Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Inline Hooks vs. Tapered Hooks
Did you know there are two different crochet hook styles? Often we learn with one style, then later try the other. I learned with a tapered style hook and later tried an inline style hook. The hooks below are a mix of styles, can you spot each below?
So what's the difference? Here are two hooks below that I've placed side by side. The hook on top is a tapered hook, and has a cylindrical body, then transitions into a smooth, cone-like throat. You'll notice too that the hook is a little less deep and has a bit of overhang. I also want to point out that the thumb rest is further down.
The hook on the bottom is an inline style hook. This hook has a more geometric appearance, almost as if it were cut from a cylinder. You can see that the throat is more planar, with a flatter shape. The hook itself is deeper, and pointer than the tapered style. Also, the thumb rest is a bit higher.
Here they are from another angle, the inline style being on the left in green, and the tapered style in aqua on the right...
So stitchers, what is your favorite style? Do you use them interchangeably? Do you prefer one for a certain project or type of stitch? Comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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