I started this web site to help inspire and encourage other crocheters, so I try to write on subject topic’s that I personally had trouble with along my journey. Today we live in a world of instant knowledge on almost any subject topic, but this wasn’t the case in my early days of crocheting. I acquired most of my skill by trial and error. I was very fortunate to live within a few blocks of a really good Chicago library that had a large craft book section. Regretfully, there was no one in my circle that knew how to crochet. I guess I am basically trying to tell you that I learned how to crochet from books. Since understanding about crochet thread was a small struggle for me, I can relate to the confused beginner. I thought some of you might benefit from having it explained as simply as I can. So let me try to educate you about crochet thread-
Crochet thread: Fiber
Most crochet is made of cotton. To be honest I have never used anything else or have seen anything else in the stores where I live. However upon doing a little research, I found that there is also acrylic, nylon, metallic, and silk threads that could be bought on the internet that I never knew.
Although I am sure there is a few brands of crochet thread available, I have only used Aunt Lydia’s and Red Heart. I have had good luck with both and they are easy to work with. Both come in a variety of sizes and colors.
Crochet Thread: Standard Sizes
This is the part that took a while for me to wrap my brain around as it works opposite as the crochet hook sizes. Just remember the smaller the number the larger the thickness of thread. I started crocheting with size 10 until I became very comfortable with using thread.
Crochet thread comes in sizes: 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80, 100. There might be more out there, but these are the ones I have seen over the years. As I said, Size 10 being the thickest and 100 being the smallest.
Crochet Steel Hook:
The Craft Yarn Council did such a good job at explaining steel hooks, that I use their information. So the following page is from the https://www.craftyarncouncil.com. If you have never looked at this web page take the time to check it out.
This should help with a general knowledge of crochet thread. In closing, remember to always look at the recommended hook size and pattern skill level before deciding on which pattern to work. Always, if you want the correct size always take time to work a swatch for gauging. It is the best and fastest way to know if you need to adjust your hook size.
Until next time, keep those hooks flying.