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Tools of the Trade

Realizing that there may be some people who are unfamiliar with Crocheting tools, I have developed this page to hopefully help. I will try to explain how to use the tool if I can, however you must realize that I do not own all these tools and may have scanned the image from a catalog to get a good photo.


You'd think a crocheters could have only so many hooks -- well, we can't. Also, not all hooks are the same. Here are some of the hooks we use.

Regular Yarn Hooks

  • named with letters here in the USA, in
  • other countries they can be referred to by a number or a size based on the mm of the hook.
  • They come in a variety of materials - plastic, metal, teflon coated, wood, "ivory", goldplated, and that's just the ones I can think of off hand.
  • The prices range with the product used to create them. But in generallplastic hooks are the least expensive and the ivory or more exotic woods are more expensive (as much as $30 a hook)..


Steel Thread hooks (I often call them "needles" because of the narrow ends look like needles)

  • referred to by numbers in the USA, they can be referred to by mm size.
  • They are used primarily for threads and thin yarns such as baby / fingering / thin sport weight yarns.
  • They range in size from 00 to 16, although most sets range from size 00 to 14, sizes 15 and 16 are often referred to as Japanese hooks


Rug Hooks

  • Mostly made of plastic for light weight, these hooks are large

  • They can be used with either multiple strands of yarn or with strips of material that have been joined in a continuous manner.

  • Rugs can use sizes N thru S.


Other Accesories

Looms / hairpin lace

  • loops of yarn are stitched and then moved off the looms
  • most looms are sold with instructions to use them.

  • It is a large knitting needle
  • a real broomstick handle can be substituted if it is sanded well and is of proper diameter.
  • Stitches are worked off in groups of five.


Afghan Hooks

  • Very much like regular yarn hooks, they follow the same sizing rules
  • Also sixed by length of hook, 10", 12", 14"
  • They do not have the "thumb rest" on the shaft to prevent the yarn from sliding back, in fact that's what you want to have happen
  • They have a "stop" at the end that prevents the stitches from falling off.
  • How to use: coming Soon

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