When starting to crochet, it can often be confusing knowing which size hook to use with which yarn.  There are all sorts of letters and numbers that can be overwhelming.  Fear not!  As much choice as there is, you will probably find you use the same couple of hooks for every project.  For example, I bought a pack of 9 in different sizes and generally tend to use only 3 of them on a regular basis.

Crochet hooks can be as small as a few millimetres, all the way up to a few centimetres.  The kind of hook you use will generally depend on the yarn you use.  The general rule of thumb is the thicker the yarn, the bigger the hook.  But at the end of the day, it’s whatever you feel is best.  A lot of trial and error will teach you what works for you.

Cr-info: UK hooks are mostly referred to by their size (4mm, 4.5mm etc) US hooks are generally referred to by a letter.  

There is also a huge variety of hooks to choose from.  Metal, plastic and bamboo, to name just a few.  There are elaborately decorated hooks, plain hooks, ergonomic hooks and much more.  Again, different people prefer different hooks, so try them all (if you can!) and you’ll find what suits you best.  Some people find the hooks that come free with magazines better than the hooks that cost £10+ each!

Top Tip: If you are brand new to crochet and don’t know where to start, you can’t go wrong with a 4.5mm hook as a good ‘all-rounder’.