Hook Safety

Sep 30, 2011
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I had a "necessity is the mother of invention" moment the other day, and I thought I might share it with you.

In the last few weeks, finding myself busier than I ever thought busy could be, I've been carrying around my crocheting in the hope that I might find a stray moment here or there to get some work done on a rather large lace project.

But every time I packed my project into its little bag and put the little project bag into my backpack, I would have a moment of worry for the safety of my favorite hooks: A 3.5 mm Lantern Moon (bottom, at left), and a 4 mm Dyak Craft hook (top). They've been my lace buddies for several years now. I found myself engaging in slightly neurotic protective behaviors, like refusing to put my backpack on the floor where someone might step on it and break the slender hooks inside, or placing my project bag on the top shelf, safe from the destructive reaches of my family.
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It occurred to me that I needed a hook case. Soon. Immediately. Before I started dragging around an iron lockbox.

So, at knit night, when I saw my knitterly friend's double-pointed needle holder, a lightbulb went off, and I decided to appropriate yet another knitting tool into the crochet world. I went ahead and ordered one for myself (along with a few other things...I'm a sucker for free shipping). It's been working great. And I can sleep at night, knowing my hooks are safe.
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I'm about to put it to the ultimate test: Airplane travel. With my 3-year-old. It's like a stress test for the durability of pretty much anything. I'll let you know how it goes!

Until next time,


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Char55 wrote
on Oct 3, 2011 9:02 AM

I had a problem with the hook end getting caught in my work as it sat in my bag; or with the hook falling out of my work. One solution was to clothespin the hook to the work and/or the bag; this works well for small projects.  However, with my long, flexible tunisian hook, the easiest solution was to put something on the end of the hook to prevent it snagging either the item I'm working on or the loose yarn in the bag and prevent all those loops from sliding off.

I had purchased a small dish drainer to set in one side of my double sink. The drainer itself was plastic coated wire but for some reason they still insisted on putting those little rubber feet on the curved wire feet (all they do is collect water and get really nasty dirty). I took the 4 rubber feet off and set them aside figuring I would re-purpose them somehow....turns out they fit the end of crochet hooks perfectly! No more snagged yarn or lost stitches!

JenniferS@2 wrote
on Oct 5, 2011 11:45 AM

I use plastic toothbrush cases for the exact purpose you described!  You can get them at most pharmacies, so if you want more cases, that might be a good solution!  =  )

@Char55---I always use knitting needle point protectors over the hook end if the hook is in loose with the project instead of being in a case.  Because I have a lot of point protectors, I don't need to use the feet from my dish drainer for this purpose.  HOWEVER, I hate the way those little white feet get disgusting and need cleaning, but I had never thought of trying to take them off!  So immediately upon reading your comment, I went and investigated my dish drainer.  No more little foot covers on it, and it looks so much better!  Plus the rubber covered wire should stay just fine and clean like it does on the rest of the drainer.  Great idea!

Char55 wrote
on Oct 7, 2011 2:16 PM

JenniferS@2,

Glad that the idea of removing the rubber feet worked on your drainer, too. A bottle brush or nail brush is good for cleaning between the wires (and also on the bend in the feet) on the rack if it happens to get dirty.  I don't knit, so I didn't have any point protectors handy and I wasn't sure if the hook end would fit in one so I didn't want to buy any and then not be able to use them.

debber wrote
on Jun 18, 2013 1:51 PM

Tooth brush tubes work well for holding crochet hooks.

You can find them at dollar stores, etc.