I have been curious about how the new Amour Crochet Hooks (blue handle above) compare swith the Soft Touch Crochet hooks (brown handle), both made by Clover. H hooks (5.0 mm) shown above.
I’m a fan of both of these hooks. The thing I like the most about them is that the shank of the hook is even and fairly long. They’re great for doing stitches that require you to have many loops on the hook, treble crochet, puff stitches etc. It’s easy to keep the loops on your hook the same size. The Soft Touch may be better for the puff stitches because it has less taper before reaching the even part of the shank than the Amour.
On first examination the metal part of the hooks look pretty much the same, but they’re not. The Soft Touch hooks (below left) continue straight up from the handle all the way to the tip, while the Amour hooks (below right) bend forward a little near the hook part.
The Amour hooks may be slightly narrower in width on the actual hook portion, and have a deeper cut in the throat of the hook. I hooks (5.5 mm) shown above.
The metal of the Soft Touch hooks have a little grip on the yarn, with the Amour hooks feeling slightly more polished. This is such a slight difference that running my hand over the hooks I can’t really feel it. But when I’ve worked lace weight yarn with both hooks I noticed that the Soft Touch grips a little better. The Amour would be great for sticky yarn such as Noro Kureyon.
Another difference is that the handle of the Amour hook is slightly longer and feels a little rubbery. The handle of the Soft Touch is firmer and flattened.
On shawls, using a large hook and lace weight yarn, these both do a great job. The head of both hooks are very smooth and work easily into the stitches. On worsted weight wool these also perform well. Right now I think I have a slight preference for the Amour hooks but for certain projects, such as ones with tall stitches or slippery yarn, I’d probably pick the Soft Touch hook. I’d choose the Amour hook when working a tight gauge because it slips more easily into the stitches.
I hope I haven’t bored you with all the technical details. I encourage you to try these hooks.
And just to follow up to my Why Red post…
Another project in beautiful red yarn. This is a special edition color “Glogg” dyed by Fleur de Fiber in Chicago. Here’s a link to Fleur de Fiber’s Ravelry group.
The shawl pattern is a beautiful one called Hanataba by Joyce (YuLian) Yu. You can purchase the pattern online from Joyce’s Ravelry shop. For more technical details on this project visit my Ravelry project page. I used a Clover Soft Touch H hook for this project.