Tunisian Crochet Hooks Guide: How To Choose an Afghan Crochet Hook
Learn all about Tunisian crochet hook sizes, materials, types, and more with this helpful resource.
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If you're ready to get started with Tunisian crochet, you may be wondering how to pick the right hook for your project. Tunisian crochet is a crochet technique where the stitch loops remain on the hook just like in knitting.
Each row includes a forward, where you add the loops onto the hook, and a return, where you remove the loops. For most of this type of crochet projects, you'll need a special crochet hook. Tunisian crochet hooks have a stopper on one end to prevent the loops from falling off the hook as you crochet.
These crochet hooks are sometimes called Afghan crochet hooks. There are many different types of hooks and this post will help you decide which Afghan crochet hook is right for your next Tunisian crochet project.
This Tunisian Crochet Hooks Guide will go over the different materials, lengths, types, and size so that you can choose the right Tunisian crochet hook for you and the project you want to start.
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Tunisian Crochet Hook Material Type
Consider the Length of Tunisian Crochet Hooks
For very small Tunisian crochet projects, you may be able to use a standard crochet hook, but you may find that the thumb rest stretches your stitches as they sit on the hook. Since you have to keep the loops on your hook while Tunisian crocheting, the hook length is important.
Straight Afghan hooks have a fixed length. Common sizes are between 10" and 14" long. If you choose a hook that is too short, your stitches may fall off the hook when you put your work down, or you may struggle to identify which stitches to remove if they are “squished” together as you work your return row.
On the other hand, a straight Afghan hook that is too long may poke out at the sides, annoying the person sitting next to you on the couch, bus, or train as you are making your Tunisian crochet project! Also, large projects, like blankets, can get quite heavy and with straight Afghan hooks, you will be holding the weight of your project in your hands when you use the hook.
To learn how to Tunisian crochet, check out our free tutorials on this page. Once you think you're ready to test out your skills, scroll down for free Tunisian stitch designs to try. Find the beginner resource here: How to Tunisian Crochet + 28 Tunisian Crochet Patterns
To Cord or Not To Cord?
One way to add length to your Afghan crochet hook without making it heavier is to use a corded hook. Corded hooks have a thinner cord, usually made with plastic, that extends beyond the first 6" or so of the hook. Many crocheters prefer corded hooks because the length of the hook is more similar to a standard crochet hook, so it feels familiar in their hands. Additionally, the project can rest on the cord, so your wrists are not strained as much as you crochet.
Interchangeable Crochet Hooks
Another option is an interchangeable crochet hook set. These sets come with several hook sizes, cords of varying lengths, and stoppers. You can assemble your own Afghan hook to be the perfect size for your specific project, and then take it apart when you are finished crocheting. These hooks are very versatile because they can be used for double-ended Tunisian crochet, which is also called double-ended crochet, crochet on the double, or cro-hooking.
Tunisian Crochet Hook Sizes
If you aren't working from a Tunisian crochet pattern that specifies the Afghan hook size, choose a hook that is one to two sizes larger than the crochet hook you would typically use for that weight of yarn. This will create a Tunisian crochet fabric that has better drape and which doesn't curl as much. You can find more tips about choosing the right size crochet hook here.
Get Started with Tunisian Crochet!
With these tips, you should be able to find the right Afghan crochet hook for your next project. Choose a hook size based on your yarn weight, a material based on your preference, and a length (with or without a cord) based on the length of the widest row of your project. If you love Tunisian crochet, invest in an interchangeable set so you can make the perfect hook for your next project.
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