Have you ever experienced doing a crochet project, and your hook was suddenly squeaky? It can be annoying and frustrating, isn’t it? You are probably wondering what makes a crochet hook squeak.
A crochet hook squeaks mainly because the tension is too tight. Try to loosen your tension and see if the squeaking stops. Another reason can also be the yarn you are using. Acrylic yarns are more likely to squeak than other types of yarn. The squeaking may also have something to do with the kind of crochet hook you are using. You can try a wooden crochet hook to get rid of the squeaking sound. If you don’t have a wooden hook, you can put some beeswax or rub your hook with soap containing glycerin to get rid of the squeaking sound. Some crafters even suggest to run your hook against your hair, and they swear it stops the squeaking. It must have something to do with the natural oils in our hair.
It is also vital that you carefully choose the hook and yarn you will use if you don’t want the process of your crochet project squeaky.
Choosing the Best Crochet Hook and Yarn to Prevent Squeaking
Choosing a Crochet Hook
With so many crochet hooks in the market to choose from, it can be very confusing, especially if you are new to crocheting.
Parts of a Crochet Hook
Before picking the best hook for you, you must be familiar with the different parts of a crochet hook.
- Handle – It is the part of the hook that rests in your palm when you use a knife-grip. On the other hand, it will be against your index finger when you use a pencil-grip. The handle can be made from a different material or can also be a continuation of the shaft. The handle might or might not have a thumb rest, it can also be the same size as the shaft or can be shaped ergonomically, as well.
- Thumb rest – This is the part where you rest your thumb while you are crocheting. When you have an ergonomic hook, the thumb rest is formed part of the handle. However, not all hooks have a thumb rest.
- Shaft – This is the part between the handle and the head. Some hooks have a large shaft, which will make it easier for you to create stitches that will require a lot of loading. Some hooks have a short shaft, which can be a bit uncomfortable when you are making cluster stitches or longer stitches.
- Throat – There are two kinds of hooks: tapered and inline. With tapered hooks, the head slightly protrudes beyond the shaft. Here, the throat is more tapered, and it is thinner than the shaft both from the side and the front. With inline hooks, the shaft and the head are the same sizes. The throat is also the same width as the shaft and will significantly narrow from front to back.
- Head – When it comes to the head, there are three things you should consider: groove, point, and lip. The groove can be rounded or straight. A round groove will be able to hold the yarn better. The point is the tip of the hook. It can range from very sharp (pointy) to very rounded (blunt). The best one to use is a semi-blunt hook. When your hook’s point is too blunt, you will have a hard time getting into the stitches. On the other hand, when the hook’s point is too sharp, the tendency of your yarn splitting is high. The lip is the actual hook, which can be either rounded and pointy. A pointy lip is more likely to snag on the stitches than a rounded lip.
Different Crochet Hook Types
- Aluminum – It is one of the popular choices for those new in crocheting. It easy to slide stitches off and on the hook because of its smooth surface. Metal hooks are more prone to squeaking. So, get your beeswax ready.
- Wood and Bamboo – Wooden hooks are warm and soft. They are super comfortable to hold and will often mold to your hand. However, wooden and bamboo hooks don’t come in all sizes. You can find standard sizes but it will be less likely that you’ll find tiny or jumbo hook sizes.
- Knook – A knook is a unique tool that has a hole drilling through one end and a hook at the other. You can form knit-like stitches when you insert the yarn through the hole. If you wish to imitate a knit fabric without the effort and time knitting takes, the knook is an excellent option.
- Ergonomic – This type of crochet hook is the easiest to hold and recommended for people with arthritis or any hand condition. It helps reduce the stress in your hand from the repeated movements of crochet. You can also use this even though you don’t have a hand condition. It is a considerable preventive measure to take to avoid hand problems in the future.
- Plastic – Plastic is one of the more affordable types of crochet hooks, just like aluminum. They come in all sizes. Whatever kind of project you are working on, you can always find the right-sized plastic hook. Plastic crochet hooks also come in fun colors and they have a decent grip, as well. They are pretty durable too.
- Steel – This type of crochet hook is mainly used for lacework and detail work. Steel hook sizes run small and are easy to hold onto. They are also delicate enough for small work. If you are into making lace crochet and doilies, this is the hook for you.
- Tunisian – This type of hook is a crossover between crochet and knitting. Just like a knook, the Tunisian hook is able to create a knit-like fabric. It looks like a mix between a crochet hook and a knitting needle. It has a hook at the top and is long like a knitting needle.
- Light up – This type of crochet hook is excellent if you are having a hard time seeing late at night. It is a fantastic option for traveling as well. It has light installed in the hook that makes the hook glow.
Crochet Hook Sizes
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Choosing Your Yarn
Acrylic is the type of yarn that is most likely to squeak. However, it is still one of the more popular types because of its affordability and versatility. Acrylic yarn is also easy to wash and will hold up very well when used daily.
Types of Yarns
There are several types of yarn available, and they are divided into 3 categories: natural, synthetic and blended.
Natural fibers can be made from plant and animal sources.
Yarns from plant sources are bamboo, linen, and cotton.
Yarns from animal sources are alpaca, wool, silk, mohair, cashmere, and llama.
Synthetic fibers are nylon, acrylic, and polyester.
Blended yarns are natural and synthetic fibers that were meshed together. In different craft stores, you can find all sorts of cotton, acrylic, and wool or wool blended yarn.
Yarn Care Instructions
It is important that you read the care instructions that come with the yarn you are purchasing. This will also determine if it is the right yarn for your project. Many acrylic yarns indicate that delicate machine wash is okay.
- Superwash wool can be machine washed with a gentle cycle using cold water.
- Regular wool is washed by hand using cold water. If this instruction is not followed, the fabric will shrink and felt.
- Cotton, ramie, and linen yarn can be thrown into the washing machine with a gentle cycle. Cold or warm water can be used.
- Acrylic and other synthetic fibers can be thrown into the washing machine at regular cycles because they don’t shrink.
- Yarns with unknown fiber content are hand washed with cold water and should be laid flat when drying.
Yarns come in different numbers of plies. There are 2-ply yarns, 3-ply yarns, 4-ply yarns, and so on. 2-ply yarns have two strands that are used in creating and twisting the yarn. Bear in mind that the number of plies doesn’t determine the yarn’s thickness.
If my hook squeaks, does it mean I have to stop using it?
You don’t have to stop using your hook when you notice it squeaking. There are several things you can do to get rid of the squeaking sound and resume your crochet project using the same hook.
A squeaking hook is a pretty common issue when it comes to crochet. You do not have to worry if your crochet hook squeaks. As mentioned above, you can use beeswax or try to run the hook on your hair to remove the squeaking sound. You can try different methods and find out what works best for you.