When you start crocheting, the options can be quite overwhelming and this is a little guide on different crochet hooks, the pro's and the cons and at the very end my own recommendations for a crochet hook.
Last week I did a review on crochet yarns, that should work for beginner crocheters, you can read up on that here. Next week on youtube, I will be posting a video on the basic techniques. Just to get you started. If you like this series, I will be making a series on knitting as well.
The best hook for most projects:
The best hooks for most projects are the ones that hurt your hands and the easiest to move. The metal hooks with the ergonomical grips in either a rubber or a silicone work lovely and these come in various sizes and prices. You can get a set of Blue Label crochet hooks with 9 hooks from 2mm wide to 6mm wide which is a great range for most beginners. The Knitpro range of ergonomical hooks are much more expensive but Knitpro is really worth the investment once you know for a fact that crochet is your hobby.
Best hook for Travel:
If you fly a lot, and you would like to crochet and keep your hands busy. Most airlines will not let you travel with a metal hook. Bamboo or plastic crochet hooks are preferred by airlines. For me, I would rather work with a Bamboo unless the plastic is very well made. These hooks tend to be super straight and thin and I feel like I can move a bamboo hook easier through my yarns, again this is very much a case of personal preferrence as you can get absolutely lovely plastic hooks that are a treat. My only advice is make sure there are no edges, that it came clean out of the mold if it is plastic and no splinters if it is wood. You can get a set of three plastic hooks for under R30, these are usually a 3.5mm, 4mm and a 5mm hook which I find is the sizes I use the most. A bamboo hook averages about R20 to R30. Pure wooden hook are wonderful but far more expensive.
Best hooks for thick yarns:
Here is where you are going to either buy an ergonomical hook or a wooden hook, these work and carry the weight of the yarn the best in my option. When you are busy with a blanket or any super chunky yarn project, then the last thing you want to battle with is the hook not working smoothly.
Super thin yarns:
Super thin hooks don't come in huge ranges of materials, one doesn't it is mostly metal and sometimes plastic. Here getting a metal one is worth it, because the hooks can get into very small holes but I don't recommend lace style crochet for the average person.
My own recommendation is to try different peoples hooks, if you can. The hooks that I think most begiiners need is a 4mm, a 5mm and a 6mm. These work great if you are using a double knit yarn or a chunky and honestly, don't use a thinner yarn or much thicker yarn when you are just starting. I prefer using wooden hooks or ergonomic hooks.