Did you know there are two different crochet hook styles? Often we learn with one style, then later try the other. I learned with a tapered style hook and later tried an inline style hook. Let’s learn the difference between Inline Hooks vs. Tapered Hooks!
The hooks below are a mix of styles, can you spot each below?
So what’s the difference between Inline Hooks vs. Tapered Hooks? Here are two hooks below that I’ve placed side by side. The hook on top is a tapered hook, and has a cylindrical body, then transitions into a smooth, cone-like throat. You’ll notice too that the hook is a little less deep and has a bit of overhang. I also want to point out that the thumb rest is further down.
The hook on the bottom is an inline style hook. This hook has a more geometric appearance, almost as if it were cut from a cylinder. You can see that the throat is more planar, with a flatter shape. The hook itself is deeper, and pointer than the tapered style. Also, the thumb rest is a bit higher.
Here they are from another angle, the inline style being on the left in green, and the tapered style in aqua on the right…note the more sloping smoother look of the tapered hook. Notice the more angular sharper edges of the inline hook. Most crocheters have a definite preference with one over the other. Some stitchers will even use them interchangeably, with different yarns and different projects. Some will say that certain yarns work better with a specific style hook too.
So stitchers, what is your favorite style? Do you use them interchangeably? Do you prefer one for a certain project or type of stitch? Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!