Crochet Hook Advice

Crochet Hook Advice

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

16 thoughts on “Crochet Hook Advice

  • February 6, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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    Dear Mikey,
    Could you please tell me where I can get the crochet hooks that you use, the name ect
    I live in Whyalla, Australia.
    I would love to get some crochet hooks like the ones you are using, they look so comfortable, after years of doing sewing, knitting, crocheting, + other craftwork, I would love to treat my hands to something decent to crochet with, I am nearly 73 years. . . never to late to be kinder to them
    I think I might be in the wrong area to ask this qustion?? but I do hope that it reaches you.
    Sincerely,
    Mavis

  • February 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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    Where can I find the comfort grip crochet hooks. I have been using the one my mother used many many many moons ago.

  • January 27, 2016 at 11:14 pm
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    Hi Mikey! Like you, I prefer the molded hook tip for the same reasons as you do. When I started out with crochet, I could only crochet for 30 minutes with the aluminum Susan Bates or Boye hooks (I have a couple hook sizes from each) and I could never hold it properly and so I would keep dropping the hook and on top of that, pain would start at my fingers then travel up to my arm then end at my elbow and that would be it for me until I tried the Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks. From then on, I fell in love with crochet and when friends ask me to teach them, I usually bring all my books for them to try holding it and I ask them which is more comfortable for them and if they can’t decide, I always suggest to get a comfort grip one, at least in the size that would accommodate a variety of projects. I also found that I prefer the hook and shaft itself to be made from aluminum instead of plastic or bamboo because the yarn glides better and you can crochet faster on metal hooks than wood or plastic. I think plastic is the worst because the yarn feels more sticky and harder to glide through.

  • January 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm
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    Mikey – bang on… except personally I like the inline. I have old Bates hooks. Maybe because that’s what I learned on, or because of my knife hold. I’ve tried using the other type (non-inline) but don’t like them as well. Now my only problem is finding an inline with a nice grip like the ones you have there. I may have to resort to pencil grips or something.

  • January 24, 2016 at 11:28 am
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    Thank you for the article, it has helped me. I have degenerative arthritis and mt therapist does not want me to crochet as I just spent 4 1/2 months not beig able to use my left arm. Am going to try a comfort grip. Can you suggest some brands for me please?

  • January 24, 2016 at 11:27 am
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    I inly.use the straight throat hook, Susan Bates brand. I’ve tried repeatedly to use the Boye type with the tapered throat, and I simply cannot make it work. I hold my hook like Mikey, in the knife posirion, however I roll my hook in my fingers and never use the thumb rest. I’ve literally crocheted for 12 hours a day when recovering from illness with no wrist pain. My opinion is that relaxing both hands when crocheting is absolutely the key.

    Tension in your hands and wrists leads to fatigue, and no one wants hands that are too tired to crochet! I also found that I cannot crochet with and type of plastic or acrylic hook, they create too much drag for my style of crochet.

    Thank you, Mikey, and The Crochet Crowd! You all are greatly appreciated.

  • January 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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    I totally wish I would have gotten good hooks to start with. I learned with aluminum hooks. At one point crocheting hurt my hands so bad, I gave it up for several years. I began using comfort grip handles and it really helped, but I hated that after a bit the comfort grip would spin and I would have to get a new one. I just bought a couple Furls Odyssey hooks and they are amazing! I never thought I’d spend that much on hooks, but if I add up how much I’ve spent replacing the comfort grips, well let’s just say I don’t really want to know.

  • January 22, 2016 at 5:17 pm
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    Great advice and spot on,too!

  • January 22, 2016 at 11:33 am
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    I use the tulip hooks I really love them. I got the whole set.

  • January 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm
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    I love the Tulip hooks so much I bought a set for my mom. Now we both love them. Worth every penny.

  • January 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm
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    Great article, wish I would have had this advice starting out.

  • January 21, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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    I have a lot of pain in my top thumb joint now after nearly 20 years of crocheting. I also noticed I’m starting to hold the hook a lot tighter, so I’m sure that’s the problem. I never thought about my hook heating up (I’m a fast crocheter). I do have some bamboo hooks a friend gave me, but I’ve always been afraid to use them in case I’d break them. I’ll get them out and give them a try. Plus I think I’ll find some with the comfort grip! Thank you for this article!

    Oh, and I’m with you on the tip of the crochet hook. My aunt and I ‘argue’ over the best type of hook, and she likes that horrible straight cut. She, on the other hand, would tell us both that the molded type is obviously the worst hook ever made. 🙂

  • January 21, 2016 at 2:23 pm
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    Yes, but where would you find these hooks?

    • January 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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      I ordered mine online, although they do sell some at Michaels now.

    • February 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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      Hi Betty,
      Depending on where you are located I have just recently seen them at Walmart. – Laura Jean

  • January 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm
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    I learned with a aluminum hook. In the last few years, it’s been harder for me to hold on to them. About a year ago I bought my first comfort hook, size N. I love it! Plan on buying more for my birthday next week!

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