|Lion Brand Yarn's Ergonomic Crochet Hook Set|
I had specifically requested this particular set because I was attracted by the promise of less pain in my hook hand while crocheting, and this egg-shaped wooden handle seemed more stable and durable than other, plastic handles I had seen and used in the past.
After using it for three different projects over the past several days, I must say that overall I am pleased with the ergonomic crochet hook set's performance.
First ImpressionsAs you can see in the images, this particular ergonomic crochet hook set is a very attractive set, and it is also small enough to easily fit in a travelling bag or handbag. The handle, sans hook, measures 3 inches long by 1 3/8 inches across at its widest. Relatively speaking, it looks very similar to an awl.
|Six Interchangeable Hooks|
The set came with 6 interchangeable hooks: 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, 2.25 mm, 3.5 mm, 5 mm, and 6 mm. It also came with rubber "O" rings for setting the larger hooks into the chuck securely. All came in a little plastic packaging case that can be reused for storage.
Wanting to test the different-sized hooks for all types of projects, I used the set with Lion Brand fingering yarn, pictured here, a Caron Super Soft yarn, and a Red Heart bulky yarn.
Assets: Durable, Stable, and Reduces Hand Pain and FatigueIn the past I have used an ergonomic handle set that came with two different plastic handles and several interchangeable hooks. The problem with that set was that the hook shapes forced me to hold my hook in such a way as to feel unnatural. This did not happen with the small, wooden egg. I could hold the hook in "butter knife" position just as easily as "pencil" position, the only difference being that I didn't have to hold as tightly, thereby reducing stress on my thumb and pinkie finger. My muscles didn't seize up on me, in other words. Success!
|All Metal Threaded Chuck|
Furthermore, my previous, now donated, plastic ergonomic set was plastic - even the threads on the interchangeable hooks were plastic. It was very difficult to get them to fit into the handles smoothly. It took a few frustrating attempts every time. However, this is no issue with the Lion Brand set. The threaded parts are metal. The chuck is textured and easy to turn. There are no threads on the interchangeable hooks, and the hooks never came loose while I was crocheting. Yet, the hooks are very easy to swap out! Hurray!
In short, the hook set delivered on its promise to reduce hand fatigue and pain, even when using fingering yarn and a 2.25 mm hook.
Drawbacks: Replacement Parts and Hook DesignAlthough I do recommend this product because it certainly delivers on its promise to reduce hand pain while crocheting, I did find two weaknesses.
First and foremost, I was a bit confused about who makes these hooks and how I can order replacement parts or hooks. A small card that came with the set states that replacement rings and additional hooks are available at the Motion Magique Web site. However, when I used that Web address, I was forwarded to a very unprofessional-looking site that announces the retirement of the previous maker. I would urge the makers to revise the card that comes with the set, and the Web site, as soon as possible.
|Tapered and Pointed Hook Heads|
Secondly, I must admit I was disappointed in the hook style, especially of the larger hook sizes with the higher-ply yarns. I have always preferred a flat throat versus a tapered throat, and I have always preferred a rounded hook head versus a pointy hook head. I find that the pointy, tapered hooks are difficult to use with any speed because I'm constantly splitting my yarn when trying to pull back through loops. To make up for the change in the hook style, I found myself twisting my wrist a lot more than usual in my attempt to push and pull the point straight through the work instead of on an angle like I can do with my preferred hook style. It will take some getting used to.
All in all, however, the weaknesses I've listed here are based on personal opinion, and in the end, the hook set did indeed do as it promises to do. It does it in a lovely, wooden, egg-shaped style. I think the set would make an excellent gift or addition to any hook collection.
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