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Choosing the right tools


Choosing the right Tunisian crochet hooks depends on several factors, including your personal preferences, the type of yarn you're using, and the size of the project you're working on. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when selecting Tunisian crochet hooks:


Material 

Tunisian crochet hooks are available in various materials such as aluminum, bamboo, wood, plastic, and even steel. Each material has its unique characteristics. For example, aluminum hooks are lightweight and glide smoothly through stitches, while bamboo and wood hooks have a warmer feel and may grip the yarn slightly, which can help control tension.


Size

Tunisian crochet hooks come in different sizes, just like regular crochet hooks. The size of the hook you choose depends on the weight of the yarn you're using and the tension you want to achieve. Thicker yarns generally require larger hooks, while finer yarns work better with smaller hooks. It is often recommended to use a hook that is one to two points larger than what is suggested for a given yarn weight. For example, Worsted weight yarn might usually require a 5 mm hook, while in Tunisian crochet, a good starting point would be a 6 mm or 7 mm hook.


Length

Tunisian crochet hooks are typically longer than regular crochet hooks to accommodate the multiple loops that are collected during the Tunisian crochet process. Longer hooks allow you to work on larger projects with more ease and accommodate more stitches.


Interchangeable Sets vs. Individual Hooks

Some brands offer interchangeable Tunisian crochet hook sets, which include a range of hook sizes and cables that can be attached to create different lengths. These sets offer versatility and are convenient if you plan to work on various projects with different yarn weights.


Comfort 

Unlike regular crochet, Tunisian crochet hooks cannot have ergonomic handles that help reduce hand fatigue and strain. Since all loops must be on the hook at some point, Tunisian hooks must be straight and fairly smooth. Consider this when venturing in this technique.


Budget 

Tunisian crochet hooks come in a range of prices, so consider your budget when selecting hooks. Investing in a quality set of hooks can be worthwhile if you plan to pursue Tunisian crochet long-term.


Working in the round

The hooks that allow work in the round are commonly called double ended Tunisian hooks. Like the regular Tunisian hooks, they can be made of metal, wood, bamboo, plastic or acrylic. Some are short with both hook ends, and others have two hooks attached with a cable. The short ones are ideal for smaller projects, like hats, mittens and socks. While they can still be used for larger projects like sweaters or larger wearables, double ended hooks with cables are more appropriate as they can handle more loops at once. Unfortunately, many of these hooks that are available on the market have fixed cables, but some crocheters, like me, will buy two same size hooks with interchangeable cables so we can change the cable length depending on the project.


Ultimately, the best way to choose Tunisian crochet hooks is to try out different types and sizes to see what works best for you. Experiment with different materials, sizes, and brands until you find hooks that feel comfortable and suit your crocheting style.



Traditional Tunisian or Afghan hook

Traditional Tunisian or Afghan hook


Tunisian hook with cable


Double ended Tunisian hook 


Double ended hook with cable