Crochet Hook Classification



Based on material used to make the hook (not the handle) and the method of manufacture.


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Anatomy of a Crochet Hook

Crochet Hook Sizes

Crochet Guild of America Commemorative Hooks

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100.         Wire needle with separate handle

   steel wire needles, handle may be any material


110.       wire needle held by brass fitting

G. Chambers & Co. 1847

G. Chambers & Co. 1848

John Coney 1848

brass pin handle 1865

brass collet with agate handle

brass threads with agate handle

brass collet with bone handle

brass collet with bone handle and needlecase

Stanhope in bone handle


120.       wire needle held by steel fitting



130.       other wire needle fittings

Corona 1908

Kaurkuk 1908



200.         Wire needle permanently mounted in handle

    wire needle always steel, handle may be any material



210.      cone mount

cone mount with brass handle and R finial

cone mount with porcupine quill


220.      sliders – short needle with flat stamped brass or steel handle

double slider

flower on finial slider

M & Y lighthouse slider

quad needle slider

Queen Victoria golden jubilee slider

scalloped finial slider

swirl finial slider

twin needle slider

vine and flower finial slider

Avery 606

WDS cross slider – brass or steel handle

WH & Co slider

Z. S. & S. hand slider


230.     long needle permanently mounted in flat brass or steel handle

Climax 1879

The School

vine and flower


240.      needle with wire handle


241. coiled wire handle

single hook with steel coiled handle

double ended hook with steel coiled handle and brass sheath

double ended hook with steel coiled handle and painted sheath

single hook with brass coiled handle and glass paperweight knob

single hook with brass coiled handle, glass paperweight knob and brass collar

single hook with steel coiled handle and glass paperweight knob

single hook with steel coil over twisted handle


242. open wire handle

Z Shrimpton Duplex Crochet Needle and Holder 1866

Burgess duplex with curved handle 1868

Z Shrimpton twisted wire handle 1871

Crescent No. 29

Crescent No. 31

Crescent No. 33 twisted wire handle

Crescent No. 37 pivoting needle

double ended with fine twisted diamond

fine twisted wire handle

short needle with wire handle

slider with wire handle

wavy handle


250.      long needle with tube handle and brass mount

tube handle with brass cap

tube handle with flat brass end

tube handle with brass ball end


260.      triplex (three needles with saber sheath)

Avery 603

blue triplex

green triplex with round sheath

sterling silver triplex

Triplex by Abel Morrall

triplex Germany


270.        long needles with steel handles


280.      other soft metal mounts – brass, pewter


290.      needles  steel, self mount, or glued


steel wire needle with bone handle by Abel Morrall

steel wire needle with cork handle by Abel Morrall

Crescent steel wire needle with bone handle


Penelope Uncotopic



300.         Cast steel hook mounted in handle

    handles may be of any material


310.          decorative handles including ladies necessities

brass mounted or glued


320.         cast steel hooks with comfort and safety handles

Ross patent 1879

Hero Hand-L-Hook

Tregellas with turned aluminum handle

Shrimpton’s “Eclipse”


330.     double ended hooks

Sun No. 3 with bone middle

double ended hook with bone middle


390.          cast steel hooks with separate handle, usually  sets

391.            Ladies necessities

392.            cast steel — matching hooks of graduated sizes



400.        Cast steel, one-piece hook


410.            rod no grip

Henry English one piece steel 1860

Morrall’s steel rod blued

Sun/Sunlight Yarn Company


420.           rod with grip other than flat grip

Asbro twin pad

Cross Fox Brand twin pad

Easy Holding by Abel Morrall


Milward No. 420 with square grip

Morrall’s Slip Not

Nun’s Handy Hook


Woodfield long grip


430.            4 1/2″ – 5″ rod with flat grip (patent US 572809)

photo index of 5″ crochet hook names on grips

text index of 5″ crochet hook names on grips

only selected hooks with special features listed below

Clive, Faudelite and Vicars with X and bar on handle

Crowley’s Thyra

Eagle Patent Crochet Needle


Susan Bates Clipson metal clip

Susan Bates Clipson plastic clip


440.            3 1/2″ – 4 3/8″ rod with flat grip – safety hook

photo index of 3 1/2″ – 4 1/2″ crochet hook names on grips

text index of 3 1/2″ – 4 1/2″ crochet hook names on grips


450.            6″ rod with flat grip


Clark’s ONT afghans & rugs



500.        Ivory

510.           Eskimo style

walrus ivory, mammoth ivory

520.            European/Asian style

elephant ivory

Other European/Asian ivory hooks



600.        Carved Bone



700.         Lathe Turned Bone

all of the simpler, massed produced hooks

Abel Morrall bone crochet hooks



Crescent lathe turned bone plain

Crescent lathe turned bone with simple patterns

Lacis bone with round end




800.         Plastics


810.            celluloid

Abel Morrall celluloid


Sun/Sunlight Yarn Company

unknown manufacturers


820.            cellulose acetate

 Boye cellulose acetate



830.            casein

Erinoid by Abel Morrall


840.            modern proprietary plastics

Boye Balene

Addi Champanger

Handy Hook

Magic Knitting Kneedle and EZEE Crochet Hook

Red Heart Crystalites

Red Heart Starters

Susan Bates Crystal Ice

Susan Bates Crystalites

Susan Bates Luxite

Susan Bates Smartglo

The Crochet Lite

890.            sets



900.         Aluminum


aluminum by Abel Morrall

Addi Swing

Amo Silver by Abel Morrall

Clover gold anodized aluminum

Clover Soft Touch



Susan Bates Quicksilver

Susan Bates Silvalume

990.            sets



1000.       Plain Wood

Most made before 1970.


Crescent wooden crochet hooks

Susan Bates Tonewood

1090.            sets



1100.       Studio Wood

Most made after 1970. Exotic woods often used.

Dungan and Dalton

Grafton Fibers

Graydog Woodenware

Turn of the Century, Bill Schmidt

1190.            sets



1200.       Brass/Copper/Bronze

Includes all Addi Turbo hooks which are brass, also some INOX

Addi Comfort Grip

Celtic Swan Forge

1290.            sets



1300.       Bamboo

Most made after 2000

bamboo by Abel Morrall

Susan Bates bamboo

Takumi Bamboo



2000.      Other materials


2010.        other metals – sterling silver, pewter

Pater-Bennett pewter

2020.        horn

piqué posé work in horn

2030.        mother of pearl

Lacis abalone

2040.        glass


2050.        tortoise shell (?)


2060.        vulcanite/rubber

vulcanite by Abel Morrall


Crescent vulcanite crochet hooks



Specialty Crochet


3000.      Tunisian/Afghan hooks


3100.         one hook


3110.            bone

Crescent long bone crochet hooks

3120.            ivory


3130.            steel

Boye 9″

Flora Blanket Needle

3140.           plastics


3150.           aluminum


3160.           wood

Abel Morrall wood tricot hook

3200.        two hooks

includes Cro-Hook


3210.          bone


3220.          plastics


3230.         aluminum




4000.      Pjoning/Patning/Shepherd’s Knitting

broad, flat handles sometimes hand made from spoon handles, flat metal

 ivory with 1″ gauge

Shepherd’s Knitting Hook from Rogers spoon

Shepherd’s Knitting Hook from spoon

cedar by Pam Moller

bone snake by Kate Lebherz-Gelinas


5000.      Rug Crochet Hooks

for crocheting fabric strips into rugs

Denner Art Rug Needle

Neuschwanger Art Needle

 Standart  US patent 3,229,484  Jan. 18, 1966



6000.      crochet hook with needle eye (locker hook, Cro-Knitting, Knooking)


A. Shrimpton rug hook

Amazing Needle

bone hook with eye

Knitter’s Crochet Hook


Nihon Vogue Miracle Super-Needle



Crochet Accessories


10000.        Hairpin Lace Frames



11000.         Thread Holders




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