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New Pal

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Posted - 08/21/2007 :  04:14:49 AM  Show Profile Send rox a Private Message
Is there a brand of crochet hooks that anyone is particularly fond of? I have heard that Addi makes hooks and am also considering Laurel Hill. Thanks in advance!

Gabber Extraordinaire

511 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2007 :  04:26:42 AM  Show Profile Send Vanadia a Private Message
Clover soft touch are very nice and comfortable to crochet with.
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Permanent Resident

6331 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2007 :  07:02:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message
I've used an Addi hook, metal with a plastic handle, to make a Babette Blanket and I really liked the hook. Elann has it as well a selectiion of other types. I also used a Brittany birch hook for some other granny squares and liked that one, too, but I think for general use I would go with something less fragile. The new soft Clovers are good too, as Vanadia mentioned in the above post.

Be careful if you are using older Boye hooks as some of the sizes are incorrect. I'm not sure about the new ones but if you want that type go with Susan Bates instead.


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New Pal

34 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2007 :  07:06:28 AM  Show Profile Send jpr54_ a Private Message
i use turn-of-the-century hooks-
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Chatty Knitter

346 Posts

Posted - 08/21/2007 :  08:09:09 AM  Show Profile Send caeebe a Private Message
I also use Turn of the Century hooks they are beautiful and comfortable. One thing you'll want to watch out for is that there are two types of hook heads. A shaped head (Boye, Turn of the Century, and others) and a flat sharp hook (Bates and many others). You'll have to decide which of these you prefer as it is completely individual preference, neither is better than the other. You'll also want to watch sizing. Bates and Boye use the the same letters to describe slightly different sizes. You can find conversion charts online but you are better off using metric sizes to describe your hooks.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

424 Posts

Posted - 09/12/2007 :  4:55:46 PM  Show Profile Send onemorerow a Private Message
I have been browsing ebay and seen a few sellers that make wood crochet hooks. I prefer the Boye hook style. Does anyone have experiennce buying from anyone online/ebay that they would recommend???
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Chatty Knitter

245 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2007 :  7:14:13 PM  Show Profile  Send Knitfool a Yahoo! Message Send Knitfool a Private Message
I like the Inox and Profi hooks.
They have a smooth and a little rounder head which won't snag the yarn.

Caeebe is right, you need to find the ones that work for you.

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Seriously Hooked

747 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2007 :  7:42:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Fraggle's Homepage Send Fraggle a Private Message
I'm a Boye person myself. What can I say I'm set in my ways...

~ Fraggle

". . . Or if you send me your size I'll knit you a new one" -Hawkeye on M*A*S*H

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Seriously Hooked

700 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2007 :  3:11:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit knitwitt's Homepage Send knitwitt a Private Message
I use Brittany black walnut for the most part. They aren't being made any more, though you can still find some on ebay. More of the flatter/sharper type than the shaped head.

The clover bamboo are fine, too, and available pretty much everywhere - similarly flatter/sharper if that is the style you end up preferring.

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New Pal

25 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2007 :  11:23:00 AM  Show Profile Send a Private Message
Boye hooks are my personal favorite. I also like the Addi hooks, Inox hooks and I do have some hand-carved hooks that gorgeous and wonderful to work with. I would say find what is right for you and just experiment. Personally, I use different kinds of hooks for different tasks. I must say though, Susan Bates are not one that I enjoy, they feel awkward in my hand and I don't like the way the hook is cut. Just a very personal preference on my part.
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Permanent Resident

1136 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2007 :  12:32:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit PBELKNAP's Homepage Send PBELKNAP a Private Message
I'm a Boye person, too. I realize the sizes don't jive with the standard, but I just make sure I do good gauge swatches ahead of time, so there are no surprises.


WIP = Branches and Bobbles Afghan, Raglan Sweater, Knit Your Bit for Vets Scarf

Completed this year = Knitted Baby Blanket (Estonian Lullaby), Knitted Charity Squares, Top-Down Sweater, Project Linus Baby Blanket (2), Summer Top, Scrap Sweater, Socks (2 pair), 63 Cable Squares Afghan, Winter Hat, Vertical Rib Sweater (crocheted)

If I could only do this for a living...
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