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Once you decide to give crochet a try, the next logical thing that comes up is: I need to get a crochet hook (or a few). So, what are some great crochet hooks and where to buy them?
Oh, boy, you are so in luck! When I was starting out the only place for me to get a crochet hook was to borrow one from my mom or hope that someone from my fam friends would give one up. We had no stores around that were selling craft supplies and there was no internet (I know, whaaaaa?)
Today, your choices of where to buy crochet hooks and kinds of hooks you can get from there are basically endless. From physical stores (craft and otherwise) to giant internet retailers carrying everything and anything, to boutique shops (online and offline) offering gorgeous unique handmade hooks and other accessories.
Let’s review the places where you can find hooks (and approximate price range at each place).
If you want to see the hook with your own eyes and feel the hook in your hand, head over to your local craft store. I think it’s especially exciting when you are buying your first few hooks and want to really see if you like the hook you are getting. Michael’s, Jo-Ann, as well as A.C. Moore (that will now be serviced by Michael’s) have locations all throughout the states.
These stores are catering to the crafters and so you can find a wider variety of hooks and yarns in these stores. They each carry a variety of hook brands and prices and you can check them out in person and decide what material, shape, or color of the hook you like before you buy it. Price of the hooks in the craft stores: $-$$.
If you don’t have any of those stores near you, they also have an online presence. Yes, you won’t be able to check out the hooks in person, but you will be able to get your supplies from a trusty craft store and often with a discount coupon code.
Big Box Stores
They don’t have as much of a variety as Michael’s or Jo-Ann do, but if you are looking for your first hook and ball of yarn, they can be a good place to visit. Especially in a pinch, I’ve bought crochet hooks from Walmart.
And, just like the craft stores, Target and Walmart both have online locations, and often have good sales, especially on yarn. Price of the hooks in the big box stores $-$$.
And speaking of stores online, welcome to the magical world of World Wide Web, where you can find anything your little heart desires. Oh, the places you can go and the things you can find.
Without further ado, let’s start with the biggest of them all, Amazon.
As you know, Amazon has pretty much, well, everything. Besides the individual crochet hooks Amazon has crochet hook sets with case, complete crochet hook sets, ergonomic hooks, wooden crochet hooks, and basically crochet hooks of all sizes you want.
Including hooks, you can buy yarn, and other crochet accessories, but I can’t say that it has all the variety you would expect large retailer to carry. Their crochet hook variety is pretty good, but yarn selection is not that impressive.
The thing that I like about getting hooks from Amazon is that I can find all the major well-known brands there like Boye or Bates or Clover. You can also find Tunisian crochet hooks there and circular knitting needles with interchangeable cords.
I have bought many of my hooks on there, and, especially if you already have Prime account with free shipping and no local craft store, then why not? Prices for single hooks $-$$, for super crochet or knitting sets $$-$$$.
Yarn Store Websites
Other places to get hooks online are the yarn brand websites. Big yarn manufacturers like Lion Brand and Yarnspirations, the parent company of Red Heart, Caron, and Bernat, carry not only an amazing variety of gorgeous affordable yarns but also the hooks to go along with them.
They also sell kits of yarn, hook, and a pattern if you don’t want to wonder about how to match hook and yarn.
You can get hooks from LionBrand or Yarnspirations website, as well as WeCrochet and LoveCrafts: Price for hooks generally $-$$.
Discount Online Stores
Then there are other retailers where you can get items that are discounted, wholesale priced or came from overstock at other stores.
You can find hooks at Overstock.com and eBay. And by the way, if you are looking for a unique, vintage hook, like the ones that were carved back in a day from ivory or rare woods, or glass crochet hooks, you can find those on eBay. Prices $-$$.
All of the stores above I have mentioned sell pretty much same hooks from a certain number of well-known brands like Boye, Susan Bates and Clover.
There are also boutique stores that can be found online that offer gorgeous limited edition wooden carved hooks, amazing resin hooks with glitter or a mermaid tails, or hooks that were scientifically developed to be ergonomic.
These hooks are often high-priced, but they are also one of a kind, exquisite and collectible. Such boutiques are: BQueenCollection, KnitBrooks, Crochic Styles and Furls Crochet. Price for boutique crochet hooks $$-$$$.
If you are looking for really unusual, whimsical, and one of a kind crochet hooks, head over to Etsy.
And there you have it, the world is your oyster.
Go out there and find that perfect hook, and remember, you first hook is not your only hook, so if you find yourself in analysis paralysis, you can grab a hook and a yarn I recommend here and start your crochet journey, you can always get a fancier hook later.
In the comments below, let me know what hook you ended up getting and from where?
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