I have been crocheting with thread for many years, mostly using Boye steel hooks. Having had carpal tunnel surgery in both hands, I am wondering if anyone can suggest an ergonomic yet efficient brand of hooks. I would appreciate any information. Many Thanks, Debra
I was hoping someone had replied as I'd like to know, too. Currently I use regular Boye steel hooks, like you, but I slid rubbery pencil grips onto the handles. Because the hole in the center of the grip was larger in diameter than the hook handle, I sacrificed a few grips by cutting them into widths that I shoved inside the hole of another grip to make that space smaller, then pushed it onto the crochet hook. I hope that makes sense. Where I learned of using the rubbery grips I saw where others wrapped tape around their hook handles but I didn't want yucky tape residue when I took the grips off again.
Thank-you, Madelyn. I also contacted one of my favorite thread crochet designers through Ravelry. She responded that she uses Boye hooks as well, but she is careful to limit her time crocheting, and takes breaks every 20 minutes or so. I think that this is part of my dilemma, because I tend to crochet for longer periods than is good for me. I might just try the grips that you have so kindly suggested. Many Thanks, Debra
I would be most grateful to see what you have done, as I am not eager to repeat the surgeries ( even though they were not that bad ). I refuse to give up on my favorite pastime!
I'm sorry I'm just now answering your reply. This link will get you to instructions and a few photos: http://madwhimsy.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/hook_grips/
If it's at all confusing, do let me know and I'll add pictures of each step of the process of how it's done. Hopefully this will help you at least a little!
Good Topic! I just finished a very large project using # 10 thread and I can assure you I would never have been able to do it without my BELOVED Clover brand Soft Touch ergonomic crochet hooks. They come in the regular sizes plus steel hook sizes as well. They are a Japanese product but are avail. at many craft & yarn online shops.I bought some of mine at Michael's. I used to get burning and cramps in my hands before I discovered these but I can go all day and night with the Clover hooks.
They cost just a little more but they're a lot cheaper than surgery! They are also very durable. I know I probably sound like I have stock in the company but they really are that good!