Well its ages since I got my delivery of new crochet hooks, but here at last is what I think of them, and the other ones I have tried. Before I even write a word on the Clover plastic hook you’ll see in hte picture below what the main problem was!!!
So, here we go:
When I first got this hook, in a Clover Reflections set of 3 in a tube case (you’ll soon realise I LOVE things that come in their own holders) I was really impressed. 3 hooks, in 4mm, 5mm and 6mm, great colours, case, soft handles, ergonomic design – what could be wrong with that? Well, after only about one week of use the damage shown above happened. I have a very standard and even crochet tension and was using double knit yarn so there was really no excessive pressure on the end of the hook. This set cost approximately £15.00, so not the cheapest hooks either. I was really disappointed this one broke as it was comfy and colourful to use and the 4mm is size I most commonly use.
This is the type of hook that is most commonly known in crochet hooks, and probably the most traditional type. It’s strong and everlasting and just goes on and on doing a good job. What more could you ask for? Well, this type is now available in a coloured finish which adds a bit more pleasure to their use. I have found that the embossed size and brand name on the shank to be a bit irritating on my fingertips, but then I am a sensitive gal and the little things in life tend to annoy me. All in all a great crochet hook, reliable and a great price at around £1.20 for 4mm.
Prym Soft Handle
I’ll admit it up front that I saved my favourite til last! When my Clover hook broke I set about finding an alternative and bought a set of Prym Soft Handle hooks from PurpleLinda Crafts. I am really delighted with these hooks and the 4mm has been in constant use since they arrived. The handle has a soft, non slip finish. The metal hook is smooth and strong and easy to use – and I particularly like the shame of the actual hook. I do find it can get a little sticky depending on the yarn I am using but I give the end a quick rinse with a little washing up liquid and I’m off again. I have been careful to keep the handle dry as not sure how it would cope. I have a set of 8 of these hooks, in 2mm-6mm, for £12.99 which is great value, and they are also available individually for around £2.00 for 4mm.
I’d love to hear what your favourite hooks or needles are and why. Feel free to leave a comment below.