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"Which thread should I use?" and "Which crochet hook should I use?" are two of the most frequently asked questions. They are also the most baffling and need serious consideration if your project is to be successful.
Even when a pattern specifies a particular crochet hook to a specific thread or yarn, you will still be advised to ty a test piece just to check your tension and if the tension is too loose, use a large hook, too tight, a smaller one.
This is because no two people even using identical tools will have the same results. Most vintage and antique patterns sometimes do not even specify which thread to use - let alone which hook - so what to do?
Well, first and foremost do not think that because the thread and hook are not specified that you cannot make the article.
It is important to remember that crochet is a flexible craft.
and practice really does make pefect.
Experience will eventually be your best guide.
Expect to create something beautiful.
If you find you have made a mistake half way through, and you can't fix it there and then, re do it- that might sound hard, but you will learn much from undoing your mistakes.
When you look over your own shoulder, and train yourself to re do everything that is not perfect, you will find yourself being more careful, making less mistakes, and the quality of your crochet work will improve.
I have found the best approach is the following:
After you decide what it is you want to make, select a suitable thread: cotton, linen, wool or synthetic.
Use the chart below as a general guide, and practice using a larger size hook, to get an idea of size and ease of use.
Play around with hooks until you have a hook and thread you feel comfortable using.
You will soon find a hook that goes together your choice of thread and which works best for you! Then you will find that every thread you want to use has its own crochet hook.
The problem with hook sizes goes beyond UK versus US comparison,or metric versus numerical.
Almost every manufacturer has his own standard of sizing, so real comparisons are almost impossible
.
Some of my favorite hooks don't even have a number, metric or otherwise!
Conclusion: try hooks and threads together and simply use your common sense.
Below is an approximate guide taken from Heirloom Crochet's private collection of Crochet Hooks - to be used as a general guide only for hook and thread size.
The only reliable way is to judge the MM size, which is the way we describe the
hooks we sell
Our Tulip Crochet Hooks for Sale


Steel Hook
s and Thread Size

THREAD SIZE
Varies by Manufacturer

HOOK SIZE in
Millimeters
(MM)
MANUFACTURES DESCRIPTION

TULIP

TULIP/ USA

AERO

US

UK/CAN

MILWARD

BOYE

140 or finer
0.35
25
           

120 - 140

0.40

24

16

.

.

.

8

.

120

0.45

23

15

.

.

.

7+26

.

100

0.50

22

14

.

.

.

.

.

80 - 100

0.55

21

13

.

.

.

.

.

80

0.60

20

12

7

14

6

6

.

60 - 80

0.65

19

.

.

.

.

.

.

60 - 80

0.70

18

11

.

.

.

.

.

60

0.75

17

10

6 1/2

13

.

5

14

40 - 60

0.80

16

.

.

.

.

.

.

40 - 60

0.85

15

9

.

.

.

.

13

40 - 60

0.90

14

8

.

.

.

.

.

40

0.95

13

7

.

.

.

.

.

30 - 40

1.00

12

6

5 1/2

12

5

4

12

30 - 40

1.05

11

.

.

.

.

.

.

30 - 40

1.10

10

5

.

11

.

.

11

30

1.15

9

.

.

.

.

.

.

20 - 30

1.25

8

4

4 1/2

10

4

3

.

20 - 30

1.30

7

3

.

.

.

.

10

20

1.40

6

.

.

9

.

.

9

10 - 20

1.50

5

2

3 1/2

8

3

21/2

8

10 - 20

1.60

4

1

.

.

.

.

.

10 - 20

1.65

.

.

.

7

1.65

.

7

10 - 20

1.70

3

.

.

.

.

.

.

10

1.75

2

0

2 1/2

.

.

2

.

.

1.80

.

.

.

6

2 1/2

.

6

3 Ply

1.90

1

.

.

5

2

.

5

.

2.00

.

.

1 1/2

4

1 1/2

14

4

3 Ply

2.10

0

.

.

3

.

.

3

.

2.25

B1

.

.

2

1

.

2

4 Ply

2.50

.

.

0

1

0

12

.

.

2.75

C2

.

.

.

.

.

1

4Ply

3.00

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

3.25

D3

.

.

.

.

.

1

8 Ply
3.50
.
.
.
.
.
.
00

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