Crochet hooks come in a variety of sizes (and styles) to fit the project. If you’re wondering what crochet needle size you need check out this list of crochet hooks by millimeter measurement and U.S. letter sizes.
When I first began crocheting I learned the letter sizes for my crochet hooks. But, actually, the different crochet hook sizes also have a corresponding measurement in millimeters.
Crochet hook needle sizing is actually manage by the different makers of the hooks. So there is some variety in the labeling, which is why it’s important to know the millimeter sizes and the letter sizes of your crochet hooks.
Why are there multiple ways to measure crochet hooks?
Maybe you’ve noticed the same letter sizing on hooks of different measurements? I’m looking at you G-6/4mm and G/4.25mm! It can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re a new crocheter! I even have one labeled G+!
Crochet hooks with letters and numbers are sizing standards by the different crochet hook companies. That’s why there’s a mix of labeling.
So it’s important to know the corresponding measurement in millimeters. This is the most accurate way to measure crochet hooks.
How do you know what size crochet hook to use?
Your pattern will tell you exactly which crochet hook to use. But, you may need to make some adjustments, based on your own personal tension (how tightly/loosely you hold the yarn).
Of course checking gauge is the best way to make sure your crochet project will turn out right. To check gauge, crochet a swatch, usually 4″/10cm, with the recommended hook size and yarn. Compare it to the gauge provided by the pattern to see if yours matches.
If you have more stitches per 4″ then you will need to try using a larger hook so your stitches will be larger. If you have less stitches per 4″ then you will need to try using a smaller hook so your stitches will be smaller.
The most common crochet hook sizes
The hook you use really depends on what types of patterns/projects you like to crochet. Different hooks and different yarn weights work together to make a variety of fabrics.
Commonly, crochet hook sizes 4mm-6mm are used for #4 medium worsted weight yarn, which is also a popular weight of yarn for many crocheters.
Hook size affects the size of your crochet stitches
But if you’re an Amigurumi crocheter then those hook sizes, with the same #4 med worsted weight yarn might be 2.25mm-3.5mm since this combination will make a tighter knit fabric. Which is exactly what you want with amigurumi.
For example, in my crochet narwhal pattern I use a 3.25mm crochet hook and #4 yarn for small, tight stitches. Whereas, in my Gia Summer Top crochet pattern I use a 5.5mm crochet hook and #4 yarn to crochet a fabric that will drape nicely on the body.
So the smaller the crochet hook, the smaller stitches, and vice versa.
You’ll notice in the chart that the letter sizing ascends from the beginning of the alphabet, as the mm size increases.
Your yarn label is a great resource of information and most will recommend a hook size on the label. The crochet pattern is important too, as we’ve seen with the Amigurumi and crochet top examples.
Crochet Hook Size Conversion Chart
The crochet hooks mm measurements are taken around the shaft of the hook, which is the length just past the hook. This is handy to know if you have hooks that are labeled only by letter, but your pattern only gives the millimeter measurement.
It’s important to note that there are also steel crochet hooks which are used to work with crochet thread. The sizing on these hooks is different. The higher the number the smaller the hook measurement.
A few of my favorite crochet hooks
Clover Amour, these crochet hooks have a smooth glide through your stitches. I love the zipper pouch mine came in.
Furls ergonomic hooks. I love both the wood and resin Streamlines and the Odyssey line features smooth gliding metal hooks. The Alpha Series hook is a work of art in itself, as well as being ergonomic.
Which crochet hooks works with which yarns?
The yarn weights listed here are commonly used and by no means, exclusive. If you use a larger hook with a thinner yarn then you’ll have a more open, lacy fabric. And if you use a smaller hook with a larger yarn then you’ll have a denser fabric. It depends on what you want!
- B/2.25m works with 0-1 weight yarns also known as fingering, sock, baby yarn.
- C/2.75mm works with 0-1 weight yarns also known as fingering, sock, baby yarn.
- D/3.25mm works with 2-3 weight yarns also known as sport, baby, dk, light worsted yarn.
- E/3.5mm works with 2-3 weight yarns also known as sport, baby, dk, light worsted yarn.
- F/3.75mm works with 3-4 weight yarns also known as dk, light worsted, worsted, afghan, aran yarn.
- G-4/4mm works with 3-4 weight yarns also known as dk, light worsted, worsted, afghan, aran yarn.
- G/4.25mm works with 3-4 weight yarns also known as dk, light worsted, worsted, afghan, aran yarn.
- 7/4.5mm works with 3-4 weight yarns also known as dk, light worsted, worsted, afghan, aran yarn.
- H/5mm works with 3-4 weight yarns also known as dk, light worsted, worsted, afghan, aran yarn.
- I/5.5mm works with 3-4 weight yarns also known as dk, light worsted, worsted, afghan, aran yarn.
- J/6mm works with 4 weight yarn also known as worsted, afghan, aran yarn.
- K/6.5mm works with 4-5 weight yarns also known as worsted, afghan, aran, bulky, chunky yarn.
- 7mm works with 4-6 weight yarns also known as worsted, afghan, aran, bulky, chunky, super bulky, roving yarn.
- L/8mm works with 6 weight yarns also known super bulky, roving yarn.
- M/N/9mm works with 6 weight yarns also known super bulky, roving yarn.
- N/P/10mm works with 6 weight yarns also known super bulky, roving yarn.
- Q/R15mm works with 7 weight yarns also known jumbo, roving yarn.
Types of Crochet Hooks
- Aluminum – Boye and Bates are two of the common makers of these types of hooks. Most of us start out with a basic set of aluminum hooks. These are a wonderful and cost effective way to get many of the sizes you will need to start crocheting.
- Plastic – These are lightweight and affordable. This is also a great option for those starting out.
- Wood- Many kinds of wood are used to create hooks. Bamboo is a lightweight wood that’s popular for hooks in both the standard and ergonomic category.
- Steel – These hooks are the smallest and used for crochet thread. They have a separate numbering/measurement system.
- Ergonomic – For those who crochet often, or for long periods, an ergonomic hook can keep your hands from hurting. These usually have a larger handle that fits nicely into the hand.
- Tunisian Hooks – These are made for Tunisian crochet and have a long handle for holding the stitches, much like a knitting needle.
There is so much to learn when you are learning a new craft! Take it slow and get the basics down. There will be opportunities to keep learning and growing in your crochet art.
What can I crochet with a…
Katerina kitty crochet lovey pattern is an example that uses a small 3.25mm hook for the cat parts and a 5.5mm hook for her dress.
The toddler sun hat crochet pattern is a popular one that uses a 4mm crochet hook.
5mm crochet hooks are very popular in crochet patterns, here is my most popular crochet shawl pattern.
For those who love sweaters the Sunset Sweater crochet pattern uses a 6mm crochet hook and #4 weight yarn.
For those who have chunky #5 yarn and a 7mm hook the Ana Hat is a chunky, slouchy hat crochet pattern.
Ready to take on crochet color work? The Tuscan Charm cowl pattern uses #5 yarn and an 8mm crochet hook.
If you have a 15mm hook and some jumbo yarn, you might like this chevron blanket crochet pattern that features striped #7 yarn.
The Sheila Cowl crochet pattern makes a great gift with a 10mm hook and one skein of #6 super bulky yarn.
Of course there are so many great hook and yarn combinations, these are just a few!