How Well Do You Know Your Crochet Hooks?

This weeks post is coming one day early, because at 6:30 tomorrow morning I, my husband and two friends will be on our way to a preaching conference for the day. There would be no time in the morning to post a tutorial and I did not not want to be late, so I opted for being early.

This week I will be exploring the “Crochet Hook”. In all my years of teaching to crochet I have discovered that a lot of students have a limited knowledge of all the variety of crochet hooks available to the crocheter.

Crochet hooks are sold individually and in sets. There are a number of types of hooks, from your basic aluminum to bamboo. I could also get into the anatomy of the hook, and Inline vs Not Inline, but I decided to keep it simple and just discuss the different kinds of hooks and saving all the others subject topics on hooks for future posts.

Today I am going to just talk about all the different types of crochet hooks and what each is used for.

Their are basically seven different classifications of hooks;

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Steel Hooks are made of metal and are basically used with crochet cottons and light weight yarns; standard yarn weight of O. These hooks are unique in the fact that as the numbers size decreases the diameter increase. For example, the OO is your largest hook where the 14 is your smallest. You would use these hooks for your finer crocheting such as doilies and Irish Crochet.

Steel Crochet Hooks Sizes

US                     Continental                      U.K.
00                           3.5                                 –
0                            3.25                               0
1                            2.75                               1
2                            2.25                               1.5
3                            2.1                                 2
4                            2.0                                 2.5
5                            1.9                                 3
6                            1.8                                 3.5
7                             1.65                              4
8                             1.5                                4.5
9                             1.4                                5
10                           1.3                               5.5
11                           1.1                               6
12                           1.0                               6.5
13                           0.85                             7
14                           0.75                              –

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Plastic and Aluminum Crochet Hooks are basically used on standard weight yarns of 1, 2, 3, and 4. These are also the most common hooks that people use. As the letters size increase alphabetically so does the diameter. You would use these for crocheting baby sweater, afghans for example. I would suggest that if you are a new crocheter you consider obtaining these hooks;

Aluminum or Plastic Crochet Hooks Size

U.S                Continental                   U.K.
B/1                      2.5                           12
C/2                      3                              11
D/3                     3.25                          10
E/4                     3.5                             9
F/5                     4                                8
G/6                    4.25                            7
7                        4.5                              6
H/8                    5                                 5
I/9                      5.5                             4
J/10                   6                                3
K/10.5                7                                –

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Jiffy Crochet Hooks are your larger hooks. These enable you to crochet two or more yarns at the same time, although they are not always used in this way. For example these hooks could be used to make the “Quick Afghans” and in crocheting your more bulkier yarns weights 5 and 6. As you can see from my picture I still need to buy an S.

Jiffy Crochet Hooks sizes

U.S.            Continental
L/11                 8
M/13                9
N/15               10
P/16               15
Q                    16
S                    19

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The Afghan Crochet Hook is a long hook with a hook on one end and a cap on the other. It is used for crouching the Tunisian stitch. The Tunisian stitch is a cross between crocheting and knitting. These stitches are going to be thicker and less elastic then the true knit stockinet. You can find the hook in 10 and 14 inches and two sizes in flexible hooks of 22 inches and 40 inches.

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Afghan Crochet Hooks (10″ and 14″)

2.75 mm Size C/2
3.25 mm Size D/3
3.5 mm Size E/4
3.75 mm Size F/5
4 mm size G/6
5 mm Size H/8
5.5 mm Size I/9
6 mm Size J/10
6.5 mm Size K/10.5
8 mm Size L/11
9 mm Size M/N 13
10 mm Size N/P
16 mm Size Q

Flexible Afghan Crochet Hooks (22″)
G/6
H/8
J/10

Flexible Afghan Crochet Hooks (40″)

4 mm Size G/6
5 mm Size H/8
5.5 mm Size I/9
6 mm Size J/10
6.5 mm Size K/10.5

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The Cro-hook is a long crochet hook (14 inches). With the same size hook at each end and is worked much like the Afghan stitch. It is used with two skeins of yarn, one at each end. The neat thing about this hook is that it makes a reversible pattern, and it also comes on the flexible hooks of 22 inches and 40 inches which could be used for crocheting heavy projects such as afghans.

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Cro-hook size for 10″ and 14″

2.75 mm Size C/2
3.25 mm Size D/3
3.5 mm Size E/4
3.75 mm Size F/5
4 mm size G/6
5 mm Size H/8
5.5 mm Size I/9
6 mm Size J/10
6.5 mm Size K/10.5
8 mm Size L/11
9 mm Size M/N 13
10 mm Size N/P

Cro-hook Circular Crochet Hooks (22″0

4 mm Size G/6
5 mm Size H/8
5.5 mm Size I/9
6 mm Size J/10

Cro-hook Circular Crochet hooks (40″)

4 mm Size G/6
5 mm Size H/8
5.5 mm Size I/9
6 mm Size J/10
6.5 mm Size K/10.5

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Hairpin Lace Is crocheting using a Hairpin Fork and a crochet hook. It makes a very delicate lace that consists of loops secured at the center with crochet hooks.

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Broomstick Lace is an openwork fabric that is worked using a giant knitting needle. I have used myself, needle sizes 20, 35 and 50. It can be worked using string or yarn.

I hope you found this tutorial useful and it will help you see which hooks you need to acquire. If you like you could even print it out and keep it for an over all crochet hook guide.

Have a wonderful week crocheting and until next time Keep those hooks flying.

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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9 Responses to How Well Do You Know Your Crochet Hooks?

  1. A fantastic resource. Thank you.

  2. Thank you so much for this information, I did not even realise there were so many different types of crochet hook.

  3. carlymau says:

    very informative!

  4. I am so glad you found the post both useful and informative. Thank you so much for the encouragement.

  5. LeeAnne says:

    This post was very informative, I should have read it the other day to realize that hooks do come in smaller sizes than a B hook. I was working on a project that called for a 1.4 mm hook and thought that B was as small as they went so was really confused when my initial project was way to big to be a bookmark. I now know that I need to get a smaller hook and we are in the process of looking for one so I can do some filet crochet bookmarks I found a great and easy to read pattern and can’t wait to get started, unfortunately I will have to go to a larger store to acquire one as our Walmart isn’t the best place to pick up such items. Thanks for the info.

  6. LeeAnne…In our area try Hobby Lobby or JoAnns. The have a larger selection of hooks then Walmart. You are looking for a Steel 9 hook. I glad you found the post useful. Good luck with your bookmark, love to see it when you are finish.

  7. Shyni says:

    Great article….:) very informative, I learned something new! Just wondering I have a steel hook size 2mm and aluminium hook 2mm…is there a great difference in the loop size these make?? To my naked eye if looks super similar…

  8. The 2mm is telling you the loop size…there should be the same.

    • Christine King says:

      My question was similar…what is the difference between a 2mm steel hook and a 2mm aluminum hook? Thank you for this helpful explanation of the different hooks.

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