Change in Susan Bates Hook Design
I recently had a customer ask me if I knew anything about the Susan Bates hooks, and the change in their shape. My first reaction was, WHAT?!?!?! I’ve always been a Susan Bates fan, but have had my hooks forever. I was tempted to run to the store and buy every “old style” hook I could find. Instead I decided to do a little investigating first.
Here’s a picture of the old design (left), with the updated version (right)
Picture used with permission from Debi @ Dly’s Hooks & Yarns blog.
I couldn’t find any info online, so I contacted Coats & Clark directly to find out. Here’s the response I received from them.
“Thank you for your recent inquiry about our Susan Bates crochet hooks. We returned to the original, more rounded top of the hooks several years ago in response to consumer complaints that the heads had become too pointed and were splitting the yarn. We have, however, retained the inline feature; the hooks are the same size from throat to thumb rest to ensure that the size of the stitches remains consistent.”
I, for one, like the older, pointed version better, so I will make sure I take care of my old hooks, so as not to lose them. And I’ve heard others do too. Are you a fan of the old hook style? Or are you a newer crocheter who didn’t even know there used to be a pointed version? Or are you just a Boye fan and this doesn’t pertain to you? I’d love to hear your opinion on this.