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When I was thinking about how I got into crafting, and how I started crocheting at four or five, I started remembering how I progressed through crochet hooks over the years. It’s kind of funny in a way, and I wonder if other people who started crocheting young had a similar experience.
As I mentioned in my previous article, I first learned to crochet with my fingers. A lot of people don’t even know that you can do that, but you can. After that, I got my first crochet hook. If I remember correctly, the first hook I was given was a Q hook. That’s 15.75 mm or 0.62 inches. It was a monster! I had to hold it with a fist, I couldn’t hold it the way you’re supposed to hold a hook. I’m not sure why my grandmother started me on such a big hook, but she did. I was given that great big hook and rug yarn to learn.
I can’t remember anything that I made back then, but I’m sure I made a lot of granny squares and pot holders. Those were always the go-to practice pieces. Over the years she gave me smaller and smaller hooks to work with. I think the smallest one that she gave me was an E hook. G was the go-to hook once I learned what I was doing. If you know anything about crochet, you probably know that the vast majority of patterns seem to use a G hook.
Later on, after I was an adult, I started working with smaller hooks and smaller yarn. I went down to baby yarn first, after ages of working with typical worsted weight yarn. At some point I got introduced to #10 crochet cotton, and I was in love. I’m not sure why, but it was that do-everything-smaller part of me kicking in again. I even went out and bought my first set of steel crochet hooks, which had numbers instead of letters. I’ve actually used a hook as small as a 14 (00 is the largest, higher numbers are smaller sizes.) and that was with regular sewing thread.
I like small, but those itty bitty hooks are a bit much even for me. My favorite hook right now is a 6. I do my amigurumi with a 6 hook and I usually use a 6 or 7 for most of my other crafts. I’ve actually had to make up most of my own patterns because there aren’t a whole lot of patterns out there that use small hooks and crochet cotton except doilies. I made up my own amigurumi patterns too, because most people use worsted weight yarn, but I prefer to use the crochet cotton and get nice, small critters.
I do wonder about what size hooks other people learned with, and whether they went from large to small, or small to large. I also wonder what people’s favorite hook is. I think everyone has a size of hook that they feel really comfortable using and they stick with it as much as they can.