If you’ve been following my blog regularly, or you know me in person, you know that I’ve been crocheting blankets for Project Linus. It gives me something to do while watching TV, during long car trips, and even during jury duty.
Growing up my mom always used, and still does, the steel or aluminum crochet hooks.
I started out using these, but I found that it caused my hand to cramp much easier and I was literally rubbing the color off of the hook.
(I tarnish my cross stitching needles quickly, too)
I wanted to crochet for long periods of time so I started looking at the other options. I didn’t want to use one of the acrylic hooks because I prefer how the yarn glides over the metal post of the hook. I do have a wooden crochet hook (which I love), but that also cramps my hand quicker. I decided to try one of the ergonomic hooks.
Now, if you’ve been crocheting for many years using the aluminum hooks the fatness of these ergonomic ones might be too much for you. As a newbie who was looking for comfort, I love them!
My hand doesn’t fatigue as quickly, the grip is cushioned, and I still have a long enough metal neck that the yarn nicely glides over. I have purchased a handful of sizes in this style and they are practically all that I use. In fact, when I was looking for a size 8 steel hook for a future project I instantly looked for one with the ergonomic handle.
I’ve purchased mine at Hobby Lobby (one at a time with the 40% off coupon!), but you can find them at almost any craft store or Amazon. They can be purchased individually or in a full set. To be completely honest I haven’t tried any of the hooks by the other manufacturers as I’ve only purchased the Hobby Lobby brand, but I’m sure that they would be just as comfortable. If you’ve been having problems holding your hook or having your hand cramp up on you then give one of these a try. It just might work!