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What size crochet hook do I use for amigurumi?

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What size crochet hook should I use?

Of course, this question is easy-peasy if you have the exact yarn called for in the pattern. But what if you want to substitute yarn for your amigurumi? Fortunately, this is easy to do too!

The most important thing when making amigurumi is to make sure that your hook is appropriately sized for your yarn, so that you get a nice, solid fabric. So, let’s say that you’ve selected a yarn that you want to use. How do you know what size hook is recommended? Check the yarn label!

yarn labelAt left, I’ve taken a photo of a yarn label (from Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool, if you’re wondering). Most yarn labels specify the needle size that is required for knitting needles, but we crocheters can use that information, too. Notice that the label recommends a 5.0mm needle. Well, you’ll use a 5.0mm hook, too! If you want to find out what letter this number corresponds to, then look it up in a crochet hook size conversion chart. Here, you’ll find that it’s a size H hook.

Many people recommend using a smaller hook size than recommended to keep your stuffing from showing through. However, if you read our tips on keeping stuffing from showing, you’ll find some great tricks to keep that stuffing from showing, using the recommended hook size.

This way, you’ll be able to use any yarn (and the appropriate hook size) for any amigurumi!

Happy stitching!