Change The Hook, Create A New Look


Mikey, Crochet Crowd,

Changing the Hook, Creates A Different Look!

I’m kind of unique in some ways, or maybe it’s just a bad habit of mine… but I like to play with different yarns and hook sizes that is recommended in the pattern.

In some elements, changing the hook size or yarn choices are detrimental differences that will leave you swimming in the ocean without a buoy to cling onto. Suddenly your sweater is a Mrs Roper Moo Moo and you are in shock that it makes such a huge difference.

So outside of the world of crochet garments, I like to change the yarn choices or hook size. I will let you in on a secret… for being a crochet queen here, I misplace my hooks ALL THE TIME! Don’t ask me where they go but they turn up in the weirdest locations. I sometimes change the hook as I cannot find the right size. Tisk tisk I know!

In the case of the Free Raccoon Family Pattern, I changed my hook intentionally for tutorial purposes. I really wanted to see what a different size hook would do. Similar yarn. It definitely changed the sizing in all aspects. The stitches don’t look so refined like the original but I was expecting that. So essentially, I changed the hook to create a new look.

I tend to up size my hook when doing afghans. A size change can mean the difference of several rows you won’t have to do to get the size you need. It can mean for less stitches in the horizontal direction too. You can crochet faster. I have to say though, I like bigger size hooks for own own comfort. I like to watch my project grow substantially. For small thread yarns, that you rarely ever see me touch, I find it so frustrating to spend an hour working on something and feel like you haven’t got very far. That’s a personal preference for sure.

What about you? Do you change your hook sizes? Do you experiment? Share with us your thoughts. Leave a comment or two below.

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69 thoughts on “Change The Hook, Create A New Look

  1. Like most crocheters, I can never find the right hook at the right time! My patterns always look like the original, just never the same size or dimensions. But that’s what I love about it, you never know how it will turn out. I have done the same with the Christmas afghan challenge, and took the perspective from a child… Can’t wait to share the pics!

  2. I thought I was the only one who up sized my hooks. I just figured it was my lazy size coming out. I have never once been accused of having patients. I am always trying to get things done as fast as I can. I up sized my hook for some hats I was making because I wanted to get them done quickly because I had to make as many as I could in a very short period of time. I’m not exactly impressed with the work but they will still keep some child’s head warm somewhere so I feel like I still did some good. When I started crocheting about a year ago I had about 8-10 hooks. Now I have 3. I don’t know where they have gone. My girls ages 7 and 9 are always asking if they can crochet too. I’ve tried to teach them but like I said before I don’t really have the patients. So I just give them a hook and a ball of yarn. I taught them to chain and the single crochet and that usually keeps them busy for a little while. I think they are the ones losing my hooks. It’s never my fault you know. Well anyway thanks for the chat.

  3. I am not an expert on crocheting but i love it very much. I never change hook unless starting a new project but i plan on trying the hook change

  4. I am just like you when it comes to spending an hour on a project and you really don’t see progress. I have two ways of doing things. I teach crochet and I’m always looking for new stitch patterns. First, I categorize the stitches as “real fast” or “slow” or “Very slow.” Usually the slower stitches take more yarn. Secondly, once I find a fast stitch, I then decide on the yarn and hook that will give me the fastest result. My schedule does not allow me to spend forever working on my projects. This system seems to work well with me.

  5. Like you I am always loosing my hooks (and yes finding them in some pretty weird places). So I often ended up changing my hook size….and often I am using thick yarn with a thinner yarn in maybe the next row and I will change up my hook size for the thinner yarn, just so the rows at least look even. lol. I love the texture and feel and look of different yarns mixed in a project, I will often mix RHSS with Caron Simply soft, or I love this yarn with RHSS….which means changing out the hooks. One of the most wonderful things I’ve learned with crocheting is that the possibilities are endless and thanks to The Crochet crowd there really is no “Wrong” way to do something.

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  7. Yes I love changing patterns all around and trying new things. I just made an angel in thread as the pattern said then after about 5 of these thread angels which I changed and added arms. I decided I would try the same patten in the heavy weight cotton yarn that comes on the cone. and use a size E hook ,it came out beautiful. as with the thread angel they all can stand on their own with no starching,with the bigger one (so far I have 5 ) I can make little necklaces for using the charms of cross’s from the craft dep. and make the chain,of thread. adding gold yarn to the halo and making a gold chain for the waists. they look beautiful.made from the cotton yarn. I love changing patterns all around. I love this site and your Crochet Crowd. and your ideas .Hugs Peggy8650, ladybeastmaster@yahoo.com

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