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Crochet Hook

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A crochet hook or crochet needle is the single most important tool you need to crochet. There are different types of crochet hooks, but all have the same parts, although they are made of different materials and their appearances are different.

Here you can find the different types of crochet hooks and when to use them; The anatomy of a crochet hook; Materials; and much more!

Anatomy of a Crochet Hook

A crochet needle consists of 7 parts that are distributed in head and body. Each part of a crochet hook performs a specific function.

HEAD

BODY

Crochet Hook Materials

In ancient times you could find crochet hooks made of bone, porcupine feathers, celluloid, agate and ivory. Luckily, nowadays, there are different materials!

The choice of material depends on the diameter of the hook, however, these limits are approximate. And except the smaller hooks, which are invariably made of steel, other materials may be found outside this range.

Crochet hooks are currently produced in diameters ranging from 0.25 mm to 25 mm. And the most common materials according to their thickness are the following:

Crochet hooks under 2.0 mm are made of steel, for its strength.

Aluminium is the predominant material from 2.0 mm to 6.0 mm, for its lighter weight.

Beyond 6.0 mm, bamboo, wood, and plastic are the more common materials, for their even lighter weight.

Steel hooks are hard, strong and long-lasting, almost indestructible! That is why steel is used to make the smallest hooks, up to 0.25 mm.

Aluminium is the most common material. These crochet hooks have the advantage of being fast, they are slippery and pass through the yarn easily, making them a great choice for beginners. They come in bright colours, as well as in standard grey.

Plastic crochet hooks are economical, therefore easy to replace. They are lighter in weight than metal ones and have a bit of flexibility. They cause static and friction in contact with synthetic yarn. They come in opaque different colours.

Acrylic crochet hooks have the same characteristic as plastic hooks, but they stand out for their transparency, resistance to breakage and elasticity.

Wood crochet hooks are lighter in weight than metal ones. Wood is a natural, flexible and resistant material, and the most comfortable crochet hooks are made of wood. But they are expensive, and those that are not made of good quality wood can splinter and hook the yarn.

Bamboo crochet hooks are like wooden ones but less expensive. They are also strong, flexible and comfortable. Bamboo is  an Eco-Friendly material since it is a renewable resource.

Crochet hooks

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