Talking Crochet Hooks


I often get asked what sort of crochet hook I use. This varies on the project a lot so I’m going to outline below some of my thoughts on wooden, metal, and plastic hooks.

Wooden Hooks
I found this gorgeous hook on etsy and had to have it! I hadn’t used a wooden hook before so it was quite a different crocheting experience. I feel i have to be more gentle so as not to break the hook so I tend to use this hook for smaller projects with lighter yarn.


Metal Hooks
These are usually the first hooks everyone buys. They are super cheap and are strong as anything. There is a big difference between the ones with a rubber grip and those without. My hands tend to ache when I use the one without the grip. I picked up the Boye brand of hooks when I was in the USA last year and was super excited to try them out. Amazing! I can crochet for hours without my hands hurting. I was super happy to find an Australian store that stocks them so now I don’t have to worry about misplacing mine.

Plastic Hooks
Also another super cheap option, I can get about 4 hooks for $2 at the local cheap shop. These are light but tend to break easily. I take these hooks with me when I go on holidays on a plane so I won’t cry if they take them off me. It’s always good to have a few of these hooks around but I’ve noticed my tension is way off if I swap from plastic to metal hooks in a project.

Ultimately it is personal choice with hooks, you have to find the hook that fits your hand and creates the correct tension. 


2 thoughts on “Talking Crochet Hooks”

  1. I really like the metal ones with no grip. I have been crocheting for about 4 years now and I have never liked anything else I have tried.
    I have the coloured ones so love the look of them. I love that they are always so smooth. I like feeling the hook size is relevant to the project I am making. Also I find my tension is better without grips.

    I also have had a few bamboo ones that I really liked but I had the same problem as you in that they are way too easy to snap.


  2. I use the metal hooks that have the wooden handle. They are the Susan Bates brand. I need that grip. I too used to use the metal only hooks and my hands would ache as well.


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