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How to Choose the Right Crochet Hook?

How to Choose the Right Crochet Hook?

Knitting Diaries

For many, crocheting is the ultimate tool for relaxation. With the perfect set of tools, it becomes more so. As you get more involved into the craft, one naturally wants to explore options and explore all the different types of crochet hooks. From basic beginner sets to specialized hooks made using precious metals and ergonomic grips, one can choose from a wide range of hooks that can be used to crochet various projects.

Lets quickly take a look at some types and sizes of crochet hooks that you can choose for your projects.

Basic Crochet Hooks

The average crochet hooks are more likely where you will start your journey from. They come in sizes ranging from sizes – 9, 10, 12, 15 and 20 mm. Sometimes, you can also find crochet hooks from E-J. Size E would be the smallest while J would be the largest. Typically, you will need to match your crochet hook size to yarn weight which is printed on the yarn label.

Type of Crochet Hooks

The most common hooks are available in plastic. However, you can also find hooks made in steel, aluminum, bamboo, Tunisian and even ergonomic hooks with large and soft handles. There are also crochet hooks with a hook on both ends. These are called ‘cro’ hooks.

How to Choose the Right Crochet Hook?

The ‘Right’ Size Hook          

Your crochet hook sizes can impact the outcome of your project quite marginally. A smaller size than the recommended hook size may be fine but a size larger will always make a big difference resulting in stitches that may be longer, taller or looser. Ideally, one should always be using the correct crochet hook size listed in the project pattern or the yarn label. Here’s a quick hook sizing guide that you can refer to:

  • B/1(2.25 mm)
  • C/2(2.75 mm)
  • D/3(3.25 mm)
  • E/4(3.5 mm)
  • F/5(3.75 mm)
  • G/6(4 mm)
  • H/8(5 mm)
  • I/9(5.5 mm)
  • J/10(6 mm)
  • K/10.5(6.5 mm)
  • L/11(8 mm)
  • M/13(9 mm)
  • N/15(10 mm)
  • 0 (lace, thread) = B/1
  • 1 (super fine) = C/2, D/3
  • 2 (fine) = E/4, F/5
  • 3 (light, light worsted) = G/6, H/8
  • 4 (medium, worsted) = I/9, J/10, K/10.5
  • 5 (bulky) = L/11, M/13
  • 6 (super bulky) = N/15

Other tips

  • Stick to a single hook after you start a project. Don’t change your hooks unless the pattern demands to do so.
  • Experiment with various types of hooks and needles to choose whatever fits your comfort
  • Sometimes, the listed sizes may be different from the actual metric sizes of your hooks. Measure carefully.


Each yarn and pattern will almost always have an instruction and the size of needle/hook to choose. You can take this as a jumping off point to figure out the size of needle you need.

Coming to the type of needle you need, it is highly subjective and solely depends on your comfort of using the various materials that hooks are made of.

Now that you know some background about crochet hooks, you are all set to try your hand at crocheting. Order the highest quality yarn at Vardhman. Visit: