Back in March, I did a series of crochet hook reviews and giveaways as part of National Crochet Month. The generous folks at the Skacel Collection were also kind enough to send me some hooks to review, but I haven’t had a chance to post the review until now.
I’ll admit that at first, I was kind of wondering what the big deal was all about. It turns out that I just needed to get used to the unusual shape of the Addi Swing, and then I found myself crocheting with it more and more. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Swing, it has a heavily curved handle made with two different textures of plastics.
The hook handles are color coded, so if you have more than one, it’s easy to find the size you want. (As you can see from the detailed picture above, the millimeter size of the hook is also clearly displayed on the end of the handle.) Although the handles are large, they are lightweight. The hooks feature a not inline point and throat. Because the handle covers most of the hook, the shaft is very short. This would be a great comfort hook for someone who likes a curved hook shape or a thicker handle along with a not inline hook.
I find that the large, brightly colored Addi Swing handle makes it much more difficult to lose than other hooks, which helps for those of us who crochet on the go! On the downside, the relatively short shaft makes it difficult to form bullions and other stitches which require a longer shaft with this hook.
The Addi Swings are available in US Sizes A through L, and generally retail for about $13-$14.
The Addi Comfort Hooks are another option for the crocheter who needs a longer shaft for forming different types of stitches. Like the Swing, this hook handle also features two colors of plastic, making it easier to find the right size. As with the Swing, the hook itself is a not inline shape with a curved point and throat. The plastic handle is hardened but provides that extra thickness I look for in a comfort hook handle. The more conventional shape of this handle means that it is easier to adapt to than the Swing. These hooks are available in US sizes A through I, and typically retail at about $7.
You may be wondering if I will be offering a giveaway of these great hooks. The answer is that I already did :). I actually included these in the prize pack I mailed to yarnpumpkin for the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl CAL.
Yarnpumpkin was kind enough to share the picture she took of her wonderful prizes.