It’s that time of year where crocheters (and knitters) are starting to think about holiday gifts. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some reviews to help you find the right gifts for other crafters (or yourself!) for this holiday season.
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In this post, I’m reviewing the Furls Heirloom Wood Crochet Hooks (Alpha Series). This summer, Furls sent me a giveaway prize for the Picnic Basket Shawl crochet-a-long, and I tried it out before sending it off to Germany to the winner.
Let me start by saying that I’ve seen the Furls hooks showing up on many blogs, so I was interested in seeing how they worked. I tried out the Purpleheart wood crochet hook in US Size E/3.5 mm.
What I like about this hook:
- It’s packaged as a gift. This makes the hook feel like a wonderful indulgance when you buy one for yourself, and as though it’s “worth it” when you buy one for someone else.
- It’s very smooth. The finish does’t “grip” the yarn and allows you to crochet quickly.
- The large grip diameter allows a comfortable, relaxed grip.
- It has a beautiful design and is a great conversation starter!
- The website makes it easy to customize your own hook by choosing one of seven types of wood (each with a sample image), and one of 15 sizes from US Size D/3.25 mm through US Size Q/15 mm.
- It comes with a note about care instructions, which would be helpful for a first time user of a wooden crochet hook.
- The hook’s price remains the same across different sizes and types of wood.
What might take some getting used to about this hook:
- Like many wooden hooks, it doesn’t have the company name or the hook size on the hook. If you have several sizes in the same wood finish, it might take you a moment to choose the right size.
- The shorter shaft of the hook may make it challenging to quickly create stitches with multiple yarn overs, like bullions or puffs.
- Crocheters who prefer hooks inline hooks may find it harder to pull the yarn through their loops with the tapered throat of this hook.
- The comfort shape of this hook may take a few uses to adjust to.
Wish list tip: While the site is very easy to navigate, the customization options may be too confusing if someone is trying to buy you a Furls hook as a gift (especially if they aren’t also crocheters). Not too worry – Furls also offers gift cards.