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2014 Crocheter’s Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks (and Handles)

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about gifts for others – and for ourselves – so I’m sharing a series of gift guides for crocheters. I’ve shared 10 yarn clubs and community supported agriculture projects that are accepting new members/shareholders for 2015, 11 handmade crochet stitch markers sets, and 10 awesome crochet books (and 2 subscriptions). Today, I’m sharing 10 unique crochet hooks (and crochet hook handles).

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

I think every crocheter knows you can never have enough hooks. Your favorite size may be partway through a project at any given moment. These hooks, available for sale on Etsy, have the added benefit of being interesting conversation pieces, guaranteed to create a buzz at your next crochet meet up!

Images are copyright the respective shop owners. Prices are listed in US dollars and all items ship from US shops.

Set of 6 crochet hook handles by Crafty Lady Quilt Lady

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

This set of 6 crochet hook handles are fit over Susan Bates hooks in sizes F through K. The handles are made from colored, polished wood. Price: $59.95.

Hip Hop Hottie by Katherine Kowalski

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

This hook is part of the Party Girl series. It is made of hand-turned hardwood with polymer clay decorated handle and a Czech bead “necklace.” Price: $65.

Steampunk crochet hook set by Dynamic Alley

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

This set of 3 polymer clay, Steampunk style crochet hook handles cover Boye hooks in sizes G, H, and I. Price: $18.

Custom Hook Handle by Hammond Homemade

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

This custom hook handle/grip is created from up to 4 colors using Wonder Loom bands. Price: $5.

Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle by KnotYourGrandma

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

 This size G Boye crochet hook is covered with a sealed, one of a kind, polymer clay handle. Price: $10. 

Custom set of 10 Love Handles by Madly Made by Me

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

This set of Love Handles include hook sizes C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K & N in either Boye or Susan Bates. Choose one or more polymer clay patterns for the handles, and choose from pencil or knife grip. Price: $155.

Clenched Fist crochet hook by Phoenix Custom Primitives

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

Delight your favorite political activist with this size H hook carved from Virginia cedar. Price: $50.

Made-to-order crochet hook by Quinn Handmade

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

This wooden crochet hook is made-to-order in your choice of size, color, and stain. Price: $30.

Lucky Cat crochet hook by RParishWoodWorks

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

The lucky cat, symbolizing good fortune, adorns this hand-turned hardwood crochet hook in size E. Price: $25.99.

Tapered crochet hook by Sistermaide

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter

This tapered crochet hook is handmade from mulberry wood in size K. I love my set of Sistermaide tapered hooks, and they are wonderful for bullion stitches and other dimensional crochet stitches. Price: $11.

In addition to these awesome hooks, I found two other goodies that would make a great addition to any crocheter’s tool bag:

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter, and a crochet gauge check!

Katrinkles has a granny square inspired crochet gauge check made from bamboo. Price: $14.

2014 Crocheter's Gift Guide: Unique Crochet Hooks and Handles on Underground Crafter, and some polymer clay covered yarn snips!

In addition to her Love Handles, Madly Made by Me sells these great yarn snips with polymer clay handles. Price: $20.

What’s your favorite unique crochet hook?

NaBloPoMo

I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through November, 2014.

Crochet Hook Review and Giveaway: Susan Bates Bamboo Handle Hooks

Every Sunday during National Crochet Month 2013, I’ll be reviewing crochet hooks.  Today’s post features the Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hooks, along with a giveaway for 2 hooks, courtesy of Susan Bates.

I mentioned last week that I don’t personally prefer in-line crochet hooks.  But as a crochet teacher, I know that many students find it more comfortable to use an in-line crochet hook.  Susan Bates seems to be the brand most associated with an in-line hook, and I wanted to make sure to review one of their offerings during National Crochet Month.

I first discovered the Susan Bates Bamboo Handle Silvalume Hooks in 2011, when I taught crochet to children at the Queens Library.  The central office ordered these hooks for the children to use in class.  I immediately noticed how helpful the large, bamboo handle was, especially for the younger children who hadn’t yet developed the fine motor skills required for using a smaller hook.

For people who regularly use Susan Bates Silvalume hooks or other in-line hooks with a sharp throat, the bamboo handle is a great option to provide more comfort when crocheting.  The handle only covers the lower half of the shaft below the thumb rest, so the throat and neck are the same length as other Susan Bates hooks.  This allows you to crochet any type of stitch (including bobbles and bullions) without adjustment.  The handle is solid, but the bamboo stays cool to the touch.  For those who find the temperature changes that pass through metal hooks too difficult for their hands, this would be a wonderful alternative.  Similarly, this hook is also great for crocheters who need a larger handle to prevent or reduce hand cramping.

And, for all you threadies out there, the Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hooks are also available in Steelite thread crochet sizes.  There aren’t as many comfort hooks for thread crocheters, so kudos to Susan Bates for offering an affordable option.

The Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hooks come in two variations:

  • Silvalume (aluminum for yarn) hooks have the size etched on the thumb rest and also come in different colors for each size.  These are available in US sizes B through N, including the elusive size 7 (4.5 mm).  The retail price is $2.75 per hook.
  • Steelite (steel for thread) hooks have the sized etched on the thumb rest but and are available in silver.  These hooks are sized from 0.9 mm through 2.7 mm.  The retail price is $5 per hook.

If you prefer an in-line hook with a sharp throat for yarn crocheting, or if you are looking for an affordable comfort hook for thread crochet, I recommend the Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hooks.

Full disclosure: Two free review samples were provided by Susan Bates/Coats. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation from the distributor/manufacturer, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. You can read my complete review disclosure here.

Giveaway

When I contacted the nice folks at Susan Bates to tell them about my plans for reviewing the hooks during NatCroMo13, they were generous enough to send along a prize pack of 2 different Susan Bates Bamboo Handle Hooks (one Silvalume in US Size I-9/5.5 mm and one Steelite in US Size 5/1.7 mm) for me to share with one lucky reader.

Susan Bates Bamboo prizes

This giveaway is open internationally.  Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Ripple Mania CAL: Giveaway

Whether you’re just joining in or you’ve been participating in the Ripple Mania Crochet-a-long since October, I know you’re excited to hear more about the prizes!  The Ripple Mania CAL has four fantastic sponsors, Coats & ClarkLeisure ArtsLion Brand Yarn, and Magique Enterprises, who have each put together a great prize package.  This post describes the prizes, explains how you can enter the giveaway, and includes the schedule for the Ripple Mania CAL.  All images are used with permission.

The Prizes

Red Heart Ripple Mania Prize Package (Retail value: $75)

Red Heart is sponsoring a fabulous Ripple Mania package including an issue of Crochet Today! and a copy of the Ripple Effect pattern booklet,  along with everything you need to make the Windsor Ripple Throw – 8 skeins of Red Heart With Love yarn (2 skeins each 1530 Violet and 1814 True Blue D; 1 skein each 1907 Boysenberry, 1701 Hot Pink, 1401 Pewter, and 1805 Bluebell) and a 6 mm (US J) Susan Bates bamboo handle crochet hook.  And, to make it easy for you to work on your project on the go, they’re also including a Red Heart tote bag.

 

 

Leisure Arts Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $48.85)

Leisure Arts is sponsoring an awesome Ripple Mania prize package including 69 ripple patterns in 5 pattern books!  The package includes 40 Favorite Ripple Afghans (Ravelry page), Beauty of the Earth Afghans (Ravelry page), Vanna’s Choice Color It Beautiful Afghans (Ravelry page), Ripple Afghans to Crochet (Ravelry page), and Rippling Effects (Ravelry page).  These books will definitely keep you crocheting for quite some time!

 

 

Lion Brand Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $33.16)

Lion Brand Yarn is sponsoring a wonderful Ripple Mania prize package – 4 skeins of Amazing in Strawberry Fields, enough yarn to crochet the Candy Color Ripple Cowl.  You’ll have a fashionable accessory just in time for the deep cold of winter!

 

Magique Enterprises Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $24.95CAD)

And for those of you who have been longing to try an Eleggant crochet hook after reading my review, Magique Enterprises is sponsoring a set including the Eleggant comfort crochet handle, six interchangeable hooks (in steel sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and in aluminum sizes 3.5 mm, 5.0 mm, and 6.0 mm), and o-rings.

 

Now that you’ve heard about all the amazing prizes available, you may be wondering how to enter this giveaway.  Read on for details!

 

Ripple Mania Giveaway Rules

To enter the Ripple Mania giveaway for your chance to win one of these great prizes:

  • Join in the Ripple Mania Crochet-a-long!  You can participate in the Underground Crafter group on Ravelry, in the comments on this blog, on the Underground Crafter Facebook page, or by Tweeting @ucrafter #ripplemania.
  • Photograph your Ripple Mania project!  Smaller projects (accessories, baby blankets, cozies, washcloths, etc.) must be completed.  Larger projects (adult sweaters, large throws, or bedspreads) must be at least 1/3 finished.
  • Projects must have been started and/or completed during the Ripple Mania CAL (between October 17 and November 28).  You can use any crochet ripple pattern, though of course I’d love it if you used one of mine :).
  • Share a photograph and description of your Ripple Mania project by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 28.  Each project counts as one entry in the giveaway.
  • To share your project on Ravelry: Add the project to your notebook with the tag ripplemania.  Share the project  in the Ripple Mania CAL Giveaways thread.
  • To share your project on Facebook: Post a Wall photo on the Underground Crafter page.  (Remember that if you don’t “like” the page, I won’t be able to message you on Facebook, so you’ll have to check back to see if you’ve won.)
  • To share your project on this blog: Post a link to a project photo (on your blog, Flickr, etc.) in the comments.
  • To share your project on Twitter: Tweet @ucrafter #ripplemania with a link to a photo of your project.
  • This giveaway is open to all crocheters worldwide.
  • By entering the giveaway, you are granting permission for your project photo to be shared in a collage of all entries on this blog.
  • On or about December 1, 2012, four winners will be chosen at random and contacted for mailing addresses.  Winners must respond by December 15, 2012 or their prize will be forfeited.
Thanks so much for joining in, and I can’t wait to see the projects!

Ripple Mania CAL Schedule!

Wednesday, 10/17 – Ripple Mania Kick Off!

Ripple Mania CAL Chat on Ravelry

Week 1 Chat on Ravelry

  • Supply list and project suggestions
  • Colorize Your Ripple: Choosing a Palette for Your Project

Wednesday, 10/24 -Ripple Basics

Week 2 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 10/31 – Ripple Variations

Week 3 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/7 – Squaring Up Your Ripple

Week 4 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/14 – Adding ripples to hexagon and square motif patterns

Week 5 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/28 – The Big Reveal!

Stop by Ravelry to join in on the CAL.