Looking for the most comfortable crochet hooks out there? Ergonomic crochet hooks are a lifesaver! Learn all about them here.
I’ll admit, I used to use any old hook out there and have a huge collection of them. It wasn’t until I discovered some of these ergonomic crochet hooks that I changed my tune about what types of hooks I prefer to use.
Once I tried an ergonomic hook I just couldn’t go back to a regular plain one. The handle just feels so much more comfortable and the grip is much better. I can crochet for a lot longer than I could with a regular hook.
So, are you ready to find out everything you need to know about an ergonomic hook?
Common Questions about Ergonomic Crochet Hooks
When you hear the word “ergonomic” you think of things that are designed to be better for your body, more comfortable, and more efficient.
These hooks are designed to ease pain and tension caused by the repetitive motions of crochet. They are better overall for the arms, wrists and fingers.
Ergonomic hooks have thicker handles that sit better in the hand and allow for more comfortable crocheting. You will see the comfort grips of these hooks in our detailed listings below.
For most people, the answer is a resounding YES! They find an ergonomic hook far more comfortable and many people have reported reduced pain when crocheting while using an ergonomic hook.
Merriam-Webster defines ergonomic as “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely”.
So to crochet ergonomically is to crochet in the most efficient way possible and as safely as you can to your body. Ergonomic hooks work this way to allow you to crochet for longer periods of time with little to no hand/wrist pain.
An ergonomic crochet hook is a much better choice than an aluminum hook for someone who has wrist pain, hand pain or arthritis. The handle gives a much more comfortable grip and enables most people to crochet with less pain.
What to Look for in Ergonomic Crochet Hooks
Before we jump into what to look for in ergonomic hooks, let’s take a minute to look at the types of hooks and the difference between ergonomic hooks and regular crochet hooks.
Differences in Crochet Hooks
There are two distinct styles of crochet hooks – the tapered crochet hook and the inline crochet hook. The main difference between these two styles is that the actual hook part of the tapered style sticks out past the shaft of the hook, while the hook of the inline style is in line with the shaft (hence the name inline).
The most common tapered hook brand is the Boye hook. A tapered hook has a round body and the throat is very smooth. The hook itself isn’t quite as deep as an inline hook. The advantages of tapered hooks are that you can work more quickly, they don’t split the yarn as often due to their rounded head and they can help with wrist pain.
The most common inline hooks are Susan Bates hooks. This type of hook gets its name from the fact that the hook is “in line” with the shaft. The throat has more of a flat shape and the hook is deeper and more pointed. The advantages of inline hooks are that they can create more uniform stitches and that they can help make stitches more even. They can also get into tighter stitches more easily because the head of these hooks tend to be slightly pointed. The disadvantage of an inline hook is that the hook itself can be so deep that it is difficult to pull the yarn through.
The shaft of a regular crochet hook is a uniform thickness. Sometimes there is an indentation where you can rest your thumb. The shaft of an ergonomic hook is much wider. This makes the ergonomic hooks much more comfortable to hold and also protects your hands from injury.
Crochet hooks also vary based on the material they are made from. There are more than you might think! Some crochet hooks are carved from wood – all different types of wood. Other crochet hooks are cast from resin or metal. Steel and aluminum are the most common types of metal used to make crochet hooks. There is one more common crochet hook material worth noting and that’s plastic. These inexpensive hooks are a good pick for newbies, crocheters on a budget or for teaching children how to crochet.
For this post we’re going to stick to regular crochet hooks, but there are also some specialty crochet hooks for specific crochet techniques. The two that come to mind are crochet hooks for tunisian crochet and crochet hooks for broomstick lace. Tunisian crochet hooks are much longer than traditional crochet hooks because the tunisian crochet technique requires you to accommodate many more loops on your hook at one time. Broomstick lace crochet hooks are wider than average crochet hooks. You can use them to make stunning lace crochet designs.
What is the Best Ergonomic Crochet Hook?
There are two names that you have probably heard again and again if you have been asking around for the best ergonomic crochet hooks – Clover Amour and Furls. Crocheters love these amazing ergonomic crochet hooks for a number of reasons!
Let’s talk about the Clover Amour hooks. The first thing you will notice about these crochet hook sets are the brightly colored handles. Each hook size is a different color. This makes it so easy to quickly locate the size that you need and prevents you from accidentally reaching for the wrong hook. The lightweight aluminum shafts and elastomer rubber grips won’t weigh you down. The smooth shaft of the hook and the tapered style are also a fan favorite. Crocheters swear these hooks make them faster stitchers!
But what about the Furls Crochet hooks? You can always tell them apart from the rest because of their unique shape, shiny finishes and interesting designs. They are absolutely beautiful, and they’re also downright functional. The style combines the best of both worlds of the tapered and inline designs to make a whole new style of hook that everyone can enjoy. Furls Crochet has a number of different materials and finishes to choose from so your crochet hook can be as unique as you are!
Why Use an Ergonomic Crochet Hook?
You might be looking at that trusty crochet hook set you’ve had since forever and wondering why you even need to switch to an ergonomic crochet hook. Sure, a new crochet hook does take some getting used to, but trust me when I say that it’s totally worth it. If you are experiencing any sort of hand, wrist or arm pain when you crochet (or if you want to prevent that from happening) then an ergonomic crochet hook is an absolute must! An ergonomic crochet hook allows you to crochet more safely, for longer periods of time and it can even help you crochet faster!
How to Hold Ergonomic Crochet Hooks
There are two main types of ways that people tend to hold their crochet hooks. The first is called the knife hold. This overhand hold is distinguished by the extended pointer finger along the top of the crochet hook. There are a couple variations to the knife grip.
Some folks who use the knife grip like to get their other hand (usually the one holding the yarn) involved, too. They will use their opposite hand to wrap the yarn around their hook. Still others who use the knife hold like to do all their crocheting with their dominant hand. They use the same hand to both hold the hook and wrap the yarn around the hook. These crocheters are sometimes referred to as “wrappers” (not to be confused with “rappers”) and a lot of them learned to knit before they learned to crochet. #oldhabitsdiehard
One other variation of the knife hold is called the saber hold. As with the knife hold, the saber hold is an overhand hold. Instead of leading with the pointer finger, the crocheter leads with their thumb. The other four fingers remain wrapped around the hook. En garde! If you are used to the knife hold, then it can be fun to give the saber hold a try since they are so similar.
Here’s the last knife hold variation. Think of the shape that you make with your hand when you go in for a handshake. No curl your fingers gently toward your palm and hold your crochet hook nestled equally between all 5 fingertips. This crochet hook hold is called the piano claw or the cupped hold.
The other main type of crochet hook hold is the pencil grip. It’s pretty much how it sounds – just like holding a pencil. This is an underhand hold that relies on wrist and arm movements to do most of the work. Hmm, maybe I should try this hold out and give my poor fingers a break. If you are experiencing pain while crocheting it can be helpful to adjust your hold. It will feel awkward at first but you will get used to it!
Ok, ready for the pencil grip variations? First up is the pinky fly hold, which is probably the coolest name of any hold on this list (except maybe the saber hold). Make the ok sign with your hand, then bring your middle finger down next to your pointer finger. Keep the ring and pinky finger on the fly. Move your middle and pointer finger away from your thumb enough to snuggle your crochet hook in there. This underhand hold is similar to how you hold a teacup or a paintbrush.
The other pencil grip variation is called the chopstick hold. This hold is more common among sushi lovers…just kidding. This hold feels the most natural for people who play instruments or type a lot. Since the middle finger plays the biggest role in this crochet hook hold, it feels the most comfortable for crocheters who have long middle fingers.
Who knew there were so many different ways to hold a crochet hook?? I’m curious, which way do you hold your crochet hook? I love how each crocheter brings their own unique style to the craft.
The Best Ergonomic Crochet Hooks for Every Budget
Furls Odyssey Crochet Hooks are as beautiful as they are comfortable. Car grade paint with unmatchable sparkle and luster is used on the ergonomic handles to make each crochet hook stand out. There are 12 gorgeous colors to choose from and there are matching accessories too like yarn bowls and hook stands. Despite being a little heavier than other ergonomic hooks, the unique center of balance is a fan favorite of both knife hold and pencil hold crocheters alike.
- Matching accessories
- Fan favorite
- A little heavier than most
- More expensive than a lot of ergonomic hooks
Furls Streamline hooks are a little less flashy but they still stand out in a crowd. You can choose between camwood, teak and ebony wood for your hook. Wood is an excellent hook material to pick if you want better control over your stitches and tension. These ultra lightweight hooks are a generous 7 inches in length and have a pointier tip on the hook than the odyssey hooks.
- Extra long
- More pointy tip
- High quality material
- Not as flashy
- More expensive than a lot of ergonomic hooks
Clover Amour crochet hooks are made with lightweight aluminum and feature a colorful ergonomic handle with an easy grip. Each size hook is a different color, making it easy to recognize your favorite hook at a glance. These easy grip handles will allow you to crochet for long periods of time without hand or wrist pain.
- Easy grip handles
- Optimal hook shape
- Bright and fun colors
- Shorter shaft than some other brands of ergonomic hooks
- A bit pricey, but less than Furls
Clover Soft Touch
Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks are made with lightweight aluminum and feature a wide and flat grip made from resin. Crocheters love the good size thumb rest and report that they are able to crochet for longer periods of time without hand fatigue. These hooks are an excellent solution for not only wrist pain, but also hand cramping.
- Good for hand cramping
- Less expensive than Furls hooks
- Shorter shaft
The Addi Comfort Grip Crochet Hook features handles that are color coded by hook size – similar to the Clover Amour hooks. I like that the grips of these hooks are ridged. I think that’s a nice feature for folks that tend to choke up on their hooks. The other nice thing about these ergonomic crochet hooks is the generous length of the shaft (the distance from the tip of the crochet hook to the grip). This makes it easier to accommodate multiple stitches for more complicated stitchwork and for smaller tunisian crochet projects.
- Long shaft
- Can sometimes be squeaky
The Addi Swing Crochet Hooks have a unique s-curve shape. This eye-catching feature isn’t just for looks though. The curve is designed to fit comfortably in the curve of your hand and seems to be best suited to the knife hold. The other thing that sets the Addi Swing hook apart from the rest is the slight flexibility of the shaft. The hook itself is tapered.
- Eye-catching design
- Can take longer to get used to, since it is so unique
Tulip Etimo Rose
The Tulip Etimo Rose Crochet Hook Set is perfectly pink – each hook size is a different shade. Crocheters often comment on how smooth this hook feels when you work with it. The inline hook is a fan-favorite among knife hold crocheters. If you are a fan of extras, you will be pleased to note that the kit also comes with a gorgeous carrying case and a miniature pair of scissors – perfect for crocheting on the go.
- Carrying Case
- Can be hard to tell the hooks apart right away since they are similar shades
Knitter’s Pride Waves
The Knitter’s Pride Waves Crochet Hook Set comes with sizes C – J and each size has a different color handle. The lime green case features a window through which you can see the crochet hooks which is kind of neat. The ergonomic grips are soft and a little slimmer than average, which makes this set a good option for folks who find the more traditional ergonomic crochet hooks too bulky.
- Carrying case
- Smaller ergonomic grips
Prym Crochet Hooks
Prym Crochet Hooks are made with high quality synthetic materials instead of the more common aluminum, resin or wood. This material boasts the advantages of being extra light weight and super smooth. The colorful grip of these crochet hooks is made with a non-slip plastic so you can get a nice hold on your hook. One nice thing about crochet hooks made without metal is that they aren’t cold to the touch when you first pick them up.
- Not made with natural materials
The Crochet Lite Hooks’ claim to fame is the battery operated light that emits from the top of the hook. You can control the light with the on/off toggle switch located on the handle of the hook. This is such a genius idea for crocheters who like to stay up late crocheting and it’s a life saver when working with dark yarn too! The perks of these crochet hooks also include comfortable ergonomic handles and color coded sizes.
- Having to buy batteries
Divit Shilp Streamline
The Divit Shilp Streamline Ergonomic Handle Crochet Hooks are made with polished purple heart wood. In addition to being super comfortable, the wide ergonomic handles of these crochet hooks are also highly decorative. These crochet hooks will definitely turn some heads. I also like that this brand has an inline hook, as this type seems to be less common than the tapered type.
- Inline hook
- Wood hooks can be squeaky sometimes
Boye Ergonomic Hooks
Boye Ergonomic Crochet Hooks are a good all around choice because chances are you have tried the basic Boye crochet hooks before. These are just like the trusty crochet hooks you may have first learned to crochet with, but with the added bonus of a soft rubber grip. From the top of the tapered hook to the start of the grip is nearly 2 inches. The entire hook is 6” which seems to be about average for crochet hooks.
- Printed hooks sizes can rub off, unlike engraved sizes
The BeCraftee Crochet Hook Set comes with an adorable polka dot carrying case. I love having a safe place to store my hooks – especially when I am crocheting on the go. These color-coded hooks are tapered and the comfortable handles have a wide flat spot for your thumb to rest on.
- Carrying case
- Only 9 sizes
Where to Buy Ergonomic Crochet Hooks
There are many places to buy a quality hook that doesn’t break the bank. Here are some of my favorites:
Of course! Amazon has most all of the major brands of crochet hooks, plus some very inexpensive ergonomic ones. The only thing I would caution about buying the really inexpensive ergonomic hooks is that the metal isn’t always smooth, so the yarn may get snagged on it. I’ve never had this happen with a Furls or Clover hook.
JoAnn or Michael’s
Sometimes I want to buy a hook right now and I don’t want to wait a day or two to get it. Luckily we have both JoAnn and Michael’s stores nearby where I live, so I can conveniently pick up a hook if I need to. (Anyone else tend to lose their hooks?) You can find the Clover Amour and Soft Touch hooks there and other ergonomic styles.
Here you can find unique and one of a kind ergonomic hooks! I really love buying unique hooks for my Instagram feed, so I head to Etsy when I want a hook that’s different from the norm. You can find hand carved wooden hooks, hooks with handmade handles and more. Try some out – you never know which is going to be your favorite!
Which Ergonomic Hook is Best for You?
Who knew there were so many different ergonomic crochet hooks out there to choose from? I hope that this article has made it easier for you to compare and contrast all the different brands of ergonomic crochet hooks so you can make an educated decision. If you are having a hard time deciding – I totally get it! I encourage you to try all the hooks you can get your hands on so you can start figuring out what you like.
If you really want to take the guesswork out of it, then you obviously just need to pick the best ergonomic crochet hooks. You really can’t go wrong with a Furls Crochet Hook or a Clover Crochet Hook. The other brands just don’t quite measure up to their standard of quality, comfort and style. Your hands will thank you!
I’d love to know which hooks you end up picking. Let’s chat in the comments! Also, please feel free to recommend other brands of ergonomic crochet hooks that you have tried. Share the love!
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