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April 8th, 2007 at 06:05 am

Steel Crochet Hook Cross Reference

After doing this bit of Research, it was pretty easy to see why the Craft Yarn Council did not publish any standards for Steel Hooks in its Yarn Standards.Com charts

Most Steel Hooks Look like this:
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However, for those who appreciate Gentle on your hands and wrist, it is so cool that Clover will be bringing the Steel Soft Touch to the US so they can be more available (now only one supplier has them and it is in the Japanese packaging.
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This will be great for those who like to do wire work as well.

Now back to the chart… It is fairly simple to see why good pattern editors (and designing authors) ALWAYS include the diameter of hooks and needles used – rather than just a “generic” letter or number.

I always prefer to base my Steel hook references and suggestions on metric measurements because all “brands” are made outside the US, in countries that base their engineering on M
etric standards, not Imperial.

If you would like details on Clover’s Soft Touch Steel hooks, including the thread sizes they recommend for each of their hooks, please visit our on-line retail shop ItsAllJustString.com

In a perfect world, these manufacturers will someday agree on “Size/Measurements” but probably not anytime soon.

Wheat’s US-Metric Steel Crochet Hook Reference*


Updated: 2008-09-14 © 2000-2008 WheatCarr
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Col 1
Steel
MM
Col 2
Clover
Col 3
Clover
SoftTouch
Col 4
Pony
Col 5
Boye
Col 6
Bates
Col 7
Inox
Col 8
tulip
Skacel
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1 0.40mm No 16 No 24 1
2 0.45mm No 23 2
3 0.50mm No 14 No 15 No 14 3
4 0.55mm No 13 4
5 0.60mm No 12 No 12 No 14 No 14 No 12 5
6 0.70mm No 13 No 11 6
7 0.75mm No 10 No 10 No 12 No 14 No 13 No 10 7
8 0.85mm no-name No 13 No 9 8
9 0.90mm No 8 No 8 no-name No 14 No 8 9
10 0.95mm No 13 No 7 10
11 1.00mm No 6 No 6 no-name No 12 No 12 No 12 No 6 11
12 1.05mm No 11 12
13 1.10mm No 11 No 5 13
14 1.15mm No 10 14
15 1.25mm No 4 No 4 No 8 No 9 No 10 No 4 15
16 1.30mm No 10 No 3 16
17 1.40mm No 9 No 8 17
18 1.50mm No 2 No 2 No 7 No 8 No 7 No 8 No 2 18
19 1.60mm No 6 No 1 19
20 1.65mm No 7 20
21 1.70mm No 5 21
22 1.75mm No 0 No 0 No 4 No 4 No 6 No 0 22
23 1.80mm No 6 23
24 1.90mm No 5 24
25 2.00mm A-0 No 4 2/0 25
26 2.20mm No 16 3/0 26
27 2.25mm 2/o 27
28 2.30mm B-1 B 28
29 2.50mm 3/o 4/0 29
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Col 1
Steel
MM
Col 2
Clover
Col 3
Clover
SoftTouch
Col 4
Pony
Col 5
Boye
Col 6
Bates
Col 7
Inox
Col 8
Tulip
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* Based on Data Current as of February 2007,
  updated to add photos on 2007-May-02
  updated to add Tulip on 2007-May-24
  updated to add on 2008-Sep-14
* ALWAYS MAKE A GAUGE SWATCH
* ALWAYS check/measure the diameter of your hook
– Older Hooks often do NOT have the same Diameter as those made today.

* If you find an error, please do email me with the correction.

Incidentally, you can often find reasonably price templates intended for measuring screw sizes at your favorite Hardware store, (mine is ACE then Sears Tool department, since they are independently owned and the people at the ones nearest to me don’t ever laugh when I explain how I plan to use “stuff” – okay they do shake their head a lot, but they always understand what I want, if not why) As soon as I can find it, I will post a picture of my favorite one.

COMMERCIAL: If you want to add Clover Soft Touch Steel hooks to your collection, you can find them at: ItsAllJustString my on-line shop

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    Thanks for this chart, nice to find all this info in one place. I love poking around here, after 40+ years of knitting and crocheting there’s always something new to learn, thanks!!

    Mattenylou on January 22nd, 2012

 

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