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My Etimo Crochet Hooks

Apr 30

Etimo Crochet Hook Set
Etimo Tulip Crochet Hook Set ~ By Tulip Japan ~ $79.95

I like em! But the hook shape is definitely something I’m not used to. I crochet on Boye Aluminum Hooks. I love em. But for long or large crochet projects I really start to feel it in my fingers and elbows! Yup, I have major carpal tunnel since I also work on a computer all day. Anyway, so I thought I’d try these ergo soft-grips out. I also lost my trusty G Hook and was looking for a replacement, so decided to shop around.

Hook Shapes - Etimo, Boye, Clover

Hook Shapes - Etimo, Boye, Clover

Crochet Hooks - Skacel Addi

Crochet Hooks - Skacel Addi Swing

Crochet Hooks - Clover Takumi

Pros:
I love the shape of the handle, the materials, and the feel. It has a soft yet firm rubbery feel, great grip, and a pencil shape which I like. The ergo grooves are nice. Subtle but perfect. As opposed to the Clover Soft Touch which has a flat paddle-shaped handle. The tip is very smooth and Addi Turbo-like in the smoothness. The neck is also a generous length so the finger grips do not choke up too far on the hook. I did not like any of the Skacel Crochet Hooks the handle shapes (Addi Swing) or the materials. The neck shaft was also very short.

I loved the pouch! Ha. It’s super cute and very handy. I didn’t think I’d use the little extras it came with but now I love it. It’s great to have all the little tools and notions at hand. Plus I throw in a bunch of stitch markers into the zip portion of the pouch. Great!

Even the freebies are high quality materials and well made. The scissors it came with, which were really nice, were made in Italy. The yarn needles were made in Japan. Both are steel and nickel coated. The pouch is lovely woven synthetic wool with some sparklies in it!

Cons:
Hook Shape. It’s kind of shallow and not “hooky” enough. It’s not quite like any hook shape I’ve seen in US crochet hooks but it’s closest to a Boye hook shape. Kind of a hybrid of Boye and Clover Takumi. I find my yarns slipping all the time when I pull! Not good. So I’m going to give it a few more tries. But aside from that major flaw for me, I don’t feel any fatigue when crocheting for the long haul.

Unusual Sizes. My G Hook (made by Boye) is 4.25mm. Their G Hook is 4.00mm. The next size up is 4.50mm. They do not offer a 4.25mm sized hook.

Individual hooks usually sell for about $9.99 each.

Hook Shapes - Etimo, Boye, Clover

Hook Shapes - Etimo, Boye, Clover

Etimo Crochet Hook Set

Etimo Crochet Hook Set

What’s in the Set?
8 Crochet Hooks
2 Yarn Needles
High Quality Thread Scissors
4 1/2″ Plastic Ruler
A Hook Pouch

Hook Sizes:
D/3 [3.25mm]
E/4 [3.50mm]
F/5 [3.75mm]
G/8 [4.00mm]
7 [4.5mm]
H/8 [5.00mm]
I/9 [5.50mm]
J/10 [6.00mm]

The above set is the “Regular USA Set”. They re-marked the hooks to follow US Sizing Conventions as much as possible. Their original set comes in Japanese Sizes (with weird sizing) and they also make a Steel Set. Hook tips are Aluminum. Handle grips are Elastomer.

Made by Tulip Co. Ltd, Made in Japan
Distributed by Caron International Yarn, USA

Where To Buy
Etimo Tulip Crochet Hook Set, $79.95 – Caron.com
Etimo Tulip Crochet Hook, Individual, $9.95 – Caron.com
Etimo Pink Set – 10 Crochet Hooks in sizes: 2 [2mm], 3 [2.20mm], 4 [2.5mm], 5 [3mm], 6 [3.5mm], 7 [4mm], 7.5 [4.5mm], 8 [5mm], 9 [5.5mm] and 10 [6mm]. $109.99 – Caron.com
Etimo Steel Set – 8 Crochet Hooks in sizes 14-0 for thread or lace crochet. $69.99 – Caron.com

*This hook set was sold out everywhere I checked online. But I was able to find it at Knitty City, a local yarn shop here in NYC.

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Crochet Tools and Notions

Oct 31

Crochet Hook Sets - Etimo Set, Boye Set (in Totorganizer Pouch), Clover Takumi Set
Crochet Hook Sets – Etimo Set, Boye Set (in Totorganizer Pouch), Clover Takumi Set

Crochet is one of the zippiest and convenient handicrafts around and is suitable for almost any budget, skill level, and age! Great for traveling like on a train or on a plane! Or a nice little weekend project. For little to no investment and some spare time here and there, anyone can try a crochet project for the first time and complete it!

My Crochet Hooks - Etimo Set, Clover Takumi Set, Boye Aluminum Set
Etimo Set, Clover Takumi Set, Boye Aluminum Set

Of course, with anything your tools are important and choosing just the right ones to suit your needs is an essential task. Anyone who knows me, knows that I tend to choose the best tools I can find in relation to their value and versatility. There are a myriad of higher end handcrafted artisan tools available. (I have seen $40 needles. Even knitting maniacs are hard pressed to own those!) If it’s you’re thing, go for it! I just chose the best quality and value within reason. They’re what I use! So here are my tools and recommendations. Also, here’s a list of where to find all these tools when ready to buy, Where To Buy: Knit and Crochet Tools.

My Crochet Hooks - L to R: Clover Takumi Set, Boye Aluminum Set, Crystal Palace Hooks (bamboo), Boye Size P (grey), Boye Size Q (blue)
L to R: Clover Takumi Set, Boye Aluminum Set, Crystal Palace (bamboo),
Boye Size P (grey), Boye Size Q (blue)

Boye Aluminum Hook Set Sizes D-K by Wrights
On the heavier side but these hooks are great for beginners. The shape of the hook is very easy to learn on. They are very affordable and a popular brand found in many craft stores. The perfect starter set. Great for natural and synthetic fiber yarns. The ever popular Susan Bates Brand hooks have a slightly different shape than the Boye hooks. Many prefer the Bates version. Boye also makes a plastic hook called Balene and a wooden one in Rosewood.

Boye Giant Crochet Hook – Size Q (15.75mm)
This is a big blue plastic crochet hook on the right, #12! For extra chunky yarns or working with multiple strands of yarns at once. Excellent for quick yet stunning knits. Perfect for that First Crochet Project when getting comfortable with crochet. The only drawback with this is working with plastic hooks/synthetic yarns is kind of icky. I don’t know of any Size Q hooks that are not plastic. Given the size of the hook, it’s the only material that won’t be too heavy to work with.

Strand Over Fist has a lovely comparison of different style hooks, brands, and materials here and further resources on hook designs. Her own crochet patterns are for sale too.

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