Money-Saving Tip: Don’t Buy Duplicate Hooks

comments (5) May 18th, 2008     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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This nifty little card goes with me whenever I go to the store for
crocheting supplies. I figure that the money saved not buying
duplicate hooks can go towards some luxury yarn.

This nifty little card goes with me whenever I go to the store for crocheting supplies. I figure that the money saved not buying duplicate hooks can go towards some luxury yarn.

Photo: Linda Permann

After six years of crocheting, I think I finally have a complete set of hooks. But I also have several hooks in my favorite sizes, which tends to happen when I am at the store buying yarn and want to make sure I have the right hook to match. If I’m unsure, I usually just buy the hook to save myself a trip. To solve this problem for next time, I created a little business card-sized hook list to help me keep track of what I own.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Adjust fonts and graphic design to fit onto a 3.5" x2" business card.
  2. Print design onto cardstock.
  3. Cut out card (3.5'' x 2'')
  4. Circle or star the sizes you own, and carry it in your wallet for easy reference.


I’ve included the standard hook sizes in millimeters as well, as I find that there are still variations in sizes from brand to brand. Just last week, I upgraded to a new Japanese hook (size F) for it’s comfortable handle, and when I got home, I realized it was a 4.0 mm—technically a G for designing purposes. Hopefully, this nifty card will remedy that issue, too!

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Comments (5)

sadiesgurl writes: A few years back, I found a cosmetic bag that was round and about 10 inches in length. It works great for putting my crochet hooks and my double pointed knitting needles in and I don't lose them. I too still have a few duplicates but now I don't buy anymore without checking my bag first to make sure I have the right needle or hook for my projects. Happy crafting!
Posted: 2:40 pm on October 4th
LindaPermann writes: JulieB17--Oh, I have multiples of everything too, and sometimes you have to try different brands to know what you like! But I found there were some hooks that I didn't have at all and every time I went to the store to buy them I'd forget which ones I was looking for. I'm not against multiple hooks--some are bound to get lost in the couch!
Posted: 11:43 am on May 28th
Debie writes: I like the idea of the index card because I am sure that when I am getting yarn for a particular project I might have to find the pattern I am using in a book at the craft store so that I am sure how much yarn I need. This leads to buying another hook. I also have a few G hooks. I have a complete set of hooks from e through K. Sometimes I misplace them.
Posted: 5:40 pm on May 23rd
JulieB17 writes: That's a very cool idea! However, I LOVE having more than one hook of the same size. Why? Because I crochet all over the house and I am always leaving hooks everywhere. Not to mention my kids love to play with them. So hooks wind up under the sofa cushions, under the bed, in my kids' toy box. When I want to do a project, I always have spares. Saves me the headache and stress of trying to find the hook that I need right at that time.
Posted: 2:35 pm on May 22nd
Sister_Diane writes: That's dandy! I just realized the other day that I have about 15 hooks in sizes G through I. I can't wait to use this - thank you!!
Posted: 1:02 pm on May 18th
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