Do you know your Crochet hooks and knitting needles?
Whether you are a beginner or a pro in knitting, knitting needles and crochet hooks are terms that you should familiarize yourself with. People usually applaud the beautiful product that results from crocheting but there are a handful of people are aware of what takes place behind the scene to have those wonderful products. Understanding crochet hooks will give an insight to a knowledge seek interested in knowing something about knitting. A question that bothers the mind is ‘what are crochet hook and knitting needles — what are their functions and how do they work?’
Let’s first familiarize ourselves with crochet hooks. Also known as crochet needles, crochet hooks that are used in making thread loops and interlock those threads into the stitches of crochets. A crochet hook is designed with a shaft that is round and pointed with a lateral groove on its one end. The purpose of the pointed end is to make it easier to insert the hook as one crochets a material. The lateral groove behind the pointed end is to ease the process of back-pulling grooves through the material that is being crocheted. A subdivision of the shaft determines the nominal diameter of the hook. It is also important in ensuring uniformity in resizing loops and its handle.
There are two types of crochets that have survived through the centuries. One type of crochet hook has a hook of steel divided into two handles. The other type of crochet has a single-piece hook that is make of many materials. Manufacturers of crochet hooks produce them in a variety of diameters. Hooks of lesser diameters are made of steel to give them strength and minimize their chances of
breaking. Crochet hooks with wider diameters are made of materials like ivory, porcupine quills, celluloid, and bones. A crochet hook can be held in two ways, the knife grip and the pencil grip. In a knife grip, the hook rests under the hands palm the same way you can hold a knife overhand. A pencil grip rests over the thumb in the position of a pencil.
A crochet hook is used in pulling strings through holes such as in fixing knit stitches that drop. It can also be useful in drawstring threading. Although the major purpose of crochet hooks is in fiber arts, they are also important in the maintenance of dreadlocks. Knitting needles (or pins) are applicable in the production of hand-knit fiber arts. They have a long shaft that protects and hold active fabric stitches from falling apart. Their tapered ends are used in the formation of new stitches through the insertion of tapered ends through the stitches that are active to secure initial stitches. Length and diameter determine the size of the needle. The diameter of the knitting needle determines the size of the new stitch. Fine needles make fine knits and larger needles make larger knits. The standard of knitting needles is usually the same. However, the size may vary depending on the knitting work required.
Knitting needles can be single-pointed, double-pointed, or circular. The single pointed needle is the most common and is used in pairs. Double-pointed needles can knit from both ends. Circular needles are used in flat or circular knitting.