Crochet Hook Review and Giveaway: Denise 2 Go

Every Sunday during National Crochet Month 2013, I’ll be reviewing crochet hooks.  Today’s post features the Denise2Go For Crochet kit, along with a giveaway for one set, courtesy of Denise.

A few years back, one of my very first crochet “investments” was to purchase a complete Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hook Set.

My Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hook set
My beloved Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hook set, missing an end button :(.

I have never been a fan of plastic hooks.  Before buying Denise hooks, I had many horrific experiences where a plastic hook snapped into pieces while I was crocheting and I was lucky to have both eyes afterwards.  So I was a bit leery of this set before reading all the great reviews.  With a retail price of $44.95, it was so much cheaper than the other interchangeable hook sets at the time that I decided to risk it.  (It didn’t hurt that the set was made entirely in the USA in a zero landfill environment.)

After the set arrived, I fell in love.  Although the hooks were plastic, they didn’t have the brittle seams that snag on yarn as other plastic hooks do.  I found it easy to assemble the cords and to build my own double-ended and Tunisian hooks.  And I’ve never had one break or even feel close to snapping.  I have since purchased extra hooks in some of my favorite sizes so that it is easier to do double-ended crochet projects.

For some reason, although I love metal hooks for “regular” crochet, I’ve always found them very uncomfortable for Tunisian and double-ended crochet.  And while bamboo hooks are great, when I’m crocheting on the subway commute, I don’t really want to be poking my neighbor with a 14″ long hook.  These Denise hooks have always helped fill that gap for me.  The plastic doesn’t feel as harsh to the touch as metal, and it doesn’t get cold in the way that metal does.  Using a cord (or multiple cords) allows you to have a long hook length without jutting out.

The Denise hook set is what I always pack when I travel.  I know that I’m going to crochet, but I’m not quite sure what projects will come to my mind.  Or what if my gauge is off?  Not to worry, because this kit includes so many size hooks, and I can also start a double-ended or Tunisian project.

Naturally, I planned to review these hooks for NatCroMo13.  I contacted the very friendly people at Denise, and they introduced me to the Denise2Go for Crochet, one of their newest products.  Today, I’m happy to review that set and offer one as giveaway, too.

Denise 2 Go closed

The Denise 2 Go kit comes rolled up in an attractive fabric designed by Lorna Miser.  (You can read more about this here in an interview from the Jimmy Beans Wool blog.)  This is truly something that can fit in your pocket (if you have jeans or something with sizeable pockets on, that is).

Denise 2 Go undressing

Each kit includes 6 hooks (in US sizes from H-8/5 mm to M-13/9 mm), 4 teal cords (in 3 inch, 5 inch, 9 inch, and 14 inch lengths) to coordinate with the case, 2 end buttons, and 1 extender.

Denise 2 Go open

For a crocheter who works primarily with sport/DK, medium/worsted, and bulky yarns, these hooks are a great range for projects on the go.

Denise 2 Go what is insideI love that the cords are a different color than the ones in my regular set.

Denise 2 Go Tunisian hookHere’s a hook set up I might use for a Tunisian crochet project.  I generally go up at least 2 hook sizes for Tunisian crochet to reduce the curl.

The kit retails for $39.95.  The frugal version of me would say you might be better off buying the full kit, since it has more hooks, cords, extenders, and end buttons.  The version of me that likes cute stuff and travels a lot would say you are better off buying the 2 Go kit since it is so darn adorable and it is even more portable than the full set.

 

Giveaway

When I contacted the generous team at Denise to tell them about my plans for reviewing their hooks during NatCroMo13, they were generous enough to send along two Denise2Go for Crochet kits.  Naturally, I kept one for myself :) and I’m offering the other one to one lucky reader.

Denise 2 Go prize

This giveaway is open internationally.  Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  

To enter:

  • Leave me a comment telling me how you usually crochet on the go – what type of projects and what type of hooks do you bring with you?
  • For additional entries, like Underground Crafter on Facebook, follow Underground Crafter on Twitter, join the Underground Crafter group on Ravelry, and/or share a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.  (And then, leave a comment here, on Facebook, on Twitter, or in the Ravelry group letting me know what you did!)
  • One winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck!

 

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