They are made of hard, high quality exotic woods both for strength and beauty.
The hook portion is finely sculpted to a form designed through two years of customer testing and input. The deep rounded gullet and gentle curves are designed for smooth operation. This differentiates it from many handmade and commercial hooks that are simply slotted. The handles are kept thin, making them lighter in weight than many other handmade hooks.
Wood crochet hooks have a different feel. They are not as slippery as metal, and more slippery than plastic. This, along with their appearance and hook design, has made them a favored hook of many crocheters for nearly four decades.
The design work is Bill's signature style, which he has evolved over 40 years of professional turning and literally tens of thousands of crochet hooks and other items.
Caution: Though made of very hard strong woods and designed for years of use, wood hooks are not as strong as plastic or metal. They should be used for nonmetallic yarn only, and should not be used for other purposes, such as prying things open. Also, if you grip so tightly that you bend your metal hooks with use, these might not be for you.
Hook Sizes range from "F" through "K", and the larger "N" through "S", measured according to "Boye" sizing.
They are about 7.5" long.
When ordering, specify size desired and light or dark wood preferences..... OR.....
Hook Gallery: You may also pick the individual crochet hook you want from our Crochet Hook Gallery, where there are pictures of the individual hooks for sale. What you see is what you get. When one is sold, it is gone!
Sizing equivilents: Sizing of crochet hooks and knitting needles is based on 1/4 millimeter increments. Both Boye and Bates use a similar standard for Knitting Needles, but vary on Crochet Hook sizes. For your clarification (perhaps confusion), we have provided a Sizing Chart. Only the sizes marked with an "*" are available from Turn of the Century
Boxed Sets: Set of six hooks in a velvet lined box of walnut,
cherry (pictured) , ash or oak . The velvet lining is forest green
(Specify wood preference).
Hooks are Boye sizes F-K in a variety of woods.
Please e-mail to check availability before ordering
(Individual Walnut, Cherry, Ash & Oak cases are pictured on the "Hook Set Gallery" page.)
Double Ended Hooks: Often called "Cro Hooks". These are
straight, smooth, accurately sized dowel made of Cocobolo Rosewood
with a finely made crochet hook cut in each end. The hooks are in
Turn of the Century Double ended hooks are available in Boye sizes G-N (see Sizing Chart) and in 10", 12" and 14" lengths. They are ideal for the person who wants a fine wood double ended hook. (Not available in boxed sets.)
Gauges: Maple with cherry or walnut end caps to measure crochet
hooks and knitting needles.
It has four scales: One scale is for Boye hooks and one for Bates crochet hooks; a scale for metric knitting needles (both Boye & Bates), and a scale for measuring in millimeters directly. It will permit measurement of "in between" sized hooks and needles as well as commercial sizes.
Shawl Pins: A new item as of September 2009.
These are 4 inch long hairsticks that are also used as shawl pins.
Being a new item, we welcome any suggestions on them.
Knitting Needles: Highly functional needles for the avid knitter. We have made these quality needles for over 25 years.
Tunesian (Afghan) Hooks: Like a knitting needle with a crochet hook tip on one end. On the "Odds 'n' Ends" Page
Nalbinding and Plarn Needles: Short, thick wood needles with large eyes and rounded points. These needles can be used for many strands of yarn, yarn made of rag strips and yarn made from plastic strips, such as plastic bags.
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phone or e-mail, and...
Payment by check or money order to:
Turn of the Century
1676 Millsboro Road
Mansfield, OH 44906-3374
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For more information on ordering and shipping, see the Ordering Info Page
To e-mail us: Bill@Turn-of-the-Century.com
All Turn of the Century designs © copyright William Schmidt, Turn of the Century