View Full Version : Size hook for joining?

04-03-2009, 01:17 PM
Practicing a few crochet edging and finishing patterns to go with my knitting. Should a crochet hook be the same size/smaller/or larger than the stitches being slip stitched or sc. especially for seam finishing, joining panels? This is pretty new stuff to me so although I understand the stitch directions I'm still plenty awkward.
Thanks for any info. Jean

04-03-2009, 01:40 PM
I assume you don't mean joining rows and you're only talking about seaming.

Seaming in crochet is usually a whip stitch so it doesn't matter, you can use a needle if you want, although I prefer to use a hook.

Otherwise it depends.

If you're making a crocheted seam it would depend on the effect you want and what stitch the rows are.

If you want a bigger or smaller "rib" for a seam you could adjust the hook size but too much would cause puckering, which might be an effect you desire.
If you're only going into the top of rows like on a square the same size would keep you from having to increase or decrease to avoid puckering.

For non-squares, the height of HDC doesn't divide to the length of a stitch so adjusting hook size might be a good way to avoid puckering. But you can also adjust how many stitches per row you use, "2 on that row, 1 on the next" etc.

04-06-2009, 03:45 PM
I've tried using the same size hook (using the mm given) as the needle but I usually find one size smaller matches the guage better.
I don't know it that means I knit tighter than I crochet or if it is just the difference between knitting and crochet. You might find crocheting a swatch to be your best way to judge what size hook you need to use when putting a crochet edge around a finished knit piece or when using crochet to seam two knit pieces together.


Good luck! Crossed Fingers