As promised, here’s a quick how to for making your own wooden crochet hook. These are easy to make but you will probably need to practice before the shape is akin to a mass manufactured crochet hook. I know I need to practice more on the shape. The thing is, these work regardless of how misshapen they are and you can have a whole set of different sizes with very little outlay.
- A piece of dowel approx 18cm long.
My dowel was 6mm diameter but you can use whichever size you want.
- A hacksaw
- Craft knife
- Ruler (optional, measurements are approximate)
- Pencil (optional, only if you want to measure accurately)
- Pencil Sharpener (optional, you could use your craft knife)
1. With the hacksaw cut your piece of dowel to around 18cm long.
2. With the pencil sharpener, sharpen one end to look like this:
Rotate two to three times in the sharpener to get this shape but it really doesn’t matter since you’re just rounding the end that sits in your hand.
3. At the other end, measure about 2cm from the end and mark a line (or you can eyeball it). Start carving with your craft knife rotating as you go to make a point like this:
4. Cut off the sharp end with a saw or craft knife if, like me, you can’t be bothered to go back out to the cold garage! It should now look like this:
5. Sand both ends now to remove rough bits.
6. Continuing to work on the sharper end, make a mark with your craft knife around 1.5cm from the end. Cut down slightly at a 45 degree angle. A few millimeters away from that cut mark and cut down at a lesser angle to make a triangular cut out as shown below:
7. Keep working away at this cut out, alternating between cutting a 45 degree angle and a lesser angle. It helps to hold the hook flat on a board and skim off layers towards the point, then cut down at the 45 degree angle to remove the ends of the slithers. The picture below shows this work in progress.
Be careful to cut downwards and not across because the grain will split if you cut straight across or a too small an angle. You’ll be sanding the rough bits later so don’t worry if it looks a bit ragged at this stage.
8. Once you’re happy with the size and shape of your cutout (it really doesn’t have to be perfect but you need to be able to catch a bit of wool with it…obviously!) sand the whole hook, paying particular attention to the base of the cutout part to ensure your wool doesn’t snag.
Here’s mine after it had been sanded. Notice the angle of the cutout, cutting across the grain rather than into it. And the other side:
That’s really all there is to it. It just takes practice to get the shape right.
As a bonus, you could make your own knitting needles. I cut all of my dowel into 18cm lengths before I realised but all you would need to to is sharpen one end until sharp and stick a large bead or button to the other and then sand really well … shh, don’t tell the knitting needle manufacturers!