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How to Choose the Right Crochet Hook

Using the wrong hook can mess up your gauge and ruin your project. Here's how to pick the right crochet hook every time.


  • Step 1: Follow a pattern Use the hook size recommended in your crochet pattern.
  • TIP: Always check your gauge with a swatch. Change to a smaller hook if your stitches are too loose or a larger hook if they are too tight.
  • Step 2: Use medium for worsted Use a medium hook size, such as "I," for worsted weight yarn. Then adjust it to get the right gauge.
  • TIP: Lettered hook sizes range from B to L and P to S, with B being the smallest. Letters later in the alphabet mean larger hooks.
  • Step 3: Use small for fine Use the smallest hooks for working with lace weight or a small hook, such as size C, for fingering weight yarn.
  • TIP: Hooks numbered from 000 to 14 are for working with the finest threads. A larger number means a smaller hook.
  • Step 4: Use large for bulky Use large hooks, such as size N, for bulky weight yarn, and extra large hooks when using two or more yarns together.
  • Step 5: Select material Stick to working with metal hooks if you are a beginner. Later, you can experiment with hooks made of wood or plastic.
  • FACT: Knitting needles and crochet hooks are not expressly prohibited on airplanes, although they may be confiscated at security check.

You Will Need

  • Crochet pattern
  • Yarn
  • Hooks
  • Hook gauge (optional)

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