As a crocheter, we have tons of wonderful options for crochet hooks: handcarved, polymer, ergonomic, resin, steel, aluminum – the list goes on. It can be a bit overwhelming honestly. You’ve likely heard of Furls Crochet hooks and may recognize them for their unique shape and style. But is a Furls Crochet hook worth the hype (and the price tag)? Here I share my honest review of Furls crochet hooks.
After using these hooks for a while, I reached out to Furls Crochet and they have generously offer to sponsor a giveaway. Keep reading to learn how to enter for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate from Furls Crochet.
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They’re Gorgeous and Come in Fun Colours
I first learned about Furls Crochet Hooks on social media. A maker shared a picture of her work in progress with this gorgeous hook laying next to it. As a self-professed hook addict, I needed to know what that hook was (and where she got it!)
I quickly learned that this sleek and stylish-looking hook was made by Furls Crochet. They really are a beautiful hook.
Like to make your yarn to your crochet hook or even your nails to your crochet hook? You can get furls hook in a variety of diffrent colors and color combinations. If you’re like me, you may end up with the same hook size in a different color (of 5) just for these reasons.
Furls Odyssey hooks were the hooks that initially store my heart because they come in a bunch of fun colour combos with a subtle sparkle. There are nickel tips and gold tips with different coloured handles. The Furls Streamline Crochet Hooks soon became a personal favourite as they are also comfortable crochet hooks but each one is a unique piece of art in the palm of your hand.
They’re Ergonomic and Comfy
As someone that crochets in every spare minute I have, I’m no stranger to hand pain. My first set of hooks was a set of aluminum hooks with rubber covers on the end to make them more “ergonomic”. As much as I loved them, I found them particularly painful to use when I crocheted amigurumi and then eventually when I crocheted anything.
I began my search for a proper set of ergonomic crochet hooks and learned more about crochet ergonomics. I learned that my previous set of “ergonomic hooks” weren’t actually ergonomic at all. The rubber grip was more of a comfort addition rather than anything put in place for hand health.
When I came across Furls Crochet hooks in my search I learned that Furls Crochet hooks have been designed with hand health in mind. Their teardrop shape was designed to require minimal effort of the hand to hold the hook while crocheting. (Check out their videos on hand health).
I hold my crochet hook with a knife grip primarily while sometimes switching up to a pencil grip. There was a bit of an adjustment period when I got my first new hook because I needed to adjust to the weight of the hook and I needed to loosen up my grip. Now I find that I can crochet for longer periods of time without pain
Different Hook Types and Materials
Furls has a variety of different crochet hook lines, using different materials but most of them have handles with tear drop shapes that I’ve come to associate with a Furls beauty. With Furls, you can currently find the following hook lines made from the following materials:
- Candy Shop Hooks – resin plastic hooks
- Alpha Hook – can be either all wood or a combination of hook and resin
- Streamlines – comes as wooden streamline hooks, metal hooks and resin hooks
- Odyssey Hooks – metal and resin
- Tunisian Crochet Hooks – wooden hooks
With crochet hooks, besides needing a different hook size for different projects, the material the hook is made of makes a big difference. The wooden crochet hooks even come in a variety of different woods.I love that you can get the crochet hooks in various materials so there are options to find a comfortable hook that will work with the yarn I’m using. When your hook glides through your yarn effortlessly, you have less strain on your hand.
Having hooks made of different materials means that they can offer hooks at a variety of different price points. So if you’re gun-shy and aren’t ready or able to afford the $100 USD + price point on one of their stunning Alpha hooks, you can find a cheaper option like the wooden or resin streamlines.
Fun note: the Alpha series hooks were actually what started it all for Furls Crochet and founder/owner Harrison Richards.
Depending on which line of Furls hooks you’re looking at, the size range can vary (slightly). Odyssey hooks have the greatest size range, being available in sizes 2.25 mm (B) to 10 mm (N/P). While the streamlines are available in 4mm size (G) up to a 15 mm hook (Q).
It is worth mentioning that if you’re transitioning from plastic/resin or lighter aluminium hooks, the weight of the Odyssey hooks takes some getting used to.
They are heavier than other hooks I’ve worked with but I actually like that. They are well-balanced. According to the Furls website, this weight assists in driving the crochet momentum into the act of crocheting, rather than hand strain.
If the weight makes you unsure, their streamline hooks made of resin or wood are much lighter and may be preferred by those that hold their hook pencil style. I personally love my Streamline swirl hook and I use a knife hold.
I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one. When you compare the price of an entire set of “ergonomic” hooks on Amazon to the price of a single Furls Odyssey hook, it makes you think twice. You all know how I love a good deal so it was tough to justify at first (especially when you factor in shipping and the currency exchange since I’m Canadian). But my husband made a good point when I was mentioning the hooks to him: I crochet EVERY DAY. Every. Single. Day.
When I’m really lucky, I can crochet for a few hours at a time. Crochet hooks are the most vital part of the crocheting process and good tools are worth the money. If they could help minimize future hand pain, they would be worth it. A few weeks later, my husband gave me my anniversary gift: two Furls Odyssey crochet hooks.
He ordered me 3.5mm Odyssey hook and a 4.5 streamline swirl hook to see if it made any difference in my hands. I do a lot of amigurumi projects and they are hardest on my hands so it made sense to start off with the 3.5mm size. It took a little to get used to the weight difference of the hook but I ended up loving it.
I crocheted a large amigurumi bunny over the next few days and had zero issues with my hands. My stitches were just a tight as they had been before, but no pain. Months later and I’m still not experiencing any issues when I crochet with my Furls hooks.
Are They Worth It?
In a nutshell: YES. I personally love my Furls Crochet hooks and think they are amazing hooks. If you’re unsure about whether a Furls Crochet hook will work for you, Furls has a customer satisfaction guarantee that if they hooks don’t help you crochet faster, more even stitches, you get your money back. They also have a great return policy so if your hook breaks, contact them for a replacement.
I personally feel they are worth the price tag. Even if I wasn’t a crochet designer, I think it’s always worth having tools that help protect your hands and make life easier. They often have free shipping events so if you’re price-conscious, you can usually snag a deal and also get free shipping. Check out the full Furls Crochet hook lineup here.
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Furls Crochet Giveaway
Furls Crochet has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for you guys. They’ll be providing a $75 gift certificate to the winner of the giveaway to purchase the hooks of their choice (or some of their other merchandise) from their site Furlscrochet.com.
The Furls Crochet Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends December 20, 2019 at 12:00am Eastern Standard time.
To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only.