|A Variety of Crochet Hooks|
|Choose Your Hook Wisely|
Crochet Hook or Crochet Needle
|A Collection of Crochet Hooks|
The size of a hook is measured in millimeters, which generally also correspond to letters or numbers imprinted on the hook. For example, the blue aluminum Susan Bates crochet hook pictured here is a 5 mm hook, which is also called an "8" or a "H." These "regular" crochet hooks are extremely versatile tools and can be used for most crochet stitches. Because they are available in so many sizes, they are used for yarns that correspond by ply or bulk. Simply check the label on your skein of yarn to see which hook size is recommended.
Tunisian Crochet Hook
|Tunisian Crochet Hooks are Longer or Corded|
A Tunisian crochet hook is also sized by millimeters and gauged by letters and numbers. The yellow Boye brand 5 mm Tunisian crochet hook, for example, is also labeled an "H," while the Susan Bates is labeled 10 1/2 US and 6.5 mm.
Tunisian crochet hooks, because of the length, are used only for Tunisian crochet because the extra weight and length can be cumbersome and unwieldy if the hook is being used for other types of stitches.
|A Cro-Tat Hook for Crochet-Tatting Stitches and Projects|
The Prym hook in the photograph is a 1.5 mm hook and can be used with small, fine tatting and crochet cotton threads.
Crochet hooks can have ergonomic, interchangeable, glass, aluminum, plastic, resin, wood, ceramic, or polymer clay handles. They can be long or short, flat or round. They can be straight, curved, big, small, decorative, or handmade. The project can be Tunisian, Bosnian, filet, double crochet, bioche, cro-tat, cro-hook, cro-knit, tapestry, or any number or types of stitches. No matter the type of crochet project a crafter undertakes, there is a correct crochet hook for the job. The task will be all the more enjoyable and worthwhile if the correct hook is used.
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