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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.

Instructions

  • 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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