Choosing the Right Ergonomic Hook
Most crocheters look forward to that moment in time when you can just sit down, relax, and crochet. After crocheting for 30 minutes, or 15 minutes, or sometimes only 5 minutes your hand may start to cramp or just get tired. It may be time to invest in an ergonomic hook.
How to Choose the Right
I remember being pregnant with my 4th child (back in 2004) and all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, my hand would start to ache after about 5 minutes of crocheting. That was before ergonomic hooks were available – or at least none that I was aware of being sold at craft stores. Now we have so many options between craft stores and the internet!
I resisted trying the ergo hooks for a long time after they came out. My excuse was always the price. And I didn’t want to buy one if it wasn’t going to work. If you suffer from similar hand or arm symptoms, I’m going to encourage you to take the plunge. You may have to try a couple to find the one you love, but once you do you’ll never go back.
Why an Ergo Hook?
An ergonomic hook is designed in such a way as to alleviate pain that occurs while crocheting. Most ergonomic hooks have an enlarged handle that is shaped in such a way as to relieve pressure on the hand and joints, and can be more comfortable to hold.
Below are 5 that I have personally tried.
Clover Soft Touch – This was the first ergo hook I invested in. I liked them, but in the end they weren’t my favorite. I can’t really pinpoint why, because they did help. They just weren’t my #1 choice. I keep the ones I purchased as back ups.
Tulip Etimo Crochet Hook Set – They feel weird, almost slippery, at first. But these are by far my favorite hooks! I use them so much that I have invested in a second set to have because my hooks seem to grow legs and disappear.
Clover Amour – I have 2 of these. One was to replace a size that went missing and one was a size I didn’t have. Simply put, I like them. They are very similar to Tulip hooks, but available locally. If I didn’t already love my Tulip hooks I would probably invest in these. I’m going to say these are my 2nd choice.
Addi Swing Hooks – I’ll be honest, I didn’t like these, BUT my daughter loves them! The difference is I hold my hook like a pencil and she uses the overhand grip. Because of that, I’m going to assume this design is better for those who do not hold their hooks like a pencil.
Boye Ergonomic Aluminum Hook Handle – This hook handle can be used with the aluminum hooks you already own. This handle is better for overhand crocheters because of the design of it. If you have a ton of hooks and don’t really want to make the investment this is a great option.
Tips for Buying
- See if anyone you know owns any you can try out (or at least test grip).
- Buy a single hook before you invest in a whole set.
Did I miss a brand that you love? Share what has worked and what has not worked for you.