Sounds wrong, doesn’t it?
I’ve been crocheting on and off for the past five(ish) years and over that time I’ve collected quite a few styles and lost a few hooks too! I thought I would share some of my preferences with y’all.
I love, love, LOVE my Clover Soft hooks! They’re the most comfortable for me to use at the moment, especially on a project that’s going to take a lot of time. I hold my hook like a knife, so the problem I have with aluminum and plastic is that the butt-ends jab me until my palm is absolutely raw! Ouch. These hooks retail at about $6.99 in my area (Thank goodness for 40% off coupons!) and you can pick them up at Joanns, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels. The only downsize is that the largest size they come in is a J/6.0
I know I’m not the ONLY one that has an obnoxious collection of aluminum hooks, I have lots of duplicate sizes as well. I like aluminum hooks because I feel like I rarely split fiber when I use them because the yarn slides through so easily. I use aluminum with a lot of large crochet projects that use bulky or when I hold double strands, I feel like I crochet so much faster. They’re cheap, so for someone who’s just getting into crocheting it’s a good investment without spending too much money if you’re still iffy about sticking with it. The retail price varies and can be found at typical craft stores, as well as Walmart!
For armigurumi and smaller projects this is my go to hook (for now), it’s the The Crochet Dude Aluminum hook series by Boye. The grip on it is comfortable, sturdy , and with the aluminum hook it glides really well with smaller yarn. I’ve only been able to find this brand at Hobby Lobby, Joann’s carries The Crochet Dude but only the steel hook series. The other bonus? The Crochet Dude lives in Houston, Texas – my hometown! 🙂
Here’s a couple more pictures of different types of hooks in my current collection. To be honest I don’t use the Rosewood and Bamboo hooks that often, I tend to destroy yarn with those because they split like crazy and will take me twice as long to finish a project. Rosewood is expensive too, usually between $12-$16 for one, I got mine on clearance awhile back. Just not my preference!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – let me know what you prefer! xo ONTHEYARN