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Tulip TP1166 Etimo Crochet Hook Set
- The biggest advantage of the etimo hook is the elastomeric comfort grip
- Etimo hooks are made from durable superior quality aluminum with a polished finish that does not flake or chip
- Handle's length and depth of the hook itself make stitching easier
- Includes 8 crochet hooks, 2 yarn needles, high quality thread, scissors, 4-1/2 inch plastic ruler and an attractive clutch to keep what is sure to be your most cherished tools safe and organized
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Doris Chan says it best: The biggest advantage of the ETIMO hook is the elastomeric comfort grip. It is revolutionary, supremely comfortable, functional, and durable. It has a soft smooth cushy feel and fits perfectly in my hand. She never wants to be without hers. Plus Etimo hooks are made from durable superior quality aluminum with a polished finish that does not flake or chip. Even better, the handle's length and depth of the hook itself make stitching easier. The result is a crocheter's dream that allows for longer stitching with more accuracy and greater comfort. This set includes 8 Etimo Crochet Hooks (D3/3.25mm E4/3.5mm F5/3.75mm G6/4mm 7/4.5mm H8/5mm I9/5.5mm and J10/6mm), 2 yarn needles, high quality thread, scissors, 4-1/2 inch plastic ruler and an attractive clutch to keep what is sure to be your most cherished tools safe and organized. Imported.
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ADVANTAGES: How Tulip is better than Clover
For comfort, Tulip Etimo hooks are, hands down, the best I have used. They are more comfortable than Clover Amour (and generic ergonomic) hooks and regular aluminum hooks (like Boye and Curtzy). While the Clover Amour handle is flat where the thumb rests, the Tulip Etimo handle is more rounded. This means that when rolling the hook to create stitches, the edge of the Amour handle rubs against the finger, causing soreness, as do regular hooks, but the Tulip Etimo handle doesn't. Also, the finish on the Etimo hooks is even smoother than the one on Amour hooks, so that scratchy yarns move more smoothly and squeak much less. (The smoothest finish of all, though, in my opinion, goes to Curtzy hooks.) It's a dream to crochet with Etimo hooks.
DISADVANTAGES: How Clover slightly edges out Tulip
Sadly, Etimo hooks aren't as deep as Amour hooks. This means that yarn sometimes slips off the hook when making complex maneuvers, such as when I am using the join-as-you-go method to connect granny squares. Really, that's the only advantage of Amour over Etimo, and it's not that big of a deal, in my opinion. I still prefer to use the Etimo hook, even if it means I have to spend a few extra seconds trying to pull one loop through another. I will say that, in the case of the smaller hooks, the Amour hook shaft and handle are longer than that in the corresponding Etimo hook. This applies to hooks B/1-2.25mm (not in this set), C/2-2.75mm (not in this set), D/3-3.25mm, and E/4-3.5mm. By the time you hit the larger hooks, things start to even out.
THE BOTTOM LINE: I highly recommend the Tulip Etimo hooks. Clover Amour hooks are very good, but Tulip Etimo hooks are better, I think. Even though it does cost more per hook to buy these hooks separately, I would recommend buying one to try it out before committing to the purchase of this set. It's worth it, even if you end up with extra hooks. I bought the G and H hooks first to take them for a test drive, since those were the hooks I was using most at the time. I don't regret it. Get the I (5.5mm) hook here.
The hooks are comfortable to hold and use. I tend to prefer boye style hooks, just to give you an idea of what hook style I go for. These hooks are nicely made and glide through the yarn easily. They're lightweight as well.
The accessories are also pretty decent. The ruler is big enough that it does come in handy when checking gauge. The two darning needles are slightly different sizes, which is great! I like to use various types of yarn and make all kinds of projects from amigurumi, to baby items, to bulky blankets, etc. So I've found having the two sizes really help me to finish of any project with ease. The siscors are nice and sharp and also the perfect size to carry around with you. I usually keep a few of the stitch markers I like in the zipper pocket with the ruler and darning needles. Very handy! It keeps everything secure and it's so easy to grab and bring along with me no matter where I'm going so I can work on my current project.
It has become my first choice out of various hooks and sets I've ordered.