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I have some old bone (or plastic) hooks that have lost their size information.  How can I size them?

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I have a metal ruler, that has holes in it to measure size of knitting needles and crochet hooks.  You can get them at Michael's and Joann's.

 

Here is one kind   http://www.joann.com/slide-on-knit-crochet-gauge/12866158.html#start=1

 

Here is the one I have.  http://www.joann.com/susan-bates-knit-chek/2381515.html#sz=54&start=55

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Thanks, I'll look into it.  I used a drill bit gauge to size some knitting needles.  That may work for hooks, too.

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I'm sorry I didn't see this post sooner. Here's a great tute how to size older or unmarked hooks.

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I'm sorry I didn't see this post sooner. Here's a great tute how to size older or unmarked hooks.

That is good!  I used a drill bit gauge to size some knitting needles.  I put in sizes I knew and went from there on the ones I didn't know.  I can do the same with the hooks since I know the part to measure.  Thanks for the info.

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Sounds like you have it all sorted out and good to go. Good for you! :)

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If you are trying to measure "Boye" style hooks, you'll find you can't get the hook head through the holes in your gauge to get the proper hook size (which is properly measured on the shank toward the finger grip from the start of the taper for the throat.  In-line hooks are fine with the hole type gauges but if you'd like a more universal measuring tool, I suggest a slotted tool like the one sold by Lacis, or the open slotted one sold by Gourmet Crochet. 

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If you have a Harbor Freight Hardware store near you, they have a cheapie plastic caliper for $2.99 that should be be accurate enough for hooks (to the nearest mm).

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If you have a Harbor Freight Hardware store near you, they have a cheapie plastic caliper for $2.99 that should be be accurate enough for hooks (to the nearest mm).

Granny Square, thank you for posting this. For a while i've wanted to get an inexpensive caliper, but didn't want to pay $9postage for a $3 tool ;-D

A Harbor Frgt opened recentlyin our area

so i was able to get one of these ....would not have thought to look there w/o your post.

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Glad to help!  Yeah, that wouldn't be quite accurate enough for NASA engineers, but good enough for 'aluminum'/yarn hooks (not so much for steel/thread hooks).

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