I have been crocheting for many years. Over those years I have collected many crochet hooks and have lost more than I can count. Anyhoo, I am always looking for the perfect hook. You can find Boye and Susan Bates in many craft chain stores. You can find bamboo and other wooden ones at yarn stores. You can even find light up hooks. I can’t figure out why someone would want one of those. Then there is the popular Clover Soft Touch hook. What ever hook you find that is your perfect one, you still have to check the gauge of the piece you want to crochet, even if you have size H hook in different brands.
Let’s take a look at the parts of the hook first.
The “shaft” is the area of the hook that determines the size of the hook. That is where the loop is sized when crocheting.
The “throat” is the thread guide down to the head.
Below is a picture of four Size H hooks, made by different companies, that I have.
The top one is Aero, the second is Boye, the third is ?? (says JMRA on the thumb rest) and the fourth is a wooden one made by Turn of the Century.
Below you can see an up close photo of the head area. Notice the difference in the shapes of the hook. You can see that the Boye is nicked. It will catch the yarn, so I won’t use it. I’ll give it to my daughter to practice with. 😀
My favorite all time hook is the one that says JMRA on the thumb rest. It is smooth, the yarn glides right over it, and it is long enough for my hand. I have been trying to find this hook for many years and can’t. I thought the Aero brand was the same thing, but if you’ll look you can see that the Aero is much shorther. It actually sits, just inside my hand and bothers me a lot. LOL I’ll still use it, because it is as smooth as the JMRA one.
My next favorite (so far) is the Boye. I think it is because I learned to crochet with it. I totally hate Susan Bates. I can never seem to catch the yarn with it. Susan Bates is loved by many crocheters out there; I’m just not one of them.
Now the wooden one; I just purchsed. I had been looking at it for a long, long time and decided to buy one. They are expensive, but everyone says they are the best hooks to use. After trying it, I don’t care for it. It is not as smooth at the JMRA, and it is considerably longer. It came in a lovely round black cylinder package. Neither the package nor the hook has the size on it. I hope my memory stays with me on this one. However; it is gorgeous. 🙂
Now we’ll get back to the gauge. Even though you may have many hooks the same size (say size H), they are not the same. Below you will see an edging I did on my daughter’s shawl. The edging is done in a 9 dc (double crochet) shell. The shell on the right was done using the JMRA size H hook, while the shell on the left was done with the new wooden crochet hook. That’s a big difference when you need the right gauge throughout the pattern.
If you crochet, what is your favorite hook?
PS. If anyone finds a place that sells the JMRA hooks, please let me know. 😀