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Trying out Tunisian crochet on a hook from the Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hook set.

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The Bottom Line

The Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hook kit may not be a must-have for every knitter's tool kit, but if you're a knitter who also likes to crochet, especially if you enjoy or would like to learn Tunisian crochet, this set is really handy and you're sure to come up with a lot of uses for it.

Like the Denise knitting needles, this set is made of high-quality, sturdy materials and is easy to use and transport.

It might not be a tool that you reach for often, but you'll be glad you have this set the next time you have to pick up stitches for a button band or when you simply need a particular size crochet hook and can't find one in your collection.

Pros

  • Full set of 12 crochet hooks, ranging in size from F5 to 19.
  • 7 cables -- 2 each of 3 and 5 inches, 1 each of 9, 12 and 16 inches allow a variety of hook options.
  • Cables are the same size as Densie knitting needles, so tools can be used interchangeably.
  • Hooks are lightweight and easy to work with, and the joins are smooth to prevent snagging.

Cons

  • Crocheting with a hook that's partially flexible can be a little awkward.
  • Some people say joins aren't always perfectly smooth.

Description

  • Set of 12 crochet hooks: F5, G6, 7, H8, I9, J10, K10.5, L11, M13, N15, 17 and 19.
  • Two cables each in lengths of 3 and 5 inches, as well as one cable each in lengths of 9, 12 and 16 inches.
  • Two extenders and four end caps round out the collection.
  • Hooks are labeled with US and metric measurements on one side for easier organization.
  • All pieces snap into a small (7.5 by 8 inch) plastic holder that's easy to carry wherever you want.

Guide Review - Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks

Interchangeable crochet hooks might not seem like something a knitter needs, or even something that would be that useful, but there are some situations in which a crochet hook with a cable is a good idea.

The most obvious is in Tunisian crochet, a method that About.com's Guide to Crochet, Amy Solovay, has said is the most accessible for knitters new to crochet because it's worked in rows that bear much more resemblance to knitting than crochet.

Tunisian crochet is typically worked on a long rigid hook that looks like a knitting needle with a hook at one end. Stitches are picked up along the edge of the crocheted piece, then worked back without turning the work. Thus half the time you have a bunch of stitches on your hook, making it look a lot like knitting.

The flexible ends of the Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks actually make Tunisian crochet a little more comfortable, and they mean you're a lot less limited in terms of the size of project and yarn weight you use. It can be difficult to find Tunisian crochet hooks in multiple gauges and lengths; with this set you can create a custom hook with any size head and that is any length you like.

Even more important for knitters is that the cables on these crochet hooks are exactly the same as the cables on the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles, meaning you can be knitting a piece and easily change to crochet or vice versa just by changing the end and keeping all your stitches on the cable.

One way i can think of that this would be really useful would be if you picked up stitches along an edge using the crochet hook, then just swapped the hook for a needle to go on knitting. I'm sure there are other reasons this might be valuable as well.

The kit contains 12 hooks, ranging in size from F5 to 19 (3.75 mm to 15 mm) and seven lengths of cord, making it possible to make hooks ranging in length from 8 inches to 37 inches.

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