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Readers Respond: What Is Your Favorite Crochet Hook?

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What is your favorite crochet hook? Why is it your favorite?

Perhaps you own a hook that has sentimental value. Perhaps you've discovered a hook that works especially well for your favorite crochet technique. Perhaps your favorite hook is one that is colorful, or beautiful, or vintage, or handcrafted. Whatever your reason for loving it, we'd love to know about it!


I've heard both sides of the Bates vs. Boye debate ad nauseum. I have real problems with the tapered handle and too open hook of the Boye hooks. Susan Bates -- either Silvalume or plastic -- is my definate low cost go-to hook. Red Heart acrylics are shaped like the Bates hooks, but half of them snapped on me due to bubbles in the plastic. (
—Guest CattyB

Susan Bates always and forever..

I learned on Susan Bates Silvalume hooks, which is probably why I love them so much. There seems to always be a debate over which hook is better Susan Bates or Boye. I for one do not like the Boye hooks but I think it depends on the way you crochet which hook works best for you. I have tried them all, wooden, bamboo, Boye, plastic, luxite, SB quicksilver and I always go back to what I learned on...Susan Bates Silvalume. The vintage style are much better than the ones you buy nowadays. If you love crochet are just learning I would suggest trying a few different style hooks to see what is the best for your style of crocheting. You may just fall in love all over again when you find the right hook!!!
—Guest Michelle Crochet

my fav hook

My favorite hook is tulip etimo gold or Susan Bates crystallites. They glide through the yarn.
—Guest paula

Favorite Crochet Hook

Baleen hooks,,, J and K. They were found in and old variety store in Massachusetts. Some years ago. I love them. use them for everything I crochet. I am very protective of them as I believe they cannot be purchased or even made anymore.
—Guest Lois Hill


I use a tapered shank "Boye" hook. I learned a long time ago and I don't think they had inline hooks then. I tried a "Susan Bates" hook but since they were inline I just couldn't get the feel for it. I wouldn't mind trying some of the newer brands but I already have more than enough hooks accumulated over the years.

Bamboo handle, aluminum head

Gotta love the Susan Bates Bamboo handled hooks. The thicker handles mean I can work longer before my hands cramp up.
—Guest Terrie

No more achy hands

I love the Amour Clover - my hands used to ache but with the Amour Clover they feel great and the hooks are smooth as silk. I absolutely think they are the best.

Susan Bates Silvalume

They would be even better if they were made in the USA like they used to be back in the day.

Favorite Crochet Hook??

After 41 years of crocheting, my MOST favorite crochet hook is by SUSAN BATES. I've tried others and the hooks do not work for me.


I love bamboo hooks! They are lightweight but Strong. They are not cold but feel quite warm to the touch. The more use they get the smoother they get. I have been using bamboo with Plarn and it works great! No annoying sqeaking sound. They can be exspensive at stores. I bought mine in sets on ebay at a great discount, straight from Hong Kong. The wait was well worth it.
—Guest A

Like generations before me...

Just like the generations of women in my family before me who have crocheted the plethora of afghans I grew up with, still own and use, and who taught me to appreciate and respect "hookers" and "hooking," I use nothing but Herrschners crochet hooks. I started out with a set of Boye hooks, and got severely aggravated that the yarn never stayed on the hook when I turned and pulled through. It was maddening! So maddening, in fact, that when I tried to learn from my grandmother the first time at the age of 13, I ended up throwing the hook across the living room, still attached to the skein of yarn. 15 years later, sitting beside my mother on her loveseat, I had begged her to teach me. Again, I had a set of Boye hooks to try with. I had a heck of a time keeping the yarn on the hooks again. I was frustrated and angry when I left from that visit with her, even though I had improved greatly over that week. A week later, my new Herrschners set in hand, I've never had a problem since.

Susan Bates is Numero Uno!

In the lower end DEFINITYLY Susan Bates. Boye has a drag on them and splits the yarn. Could not fing my Bates 'E' last night. Started the project with Boye and got very frustrated. Re-united with Bates today and it's smooth flowing from here on out. Bates Silverlume wins in my book!
—Guest Picky


I have tried both the Susan Bates plastic and metal hooks, and the tried and true Boye hooks. I truly do perfer the Boye hooks, and seldom have any difficulty with them. I tend to crochet very tightly, and the Susan Bates hooks are just too chunky to get a good stitch defination. Also, they tend to snag. I have also tried bamboo hooks, but found they snag too much also. My very favorite hooks continue to be the Boye and I have given all my Susan Bates away to a friend who has pain in her hands and likes them better as they are easier for her to grip. So, in all fairness to both brands, I sopose it just depends on your individual preference.
—Guest ter

my favorite crochet hook

I like INOX/PRYM the best (I got mine at Spin Blessing) Second choice is Gem and third choice is from Hobby Lobby called Yarnology....I have every kind but don't like most of them
—Guest ymdixon

favorite crochet hook

I have tried evey hook you can think of but like INOX/PRYM the best, without a doubt.INOX was sold in Germany, but changed to Prym. I found them at Spin Blessing.com in USA. I like the ones without the plastic handles because they have the indent for the thumb.I once in awhile use another kind but always go back to these. I also like GEM but can't find them anywhere......

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