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Susan Bates 5-1/2-Inch Bamboo Handle Silvalume Head Crochet Hook, 5.5mm, Red
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- Bamboo crochet hooks are a dream to use
- Lightweight; smooth and warm to the touch
- Available in a variety of sizes
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SUSAN BATES-Bamboo Handle/Aluminum Head Crochet Hooks. This crochet hook is the perfect marriage of Susan Bates in-line crochet hook and warm bamboo handle. Long appreciated by needle crafters for its silky smoothness and elegant appearance bamboo implements the ultimate in luxury. These bamboo crochet hooks are a dream to use: lightweight; smooth and warm to the touch. Hooks measure 5-1/2in and are available in a variety of sizes. Imported.
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The Susan Bates hooks I had been using doesn't have the bamboo handles and they are different from these. For example, the heads of the bamboo handle hooks are more rounded and the throats aren't as smooth so the yarn doesn't slide smoothly. You can clearly see the grooves in the bamboo handled hooks. I love the bamboo handles, I'm just not crazy with the difference in the heads and throats of them when both are supposed be be inline. I have attached pictures to show the difference compared with my original Susan Bates hooks.
I found a pattern for a crocheted toboggan or beanie that I wanted to try. The pattern said it would fit "most" woman's heads. I had not crocheted in many years and no longer had my hooks so I ran into a local store and found the recommended size hook and yarn. My only option locally was a Boye needle. I crocheted the hat in a couple of hours but there was no way it would fit "most" or "any" woman's head. It did however fit my toddler's head. See what I mean about tight stitches?
I wanted to try again but the crochet hook was causing my hands to hurt. (My age catching up with me). I started looking at Amazon for crochet hooks and saw several wooden handle hooks but didn't want to purchase the more expensive sets without knowing if the "ergonomic" handle would help stop my hands from hurting. These are the hooks I decided to try first and the results were amazing. Not only did my hands stop hurting but my next attempt at a woman's crochet hat actually fit my head. Same pattern, same weight yarn, different hook. All these years I thought I was just holding my yarn to tight or holding my hook wrong; whatever the problem these hooks helped fix it. (Will try to post pictures of both hooks and hats later in the week).
I bought a few of these in various sizes - the bamboo handles are awesome! They use the heat from my hand and reflect it back, so it keeps my hands from aching. The hook is light weight, and the handle is a little wider than a normal aluminum hook, so it's way more comfortable!
The head of the hook is "sawed" style - not rounded - if that matters to you - some prefer one over the other - I'm still on the fence (I know.... one would think I would have decided after 14 years of crocheting, but I haven't decided).
I have tried to collect a complete set of these, but I can't seem to find a few sizes - I wish I could find them all in one large set. I only just found a set of 14 for around 40$ with S&H, which is a little cheaper than buying them at around 5$ per hook, but it's from an external site (not on amazon) and I'm picky who I buy through - for security reasons. Hopefully Amazon will sell sets of these, soon!
I definitely recommend this product! Happy Crocheting!!