with a lot of other people, you won’t have time to work on big, challenging projects. Don’t pack 12 balls of yarn because frankly, you won’t use them. As a general rule of thumb when traveling, it’s best to pick small projects such as hats and socks. And bring the knitting supplies to match. (I.e. 2 balls of yarn, an extra pair of needles or hook, and your notions kit). It also helps to have a zip up bag for all your supplies.

Know your pattern and have a backup of it. You might not have wifi. So, if your pattern is online, screenshot it, download the pdf or print out a physical copy to take with you. This will make sure you have the instructions you need to leisurely work on your project while away. It’s also best to have a few rows of your project started by the time you reach the airport. They are less likely to throw out your needles if they see you’re clearly working on something and aren’t just harboring sharp objects.

Be a Prepared Traveller

Finally, the two most important things to remember: Don’t bring anything you’re afraid to lose and bring an envelope with your address and stamp on it in case.

The fact is, no matter what the guidelines say about what can I carry on a plane, they can take anything from me if they see fit. So, it’s best to only bring stuff you don’t mind losing. Don’t bring your favorite pair of needles or favorite set of hooks. It’s not worth it.

If you feel strongly that you don’t want to lose any of your tools (me), it’s a good idea to bring a pre-addressed, ready to mail off envelope big enough to fit all your tools. If they do refuse to let you fly with them, you can put them in the envelope and mail it back home to yourself.

At the end of the day, you can’t control what they’ll let you fly with. But with these travel tips and tricks, you have a pretty good chance of enjoying a flight full of crafting and relaxing. Safe Travels!

Looking for some quick and easy crochet patterns to take on your next flight? Check out these Dabbles and Babbles patterns including the Girl’s Boho Crop Top, the Lily Cowl Crochet Pattern and the Simple Shells Light Crochet Wrap Pattern.

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DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

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DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle – As you all know by now I really enjoy crocheting.  It’s what I do to relax.  A while ago, I tried my hand at amigurumi (the Japanese craft of crocheting small stuffed animals).  It took me a little less than an hour to decide that amigurumi wasn’t for me and then it took me a bit longer to realize why… it hurts my hands. The little hooks that you use to crochet in this style are so tiny that you really have to get a good grip on them and I found my hands would cramp up.

A few weeks ago, I randomly came across a photo of someone holding a hook covered in what I presumed was polymer clay and I had my “ah-ha” moment – that’s what I need to do for my hooks too. I went to the store and bought a variety of Fimo packages in different colors along with a straight blade for cutting the clay. I rolled and twisted and rolled some more until I had some marbled designs that I was happy with, popped them in the oven and 15 minutes later I had beautiful and practical crochet hooks.

If you’re hands hurt from crocheting, I highly suggest this easy modification that will make a world of difference for your hands.

Material:

  • Polymer clay in various colors (Sculpy, Premo, Fimo, etc.) *if you just want the functionality without the hassle of mixing colors, you can make things easier by just using one color.
  • Straight blade or sharp knife
  • Cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Crochet hooks

Directions:

  1. Choose 3-5 colors of clay and knead the clay until it’s soft and then roll the clay into little logs (I made them about 2″ long).
  2. Take all the logs and twist them together. Roll on a smooth flat surface.
  3. Fold over and twist again. Roll on a smooth flat surface. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the design. *Be careful not to do it too many times or it will all just turn into one color – likely grey or brown.
  4. Roll the clay smooth and until it’s about the width of a pen and about 4″ long. If you find your piece of clay has gotten too long as you rolled it out just cut off any excess clay so that you have it the correct length.
  5. Gently take the end of your crochet hook and with a back and forth twisting motion push the hook into the clay. Be patient, it goes in pretty easily as long as it isn’t forced quickly. Keep going until you’re almost at the end of the clay log.
  6. Now roll the clay with the hook in it on the smooth surface and taper the end closest to the hook.  Feel free to trim a little from the end if it gets too close to the end.
  7. On the side furthest from the hook, gently tap against your hard surface until it’s flattened.
  8. Ad a small circular piece of white clay to the end. This is where you’ll write the hook size with a permanent market or use a stamp to mark the size.
  9. Place  the crochet hook and handle on a cookie sheet that has a layer of parchment paper on it.  Cook in the oven at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes (add a few minutes if it’s thicker than 1/4″).
  10. Take out of oven, allow to cool.

Also, if you’re new to crocheting and would like to take your crocheting to the next level before you try your next crochet project, I highly recommend some of the online crochet classes at Craftsy. Craftsy has amazing courses taught by world class instructors.

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~ Jamey

Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

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