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What is an ergonomic hook? Do you need one?

Although crocheting is far safer than other hobbies (take jousting, for example), it’s not without its dangers. Depending on your crochet style, genetic disposition and lifestyle, crocheting for long stretches of time can result in wrist/hand pain. Ouch.

What is an ergonomic hook?

An ‘ergonomic’ crochet hook is a hook that is designed to alleviate pain that occurs while crocheting. Most ergonomic hooks have an enlarged handle that can be more comfortable to hold.

Hook: Kollage Square Crochet Hook
I haven’t found much information on exactly why (medically speaking) a larger handle alleviates wrist pain while crocheting, but there is much anecdotal evidence that these types of hooks work.

There is a large variety of ergonomic hooks available on the market (check out my crochet hook review for some reviews). Some hooks simply have a thicker handle, while others have a shaped/contoured handle.

Hook: Addi Swing Crochet Hook

Is an ergonomic hook right for you?

If you’re experiencing tendonitis, arthritis or any other condition that makes crocheting painful… there’s a chance that using an ergonomic hook will provide relief.

The bad news is that there’s no sure-fire way to know which hook is right for you without just trying them out. For example, I find that the way I hold my crochet hook makes it difficult to hold the Addi Swing… but there are many other folks that swear by it.

Hook: Furls Crochet Hook
I personally adore my Furls crochet hook, which is handmade with the width of your palm taken as a measurement.

Another factor to consider is the shape of the actual hook. We all prefer different hook shapes, and no matter how comfortable the handle is, you’re probably not going to regularly use a hook that has a hook shape you’re not a fan of.

Hook: Chiao Goo Bamboo Crochet Hook
The only way you’ll know for sure if a hook works for you is to try it out. I know… that may not have been what you wanted to hear!

Try wrist exercises!

If you’re experiencing wrist pain, it may also be worth your time to try doing wrist exercises regularly. Let’s admit it: crocheting isn’t an action that our bodies evolved to do, and it’s bound to be a little tiring. So, if you’re crocheting for hours on end, be nice to your wrists and give them regular breaks and stretches.

Be nice to your wrists

Listen to what your body is telling you. Even if you find a lovely ergonomic hook that works for you, you may not be able to crochet for long periods of time. Respect that, and break your crocheting into chunks.

In my experience, many folks with wrist pain are able to find a solution that works for them. It just may take a little trial and error!


  1. Thanks for posting this. I do get wrist pain when I crochet and I’m working on a blanket for a Christmas present right now. I’ll have to look into different hooks and see if that helps.

  2. Nancy SAYS...

    Thanks for discussing this topic. I have found the Tulip brand hooks with thicker, padded handles work for me and I can crochet comfortably for quite a while with them. I use the pencil hold when I crochet. The Furls hook looks intriguing and would like to try it out sometime. I’ll look into it. Thanks Stacey.

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  4. Valerie Tucker SAYS...

    I have fibromyalgia which gives me painful hands and my fingers and grip is weak. Which hook would you advise please?. I am a beginner.
    Valerie Tucker

    • It really depends on your specific hands/issues. I hate to dodge the question, but you really need to try a few different shapes to see what works best FOR YOU.