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Previous Entry Any hookers? Jan. 20th, 2008 @ 06:07 pm
I'm wanting to learn how to crochet, and I know that this is mostly a knitting community, but I know some people are fluent in both trades.

While I do prefer to knit, my tendinitis in my hands is acting up like something fierce this season. So, I thought that I would try my hand at crochet.

My question is: What kind of hook do you prefer? I normally use bamboo knitting needles, so should I stick with bamboo in my cross-over? Or should I use aluminum? Does the weight of the hook really matter?

TIA! :)
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From:snapesgirl_62
Date:January 21st, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
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Most crochet hooks are very light weight. I know there are some ergonomic designed ones on the market now. I have mainly aluminium hooks because that is what Mom gifted me with when she taught me to crochet. My niece used the plastic hooks that come in fun colors.

Are you going to try to teach yourself to crochet or will you be taking a class at a shop? Some instructors are particular about what supplies you use. If you take a lesson, you might want to check and see that the teacher prefers.
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From:thaimaishuus
Date:January 21st, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
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I'm going to teach myself, but I do have some friends that crochet, also. I figured I taught myself to knit, so I would probably be capable of doing the same with crochet.

I'll look for the ergonomic crochet hooks! Thanks so much!
From:snapesgirl_62
Date:January 21st, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
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I think Clover makes one of the ergonomic style hooks.
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From:thaimaishuus
Date:January 21st, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
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I saw those. I might go to one of the knit shops to see if they have them so I can feel them first. It seems like most of the major brands are coming out with ergonomic hooks.
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From:trimmje
Date:January 21st, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
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I like wood and bamboo knitting needles, but prefer aluminum crochet hooks.

To me, the shape of the hook matters as well. I prefer Susan Bates and Clover's more wedge-shape to Boye's barb, but I know others who go the other way.

Good luck!
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From:thaimaishuus
Date:January 21st, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)

Re: I <3 Hooking!

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I'm thinking maybe my best option is to buy one or two hooks, practice a little, and go from there. I'm glad someone else mentioned tendon problems. That helps a lot.
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From:thaimaishuus
Date:January 21st, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)

Re: I <3 Hooking!

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That was the one I was planning on getting. I have the knitting version, and I love it. The diagrams are more clear than any other books I've bought previously.
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