The designated size number or alphabet labeling of a crochet hook is dependent on the country from where it originates. There are a number of methods by which countries size their crochet hooks and this can be frustrating to the yarn crafter who owns a variety of books, hooks, and needles.
It can definitely be confusing when your pattern book comes from England but your crochet hook is made in the United States. The two sizing scales are just not likely going to line up together. I love to craft but being unable to get sizing between the wool and the needle-craft tool sometimes drives me absolutely insane.
It is difficult to enjoy this relaxing hobby when your pattern book is telling you to use a size that you have never heard of yet may very well be holding in your hand and not realize it. This is where a list of hook sizes comes in very handy. I have been in need of a chart like this many times.
Hooks Have Traditionally Been Categorized Into 2 Lists
To add to the confusion of finding a suitable hook for a project there are 2 standard crochet tool equivalency lists. One chart is for the standard yarn craft hooks while the other list is for crochet thread hooks (also referred to as steel hooks). When you see sets of hooks on sale they are usually divided into one of these two groupings.
The thread / steel hooks are generally much smaller in size than the standard yarn hooks so deciding which chart applies to your items should be relatively easy.
A quick peek at the charts should help you figure out which size applies to your craft needs. You may want to bookmark this page for future reference as there are quite a few size labels to select from.
International Standard Yarn Crochet Hook Size List
International Standard Steel / Thread Hook Size List
A Little Crochet Trivia
The exact origins of Crochet are unknown but like many early teachings, this hobby is believed to have developed in China, Arabia, or South America, and then migrated to the newer colonies from there.
It became popular throughout France, Britain, and America during the 1800's when it was discovered to be an inexpensive means of creating lace items.
The easy pattern stitches made this craft a much preferable alternative than the more time consuming and difficult to learn bobbin laces popular during that period. Crochet is the french word for Hook which is how this yarn craft was first termed and then permanently named.
Our yarn craft tools have been made from a variety of materials including steel, wood, bone, ivory, aluminum, bamboo, brass, and plastic. The first crochet hooks were likely created by bending needles into the shape of a hook.
According to the Guiness Book of World Records the longest crochet chain is a mere 80 miles in length and took 6 months for Anne Vanier Drusselto to complete.
The world's largest crochet hook is over 6 feet tall. Not surprisingly the fellow who created it also created the world's largest set of knitting needles as well. Both of these items reside in the U.S. at the Yarn Studio in Casey Illinois.
Steel, Aluminum, Bamboo, or Ergonomic Hook?
A Thick Handled Crochet Hook Can Make The Task Much Easier
They are officially known as ergonomic hooks and are a design to make the tool easier for people with health issues to use. In crochet hooks this generally means the hook will have a wider base making it easier to grasp. For those with less ability to grip small objects ie: arthritis it can make crochet work much easier on the hands.
For those with joint or mobility issues a wider shaft on the hook makes it easier to continue participating in this craft. Wider or soft handled yarn craft hooks can make grasping the yarn tools so much easier. Known as having an ergonomic design these are designed to make holding the hook much easier. These are a very thoughtful gift for those who do yarn crafts. I love mine.
My Favorite Crochet Guide is a Stitch Pattern Book
I have found that a basic pattern book is one of the handiest crochet tools a crafter can own. You choose your preferred pattern and then select a basic project. Dishcloths, place mats, blankets, tablecloths, scarves and toques a breeze. Just choose your pattern, your color yarn, and begin.
This basic book is a very handy resource. It is the perfect reference book for new crafters or for those who simply want to keep a handy guide on hand to create with.
Knit and Crochet Projects Can Sell Well at Holiday Craft Fairs
There is money to be made for the holidays and creating items throughout the year to sell at Christmas craft fairs is a great way to find a few extra spending dollars when you need them most.
Unique toque and scarf sets
Heavy wool sweaters
Crafting gifts for the holiday season can be very economical. It is definitely time well spent. Smaller crafts take only minutes to create and are delightful add ins to a main Christmas gift or to attach to the outside of a wrapped present.
You will likely discover that specific items will sell better in different areas. My experience has been that home made slippers, socks, and dishcloths virtually fly off the shelf. Perhaps because of their lower cost they are a popular craft fair item.
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