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I love crochet hooks and the variety of hooks available. Recently I've purchased several different hooks to experiment with: Addi size H, Susan Bates with wooden handle size J, Jimbo size K, Sistermaide (Etsy) size I. Each hook has it's good qualities and I like each of them, especially the hand made wooden ones. I don't like Boye aluminum but can tolerate Bates aluminum. However when my hand gets tired, I always go back to the Clover soft touch and it's like coming home. Love those hooks.

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My new personal favorite is the Tulip Etimo brand. They seem to glide like butter through every yarn I've used them with. They're available through the Caron website.

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I have tried a few differnt ones myself. I have a Jimbo hook, which I keep because Jimbo made it, but doesnt seem to fit me(sorry Jimbo), my daughters bought me some plastic ones once, the yarn kept gettin caught on it. I prefer the aluminum ones either Boyle or Bates. I also use pencil grip cushions on the bigger ones for finger comfort.

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my "go to" hooks have been boye as long as I have been stitching, until I won one of the etimo hooks here on the 'ville. It has become my new favorite, and it is an h which is the size I use most often.

 

I was looking at the clover soft touch the last time I was in hobby lobby. At first glance, I thought it was an etimo :think. Maybe I will try that one as well.

 

I don't care for plastic hooks either, the yarn was actually squeaking and didn't slide well, I can't go back to that,it was painful, lol.

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My favorite hooks are the Clover Soft Touch too. I recently bought a Tulip Etimo hook from Ebay (I can't find them in stores) and have been using it, but I think I'll go back to the Clover Soft Touch. If I could have a hook that was a cross between the Clover Soft Touch and the Tulip Etimo, then I'd be content! The Tulip Etimo has a nice grip, but I wish it were wider or larger like the Clover Soft Touch.

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My favorite hooks are the Susan Bates Bamboo handle hooks. I find the clover soft touch too short. I use the knife hold when I crochet and wonder if that makes a difference. Do those of you who like the Clover Soft Touch crochet with the overhand (like a knife) or do you hold your hook like a pencil?

 

What about the Etimo? Is that also a short hook like the Clover Soft Touch?

 

Thanks!

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I love my Turn of the Century hooks. But they are for at home use only.

 

I use Boye aluminum for other projects that I want to take with me.

(of course I have temporarily misplaced my hook case with all my aluminum hooks in it!)

 

I have a few hand carved bamboo hooks from SERRV, but they are pointy and catch the yarn.

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I have just reciently tried the new Boye hooks for thread with the wooden handles. I use the pencil hold, and they fit perfect in my hand and after a while are warm to the touch.

My hands do not get as tired with these as they do with regular steele hooks.:hook

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I have just reciently tried the new Boye hooks for thread with the wooden handles. I use the pencil hold, and they fit perfect in my hand and after a while are warm to the touch.

 

My hands do not get as tired with these as they do with regular steele hooks.:hook

 

Where did you get the Boye hooks with the handles? I haven't seen them and they aren't listed on their web site.

 

As a general comment, I haven't met a hook I didn't like. :hook

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I have just reciently tried the new Boye hooks for thread with the wooden handles. I use the pencil hold, and they fit perfect in my hand and after a while are warm to the touch.

 

My hands do not get as tired with these as they do with regular steele hooks.:hook

 

I meant to say Susan Bates, not Boye. Sorry for the mistake.:hook

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I just got that set of thread hooks that screw on to external handle which makes needle handle like a size g or h for any of the thread sizes, haven't test drove it yet might put a grip on the handle and see how it goes...would love to try out those wooden handled ones they do look really comfortable,and are a set hook , I am not really into all this screw in stuff in hooks or knitting needles lol I am a pencil holder especially with thread. Ain't we the spoiled ones compared to our ancestors whom didn't have all these lovely choices :)

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I find that they all have their special uses. Of course my steel hooks for thread, Bates for most yarns, but Boye is best for fuzzy yarns. I had a love affair with my Rose hook (a gift from a great swap partner). And I only found them online, looks like plastic but is metal. My great looking wood hook was also a gift, and I liked it alot too.

I use the knife grip, and hooks have to feel comfortable in the palm of my hand as I use the ring and pinky finger to press the hook to my palm which gives me better movement of the hook. I also depend alot on the thumb rest for a counter balance, so hooks without that are hard for me to use.

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