The Meaning of Numbers and Letters on Crochet Hooks - Crochet Tip 23

When I learned to crochet there were two standard types of crochet hooks. Steel and aluminum. I know that there is a variety of shapes and sized hooks sold in the stores today. You just need to find something that works for you. The images below are example of the sizes for steel and aluminum hooks. Numbers are used with steel hooks. Alphabet letters are used with aluminum hooks.

Steel Crochet Hooks
- The hook gets smaller as the number gets larger.

Aluminum Crochet Hooks - The hook gets larger and the letter get larger.


  1. I use hooks from Tulip Company. Both their steel and aluminium hooks with the SAME number are slightly differently sized. I also have Japanese bamboo hooks which are also all different in size despite having the same number. I have to do trial and error to get the right one sometimes. Drives me crazy.

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