Hook Sizes

Author: stitchem

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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.

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The Totoro made on the 5.0mm hook is 13.5cm tall.

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The 4.0mm hook Totoro is 10.5cm tall,

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The 3.5mm hook Totoro is 9.5mm tall. The smaller the hook, the smaller the stuffed animal will be.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Happy crocheting!

Author: stitchem