Crochet Hook Sizes to Try for Amigurumi
The common yarn brand for amigurumi beginners is Red Heart Super Saver. It's cheap, It comes in a variety of colors, and it produces clean stitches for amigurumi.
Using this yarn brand as an example, we'll figure out what crochet hook size to use for amigurumi. The following photo shows the yarn size and weight, as well as the suggested hook size.
**This photo was borrowed from the Russell Memorial Library article on "How to Crochet."
When I first began crocheting, I myself looked to the interwebs for "What is the best hook for amigurumi?" I remember reading 3 separate websites with the same answer: 'Whatever the hook size suggestion, use one size smaller.'
Through my own experience, crocheting amigurumi going on for 6 years now, I have learned that you take the weight number on the yarn, and then use one hook size number down from that. So the above photo says, medium 4, so I will use hook sizes in the 3's.
I am not sure if Boye hooks have changed their colors since, but these hooks have been in my possession for the past 6 years. From largest gauge to smallest, these are: 3.75, 3.50, and 3.25 millimeter crochet hooks.
And this is how you will progress in getting tighter and more uniform stitches in your amigurumi. You make an amigurumi with one hook, and then use smaller hooks as you practice more.
For the silver crochet hooks, in the Boye Hook Case, they go down pretty small [these sizes are mostly for lace work]. However, the 4 hooks above are the ones that I've used and practiced with to make my work the way it is today. The sizes are: 2.75, 2.25, 2.10 and 2 millimeter.
The straight 2 mm is my particular favorite crochet hook.
So, instead of referencing the hook suggestion on the yarn label, use the yarn weight to gauge your hook size. This method makes for tighter, and more uniform-looking stitches without gaps in the work as you practice your amigurumi.
Side Note: Please use aluminum hooks when crocheting amigurumi. Through personal experience, they break easy and they make an awful sound with acrylic yarn. [for my audio-sensitive friends]
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