To find the right crochet hook for you, it is a good idea to experiment with a few different ones. You might find that you enjoy all types of hooks once you have been working with crochet for some time.
All beginners need to start somewhere. Let's look at the crochet hooks that are best for beginners. We will break down each one so you can start your experimentation.
First, choose the correct type of crochet hook.
You want the simplest type of crochet hook for beginners. Choose a "regular" crochet hook. For beginners, the "regular," which is a small size crochet hook with a hook at one end, will be most helpful. This means that you should avoid, at least when you're starting, the many specialty hooks like the Tunisian crochet hooks and small steel crochet hooks.
Be aware that you might find more than one type when shopping for a crochet hook. You might see double-ended crochet hooks, such as the ones shown below, extra-long hooks, or hooks with a wire attached to the end.
These hooks are designed for Tunisian crochet. These hooks are not recommended unless you are working on Tunisian crochet projects.
Small crochet hooks will also have a number instead of a letter paired up with a number. Steel hooks can be found in sizes such as 0, 2, 4, 6, and 6. Larger hooks, on the other hand, are available in sizes B-1, C-2, or D-3. These hooks can be used to crochet thread. These are not suitable for crocheting yarn, so don't buy them.
Next, select the right hook material.
All the material options available to you--aluminum, plastic, bamboo, and so on--can overwhelm you. We have narrowed down the choices to help you pick the one that is right for you. You might need to experiment a little, but eventually, you will find the right hook.
These hooks are for people who don't have wrist pain or want a long-lasting, general-purpose hook. Aluminum hooks are the most popular and widely available metal crochet hooks. They are also extremely durable.
Some people find metal too painful for their hands. However, some manufacturers have added special features to help prevent this. For example, a crochet hook with a rubber handle makes it easier to grip.
You can use them if you are on a tight budget or feel strain in your wrists. Plastic hooks are the most economical. They're also great for beginners who don’t want to commit to a whole set of hooks.
The lighter material will also help if you have a wrist that is sensitive to stress or pain. This hook is recommended for those who have suffered from carpal tunnel.
These hooks are for you if your stitches slip off of other types of hooks. Although bamboo hooks are more expensive, they provide a good grip and stop yarn from slipping. A bamboo hook may be the right choice if your yarn slips on hooks made from metal or plastic.
The final step is to select the right size.
You can use a pattern to help you decide the size of your hook. You can also use the yarn tag to determine which size hook you should choose if you don't have a specific pattern.
Beginners start in the middle using a worsted weight yarn and an H-8 (5mm) hook. This size is good for getting used to the rhythm of your crochet stitches. You can experiment with smaller hooks and lighter yarns if you are more experienced.
As we mentioned, you should make sure that the H-8 hook is purchased, not size 8. Number-only sizes are small, non-beginner-friendly steel hooks. You shouldn't have trouble finding these, as the letter and number sizes are usually printed on the hook as well as the packaging.