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Basic Hooks

  • Steel Hooks
Crochet hooks used for thread, are made from steel and are numbered in sizes ranging from size 00 (3.50 mm) to a very small size 14 (.75 mm). The higher the number, the smaller the hook size.

  • Aluminum or Regular Hooks
Crochet hooks used for working with yarn are made from aluminum, plastic, bone or wood. They range fron size B (2.25 mm) to the largest size, Q (15.00 mm). The higher the letter, the larger the hook size.

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Other Types of Hooks

  • Jiffy Lace Needle
Is a jumbo knitting needle used as a supplement to the crochet hook for working broomstick lace (also called jiffy lace). It's made of hollow plastic (for lightness) and is available in various sizes.

  • Double Hook Needle
Is a special afghan hook used for working double faced fabric in two colors (cro-hooking). Available in aluminum or wood.

  • Afghan Hook
Is for working Tunisian crochet (also called the afghan stitch), which forms a fabric, similar to a knit. Because stitches are worked onto the hook in one row, then off again in the next, this tool has a uniform diameter and a knob at one end to keep stitches from sliding off. Made of aluminum or plastic.

  • Flexible Afghan hook
Is designed to hold more stitches than a regular one. Works on the same principle as a circular knitting needle, permitting most of the weight to be supported in the lap.

  • Jiffy Hook
Might be used with rug yarn or fabric strips such as would be employed in making a heavy afghan or crocheted rug. Made of hollow plastic.

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Hook Brands

  • Addi
  • Boye
  • Brittany
  • Clover
  • Susan Bates
Boye hooks have a slight bump on the hook portion which may cause some crocheters to work more loosely, while Susan Bates has an inline hook. An inline hook is designed so the hook end is exactly in line with the shaft, and the hook on the end of the shaft is flatter. If you're new to crocheting, experiment with all the hooks available to see which is most comfortable for you. It's all a matter of preference. Hook brands will make a difference and not all hooks are "standard" in measurement.

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