Today I'll be reviewing Knitter's Pride Waves Crochet Hook Set. Disclaimer: I received this complimentary hook set in exchange for a review. I am not being paid to write this review and everything shared here is my real opinion. Good, now that that's out of the way, let's get to the fun stuff!
The first thing I noticed about this set is how fun the case is. Mine is green, it also comes in pink. The case is nice and slender, perfect for tucking inside a bag when on the go. It also has that nice new case smell.
The next thing I noticed was that the hooks were *gulp* non-inline, meaning that the hook part and the rest of the metal handle don't quite line up, though in this case it does line up with the soft part of the handle. Up until now I thought I hated all non-inline hooks and could only use inline. Every other non-inline hook I've tried has been difficult for me to crochet with. I was worried that I wouldn't like these cute hooks (the colors even have names!) and that I was going to be sad. Never the less, I pulled out the sunny yellow 5mm hook and got to work on a simple hat with some Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend...
...and I LOVED working with the hook! I can't believe it! The hook is easy to crochet with. It moves in and out of the stitches very smoothly but doesn't let go of the yarn strand the way other non-inline hooks have. Yay! I barely even had to think about what I was doing.
I think these hooks must be superior because the little hook tip is just pointed enough to hold the yarn on the hook nicely but not pointy enough to cause splitting. My hat was done in no time! Now all it needs is some kind of embellishment. Perhaps a butterfly?
The "soft feel" feature of the hooks is great for folks with small hands like me. I'm a knife-holder and I crochet almost every day, so I sometimes get a bit of fatigue in my hand and wrist. These hooks fit so neatly in my hand that I don't need to hold them with a lot of pressure, saving me from discomfort. If you've got small hands and/or a bit of crochet pain, I'd definitely recommend these hooks. My hand wasn't tired at all after working up the whole hat in one go. Also, the grip has a pleasant smoothness to it, like a petal.
Could this set get any better? It turns out it could. It includes a 4.5mm hook! I feel like 4.5mm hooks are the unicorns of the crochet world. So many sets exclude them and yet they can be so useful. I have to say, I went into this review process intending to be generous and give the set away to a reader after I was through. But guess what? I love it so much and I'm so excited about the 4.5mm hook that I'm keeping the set! Muahaha! :p Sorry friends, this time you'll just have to get your own. Be on the look out for more reviews (and giveaways!) in the future.