Crocheter’s Gift Guide: Gift-Worthy (and Wishlist-Worthy) Crochet Hooks

Crocheter's Gift Guide to Gift-Worthy Crochet Hooks on Underground Crafter | Most crocheters will agree that you can never have too many crochet hooks. This gift guide is perfect for finding a gift for your favorite crocheter (or for sharing with your friends and family as a wishlist).

As we get closer to the winter holidays, I’ll be sharing several crafty gift guides. These are great for finding gifts for your crafty friends and family, or for sharing (not so subtly) with your loved ones who don’t craft!

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This gift guide is all about crochet hooks. Most crocheters will agree that you can never have too many crochet hooks. After all, many of us have multiple projects in progress at the same time, which means that our favorite hook may be unavailable at the moment. And, for people that crochet everyday, “comfort hooks” can go a long way to keeping hands healthy and strong.

Best Luxury Comfort Hook: Furls

Furls Heirloom Wood #Crochet Hooks (Alpha Series) review on Underground Crafter

Furls hooks are known for their luxurious feel. They come packaged beautifully, so they make great gifts. You can read my full review of their Heirloom “Alpha Series” wooden hooks here. If the $79 price tag on the Alpha Series is a bit outside of your budget, consider the Candy Shop hooks ($49/each) or Odyssey hooks ($29/each). These hooks are designed to last, look beautiful, and keep your hands comfortable.

Best Interchangeable Crochet Hook Set/Versatile Crochet Hooks/Portable Crochet Hooks: Denise2Go Crochet for a Cure 2 Hook Set

I’m a long time fan of Denise crochet hooks. The classic Denise interchangeable hook set is one of the most affordable sets of interchangeable hooks on the market. The hooks are easy to use, sturdy, and comfortable — and made in the United States. You can read my full review of the Denise2Go kit, but my new favorite set is the Denise2Go Crochet for a Cure 2 Hook Set. Like all Denise interchangeable hooks, these can be used for “standard” crochet, Tunisian crochet, double-ended Tunisian crochet, AND knooking (knitting with a crochet hook), making them the most versatile set on the market.

The Denise2Go Crochet for a Cure 2 Hook Set includes 2 of each hook in 10 sizes from U.S. size F-5/3.75 mm through U.S. size N-15/10 mm, 7 cords in 5 different sizes, 4 end buttons, and 2 extenders for just $74.95. Each purchase also includes a $5 donation to a charity supporting breast cancer research. The whole set rolls up into a palm sized kit that’s perfect for travel. You can see the set in action in my tutorial for the Tunisian Extended Knit Scarf pattern.

Best Everyday Comfort Hooks: Tulip Etimo

Crocheter's Gift Guide to Gift-Worthy Crochet Hooks on Underground Crafter | Most crocheters will agree that you can never have too many crochet hooks. This gift guide is perfect for finding a gift for your favorite crocheter (or for sharing with your friends and family as a wishlist).If you’re looking for a comfort hook that’s more affordable, try Tulip Etimo. These are my everyday comfort hooks that I use for most projects at home. They have an elastometric grip with a tapered, aluminum hook. It’s easy to keep your grip and, because of the handle, the hook doesn’t get sweaty or cold the way that metal hooks normally do. The Tulip Etimo hooks are available in gold with a silver handle or in silver with a pink handle (the “Rose” series”). You can buy the 8-hook gold set on Craftsy or individual hooks on Jo-Ann. The retail price is $11.99/hook or $85 for the set, which includes a case, a ruler, scissors, and yarn needles.

Best One-of-A-Kind Handmade Crochet Hook: Craftwich

Crocheters appreciate handmade gifts, but when it’s completely customized and one-of-a-kind, that makes it extra special! Craftwich is an Etsy seller who offers custom hand-carved wooden crochet hooks for $20. I had the chance to try one out last year (and you can read my full review here), and it was pretty awesome! I shared a short video of myself crocheting with Monica, the maker behind Craftwich, and she designed a hook that works with the way in which I crochet. (You can also answer a survey instead.) You can watch my custom hook in action in the review video below.

Other Crochet Hooks That Make Great Gifts

If you’re looking for other options, here are some of the hooks I’ve used over the years that I’ve enjoyed.

I hope you enjoyed the crochet hook gift guide! Do you have a favorite set of hooks I didn’t include? Let me know in the comments!

 

Crochet Hook Review and Giveaway: The Crochet Dude Ergonomic Hooks by Boye

Every Sunday during National Crochet Month 2013, I’ll be reviewing crochet hooks.  Today’s post features the Crochet Dude ergonomic hooks, along with a giveaway for 6 hooks, courtesy of the Crochet Dude by Boye.

Last summer, I was the happy winner of a giant box of crochet fun through a giveaway on Robyn Chachula‘s blog.  One of the many goodies tucked away into this prize package was a Crochet Dude ergonomic aluminum crochet hook.

The hook that got me hooked.
The hook that got me hooked.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Boye hooks – I have a collection of sizes B through P in my hook drawer, and I even have several sizes of steel Boye hooks for cotton thread.  I prefer not to use an inline crochet hook, and so naturally Boye became my “go to” brand over the years.

But as crochet has become a bigger and bigger part of my life – and especially when I’m crocheting on a deadline – I’ve found that a solid aluminum hook can put too much stress on my hands.  In the last 18 months or so, when I start a crochet project I usually reach for a comfort hook.

After using Boye hooks regularly for over 20 years, I know readily what size hook to use with different yarns and can be pretty consistent about my gauge.  This familiarity was what excited me about the Crochet Dude ergonomic crochet hooks.

Each Crochet Dude ergonomic hook features the familiar Boye point and throat with a molded, soft handle covering most of the hook’s shaft.  The handle is squared towards the middle, has a flattened thumb rest, and then tapers down at the end.  Each size comes with a different color handle and the size in etched on the handle in both US letter size and millimeters.  These features allow you to quickly pick up the right size if you have a full set.

The Crochet Dude ergonomic crochet hooks provide cushioning and comfort while allowing me to use my preferred type of point and a tapered throat.  It’s  one of the most affordable comfort hooks on the market.  (The suggested retail price is $5.99 per hook.)

Like most comfort hooks, the shaft of the hook is mostly covered by the soft handle, so the Crochet Dude ergonomic hook isn’t ideal if you are doing certain dimensional stitches (like bullions or puff stitches) where you may need more space to keep multiple loops on the hook, or where a tapered shaft might make it easier to work the stitch.

My overall review: The Crochet Dude ergonomic crochet hook is a great, affordable comfort hook option for a crocheter who doesn’t need an inline hook.

Full disclosure: Six review/giveaway samples of this product were provided by Boye/Simplicity. 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 who manufacture the Crochet Dude by Boye collection to tell them about my plans for reviewing the hook during NatCroMo13, they were generous enough to send along a prize pack of 6 different ergonomic Crochet Dude hooks (in US sizes B, E, G, H, I, and L) for me to share with one lucky reader.

Crochet Dude by Boye prize pack

This giveaway is open internationally.  Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  

Hooking at Vogue Knitting Live

This morning I dragged myself out of bed for day two of Vogue Knitting Live.  I don’t know if it was because of the cold weather yesterday or all the excitement from the event, but I was extra sleepy this morning.  I decided to wear the Irish rose choker I made myself last year.  I actually like it better with the button in the front.

You can see I have extra bags under my eyes this morning!

I was excited to see so many crochet hook options in the Marketplace.  Confession time: I’m a collector of crochet hooks.  In addition to a full array of sizes in the classic Boye aluminum crochet hooks, I also have a set of Denise interchangeables, a Tulip Etimo set, and a set of Eleggant hooks (reviewed here).  I also have a random assortment of one or two sizes from the Addi Swing, Laurel Hill Nam Oc, and Crochet Dude lines.  And, some lovely handmade hooks from Sistermaide.  (We could get sidetracked here so I’ll skip the list of my Tunisian crochet hooks.)  Anyway, I was on the look out for new (to me) and exciting hooks while I was in the Marketplace and I wasn’t disappointed!

The nice folks at Magique Enterprises are actually the first booth on the way into the Marketplace.

 

I love their egg shaped hook handle.

The Boye/Simplicity booth had the full complement of Crochet Dude hooks.  I won one in a giveaway last year and I like it a lot, so I may pick up another favorite size.  But I was most intrigued by the Crochet Master Plus.

I’m hoping they will have some samples I can try out today.

The Skacel booth also had their interchangeable set, Addi Click, on display.

One of my Tunisian crochet students at the Adult School of Montclair last year has this set, and she seemed to get a lot of use out of it.

Since a full set is out of my budget for this event, I am more likely to pick up a single hook or two.  The Knitting Ranch has a big selection of hooks at their display.

And in case you need a storage case, the della Q booth has a variety of lovely colors for their crochet cases.

It looks like you can get two hooks into some of these pockets.

I know I said I won’t buy an interchangeable set at Vogue Knitting Live… but who’s to say I won’t get another set soon…

Do you have a favorite interchangeable crochet hook set?

July stash explosion, courtesy of Robyn Chachula

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve been really trying to reduce my yarn stash this year.  But, you also know that I find giveaways very hard to resist – and I’m kinda lucky.

So when I saw this giveaway on Robyn Chachula‘s blog, I had to enter.  In my defense, it wasn’t clear exactly how much yarn would be in each of the five goodie bags Robyn was assembling.  Even after winning, I was blissfully ignorant for the next few days.

And then, this arrived.

That’s a mighty big box you got there.

And when I opened it, this is what I saw.

The Mother Lode.

I may have lost consciousness for a few seconds.  But then I came to and took some more pictures.  Here’s what I found inside the box:

Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (one skein of Quartz) – I haven’t used this yarn before, but I’m a fan of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton, and Spud & Chloe Sweater is one of my favorite yarns.

Cascade 220 Superwash (one skein of Cordovan) –  Cascade 220 Superwash is one of my favorite yarns for gifts.   I’m hoping to make this skein  into a hat in time for the winter holidays.

Classic Elite Provence (one skein of Gimlet Green) – This looks like it will be a really lush, mercerized cotton.  I don’t have a project in mind for this yet.

Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection Rosebud from Universal Yarn (one skein of Clover) – To me, this skein has my mom written all over it.  I think it may end up as a gift for her eventually.

Filatura di Crosa Tempo from Tahki Stacy Charles (one skein of Mood Indigo) – I really love the colors on this one.  Now to find the perfect project for it…

Green Mountain Spinnery Alpaca Elegance (one mini skein of Sencha) – I love that this worker owned cooperative sources all of its yarn in the US.  I’m a sucker for alpaca, and this mini skein is just enough for me to swatch with before choosing a great project.

Lion Brand LB Collection Cotton Bamboo (one skein of Magnolia) – I actually have another skein of this yarn in my stash that I bought at Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  The colors would work nicely together.

Red Heart Boutique Eclipse (one skein of Sunset) – I’ve been having a lot of fun with self-striping yarns lately.

Sirdar Click Dk (one skein of Tarn) – This reminds me of a discontinued yarn I worked with about ten years ago – it has a similarly subtle color and soft feel.

Zealana Kia Ora Kiwi (one skein of Aurora Pink) – I’m so intrigued by the possom in this yarn!  Zealana is having a big design contest right now – perhaps this will get my ideas flowing?

Besides the ten (!) skeins of yarn, there were some other goodies in the box.

A signed copy of Robyn’s Baby Blueprint Crochet: Irresistible Projects for Little Ones – Looks like I’ll have plenty of ideas for the next time one of my friends or colleagues is pregnant.

A super cute Craftsy needle measure and gauge ruler – I used this to check gauge on my sock project.

A Crochet Dude crochet hook –  I love Boye hooks, so I’m looking forward to using this one on my next project.

A notions case –  I’ve been using this to store all the goodies for the socks I’m making for the Ravellenic Games.  It is the only one I have long enough to fit the size 1 double pointed needle I’ll be using as a cable needle.

A circular Susan Bates Velocity knitting needle – This looks like just the right size for subway knitting.

 

Thanks, Robyn, for sharing all of these wonderful goodies with me!  It certainly didn’t help with my stashbusting efforts, but I’m thrilled nonetheless.