Like many beginners, I was very confused at first which crochet hooks I should start with. I did some initial research and found that there were way too many types of crochet hooks and brands that were available in the market.
I didn’t want to confuse myself by researching too much and making it complicated since I was just beginning to explore crocheting as a hobby. I decided that I should just start by getting myself the cheapest hook and yarn available.
I also didn’t want to spend money on expensive hooks only to realise halfway through the exploration process that I didn’t like crocheting. So, if I did quit halfway, I wouldn’t feel so bad since I didn’t spend a bomb on the hooks.
If you are in Malaysia, then the first place I would suggest to buy cheap but reliable crochet hooks would be Daiso. Daiso sold two types of crochet hooks and in different sizes: the plastic as well as the metal hook with the rubber-like handle or grip. I wasn’t too sure what sizes I should get but because they were only about RM6 each, I bought both types in the different sizes they had to offer.
Plastic Crochet Hooks vs Rubber Grip Hooks
The plastic crochet hooks were the first ones I used. It’s light and easy to hold. However, as a beginner, I needed to get used to holding yarn and a hook while practising the motions of crocheting. I struggled a bit with the plastic hook in the beginning because the surface was smooth and had a slippery effect when managing the yarn. My yarn kept slipping far down the hook.
The rubber grip hooks, for example, would help manage the yarn better and make sure the yarn didn’t slip too far down the hook because the rubber grip juts out a bit from the hook. Despite this, I liked the plastic hooks better because it was lighter and I had the bigger hook sizes to practise with. The rubber grip hooks I had were too small in size and as a newbie was much harder to handle.
Beginner’s Tips to Buying the Right Hooks
These are just some of my personal learnings as a beginner that I would like to share with others who are just exploring crochet as a leisure activity.
Don’t spend too much money on your first hook
You can get hooks at an affordable price anywhere online or at the nearest craft store. Start with that. Spending too much money on branded hooks would turn out to be a waste of money if you suddenly decide that you don’t like crocheting after all. You can always invest in better hooks once you are sure that you want to pick up crocheting seriously as a hobby.
Buy different types of hooks
As a beginner, you are exploring and learning. It’s best to try out different types of hooks and see which you are most comfortable with. Three months ago, I started with plastic hooks. Now that I am a bit more comfortable with crocheting I am actually using the rubber grip hook on my current projects. So play around with the different types of hooks and see which fits you best.
Start with bigger sized crochet hooks
Don’t start with small-sized crochet hooks. Small hooks are really tough to manage when you’re just learning the motions of crocheting as well as handling both a yarn and a hook at the same time. I started with a size 6.0mm on my plastic hook. Honestly, I am still new to crocheting and I know there is a difference in US and UK sized but I have no clue if this is a US or UK size that I have. I’ll have to research that a bit more.
That’s it. Happy exploring!