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He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~St. Francis of Assisi

May we each strive to do ALL that we do as an artist working as unto the Lord for His glory! Thanks for stopping in to visit! ~Cara Louise

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Challenge of Determining Hook Sizes

A question was asked in a pattern testers group I belong to:
"My hooks have numbers printed, not sizes. According to a google search, I found that 1.75 is a steel hook 5 and 1.25 is steel hook 12. Is this correct and does it match your specs on the latest test patterns?"

I replied- 1.75 mm is indeed a "5"; but 1.25 mm is an "8" steel hook, here's a link to the chart I like... http://www.karpstyles.com/crochet/hook-chart.html

BUT having said that, different brands' numbers are different mm measurements...

Doing a search of the top 5 well-known crochet hook brands brings these results for current generation hooks-

Addi's 1.75 mm is a "6", their 1.25 mm is a "10"
Tulip's 1.75 mm is a "0", and 1.25 mm is a "4".
Susan Bates' 1.75 mm is a "4", and 1.25 mm is a "9".
Clover's 1.75 mm is a "4", and 1.25 mm is an "8".
Boye doesn't have a 1.75 mm...they've got hooks on either side of that measurement-  slightly larger 1.8 mm is a "6" and slightly smaller 1.65 mm is a "7". They also don't have a 1.25 mm, 1.3 mm is a "10" and 1.1 mm is an "11".

So, are you confused enough yet?

To make things even more confusing, most older hooks don't have the mm measurement, simply a number...and different 'generations' of the SAME brand are different sizes! I have 3 Boye size 10's, the oldest one about 60 years old, and they are ALL different mm's!!

Fortunately for most thread crochet work, gauge isn't that critical of an issue, so just try your pattern design with what you've got and see how it turns out...sometimes 'close enough' really is okay! 

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