A great question has been posted onto The Crochet Crowd. It’s even given our friend, Laura Jean, some food for thought.
I am a beginner crocheter. Can you explain to me why when the hook gets smaller, the handle for the hook is smaller too? My hand doesn’t get any smaller.
This is a great question and is a question I once pondered years ago. I’ve always stayed away from thin yarn as I have trouble grabbing onto such small diameter hooks. My hand as a slight shake to it and it’s harder for me to maintain control. My hand will also cramp up and my level of crochet enthusiasm turns into a flat line of disappointment. I will only touch the thinner yarns if I have a thicker handed comfort grip. You see me using them in my videos. I’m not sponsored by Tulip Etimo, it’s my personal choice and the hooks that I have grown to absolutely love.
To Answer Cynthia’s Question
Due to massive production of supplying 10’s of thousands of stores. Hooks today are designed with the manufacturing in mind before the actual comfort of the hook.
For steel hooks, it’s is easier and much cheaper to make a hook that doesn’t change in diameter. In ‘non-comfort’ handled steel hooks, you will see sizes of hooks go don’t to extreme small diameters. For me, I don’t even know how it’s possible to crochet and maintain the control of such small hooks.
For resin / plastic. It is cheaper to manufacture the hooks so they use as little plastic / resin as possible. When producing 1000’s of hooks, the amount of extra plastic used to make custom shaped hooks can be extremely pricey in the bulk. I used to be involved in plastics with automotive engineering in a former life. We had a goal then to take a 3 MM thickness bumper and see if they could do a 2.5 mm thick bumper to save plastic and lighten the bumper’s weight. Doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but the savings in plastic manufacturing is huge.
Prices of The Hooks
I’m going to stick my neck out and say something here. You may either agree or disagree… You can let me know in the comments below.
The prices of the hooks are based on demand. I know many people that believe that crochet hooks such between under $3. When I speak about my Tulip Hooks being 10 bucks each. I get complaint emails telling me it’s not within the budget and/or grossly expensive. For some people, finding $10 is expensive and we need to respect that fact. Bluntly, I think there are some us who are willing to spend up to $7 – $10 on a fast food meal but will go for the cheapest possible hooks, even when our personal comfort is compromised. I used to be one of those types of people myself until I seen the results of the changes in the way I hook and low stress to my wrists, hands and joints. Many people share they are on a limited income, disability restrictions and etc. They cannot afford more and so hook engineering and processes are designed for the price point goals. It’s like a tier system for crochet hooks for price points.
North American pricing is based on what consumers are willing to pay. Manufacturing processes have to be inline to match the demand for pricing. Some consumers demand the $10 hooks be severely reduced to match the prices of the generic hooks, but I think that is like squeezing water out of stone. We, as consumers, need to be realistic too that stores / manufacturers have to make a profit to pay their bills. To expect them to give it away or sell it under costs is not realistic as they should just close the doors to their stores. Sounds dreamy but it’s just a dream that shouldn’t be expected.
When you look at the Tulip Hooks, it’s just a steel hook that is inserted into a ergonomic sleeve. The sleeve is rubberized and is fabulous. Truthfully speaking, if I hadn’t discovered Tulip a few years ago, I’m not sure I could have kept crocheting with generic hooks.
Final Answer to Cynthia
There are hooks out there that do change in size and have comfort grips on them. Tulip Etimo are definitely one of them. You most likely have to go to retailer that specializes in crafts to get this. You won’t find these at stores like Wal-Mart. For me, I had to order mine online as the stores in my region are still only selling the generic shaped resin and bamboo hooks.
Good luck to you and thanks for a great question!
What do you think of this advice? Any more to offer?