Monday, December 22, 2008

Aluminum or Plastic?

There are so many crochet hooks in the market. Most of them are made of aluminum or plastic. Which one is better?

Aluminum hooks are strong, lightweight and smooth. They don't bend or snag the yarn. Aluminum hooks can also become pitted over time from being dropped or stored carelessly. A snag on the hook will cause your yarn to pull and separate as you crochet. If your hook begins to snag your yarn, but you can't see or feel any surface damage on your aluminum hook, try passing a piece of nylon stocking or another silky fabric over the end of the hook; the slightest imperfection will snag the fabric. Never try to correct the problem by sanding the aluminum hook. Discard it and get a new one.

Overall, aluminum hooks are the better choice, even though they cost a little more. You'll find that in the long run, they are by far the most economical choice between the two. Being thrifty is wonderful, but most times, you get what you pay for. Always try to use the finest materials and tools your crafting budget will allow.


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