Ergonomically Correct Crochet Hooks

When I was pregnant with my 4th child (about 8 years ago) I started having problems while crocheting.  After less than 5 minutes (yes I timed it) I would get severe hand pain.  I would rest my hands and try again, only to have to put the hook back down.  It was so bad that I gave up crocheting until after my daughter was born :(  Things eventually resumed to normal, and I went back to my crocheting. A couple years later I was pregnant again and having the same problem. I’m not sure whether it was that technology had made progress, or whether I was determined to do anything I could to keep crocheting, but I came across ergonomically correct hooks. YES!!!  I bought a couple in the sizes I used the most so I could continue to crochet. Needless to by the time I had my 6th child the pain was constant.  I can’t crochet for more than 5 minutes without pain (even when I’m not pregnant). So, I decided it was time to invest in a whole set of ergo hooks.

When I started trying new hooks, my plan was to do a review of each hook I could find.  But I soon realized what works best for me, may not be a good fit for someone else. And what didn’t help my hand pain may be just the hook someone else needs.  So instead, I decided to just tell you what I found and fell in love with.  After trying hand carved hooks, Clover Soft Touch, Clover Reflections, and Addi Swing, I fell in love with the Tulip Etimo hooks.  But, I do admit it wasn’t love at first sight ;).  The first time I used them I thought the smooth surface felt a little slimy.  But, that may be exactly why I can now crochet for as long as I want without pain.  So, if you’re going to give them a try, it may take a couple of uses before you love them.  It took me a while to save up (and I made sure I had a coupon), but once I knew they were what I wanted, I decided it was a worthwhile investment to get the whole set.

Tulip Etimo Crochet Hook Set

Tulip Etimo Hook Roll

If you’re looking at trying ergo hooks here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Buy one size to see if you like it (I suggest the size you tend to use the most) – Purchasing the whole set isn’t a great idea, just in case you don’t like them, as they do tend to be pricey.
  • Shop with coupons – Many of the craft store chains offer 40% off coupons. While you can’t purchase the Addi hooks at any of them (to my knowledge), they do carry the Clover hooks.  Joann’s also now carries the Tulip Etimo hooks.
  • If you just can’t part with your Susan Bates hooks (or Boye), even though you have hand pain, consider putting a rubber coating on them to see if that helps. Then you can keep your favorites ;)


Happy Crocheting!



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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.

Happy Crocheting!

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