Open-Throat vs. Closed-Throat Hooks

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Open-throat or closed-throat crochet hook? Bates vs. Boye? Inline crochet hook or tapered crochet hook? No matter what you call this debate, it’s important to take a closer look at crochet hooks and their features to figure out which one is best for you and your project. In this video, Mary Beth Temple examines this debate in order to help you choose the hook that’s right for you!

Mary Beth begins by looking at the throat of the crochet hook. This is the area where the hook is carved out for the hook head. The open-throat hook has a deeper groove in this area, making it so that the yarn can fit down into the throat more neatly and tightly. The closed-throat hook has a smaller groove that’s not as deep, making the yarn rest a little closer to the shaft of the hook. The open-throat crochet hook has a pointer head, while the closed-throat hook has a rounder head. Because of the deeper groove of the open-throat hook, Mary Beth notes that this hook is generally considered the hook that’s built for speed.

It’s important to note that whichever hook you choose really comes down to personal preference. Next time you are at the craft store, try picking up one of each and trying them out. You might find that you love one and hate the other. Exploring new crochet hooks may cause you to enjoy the craft even more!

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  1. Collin Fischer
    Collin Fischer

    Please adjust controls for videos to allow for speed control.
    Not everyone needs to go this slowly.

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