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What is the conversion for UK and US crochet hooks to mm?

For hook sizes, it's always best to refer to the size of the hook in mm, if possible. This should be standard across all countries. Metric sizes are used in many countries including Australia and New ...
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Does a minimal difference in hook sizes really change the outcome of a project?

You'll probably be fine. One quarter of a millimeter isn't a huge difference, particularly considering how large the hook is. The reality is that the hook size is just a suggestion. Different ...
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What can I do to make my simple hooks more comfortable?

Pencil grips work! If they don't fit because your crochet hook is too thin, you can wrap your hook handle with tape (masking tape is easy to remove) or paper (but you have to use glue then) up to the ...
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Pros and cons of classic crochet needles and handled crochet needles

While you've labelled the top image as "handled" due to your unfamiliarity, the correct term for that style of hook is "ergonomic," with all that name implies. They are much easier ...
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What is the result if I use a yarn with smaller TEX than the original pattern?

The yarn thickness / weight / TEX in combination with the size of tool (crochet hook, knitting needle, etc.) influence the size of the stitches. If your yarn is thinner than the suggestion but you use ...
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Crocheting: 'knife' grip vs 'pen' grip

Practicing with both common grips is a good strategy. While you will naturally develop a preferred grip for most projects, having a variety of approaches you are functional with will make a much ...
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Crochet hook size switch mid project

Not a huge difference, but certainly a noticable difference. The size difference between a 3 and 3,5 hook is just half a millimeter. The size difference in the stitches you make with both hooks may be ...
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Crocheting: 'knife' grip vs 'pen' grip

I crochet using knife grip, and tried to learn pen grip, since it is considered 'right' in my country. When learning, I found that pen grip allows you smaller hand movements, so it is better joints ...
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What can I do to make my simple hooks more comfortable?

Not (easily) removable, but you can give it any shape you want: polymer clay. Baking temperature is not extremely hot, so I think your hooks can handle it, and then you can put the clay in the oven ...
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Does a minimal difference in hook sizes really change the outcome of a project?

In case of small hooks, especially the tiny steel ones, it makes a difference. Look at at a picture (from this post) of two hearts crocheted using the same pattern, but different hooks: The ...
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Does a minimal difference in hook sizes really change the outcome of a project?

I have noticed that it makes a difference. I like to look for measurements in crochet projects or come up with my own measurements to use as guidelines so if I use a smaller or larger hook size, I can ...
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What can I do to make my simple hooks more comfortable?

I had the same problem with crochet hooks when crocheting. Personally, I used foam pencil grips with the addition of some band aids to thicken the hook. Alternatively, try using Coban self adhesives ...
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What is the conversion for UK and US crochet hooks to mm?

There are smaller crochet hooks as well, and they have a different numbering system. These are often called Steel Crochet Hooks, and are the type of hooks you'd use with crochet thread. Metric US UK ...
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Crocheting: 'knife' grip vs 'pen' grip

I use knife grip for most stitches, but for a few, such as crab stitch (reverse single crochet), the pen grip works much better.
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Crocheting: 'knife' grip vs 'pen' grip

I prefer using the knife grip. I find it more comfortable when I'm holding my hook and faster to do. It also means I can see what I'm doing clearly. It's each to their own really, whatever feels ...
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Crocheting: 'knife' grip vs 'pen' grip

I personally feel like the knife grip means you have to move your wrist less, which is why it might be better for your wrist joints. As for speed, it would be the grip where you could make the ...
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Crocheting: 'knife' grip vs 'pen' grip

I'm a Lefty but I crochet Right handed and hold the hook between my thumb and first two fingers, like a knife I suppose. I've tried holding it like a pen but it feels weird and awkward. I'd say hold ...
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What is the conversion for UK and US crochet hooks to mm?

Please note that in Canada metric sizing is the predominant measurement used for crochet hooks; i.e. 1.00mm, 1.30mm, 3.00mm, 4.25mm, 5.00mm, 6.50mm etc. Very rarely these days is the U.K. system used ...
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