Something we crocheters debate about is which hook is the best to crochet hook. Of course, it all comes down to personal preference, but I thought I’d do a crochet hook review to give everyone an idea of what hooks are best, and why. In my own crochet collection, I have a few different brands and I’m always interested in finding new, good quality crochet hooks.
Popular Crochet Hooks
I can only give my opinion on which crochet hooks are the best that I’ve actually used, so I’ll be sticking to four brands. There are few popular brands when it comes to crochet hooks, and I happen to own them. You can get fairly inexpensive hooks, and two such popular brands are Boye and Susan Bates. Both of these are metal hooks, and both brands use steel and aluminium.
Two other brands that are popular are the Clover crochet hooks, and Pyrm crochet hooks. Both of these have ergonomic hooks, which is very important when you consider that crocheting is repetitive motion, which can cause strain on your ligaments. These hooks are slightly more expensive, but not super pricey.
Boye crochet hooks are available at a number of retailers, and I know many like this crochet hook. They vary from the Susan Bates hooks because they are tapered and Susan Bate hooks are inline. Tapered hooks have heads that extend past the shaft and are more rounded. Inline hooks have heads that are more pointed and the bowl or mouth part is deeper. Is one superior to another? I don’t think so, I can crochet with each and see no difference in the stitch definition. But when I did crochet with Boye hooks, I found the yarn splitting more often and also I find myself using my yarn holding hand to help pull the stitches through more. To be quite honest, I hate the Boye hooks and I haven’t used them in years. I became a much better crocheter when I started branching out from Boye and Susan Bates hooks. I would never recommend this hook to anyone looking to begin crocheting.
When I first began seriously crocheting and realized that I’d need different sized hooks, I picked up a package of Susan Bates crochet hooks. And I immediately noticed that they were far easier to crochet with than the other crochet hooks I had (which were handed down from aunts and neighbours) and the Boye hook I had. I think the deeper mouth of the hook and the pointier head makes it an easier hook to work with for someone just starting out in crochet. I still use Susan Bates hooks, though they are no longer my favourite. In fact, I was recently delighted to find their Soft Ergonomic line. These are good hooks but not the best in my opinion.
Clover has a couple of lines I use, Soft Touch and Amor and I love both. The Soft Touch has a shorter shaft, which I know some find awkward in the hand, but it doesn’t bother me at all, and the Amor has a comfy shaft handle. Honestly, these are my favourite hooks. When I started using these hooks, it was a total game changer. The yarn seems to slide across the hook and my technique changed entirely once I began to use these hooks, and made me a better crocheter. I’d recommend these over all the other hooks I’ve used.
I’m always looking out for other crochet hook brands. And recently I found this at my local Michaels. They boost being slip free thanks to their super shiny plastic shaft, and I have to admit, I like crocheting with this hook. These are longer hooks, with nice round grips, and I didn’t find that my hands tired when using this hook, even though it was new to me. The only thing that I didn’t like when using this hook was that I found the yarn was squeaking. I once read about yarn squeaking on a crochet blog and thought, what the hell is this blogger talking about? Because yarn doesn’t squeak. And this hook taught me that it does. Oddly. However, I still plan to use these hooks because they are great.
So Which Hook is Best?
Of these four, I have to say Clover wins. Pyrm is a close runner up for me, followed by Susan Bates and Boye is comes in last. I will also say, I do suffer from time to time from sore wrists and hands, I have suffered from tendonitis in the past, so obviously I would prefer hooks that are ergonomic and I think that every crocheter should use an ergonomic hook. Because you never know when tendonitis can strike. I have Clover hooks in various sizes, and in doubles—let’s face it, you can never have enough 5mm hooks—and I definitely will continue to buy these hooks as I need them.
Which crochet hooks do you use? Which do you consider the best? Share your thoughts in the comments below.