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To crochet you need crochet hooks, to knit you need needles.  A hook is exactly what is sounds like - basically a little stick with a hook at the end of it.  It is the hook that enables you to form the stitches that make up your crochet fabric.

2 colour crochet project

© Can Stock Photo / kritiya  | Using a Crochet Hook

Basically no matter which basic crochet stitch you are using, you form the stitch by inserting the hook through a gap either under a stitch in the previous row or between two stitches and use the hook to pull a loop of yarn through to the front of the work through that gap.  The variation in the basic stitches relates to the number of times you wrap the yarn around your hook before and after you pull that loop of yarn through.

Crochet hooks can be made of a number of different materials including bamboo, steel or plastic.  Usually the finer the hook, the more likely that it will be made out of steel.  There are three main types of hooks, normal single hooked ones (short pins with a hook at one end), double hooks where there is a hook at both ends, usually in different sizes and Tunisian hooks that are long pins with a hook at one end.

Some brands offer ergonomic style crochet hooks with the hook inserted into a handle that is shaped to find in your hand.  This style of hook is quite popular with older crocheters or anyone who might have problems with the joints in their fingers.  The function of these hooks is identical to the plainer versions, they are just easier to use.

© Heather |  which hook?

©   Vanessa Peterson Tunisian Afghan Aluminum Knitting Needles Set 

© Tracey Gordon Crochet Hook Set with Ergonomic Handles 

 As a knitter, I always have a Crochet Hook or Two handy...

Regardless of whether you want to learn more about crochet and become an experienced crocheter or if you just want to add embellishments or edges to your knitting, a set of hooks in a range of sizes is a handy addition to you tool kit.  The set I have comes from Birch. The set has 10 hooks ranging in size from 2.00 mm to 5.00 mm and I find that I usually have a hook in the right size for most of the projects I work on.

I also have my grandmothers set of hooks (antiques now) with smaller sizes for doing finer work.  Nana used to do a lot of work with very fine crochet cottons, she made table cloths for all of her daughters and bedroom sets for quite a few of her grandchildren or their wives over the years.

Personally I prefer knitting but have been known to crochet a table runner or two in my time.

Now that you know more about crochet hooks, you might like to check out some of these pages...

  • Crochet Stitches

    If you have never crocheted before you have quite a bit to learn! This means learning how to hold the hook while you are working, and how to form the basic crochet stitches.

  • Crochet Hook Sizes

    Crochet hook sizes range from 0.60mm right up to 25.0mm, and just to make it even more complicated there are three main measurement schemes for hook sizes.

  • Crochet and Knitting

    Crochet and knitting are two different yarn crafts, and I do tend to get a little annoyed when TV shows or movies get them mixed up.

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