Keep Your Crochet Hooks in Tiptop Shape

Over time, you'll build up quite a collection of hooks. And although hooks aren't expensive, you don't want to have to run out and buy the same hook over and over again because you damaged or lost the first one you bought in that size. Follow this advice to keep your hooks safe and looking like new:

  • Cleaning: You may not think this is too important or wonder how the hooks get dirty. But if you stop to think about it, it becomes obvious. The hook is tucked in your hand or between your fingers for each and every stitch you work, and your hands have natural oils that protect the skin. Over time, these oils build up on your hook and may rub off on your yarn.

• For your steel hooks, a good soaking in rubbing alcohol does the trick. Follow the bath by rubbing down the hook with a clean, soft cloth.

• Aluminum and plastic hooks benefit from a thorough washing with a mild detergent. Dry completely before storage.

• Wood hooks are a bit trickier to clean. Although most have been lacquered or coated to resist splintering, it's not advisable to soak or scrub the hook. Instead, use a damp cloth to wipe it clean. Be sure to dry it with a clean towel immediately.

  • Storing: Proper storage ensures that the hook you need for your next project is ready, willing, and able for work when you are. Invest in a case specially made to store hooks. They are readily available at craft and yarn shops. If you can't find one or don't want one, roll your hooks in a piece of felt, keeping them separated.
    Throwing your hooks in a bag or box can cause them to bang together, creating pits, which in turn can cause snags in the yarn as you work. Plastic hooks can bend and become warped as well as pit.
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