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Choosing Your Crochet Hook- Tuesday’s Tips

When it comes to selecting a crochet hook, you have options! Hooks of various materials are available, as well a range of sizes. How do you choose?!

Some of it comes down to personal preference. You may find that you like the feel of one material in your hand over another. Some of it is decided by the type of project you will be working on, and even how you you crochet (more loosely or tighter than gauge calls for).

Here is a picture of the crochet hooks I currently own.

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Materials:
There are steel, aluminum, plastic and bamboo. You may even find carved wooden hooks, though not in your regular craft stores.

1. Steel hooks are most common for the smallest crochet hooks. They are often used for working crochet thread.
I have a set, but haven’t really used them yet.
2. Aluminum hooks are available in many sizes, and some of the most popular. They are my favorite as I like the coolness of the grip and how the yarn glides over the hook.
3. Plastic hooks are also readily available in many sizes. These are lightweight hooks, making them a great choice for those who need favor that aspect.
4. Bamboo hooks are also available in different sizes, but not the very small or very large sizes. These are also fairly lightweight. These may bend depending on the type of project you are working on.

Some hooks can be rather thin to hold, so if you have larger hands or will be working for long periods of time, your hand may become fatigued. However, there are hooks out there that have larger/softer handles for gripping.

Sizes
If you look closely at the hooks, you will see a letter and/or number on the side. This is used to indicate the size. Hooks range in letter from B-K. The lower the letter, the smaller the hook. B will be smaller than G for example. Steel one for thread range from 00-14. The size of the hook to use largely depends on the type of yarn you plan on using for your project. Check the label that comes on your yarn skein- it will tell you the best hook(s) to use. For example, if you are using crochet thread, you would use one of the smaller steel hooks. However, if you tend to crochet very tightly or very loosely (especially with yarn), you may need to go up or down a size.

Another note on sizing- you might see sizing in both metric and US sizing. For example, it might say I/9 (US) and 5.5 mm (metric). You might even see a UK size! Not to worry, Lion Brand has this handy chart for conversions. Click hereto see chart.

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I’m not sure how well you can see it, but it says US K 10.5/ 6.5 mm.

 

So there is an introduction to choosing your hook(s) for crocheting.  Do you have some favorite hooks? Why do you like them best?

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Assembling a plastic canvas box, part 2

I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get around to finishing this tutorial.  Procrastination and such I suppose.  So here is part 2 of assembling a plastic canvas box.  Part one left off with having all the sides attached to the bottom, but not stitched up the corners or having the top edged.

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Now we want to begin joining those corner pieces.  You should already be at a corner from where you left off joining the sides to the bottom.  Now you just fold up the sides and insert your needle through the bottom hole on both sides and pull the yarn through (basically a whipstitch).  You might need to go through each hole twice for adequate coverage.

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Work your way up the pairs of holes.

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Now that you’re at the top, we’re going to go across the top edge of this side of the box.  Just a simple overcast stitch across.

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Now we’ve reached the next corner.  Instead of cutting the yarn, I run it down the inside to come through the bottom holes of those sides (closest to where they were attached to the bottom piece).  Then I whipstitch up the side again, being careful that I’m covering that runner down inside.

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Now we have 2 corners finished.  We’re going to overcast across the next side and keep repeating the corner whipstitches and overcast stitches the rest of the way around the box

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Here is the finished bottom part of the box.  To end the yarn, I just run it under a few stitches of neighboring overcast stitch (of the same color) and cut the yarn.

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Here’s my box bottom holding my set of coasters.  The top of the box will be made following the same procedure.

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What are some of your favorite ways to use plastic canvas boxes?  If you have made a project, I would love to see it!

Kelly

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