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DIY Crochet Hooks: For Friendlier Hooking


Lately I’ve been seeing some pretty unique crochet hooks out there. And while you can buy a wide variety of hooks [3], sometimes crocheters like to make their own hooks.

This can be for a number of reasons. Most of the time, crocheters make these hooks because they are more comfortable than store-bought hooks. However, one option is to modify a standard hook to make it fit in your hand a certain way. I’ve collected a few examples and each picture will lead to the website or blog that posted the image.

Wooden Crochet Hooks [4] Crochet Hooks Made from Toothbrushes [5] Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handles [6]
Pencil Grip + Clay Crochet Handle [7] Kitchen Shelf Liner Crochet Hook Grip [8] Pencil Gel Grip Crochet Hooks [9]
How To Whittle a Crochet Hook [10] Beautiful Polymer Clay Crochet Handles [11] Fancy Crochet Hooks [12]

Carving wooden dowels [13] or even sticks that you find outside is popular. One image shows a basic pairing knife to carve, but you could use a Wood Carver Starter Kit [14] to be on the safe side. Be sure to wear a glove and proper safety glasses when attempting this type of hook. I also recommend using an actual hook as a reference when whittling away at the wood. You can draw the shape of the hook in pencil on the stick too.

The most unusual hook I’ve seen is made from toothbrushes. While creative and inventive, I think carving plastic is a little tricky to do. I do like that the toothbrushes have gripped handles which makes them appealing to work with.

Probably the cheapest and most efficient way to make your hooks more comfy is to buy pencil grips in the school supply section. If you have been feeling pain in your hand from crocheting, it’s also a good idea to use these grips on pencils too. You can also check out our video about how to avoid crochet pain [15] to make your crochet experience pain-free.


Have you made/altered crochet hooks before?