Margaret Kavanagh

Most Overlooked Hook Tips

crochet hooks

When I first started hooking, one thing I didn't put too much thought into was my hooks. Over the years I have collected quite a few and have learned they are just as important as the yarn. Here are a few essential hook tips you may not have thought about.

1. Keep several hooks on hand (even if they’re the same size)

The obvious reason for this is ( if you're like me) you'll often put a project down and when you come back to pick it up, all of the sudden, the hook you were using is GONE! Sometimes a kid runs off with it, or the couch eats it, but it's handy to have an extra hook on hand so you can carry on without losing your mind searching. By the way, lost hooks show up once you give up and stop looking. 🙄
The other reason is, I like to have hooks that are the same size, but different brands or different materials (like Bates, Boye, aluminum, bamboo). I have 5 different I hooks, They are all 5.5mm but depending on the type of yarn I'm using, or if I need to meet a certain gauge, I could use any of those 5 hooks.

crochet hooks care

2. Keep them organized

I have a lot of hooks! I store them in a few places. One is in my travel case. In this case, I keep scissors, yarn needles, a tape measure, and whatever hooks I'm using in my current WIPs. My favorite hooks are stored in a crystal cup thing (technical term) out in the open so I can grab what I need on a whim. The rest are neatly organized in plastic hook cases.

3. Keep them clean

You may not think much about this, but it's a good idea to clean your hooks every once in a while. For aluminum and plastic hooks I just use soap and water. You want to be a little more careful with your wood hooks. A quick wipe down with a clean damp cloth and an immediate drying with a soft cloth will do.
(Keeping them clean is super important, especially in the current state of affairs! ~Editor)

crochet hooks soft touch4. Keep them slick

When you get a brand new hook you may notice they have a bit of grab to them. I like to just rub them on a clean cloth to “break” it in. Also, you can rub a small amount of lotion on your hook then wipe it off with a tissue. This will leave just enough oil on the hooks to help it glide through yarn.

5. Keep them comfy

It was years after I started crafting when I realized you can add handles to your hooks to make them more ergonomic and it was a huge lifesaver. You can find tutorials to add a polymer clay handle online. Or if you're like me and not gifted with clay, you can purchase handles to fit your aluminum hooks. I'm also a fan of The Crochet Dude handles. I have small hands so the lengths are great. Amour hooks and Soft Touch hooks are good choices as well.
(For more about hooks, check out this post. ~Editor)

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I've been crocheting since my mother taught me as a little girl. I'm lucky to be working with Happily Hooked and I can't wait to share everything yarny and hooky with you! Yarn over, peeps! Yarn over!

Margaret Kavanagh

I've been crocheting since my mother taught me as a little girl. I'm lucky to be working with Happily Hooked and I can't wait to share everything yarny and hooky with you! Yarn over, peeps! Yarn over!

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