When I heard of Ergonomic hooks the first thing I thought of was people with arthritis or carpel tunnel limitations. That is until a recent student with I teach suffering from arthritis made a comment that she wished she would have gotten her ergonomic hooks about ten years before she needed them. She stated that maybe it would have prevented her hands from becoming so bad. To be honest, there is no way of really knowing if it would have helped or not, but her comment got my mind to considering her warning.
I mean, it is true I really do not need the speciality hooks to help me at this season in my life, because crocheting has not become painful to as of yet. Still an ounce of prevention……
Although sometimes my hands get tired or stiff, but it’s not really on the painful chart from 1 to 10 yet. However, I have been crocheting for over 30 years and it could happen. God is willing, I would like to crochet up until the day I go home to be with the Lord. So when I decided I wanted to invest in the Boye Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle I had two things in mind;
- First, I did really want to buy new hooks, I have been using the same Susan Bates hooks since the beginning of my crochet journey, and to be honest I like them still.
- Second, was for more for preventive measures, to help take some stress off of my hands, while they are still into good condition.
- Lastly, this device allowed me to change my present hooks into Ergonomic hooks without a huge investment, on Amazon it is $7.27.
As you read my review, please keep in mind I do not have the test of time behind me, I have only been using Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle for a few days. Only about a year or two down the row will tell if the handle has any staying power and I will repost then.
When you first buy your Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle be careful when opening the package because you will need the chart and instruction on back.
The rubber washers do not have markings on them, and the color of the washers did not match the color graph in the instructions. However, it was easy to match the hole size to the appropriate hook sizes.
I have two suggestion for future use concerning these washers;
- Using a fine point permanent marker one could write each size on the washer.
- Or if you have your hooks in a zipper pouch where you would not loose your hooks, one could just leave them on the hooks. I opted for leaving the washers on my hooks.
- If you have a tendency to set your hook down and forget where you put it — this will make it much easier to find.
- The handle has a rubbery feel to it and really helps with the grip.
- Because of the size, it will become harder to lose my hooks in the side of chairs
- You can update your hook to ergonomic ones with relatively small investment.
- The larger handle does help to reduce stress while providing comfort & support to your hands while you work.
- They will take some getting used to, especially if you’ve been crocheting a long time with just hooks. I did notice that my stitches loosened up. But the longer I used the handle for crocheting I did eventually get back to normal tension.
- Every time you change hooks you will have to replace the hook in the handle. This was not a problem for me. However, I did read in a few other reviews where crocheter’s brought a few extra handles to save them from having to deal with this.
- I have noticed that it does attract lint and dust and hair easily.
- If you lose the washers, the handle becomes useless.
Room for improvement:
- Although this is the perfect size for my small hands, I think that Boye should make a small and a large size. I believe if you have large hands, this might not help relieve the pain as much. (However, I am not a doctor and could be mistaken on this point)
- Boye – if you are reading this, might I suggest one for steel hooks. I would happily invest in a handle that would fatten up my steel hooks handles without rebuying them all.
- I wish it came with some sort of case for the washers. As important as they are to the device, I think there should be some way to keep them contained.
My hooks are Susan Bates, and I have not had problems with them fitting or moving or slipping on me. I placed the washers with the large size facing toward the hook.
So my final opinion on the Boye Crochet Dude Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle is that it is adequate, but there is some room for improvement. That being said, I am personally happy with the handle and believe that the few negatives that I mentioned would not be enough to stop me from enjoying the advantages of the handle. I am really glad I received one and will more than likely recommend it to all crocheters that I encounter along my crocheting journey.
If you have purchased a Boye Crochet Dude Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle I
would love to hear what your thoughts and/or experiences have been. Please share and help other crocheter’s to make a better informed purchase.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.