Tunisian Crochet Hooks

There are a bunch of different Tunisian crochet hooks that are available to purchase. I have 3 hook sets and I will talk about them in this post in the order I bought them. If I end up purchasing any other hooks in the future, I will add them here. This is not a sponsored post.

There are two ways to hold a hook – the pencil hold and the knife hold. The way you hold your hook is a huge factor in making the decision to pick the right hook for your project. I will try to incorporate pros and cons of all the hooks for both holds but I have a slightly better understanding of the pencil hold.*

Bamboo hooks

These Bamboo hooks were the first set of Tunisian crochet hooks that I bought. I wanted to learn Tunisian crochet and they were priced just right for something that was an experiment at the time.

Pros:
1. Great price.
2. The hooks themselves are light in weight.
3. The cord is long enough to hold a very large number of stitches for large projects.

Cons:
1. Because of the weight of the cord, and because I have a pencil hold, they get very heavy while working on any project and put a lot of pressure on my wrist.
2. Some of them require a little sanding otherwise they split the yarn.
3. It is not possible to work on projects that require double ended hooks.

Overall, the quality of these hooks is not that great and the weight of the cord puts a lot of stress on my wrist because of which my hands get fatigued very easily. I have not used them enough to know if the cords are durable and if they will stay attached to the hooks while working on larger projects. They were really good to start off with but I wouldn’t use them for large projects.

Aluminium hooks

These Aluminium crochet hooks were the second set of hooks I bought because I was looking for another affordable option that did not have the problems that I faced with the bamboo hooks. These worked out slightly better than the bamboo hooks mostly because of their weight and the smaller sizes were putting lesser pressure on my wrists.

Pros:
1. They are less cumbersome to use than the bamboo hooks because there is no cord attached to them.
2. They are quite long so they can accommodate a large number of stitches at once because of which they can be used for mid-size projects.
3. They are good for learning Tunisian crochet and are perfect for projects that require single ended hooks.

Cons:
1. The larger sizes are quite heavy.
2. The sizes printed on the hooks seem to fade away with time.
3. Some of them split the yarn and that makes them unusable.
4. Because there is no cord, they can get very heavy if you have a large number of stitches on the hook at once. This is a bigger problem with the pencil hold as it gets very stressful for the wrist just like with the bamboo ones.
5. It is not possible to work on projects that require double ended hooks.

After getting a lot of practice with these hooks, I decided to invest in other hooks because I was going to start designing Tunisian crochet projects and I needed double ended hooks.

Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks

After some research I found the Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks*. They were affordable and had good overall reviews.

Pros:
1. They come in a set with stoppers, extenders, cords of different lengths so you can build a custom hook based on the project you are working on.
2. They come in a box so they are very easy to store.
3. They can be easily used for regular crochet too.
4. It is possible to work on projects that require double ended hooks.
5. They are easy on the hands and I have worked on large and small projects both in-a-round and flat and I have not experienced any fatigue in my hands.
6. Individual hooks are also available if you would like to build a double ended hook with the same size hook on both sides.

Cons:
1. After using them for a lot of projects, I found that some times my cord and hook get detached if my project gets too heavy. This usually happens when I am working my reverse pass since I have a very quick repeated motion that involves twisting the hook which eventually unlocks itself from the cord. I am wondering if there is a way to lock them in place. I will update this space if I find a solution for this.
2. I know some people find them to be slightly short in length and that gives them trouble with their hands with the knife hold.

I am using these for my current projects and plan to continue using them for my future ones too. I have made some large projects with them without any trouble with my hands (Vajra scarf, Ruffled waters shawl, Madhu blanket) so I highly recommend them.

Clover Takumi Interchangeable Crochet Hooks

I received a set of the Takumi Interchangeable Crochet Hooks from Clover recently. They are made of bamboo and are fairly affordable with a lot of good reviews.

Pros:
1. They come in a set with stoppers and cords of different lengths so you can build a custom hook based on the project you are working on.
2. They come in a case with conveniently placed pockets for everything in the set.
3. They can be easily used for regular crochet too.
4. It is possible to work on projects that require double ended hooks.
5. They are made of bamboo and are longer than the Denise hooks. This might be helpful for people with the knife hold.
6. They cords swivel at the joints and that makes working with larger projects very easy.
7. The stoppers and cords have screws to join them so they don’t come undone while crocheting.

Cons:
1. When I crochet, I use the pencil hold and I noticed that the stoppers came in the way some times because of their weight. It was more of an annoyance than a con and I just had to switch to a longer cord or slow down a bit to get around this issue.
2. Another problem I had when I started working with the hook was that it was snagging yarn if I picked up speed while crocheting. It stopped happening once I had a little practice with them. I am yet to try it with different yarn types. I will try them with other yarn types update this space after some time with more information.

I am using these for some of my current projects and plan to continue using them for my future ones too. If you are looking for hooks that are on the longer side and are really comfortable to work with, these are a great option!

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Happy crocheting!

~Arunima
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4 Replies to “Tunisian Crochet Hooks”

  1. What are the Denise hooks made of? They look like plastic.

    Susan says:
  2. Thank you for the review! I bought very cheap bamboo hooks that look like yours on ebay, and I’ve never used them, as the plastic tubing has a horrible smell. And I really wanted to buy a Denise set, especially after reading the stories of how the company got started and how the new owners kept it going. But I use the knife hold, and I think the hooks are going to be too short and maybe push into the palm of my hand. So, I will continue my search!

    Susan says:
    1. You are welcome! I am sorry you didn’t find what you are looking for. I will keep updating this post as I try new hooks.

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