I’m feeling a bit unfaithful. In another awesome random act of kindness, I was given a Clover Amour hook to try. It’s the one on the left in the picture. On the right you see my long-time hook. It’s a Susan Bates style that I picked up in a box lot on Ebay a few years ago. I fully credit this hook with getting me back into crochet in a big way. It’s like a Bates Quicksliver–very slick with a gray coating. I’ve crocheted so much with it that the gray is starting to wear down to the silver underneath. I modified it with grip tape to keep my hand from cramping, and because in a marathon crochet stint I made a bruise on the side of my finger!
I am a roller when it comes to crochet. I tend to roll the hook back and forth between my fingers as I work, which means most ergonomic hooks don’t work for me because of the shape. But the Clover Amour is a dream! The grip is very comfortable. It’s flat on one side and has a corresponding rounded part on the other. It’s almost as if it had been pushed on one side and it bulged out on the other. It works. It’s comfortable! I used it all day yesterday and today while my faithful gray hook languished on my table, reproaching me.
The only downside to the Amour is that it’s got a shallower throat than my usual hook, and an more rounded hook. It’s about halfway between a Boye style and a Bates style. I think I might even be able to use smaller hooks with this brand, if the throat thing doesn’t start tripping me up. I think more experimentation is in order.
Meanwhile, my trusty gray hook sends out “trip her up!” vibes while I’m using the Amour.