My Favorite: Crochet Hooks

We all have our favorites, and sometimes you don’t even realize the types of items we choose. I have my favorite coffee cup, burner on the stove (welcome to adulthood, you now have a favorite spot to cook your food), seat on the couch, and many more. Today I’m going to let you know about my favorite crochet hooks and what other designers use.

Hooks

You can’t crochet without a hook; you could use a traditional crochet hook, a Tunisian style, or just your finger if you wanted to.

There are two basic styles of traditional crochet hooks. These styles are inline and tapered. The only difference between the two is the hook part itself, the handles or the bodies are the same.

You can see in the picture below the slight differences. On the left is an inline hook, while on the right is a tapered style hook.

Inline vs tapered crochet hooks.  Inline on the left and tapered on the right.
Susan Bates Crochet Hook (inline style) on left. Boye Crochet Hook (tapered style) on the right.

The inline style hook allows you to carry the yarn through the stitches a little easier than the tapered hook. But the tapered hook allows you to get into tighter spots. You won’t know which one you prefer until you use both.

My Personal Favorites

I can use pretty much any crochet hook but prefer the most popular sizes. I tend to not use a hook smaller than US G/6 (4.00mm) and nothing larger than a US K/10.5 (6.5mm). My most used size hook is US I/9 (5.50mm).

My favorite hook at the moment is my Tulip Crochet Hook from LeitherCo. Santa delivered the hook this past Christmas and I’ve used it almost everyday since. Leither Co. handmakes the handles and are made to order. I just love how my hand is supported within the handle, it helps with any fatigue I might encounter while crocheting for hours.

Tulip Crochet Hook by Leither Co.

Before I had my beautiful Tulip hook, I used a set that my husband gifted me a few years ago. I have a set of 6 of these hooks from TooShayCrochet, and they are sized F-K.

My crochet hooks by TooShayCrochet

Did you know that depending on the type of project a certain style of hook is easier and better to work with?

Amigurumi

For Example with projects such as this Vincent The Dragon by Hooked By Kati and other amigurumi items.

A green amigurumi dragon designed by HookedByKati.
Vincent The Dragon designed by Hooked By Kati

Kati says “I prefer tapered [hooks] for amigurumi because it allows me to get slightly tighter stitches than the inline.”

Kati actually uses a Furls Crochet hook, its a hybrid of both an inline and tapered. I can’t wait to try them out for myself, like I need more crochet hooks.

Tighter stitches helps keep the shape of the items and leaves smaller gaps between the stitches for stuffing to come through. I have a hard time with amigurumi because my hands tend to hurt after a while with having to keep everything so tight.

Jewelry

Amber Bliss of BlissThis has many designs, but I know her to be the go-to jewelry guru. She recently released these heart earrings, the pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry.

Heart shaped crocheted earrings and necklace placed on a crocheted heart shaped placemat.
All Heart Earrings by Bliss This

Amber told me, “I always use tapered crochet hooks to create my crocheted jewelry. For one, I’ve never seen inline hooks that small; tapered seem to be what is available. Second, I want really tight stitches on my jewelry because they hold their shape better. That is the result I get with the tiny tapered metal hooks.”

Garments

With garments, it comes down to your personal preference on which style hook you should use, AS LONG AS YOU MEET GAUGE. Since garments tend to take a lot of time you want to pick a hook you’re comfortable with. You could always do a few different gauge swatches to see which hook and yarn work best too.

The last thing you want to do is pick a hook and that doesn’t meet gauge and your project coming out too big or too small.

We can cover gauge in another time, there is A LOT to cover on this topic. Until then…

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Garnet Cowl

Birthstone Collection

The Garnet Cowl is the first pattern available from the “Birthstone Collection.” The idea behind the collection is that I wanted a theme for some of my 2020 patterns.

I decided that a collection of cowls, scarves, and shawls would be perfect items to help bring the theme together. Each month I will release a pattern in the color of the month’s birthstone.

The Yarn

The garnet stone isn’t a simple solid red, it has hints of orange and yellow within it. Because of this I had a hard time finding the perfect shade. After searching all the yarn aisles of my local craft stores, I finally found the perfect color. Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in the colorway ‘Claret’ is the perfect color to help bring out the beauty of the garnet.

Supplies

– Approximately 180 yards of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and – Quick or similar weight/style yarn
– N/10.00 mm crochet hook
– Scissors
– Measuring tape
– Yarn needle

Stitches & Abbriviations

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St- Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

Design

Winters can be really cold here in Massachusetts. When designing this pattern I wanted something that would keep me nice and warm. I also wanted something that wasn’t really plain either. I’m a big fan of simple designs that pair well with the classic ‘jeans and t-shirt’ outfit.

The “Garnet Cowl” Pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry and Etsy.


Black and white photo of Girl wearing "Garnet Cowl'
She loves the dramatic effect of the black and white. What she doesn’t get is that it doesn’t showcase the beauty of the yarn. But as you can see, the Garnet Cowl is a great fit at any age.
Trista from Crochets By Trista modeling the "Garnet Cowl"
This is what happens when the lighting is perfect to show how the beautiful colors of the yarn but you’ve put zero effort into your appearance for the day.

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Keep Moving Forward

Where I’ve been

For the last few months I’ve been a member of the Crochetpreneur Business Academy (CBA). Since joining the CBA I have learned so much about myself. I’ve learned about the strengths that I wasn’t aware of, but most of my friends and family are. I also learned more about my weakness and how I can build on them so they can’t hold me back.

One of my weaknesses is that I’m not really great with staying on task. I have intentions of doing it but I always delay it until I forget about it completely. For example, we all start the new year off thinking were going to start going to the gym daily or were going to start a new diet and stick to it. By the first week in February you’ve already stopped going to the gym and the new diet doesn’t exist anymore. That was always me; UNTIL NOW!

Since learning that staying on task is a weakness I’ve looked for help within the CBA community. Guess what, most of the members are too. When set with a deadline we can accomplish any goal you put in front of us, but without it the task just falls to the side. We need someone to keep us accountable so we can stay on task.

I stepped up

One way I’ve grown from this weakness is that I’ve become the accountability team leader. Each Monday I ask all the members what their goals are for the week. I check in every few days to see how we’re staying on task. Sometimes life happens and things don’t get done, but most of the time having a team member keep you accountable has really helped our businesses soar.

The CBA is by far the best group of crochet business owners you will meet. We are all each others cheerleaders. We are there to give you the small push that you need so you can move forward within your business. We are also there to catch you when you fall or struggle.

Here I Am

So here I am the third week of 2020 and I have already accomplished so much. I wouldn’t be here thinking I was 100% capable of what I have planned for the year without the support of my family, especially my husband, friends, and my crochet family.

As you can see; I’ve officially become a business with the city, started a blog, released my first design, opened an Etsy shop, opened a designer page on Ravelry, and the best part, I’m just getting started!

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Quick and Easy – Free Crochet Pattern – “Winter Hills Cozie”

Free Winter Hills Cozie Pattern

Simple And Easy Idea

We all know that gifts for the kids’ teachers are one of those things that we dread each holiday season. They deserve something more than a card that says “Happy Holidays,” but many families can’t afford to go and spend over $10.00 for each teacher.

Each year I try to make crocheted gifts for the kids’ teachers. Each of my kids has 3 teacher; the main teacher and then 2 paraprofessional. If I planned ahead, I would be able to make 6 completely different and yet similar projects. But lets be real, who is thinking about holiday gifts in September?

Like most parents, life happens and things slip through the cracks. Here I was the week after Thanksgiving and saying to myself “Oh crap, what am I going to do for the teacher gifts?!”

Luckily, I practically live at a local craft store. I spotted the reusable travel mugs while walking around one day and had my ‘Eureka’ moment. Decision made! I’m going to make cozies for the mugs, add a few bags of tea and I’ll be all done and it will be relatively inexpensive.

The Issue.

But of course I can’t make it that simple. I then decide that I HAVE to design the cozie, because if you know me I tend to always make things harder for myself.

I wanted a pattern that was easy and simple to follow but not just the same stitch each row. I’m a big fan of texture within my designs, although there may be few of my designs that aren’t. So after a few swatches I came to the conclusion: “This is it!” I hope that you enjoy this free pattern as much as I do.

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Pattern:

Supplies & Materials:

Approx. 50 yards of Light Worsted Weight Yarn (Caron Simply Soft)

I (5.50 mm) Crochet Hook

Measuring Tape

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Gauge & Sizes:

Gauge:  14 sts by 13 rows= 4”x4”

Finished Sizes: Approx. 4”x 3” & 4”x 4”

NOTES:

This cozie is worked in the round.

Starting chain does not count first stitch.

Stitch count is listed at the end of each row.

Cozie fits most single use cups available at your local coffee spots. (Dunkin, Starbucks etc.).

The reusable cup I used is available at my local craft store.

Stitches & Abbreviations:

All stitches are in US. terms

Ch – Chain.

St – Stitch.

Sl St – Slip Stitch.

SC – Single Crochet.

DC – Double Crochet.

Pattern:

Ch 31.

Row 1.) SC in 2nd chain from the hook and each St across. Join with a Sl to the 1st St. (30)

Row 2.) Ch 1, SC in same St as join.  *DC in next St, SC in next St* repeat from * around to last St, DC in last St. Join with Sl St. (30)

Row 3.) Ch 1, DC in same St as join, *SC in next DC, DC in next SC* repeat from * around to last St. SC in last ST. Join with a Sl St. (30)

Row 4.) Ch 1, SC in same St as join. Sc around. (30)

Rows 5-10.) repeat Rows 2-4, ending with row 4.

Optional larger size – Rows 11-13. Repeat rows 2-4, ending with row 4.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

You can also purchase the PDF on Ravelry & Etsy

There you have it! My first official pattern release!