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Boye Crochet Dude Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle
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- BOYE-Crochet Dude Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle
- It fits all hook sizes from B/2mm to K/6.5mm. . Imported
- This package contains one 4-1/2 inch long handle with eight washers in assorted sizes
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BOYE-Crochet Dude Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle. Use this tool to get a better handle on a crochet hook while working on any project! It fits all hook sizes from B/2mm to K/6.5mm. This package contains one 4-1/2 inch long handle with eight washers in assorted sizes. Imported.
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The handle has not improved my thumb problem, but it allows me to continue crocheting comfortably, despite the thumb. My physiotherapist agrees that it is the best crochet solution he's seen, says he'll likely recommend it to other patients, and forbids me to crochet without it.
The gadget itself uses little rubber plugs to adapt it to nearly any aluminum hook size, and it can handle any standard brand with a thumb-rest wider than the rest of the handle. I don't find that the rubber plugs hold the hooks as snuggly as I would like however. They keep the hook from wobbling or falling out of the handle, but they often permit the hook to spin inside once pressure has loosened the slight seal it makes with the opening. I've solved this problem by filling the barrel with the extra rubber tips or, better yet, with a foam pencil grip (usually 1.5 grips). When the handle is reassembled, the foam compresses against the rubber tip, the hook, the barrel, and the base to fill the void, stabilize the hook and eliminate all slipping & spinning. Though not yet tried, I suspect careful application of clear Plasti-dip, handle coating would serve very well to add grip, length and stabilization to the hooks in the handle, replacing the foam inserts I describe above.
The price of the handle varies dramatically between stores and websites ($7-15), I was shocked to learn that my Christmas Crafting Elf paid the full Michael's price; and bought me two of them; but after using it, given the choice of quitting crochet or using the handle, it'd be a bargain at thrice the price. (NOTE TO RETAILERS: don't triple the price, no one appreciates it until they've bought it, and no one will buy it at that price.)
I should say that I only have a couple of Boye hooks, all too large for this handle. So I am using different brands of hooks and I am sure that Boye designed these specifically for their hooks. While there are generally only subtle differences in brands with similar styles of hook, any little difference could affect how the washer from this fit. That said it did mostly work with my Susan Bates and generic bamboo hooks.
Let's start with the negatives:
- The material that this is made of holds onto everything. Set it down where one of your hairs or the cat's or dog's fur is and it will pick it up and hold onto it.
- The color chart. There are several washers that are basically the same color and the coloring on the charts themselves makes it tough to determine what you're looking at. The only reason you can tell these specific washers apart is because they're the opposite end of the available size charts so the holes are visibly larger or smaller.
- Some hooks may fall in between the specific sizes on the washers - if one is too tight and the next one too large, you'll have to decide if you want to put a lot of effort squeezing it in to the smaller washer or easily sliding it into the larger washer and facing the hook wobbling in the handle some.
- Since this does target people with hand issues, it could be tough to set up. The little notch of plastic that catches to open and close it is small and the same color as the rest of the plastic. It can be tricky to both open and close
- It is definitely more friendly to your hands than using hooks alone (That's why you're considering this item, right?).
- If you have a tendency to set your hook down and forget where -- this will make it much easier to find.
- If you primarily use the larger hooks that fit in this handle they work the best / move around the least in the handle. The k (6.5mm) hook almost doesn't need it's washer.
- Will take some getting used to, especially if you've been crocheting a long time with hooks alone
- Not exactly well made. This can turn into a negative later. I've attached a picture that show how the rubber that is on top of the plastic was not flush but instead kind of ragged. Also the green piece is basically pulling away from the plastic part -- and that's with no real use beyond a few practice stitches with each hook size.
If you're patient enough to sort of tweak the washers around to get the right fit (or find your own washer alternative) and don't mind it being a bit tough to set up, this is a good tool. It's not perfect and feels like a slight redesign is in order but it does do the job.
*EDIT* I've changed my review from 3 stars to 2. It's just too awkward to use. The hooks move around too much, I've now tried it with a Boye brand hook and they didn't work any better than the others I have. A nice concept, it just doesn't work well.
If you pick an o-ring that fits snugly, and make sure the tapered end is towards the hook, it will snug right up when you twist the handle together! I haven't had the hooks twist at all on me. I can now crochet for several hours without issues, and it has helped me loosen up my tension a little bit!
The only real downside to this is that it is covered in silicone, so yarn fuzz and dog hair are attracted to it. I just wash it with warm water and let it dry though if it gets too bad.
A word to the wise though. After I bought this on Amazon, I found one in a local Walmart for about a third of the price it is listed here. I'm not disappointed that I paid more though, it was well worth the money! It just would have been nice to find it in Walmart first to save some cash!