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When you are learning something new, you worry about getting everything right. Right?
In crochet, you are lucky to be using only one tool, hook. But then, you are all worried that if this is the only real tool you use that it has to be just right, very certain and extra-special, otherwise the crochet won’t work, right? Um, not really.
Yes, crochet hook is your main tool and to have a really nice hook is cool, it is not necessary. When you are just learning, it’s ok to go with a simple, inexpensive hook while you are practicing and deciding if you are liking this crochet thing (which I hope you do) and are going to stick with it (which I hope you do as well).
The hook size that I started with and that I recommend, is a 5.5mm hook. The first one that use was an aluminum hook by Boye came from the set. This brand is well known and makes a hook that is sturdy, inexpensive and smooth.
The 5.5mm hook size is a perfect size to start with when you are just starting out as you will find that most of the crochet books and patterns you find in stores use this hook size which is kind of in the middle of all the various hook sizes out there. Also, when you are in a craft store like Michael’s or Joann and you see Red Heart Super Saver yarn that comes in these huge skeins and cost super friendly, that yarn uses this size of the hook.
It’s like a Goldilocks hook – not too big and not too small. When I started crocheting, I used that hook size for years before I moved over to anything else.
Why? Because me and 5.5mm hook, it felt so right (insert slow Barry White song here). But really, the reason I ended up using the 5.5mm hook for years was that most of the things you would try to make can be done with this size hook. And I’m talking dishcloths, hats, scarves, baby booties, mittens, baby blankets, headbands, pouches, cup cozies, granny squares, etc, etc, etc.
Now, Boye is not the only company that makes this size of the hook and you are more than happy to explore other makers, materials and colors. If you find that you crochet a lot a get hand cramps, check out hooks by Clover, that makes ergonomic hooks.
As you will see in the craft stores (or on Amazon), crochet hooks come in different styles, materials, and colors. From the beginning of times, crochet hooks been made from all kinds of materials: wood, ebony, ivory, steel, aluminum, plastic.
There are different reasons why some hooks are made from certain materials. For example, the tiniest of hooks are usually made from steel since you can’t really make the size that small from wood (it would snap like a toothpick) or plastic (it would bend all the time). Medium size hooks though are made from all the materials, wood, plastic, aluminum.
Which one do you choose? Really, it’s up to you, but just keep in mind that the yarn sticks a bit more to a wooden hook so if you find that yarn tends to run away from your metal hook, try wood one. Plastic hooks are least expensive and are kind of in the middle of the slipperiness factor (I know, I just made this up). I like using metal hooks with regular yarn, plastic hooks with chunky yarns. I use wooden needles when I knit so all those loops don’t run away.
One more note. When it comes to metal hooks, you will find steel ones and aluminum ones. I used to use aluminum hooks way back in the day when I was young and noticed that when they get older, they shed the protective coat and began to stain my work, especially if the yarn was light in color, with grey, like you are crocheting with a graphite rod. I don’t know if my old crochet hook was just really old or if it was of poor quality, but ever since then, I make sure my aluminum hooks have a new coat and I get them from well-known brands like Clover or Boye.
So, with all that said, I don’t want you to have an analysis paralysis while picking a hook and never buy one (and never start learning crochet), so if you need help choosing, you can just start with this hook here, that’s the one I use today and see how it works out for you.
Places where you can buy crochet hooks:
Hope this helps you pick your beginner hook. In the comments below, let me know which hook you ended up picking out!