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Crochet Hooks

Crochet Hooks

The art of crocheting (French for hook) is done by making chains of interlocking loops through the use of a hook-ended needle. These hooks come in a large variety of materials, sizes, and lengths.

History of Crochet Hooks

Hooks were not introduced to crocheters from the offset. Originally, ladies used the finger of one hand, and wrapped the thread around the other. People quickly saw the benefit of the hook, however, and its popularity grew. Naturally, they never turned back. In the early 1800's, hooks were made by hand from brass, ivory, bone, hardwood, and, on the rare occasion, silver.

Modern Crochet Hooks

Today, hooks can be found in numerous materials such as aluminum, steel, wood, plastic, and bamboo. Stores are filled with hooks ranging from your standard plastic or metal hook, to handcrafted wooden carved hooks. There are two types of hooks in regards to crocheting. There is the thread needle, which comes in sizes ranging in numbers from 0-12, 12 being the largest. These are typically used for more delicate items such as doilies, tablecloths, runners sheets, snowflakes etc. The second is known as afghan, or yarn, needles. These range in letters and run approximately from F-Q, with Q being the biggest. Most projects require G-I needles. The larger the needle one uses, the larger the stitch produced, and, obviously, the less time it will take to complete a project.

Types of Crochet Hooks

There are many styles of hooks out there today. Choose wisely. An appropriate hook for one project may be unnecessary, or even wrong, for another. Pay attention to what size the pattern calls for. Find a length that your comfortable with, and generally, this will work for any item. The hook end of the needle should also receive some of your attention. Notice if the hook is smooth and wide enough for your yarn. If not, you may end up with a lot of frayed thread that will ruin an otherwise beautiful project.

Tips for Holding Crochet Hooks

There are two ways of holding the crochet needle. One way is to hold it like a pencil. In Victorian times, this method was said to give the lines of the hand a gentle, more feminine look. The other method is to hold the hook in the palm of your hand like a knife. Nowadays, many believe that this approach is less likely to cause any problems for the nerves in the wrist and hand. Try them both, and see which feels more natural for you. If the pencil method bothers you at all, you may be better off using the knife method. Use your index finger to stabilize the hook, and the middle finger to hold back the loop on your needle while pulling the current stitch through. Also, try tilting the hook slightly downward while crocheting. It will give your movement more fluidity, a definite plus when crocheting. The easier and more comfortable you are with your hook, the faster and nicer your projects will finish.

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