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Tunisian crochet hooks - Pt. 2 / Uncinetti tunisini - Parte 2

In one of my previous posts I wrote about my very first experiences with Tunisian crochet hooks and how I struggled to find decent ones that suited a beginner. In this post, I'll go on telling you how I went from a cheap but functional bamboo set to more expensive hooks. A third post will come, in which I'll finish my personal reviews of the hooks I tried so far and reveal which are my favourite, too. After a few projects, I was convinced that I did love Tunisian crochet, and I decided that I really wanted to try those fabulous interchangeable hooks many people sported around the web. Since I liked my bamboo hooks, I chose wooden Prym's Natural for a start. I like these quite a lot, as they're smooth and very pleasant to work with. Still, I was curious to try something else, too. My crochet friend Davide told me he loved KnitPro's Trendz hooks, so I got 'em and well: I fell in love with these hooks. They have amazing tips and very deep throats, and even though …

Tunisian crochet hooks, pt. 1 / Uncinetti tunisini, parte 1

When it comes to Tunisian crochet, one of the first issues people face is: which hooks should I choose? I decided to write about my own experience in 2 or 3 posts, and hopefully help some of you. When I first wanted to try Tunisian crochet, I only had a couple of long hooks at home, and they were definitely too thin for a newbie, like 2,5 mm or such. So I headed to a local store and bought me a nice 5 mm one. It was the classic long, straight aluminium hook with a plastic stopper at one end and a pretty rounded tip at the other end, branded Pony. I practiced a bit with it, and I struggled because of the rounded tip. I didn't give up, though: I purchased some bigger sizes by the same brand, which were double-ended and all plasticI couldn't use those to save my life. The yarn didn't glide on them, and using them hurt my wrist terribly. Silly newbie I was, I blamed it all on the technique itself and took a pause from it, even though I did enjoy it. Too painful. Keep in min…