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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.
It is the tip of the crochet hook that is used to insert the hook into previously made stitches. Points can range from very rounded to very sharp. If the tip of the hook is too blunt, it makes it hard to get into the stitches. If it is too pointy, it will tend to split the yarn when inserting the hook. The easiest hook to work with is one that is semi-blunt.
This part holds the loops that you are working with, and its diameter determines the size of the stitches. A hook with a large shaft makes easy create stitches that require many loops, like multiple stitches or cluster.
Crochet Hook Materials
In ancient times, crochet hooks were made of different materials such as porcupine feathers, celluloid, agate, bone and ivory.
Luckily, nowadays, we use other materials!
The choice of material depends on the diameter of the hook but, these limits are approximate.
The smaller hooks are invariably made of steel, but the others can be made of different materials.
Crochet hooks are currently produced in diameters ranging from 0.25 mm to 25 mm.
The most common materials according to their thickness are the following:
- Crochet hooks under 2.0 mm are made of steel, for their 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.