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!

 

Review: Furls Heirloom Wooden Crochet Hooks (Alpha Series)

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.

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

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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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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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.

Furls Heirloom Wood #Crochet Hooks (Alpha Series) review on Underground CrafterThe Furls Heirloom Wood Crochet Hooks (Alpha Series) hooks currently sell for $79.99. You can find more Furls crochet hooks, yarn bowls, and other products on their website.

Full disclosure: A crochet hook was provided to me by Furls as a giveaway prize for the Picnic Basket Shawl Crochet-a-Long. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Crochet Hook Review and Giveaway: Lantern Moon Featherlight Hooks

Every Sunday during National Crochet Month 2013, I’ll be reviewing crochet hooks.  Today’s post features Featherlight crochet hooks, along with a giveaway for one hook, courtesy of Lantern Moon Handcrafted.

Lantern Moon has a beautiful, sustainably produced wooden hook for all of you inline hook lovers!

Lantern Moon Featherlight crochet hook.
Lantern Moon Featherlight crochet hook.

The Featherlight is made with an eco-friendly wood with a rich, dark color.  Like most inline hooks, it has a flat throat.  The hook has a long thumb rest.  I found the tip to be slightly pointier than most inline hooks, which I liked.  The end of the handle has a nice decorative look to it.

The wood is finished smoothly, and has a wonderful feeling against the hand.  As the name suggests, it is very light weight.  According to Lantern Moon, the wood is “organically treated to add density and hardness.” The hook size (in US letter, number, and mm) is written in white towards the center of the handle, and is highly visible against the contrast of the dark wood.

There aren’t any unusual features on the handle that change its shape, so this hook would be ideal for all different types of crochet.  You could even make a small Tunisian crochet project on this hook, because while the thumb rest is long, it doesn’t taper outwards as so many do so it wouldn’t stretch out your stitches.

This would be a great hook for a crocheter who prefers an inline hook, who prefers purchasing eco-friendly and ethically produced products, and/or who enjoys the comfortable feeling of a wooden hook.

The hooks are available in US letter sizes from D through K.  The retail price of the hooks are $18.90.

And, it’s no secret that I love my Tulip Etimo crochet hooks.  These are probably the set I use most regularly.  Lantern Moon is now U.S. distributor for these and other Tulip products!

Full disclosure: A free review sample of this product was provided by Lantern Moon. 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 Lantern Moon to tell them about my plans to review a variety of crochet hooks during NatCroMo13, they were generous enough to send along a Featherlight US size I-9/5.5 mm hook for a giveaway for one lucky reader.

Lantern Moon prize pack

This giveaway is open internationally.  Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Crochet Hook Review and Giveaway: Laurel Hill Exotic Wood Hooks

Every Sunday during National Crochet Month 2013, I’ll be reviewing crochet hooks.  Today’s post features exotic wood crochet hooks, along with a giveaway for two hooks, courtesy of Laurel Hill.

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After I (finally) learned to knit a few years back, my two best knitting pals bought me some really cool knitting needles for my birthday — two pairs of Laurel Hill square knitting needles, which I love to use for small projects.  These are some of my favorite needles, and I usually pack them when I’m teaching knitting.

At the same time, they bought me a Laurel Hill Nam Oc wood crochet hook.  Not too long after that, I won a Laurel Hill Tunisian crochet hook from a giveaway on Karen Ratto-Whooley’s blog.

My own personal Laurel Hill hook collection.
My own personal Laurel Hill hook collection.

I immediately loved the smooth and polished surface of the Laurel Hill Tunisian hook.  I’ve mentioned before that I find metal hooks quite uncomfortable for Tunisian crochet.  Like other wood hooks, these don’t experience the dramatic temperature changes of aluminum or steel crochet hooks, and they feel much gentler against the hands.  Both the standard and Tunisian crochet hooks from Laurel Hill are very smooth and don’t snag on your yarn.

But… I confess that when I first received the Nam Oc hook as a gift, I wasn’t really feeling it.  The neck is extremely tapered and, since I tend to hold my stitches quite low on the hook (closer to the thumb rest), I was having trouble getting an even tension.

A closer look at the shape of the Laurel Hill hooks.
A closer look at the shapes of the Laurel Hill giveaway hooks.

But then, when crocheting my way through the book Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters, I rediscovered the bullion stitch.  And that’s when I began to love tapered hooks.  If you’ve been struggling to get your hook through the many yarn overs in a bullion stitch, you will be thrilled to discover the exotic wood crochet hooks by Laurel Hill.  The rapidly tapered neck and the wide thumb rest allow you to keep those yarn overs loose so you can easily draw your hook through them to finish your bullion stitch.  By the way, if you’re looking for a good bullion stitch photo tutorial, I recommend Donna Kay Lacey‘s, available as a free Ravelry download.  (You can also check out my interview with her here.)

The Laurel Hill hooks are made from exotic woods that are sustainably produced.  The standard hooks are available in Nam Oc, Ebony, and Trai woods, while the Tunisian hooks are made from Forest Palm.  I’m no wood expert, and the feel across the types is very similar to me, though the Tunisian hooks seem to have a bit more glide (perhaps due to the finishing).  The different wood types each have a different color, which you might choose based on preference or for contrast with the yarn in your project.

I really love the Laurel Hill Tunisian hooks.  The distinctive color, smooth feel, and sharp point are perfect for medium sized, flat Tunisian crochet projects.  I also highly recommended the Laurel Hill exotic wood hooks for crocheters who love stitches where many loops are held on the hook, like bullions, puffs, or bobbles.

Both sets of hooks are affordable priced for wood hooks.  The Nam Oc and Trai hooks retail at $9, while the Ebony hooks retail at $10.  All three types are available in US sizes D through M (including the elusive size 7).  Laurel Hill also offers complete sets of each type of hook, as well as a “variety” set with a mix of Nam Oc, Trai, and Ebony hooks, which retails for $110.

The Tunisian Hooks are priced slightly higher, at $13 retail.  The Tunisian hooks are 10″ long and are available in US sizes D through N.

Full disclosure: Two free review samples of this product was provided by Laurel Hill. 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. This review post contains affiliate links. You can read my affiliate and review disclosures here.

Giveaway

When I contacted the friendly people at Laurel Hill to tell them about my plans for reviewing their hooks during NatCroMo13, they were generous enough to send along two hooks – a Trai wood hook and a Tunisian crochet hook, both in US size I-9/5.5 mm – for a giveaway for one lucky reader.

Laurel Hill prize packThis giveaway is open internationally.  Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 30, 2013.  

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.