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« on: October 31, 2007 10:57:36 PM »

I'm trying to do some tiny crochet, and I've decided that one of my problems has to do with the hook. Allow me to explain. Here's a regular (size 0) hook and a tiny (11/12) hook:

Notice that the tiny hook not only has a smaller hook part, but also a smaller shaft part. My stitches end up coming out too tight, but moving on to a larger hook doesn't help since the hook to shaft ratio remains pretty much the same.  So!

Are there any thread crochet hooks that have a bigger shaft to hook ratio?  I tried googling thread crochet hooks, but I haven't had any luck in even finding what the different manufacturers are, other than the big two, of course. But, I'm using Susie Bates already, so I know all too well that it has "the problem", and while I haven't compared it to Boye, I'm pretty sure Boye does too. (I'll look at Boyes again when I'm in the store.) (I really like the pointiness of the smaller Bates hooks though...)

If not, I'm just going to mod these... I was thinking polymer clay, and if they are not slippery enough, resin coating on top. Unless anyone has a better idea?
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2007 05:23:10 AM »

All the thread hooks I've seen have narrow shafts.  I've worked with Boye, SB, Tulip and some no-brand teeny-weeny aluminum hooks (which were strange), and they all had the same basic design.  I don't think the problem is the size of the shaft, which follows the same shaft/hook ratio as a larger aluminum hook, but the fact that thread doesn't stretch nearly as much as yarn - even cotton yarn - so you need to work at a lower tension than you would with yarn.

When I first started working in thread, I had the same problem decreasing my tension.  All my work was way too tight.  It was very frustrating for a while.  Eventually I got used to it, and now it feels totally natural.  Now yarn feels too "loose", and I have to remind myself to tighten up.
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