The most important thing in Crocheting is to choose the right Crochet Hook! Whilst crocheting is a 'fun and relaxing' hobby, using the wrong hook can take out 'enjoyment' out of any project. Trust me, your hands will feel it!
But having said that, with so many different hook types on the market , choosing a crochet hook can be very overwhelming, especially for a beginner.
In a nutshell, when looking for the best crochet hooks, you need to consider; the project type, the yarn that you're using, how you hold the hook, and any ergonomic needs you might have.
There is no one "right" crochet hook but it's possible to find the best crochet hooks to suit you, and as your crocheting experience grows, your preference in hooks may also change.
My first ever hook set was the Clover Amour and although I experimented with a few other varieties, I must admit that the Clover Amour crochet hooks are by far the most comfortable and one of my favourites to this day.
Steel are for the smallest sizes and are often used in fine thread crochet such as in dollies. These hooks are generally cold and hard, but also allow the yarn to slide easily off your hook.
Aluminium hooks allow you to crochet smoothly and quickly.
Plastic are very large and are usually made of hollow plastic, because it is lightweight.
Bamboo are lightweight and warm in the hand.
Tunisian are longer than regular hooks, and sometimes have a hook on each end. A crochet hook with a hook on both ends is also called a cro hook.
Ergonomic have larger soft handles or handles you can insert a regular hook into. They are designed to reduce the strain in your hands as you grip a small hook for an extended period of time.
Knook is a long crochet hook with a hole running through one end. You can create stitches that look like knitting, but with a single crochet hook rather than with knitting needles.
Although I never bothered to learn the anatomy of the crochet hook when I first begun, I can tell you that there are some essential parts to the hook that will make a difference to your crocheting comfort.
Obviously the head or hook is an essential part of the entire tool. The 'hook' is often called the 'point' or 'head mainly to distinguish it from the hook as a whole.
There are two basic hook types. An inline and tapered. This is the shape of the head and throat of the hook. Depending on your preference, you may find working with an inline head (especially if you're a beginner) a little easier, as the loops tend to be more of a consistent size. A tapered hook allows the yarn loop to become smaller as it is pulled up the throat of the hook, however as your skill level grows, you may find that using a tapered hook allows for faster crocheting.
You’ll notice the difference in the size of the shaft as well, this is a matter of personal preference.
Most crochet hooks have a grip (or a thumb rest). Bamboo, wooden or clay hooks however do not and are straight.
The handle is the part of the hook that really makes all the difference in the comfort level during crochet. I find that the soft grip handles are much kinder to your hands, and minimise the cramping, that you would normally get with the harder handles.