Today I will try to explain why hook size is important. I experimented with my own little Totoro pattern found HERE to demonstrate the different sizes.
When making amigurumi (stuffed animals), I typically like to use a smaller hook size. This way the stitches will be tighter and will have less holes, so no stuffing can escape!
I made 3 Totoros, with 3 different hook sizes, 5.0mm, 4.0mm, and 3.5mm hook.
The Totoro made on the 5.0mm hook is 13.5cm tall.
The 4.0mm hook Totoro is 10.5cm tall,
The 3.5mm hook Totoro is 9.5mm tall. The smaller the hook, the smaller the stuffed animal will be.
Hook size determines the size of the Totoro. The smaller the hook, the smaller the stuffed animals will be. I think the smaller hook used makes the overall product look better. The finish is cleaner than a bigger hook. I think it’s because the stitches are tighter and closer together.
From the back, I can tell how much the Totoro’s differ in sizes! No matter what the size, I love all my Totoro’s!
Choosing the hook size depends on how big you want the finished product to be. But I would recommend not to go bigger than what the yarn weight suggests on the label for amigurumi. Then the holes between the stitches would be too big!