Patterns by Crochet Hook Sizes
By: Julia Wiatr, Editor, AllFreeCrochet.com
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Every crochet projects and pattern calls for a different hook size and yarn weight. When you're working with thicker yarn for a warmer project, like the Cozy Cowl Poncho Pattern, you should be using a bigger hook. Likewise, when you use thinner yarn or thread, know that it's best suited for smaller crochet hooks and a lacy design such as the Paper Dolls Crochet Shawlette.
Yarn hooks in the US are marked by letters from B through S, with S being the largest. Smaller hooks exist and are marked by numbers, but those steel hooks are mostly used for very fine yarn and thread, and they won't be covered here. Yarn weights, also, are designated by numbers, and those range from 0 to 6, with 6 being the thickest and 0 being the thinnest. Each yarn weight works the best with a few different hook sizes. Technically, you can make just about any hook size work with any yarn weight, but there are certain size combinations that work better with each other, as you'll see here in this pattern collection. For instance, a plush winter scarf is made with thicker yarn and a bigger crochet hook. On the other hand, when you’re working on something delicate, like a lace doily, you wouldn’t want to use anything but very fine lace yarn with a small crochet hook.
What’s the best hook size and yarn weight combination? It all depends on what you’re trying to make! If you need help choosing a crochet hook, we have a helpful guide to how to find your best crochet hook size. If you already have a yarn and hook in hand, then check out the projects that best fit your crochet hook size.
Patterns by Crochet Hook Sizes
B Crochet Hook Size Patterns
B hooks fall within the range of hook sizes crochets would typically use for any projects using super fine yarn, also known as sock yarn, fingering yarn or baby yarn. These hooks are the smallest hook sizes you can get before going into the steel hooks category for lace yarn and thread. Click for more B crochet hook patterns.
C Crochet Hook Size Patterns
Projects that use the C hook size, like the B hooks, are typically small and delicate. These hook sizes are used for projects that require a lot of detailing, like intricate lace designs, or smaller items, like little flowers. You'd also choose to make socks and baby items with this combination of yarn and hook. Click for more C hook size patterns.
D Crochet Hook Size Patterns
D hooks are still within the range of hook sizes crocheters would use for super fine yarn projects. Click for more D crochet hook patterns.
E Crochet Hook Size Patterns
E crochet hooks are at the top of the super fine yarn category but also at the bottom of the fine category, depending on how tightly you want to crochet. Check out some more E crochet hook patterns!
F Crochet Hook Size Patterns
Fine yarn is also known as sports weight yarn or baby yarn. This yarn has a little bit more to it than super fine yarn, so it would make a good cowl or shawl or even a smaller afghan. Check out some other F crochet hook patterns here.
G Crochet Hook Size Patterns
G hooks are ideal for making light-weight projects and accessories for the spring and summer. Check out more of our G crochet hook patterns here.
H Crochet Hook Size Patterns
With the H crochet hook, we're wandering into the light weight yarn category, also known as DK and light worsted yarn. This yarn has a bit more to it than the fine and super fine yarns, so it would be best for a light cardigan or tee or a breezy springtime shawl. Check out more of our H crochet hook patterns here.
I Crochet Hook Size Patterns
I hooks can be used with light worsted yarn or medium weight yarn, also known as worsted, afghan or aran yarn. This yarn is the most common and standard yarn to use. For more of our I crochet hook patterns, click here.
J Crochet Hook Size Patterns
J hooks use medium weight yarn as well. This yarn can be used for a wide variety of projects, from your typical fall shawls, hats and accessories to a snuggly afghan. Check out some more of our J crochet hook patterns here.
L Crochet Hook Size Patterns
Bulky yarn, also known as chunky, craft or rug yarn, is thick and plush and makes some super cozy accessories. Because it's thick it also works up quickly. Check out more of our L crochet hook patterns here.
K Crochet Hook Size Patterns
K hooks fall on the cusp between medium weight yarn and bulky yarn, so you would pick your yarn depending on your final vision for the project or how tightly you want to crochet your stitches. Check out more of our K crochet hook patterns here.
M Crochet Hook Size Patterns
M crochet hooks fall between bulky yarn and super bulky, also known as roving yarn. This yarn is the thickest of them all and makes for the coziest and warmest projects. Check out some more of our M crochet hook size patterns here.
N Crochet Hook Size Patterns
Besides thicker winter accessories, as shown, you can make incredibly plush winter afghans with this yarn and hook combination. Check out more of our N crochet hook patterns here.
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