A detachable Ergonomic handle for crochet hooks is a nifty invention for aluminum crochet hooks. Their shape is egg-like and either made of silicone/plastic or wood.
The handle makes hooks ergonomic and comfortable to use. So you don’t grip the hook tightly, which leads to hand, wrist, and arm pain.
You can also crochet for long periods. There are also soft rubber grips that are similar to a pencil grip.
These products are inexpensive but have limitations. If yourere looking for ergonomic crochet hooks to last, I’ve recommend some of the best in my post on Ergonomic Crochet Hook Sets.
Table of Contents
- Boye Ergonomic Crochet Handle
- Eleggant Ergonomic Crochet Hook Set
- Susan Bates Crochet Cushion Grips
- Susan Bates Crochet Hook Cushion Grips
Boye Ergonomic Crochet Handle
Otherwise known as the Boye-Crochet Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle.
It Fits All Boye Hook Sizes From B (2mm) to K (6.5mm). The handle, which is 4-1/2″ in length, comes with eight washers in assorted sizes.
The material is silicone, so it may feel a little strange when first using it.
For more on Boye Ergonomic Crochet Hooks, read my post.
How it works:
- When you buy your Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle, be careful when opening the package. You need the chart and instructions on the back of the packet.
- Check the color chart to figure out which washer goes onto what size hook.
- Attach the plastic washers to each crochet hook. Be patience with this step as they’re tough to get on.
- Push the washer down the shaft part of the way. Keep it on the shaft’s tubular portion, not the tapered bit near the hook end, and not as far as the thumb rest.
- After the washer is on the hook, you twist the hook handle open, insert the hook, and then twist the handle to close.
- It takes practice to position the washer properly so the hook isn’t jiggling around in the handle.
Here are some helpful tips to make using them easier.
- Have your hooks in a zipper pouch so you don’t lose them
- Keep the washers on the hooks.
- The handle turns aluminum crochet hooks you already have into an ergonomic hook.
- Can crochet for more extended periods
- Less hand pain and fatigue
- Works with the pencil hold or knife grip
- Difficult to putt on the washers.
- If you don’t have the washer positioned correctly, the hook jiggles around inside.
- Some users found the silicone surface attracted lint, hair, and pet hair.
- Limited hook range
- The washers don’t have markings on them. (A smart suggestion by a user is to mark them with a fine point permanent marker.)
- Some users found the washers didn’t match the color graph in the instructions. (You have to match the hole size to the appropriate hook sizes.)
- If you lose the washers, the handle becomes useless.
Hooks Compatible With Ergonomic Crochet Hook Handle
If you have Susan Bates Aluminum crochet hooks be aware, this handle is for Boye Crochet hooks.
Boye hooks are about 1/2 an inch longer. So if you are happy to have a little less of your shaft available when crocheting, you could try this handle with your Susan Bates hooks.Click to Learn More / Buy from Amazon
Eleggant Ergonomic Crochet Hook Set
This includes a wooden egg-shaped handle, metal adjustor, six modified Boye crochet hooks (steel hooks in sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and aluminum hooks in sizes 3.5 mm/E, 5.0 mm/H, and 6.0 mm/J), and o-rings.
How it works:
- You attach o-rings to the base of the modified crochet hooks
- Use the metal adjuster to tighten the handle around the hook.
- Feels sturdy and warm in the hand
- Ability to change out different sizes are you need to
- Yarn occasionally snags at the join between the o-rings and adjuster.
- Holding the egg-shaped handle takes practice.
Susan Bates Crochet Cushion Grips
Like a pencil grip, the soft foam grip goes over the hook to make the hold more comfortable.
- Suitable for small diameter hooks
- You need to fill the hole of the grip with liquid soap to push through your hook.
- Many users found this product did not fit larger diameter hooks
- Once on your hook, it’s tough to remove.
Susan Bates Crochet Hook Cushion Grips
This rubber sheath makes the hook comfortable for people who suffer from arthritis or experience soreness from extensive crocheting.
The label says it will fit hooks F5 – J10 or 3mm to 6mm.
- Users found they worked well for their small diameter hooks.
- Getting it on requires a lubricant, the Susan Bates team recommend warm soapy water over the hook to insert it into the grip.
- Once on, it’s challenging to get off larger diameter hooks.
These two Susan Bates cushion grips for crochet hooks from other reviews I have seen, do not fit the sizes they say they do.
I’d steer clear of if you’re looking for something to fit larger hooks.
Most reviewers found these products unusable. You have to prepare your hook with soapy water rubbed over them, or dropping detergent or oil into the hole of the grip creates extra hassle.
As an ergonomic solution these products although inexpensive have more cons than pros. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.
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