There are so many crochet hook options out there, it can be overwhelming when trying to decide on the best one for you. Whether you’re new to crochet or just looking for the best hook for a new project, we’ve rounded up all sorts of hook styles and info for you.
Where to Start
If you’re new to crochet, narrowing down hook options can be challenging. Start with something affordable and a larger hook size (roughly H/8 [5.00mm] – K/10.5 [6.50mm]). A great place to start is your ball or skein of yarn. Many of the labels include a suggested hook size that will pair well with the yarn. The thicker the yarn, the larger the crochet hook. As for material, aluminum hooks are affordable and readily available at your local craft store. If you find one you like, purchasing a set of varying sizes will keep you ready for any project!
Many crocheters prefer metal hooks because of their smooth hook surface that allows for quick crocheting. Metal is generally an affordable option and regular hooks are most commonly made in aluminum, while the smaller thread crochet hooks are made of steel. You may find that all-metal hooks become uncomfortable in your hands after a while, so a metal hook with a cushy rubber or wooden grip is an excellent ergonomic alternative.
Wood and Bamboo Hooks
Bamboo is an eco-friendly hook option that is also strong and light-weight. There will be more friction with your yarn as compared to metal hooks, but bamboo can smooth slightly over time. Wood hooks will be marginally heavier and can be more expensive. If you prefer eco-friendly, look for sustainably harvested wood styles. The wood surface also has friction with the yarn. Because of the increased friction, wood hooks are great for slippery yarns such as silk or rayon. These can come in a variety of different shapes to comfortably fit your hand.
Tunisian Crochet Hooks
If you’re interested in Tunisian crochet, you’ll need a special hook to allow for multiple loops that sit on the handle. While regular crochet hooks are short and have a wider grip area, Tunisian crochet hooks are long with a uniform handle and usually a stopper at the end to prevent loops from sliding off. You can use Tunisian hooks for regular crochet, but not vice-versa. In addition to long straight Tunisian hooks, there are also interchangeable crochet hooks, which come in a set of different sizes, cords and stoppers. These are a nice alternative because the cord is flexible, and you have a range of hooks sizes and lengths for any project.
Of course, there are all sorts of special crochet hooks out there ranging from plastic to clay and glass. Want a set of hooks shaped like magic wands? Those exist! What about a colorful wooden hook with a decorative epoxy and resin tip? Yep, that exists too. If you want to splurge on a special hook, pay attention to which size hook you’re grabbing for most often, then search on ETSY for some fun handmade options in that size.