Yesterday I showed you the several types of tunisian crochet hooks. We saw that like knitting needles or standard crochet hooks, tunisian hooks are made from various materials like wood, acryl, bamboo or aluminum. Each material comes with different characteristics, some are lighter, some are more slippery, etc. There are rigid „sticks“ and cabled, flexible hooks, and while you just can’t stand „that sturdy stick that makes my loops fall off the hook all the time“, someone else might appreciate especially the solidity and the perfect smoothness this hook provides.(By the way, you may have noticed that none of the tunisian crochet hooks comes with a grip, because the hooks shaft is needed in full length to take all the loops that you pick up on it.)
At hook’s end
And there is one last characteristic of a crochet hook that is often neglected, but – in my eyes – crucial for a relaxing, positive crochet experience: I’m talking about the hooks‘ tip. When you take a look at the picture above, you’ll see how different these tips can look. Some are quite round, others are pointier. Some have a flat groove, and some a deep one. Some tips can even appear quite sharp on the edges, while others are perfectly smoothe.
Which hook is the right one for your depends greatly on your individual technique, e.g. on how you hold your hook in your hand, or how you insert your hook into the stitch, or how sweeping your crochet movements are. Personally i prefer slightly rounded tips with a short and flat groove. Extremely pointed tips with sharp edges make me split the yarn all the time, and my hand movement doesn’t match with long hook heads and deep grooves (actually they drive me crazy). But with your own personal way of crocheting, it could be the other way around!
So if you ever wondered why you don’t like a certain crochet hook but never knew why – take a look at its tip, maybe it is just not working for you. And if you want to find out more about the perfect crochet hook for your technique, check out this great article by freshstitches!