Before you run off to buy a set of hooks or mangle the ones you already own, you may have a local option that will let you give Knooking a try.
There is a neat little tool available at Hobby Lobby, and perhaps your local craft store, called a Locker Hook. It is a metal hook, often around crochet hook size G, with the eye of a needle at the end. It is used for a craft called Locker Hooking, which is very similar to latch hooking. In fact, that is where I found my hook, by the latch hook supplies.
It is has more of a Boye shape than a Bates, and technically the eye of the hook should be smaller than the diameter of the hook itself, but it’s still a good way to get some practice without laying out a lot of cash upfront.
If you can’t find it locally, there are a few online stores that carry it: Hobby Lobby, Create for Less, and Mielke’s Fiber Arts. I am not affiliated with these stores in any way, and always remember to carefully checkout any online sites before you make a purchase. :)
There have been rumors of people modifying their own hooks. I will admit that I am one who has tried, and failed. It’s probably not that hard, but I just don’t have the necessary talents, skills and tools not to royally screw it up. I have a whole collection of Lion Brand plastic hooks that belong in a House of Horrors. *lol!*
So now you have your hook and yarn, what do you do? I’ll cover that in another post very soon, along with some project ideas.
Before you go, I do need to mention the wonderful Yahoo group that helped me out when I first found started. It’s called Knitting with CrochetHook, and has a wonderful group of helpful members. It’s a low volume group most of the time, so you don’t have to worry about being overwhelmed with messages. Be sure to read through the archives too, it’s a treasure trove of helpful information.