In-Line vs Tapered Crochet Hooks Gauge

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In-Line Vs. Tapered Crochet Hooks Gauge

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A few weeks ago I posted an image on on my Facebook page that showed the difference between the In Line Hooks (Susan Bates) and the Tapered Hooks (Boye). I asked everyone to tell me which they preferred and there was an overwhelming response! There were advocates in both camps, but what I found interesting was a question asked by a few people that related to both hooks, “Does the difference affect crochet hooks gauge?” I thought it was worth investigating so I decided to test it and see. What I found may or may not surprise you, but it is important to note.

Β Which hook is your favorite? Do you think you’ll check crochet hooks gauge with both hooks? I’d love to hear in the comments!


  1. Interesting, that may be why my row gauge is sometimes a bit off, depending on the pattern. I won’t ever use an inline hook though – tried it a few times and I just couldn’t do it, throws my whole rhythm off.

  2. shanon myers says:

    I have been crocheting for more than 40 yrs and have never been able to use the tapered hooked easily. with a tapered hook the yarn slips off as I make the stitch. The in line hook catches and holds the yarn as I make the stitch. It is frustrating since everyone carries the tapered hook, but only a few stores carry the in line ones. Thankfully Susan bates have finally come out with hooks that have a wooden handle to make it easier on my now arthritic hands. Someone would make a mint if they put soft handles on in line hooks!

    • LOL I’m sure they would!

    • Susan Rudinsky says:

      Shanon… I too love the Susan Bates with the bamboo handle… Very comfy.
      F.Y.I. Susan Bates makes a Comfort Cushion that slips over the end of a regular hook. I have used those in the past and after a bit of getting used to… really helped my hands.

    • Strange. What she describes as the “in-line” hook in her video is the most common hook out there. I’ve never seen any yarn department that didn’t carry Bates hooks. And if none of the umpteen soft-grip hooks available commercially look right, there’s a bunch of YouTube videos showing how to customize grips–just get some polymer clay and build the grip up as thick as you want.

      • Hey Wendygoerl it really does depend on where you live what the stores will carry. There are hooks and yarns that are not available in different places. There are a lot of videos regarding Polymer clay handles, pretty cool. πŸ™‚

  3. I have used both styles (prefer the tapered) and I’d never really thought about whether it would make any difference on guage as I’m not one who pays close attention to that. What I have found, though, is to pay close attention to how the hook is made. Meaning, one of my tapered hooks kept snagging as I crocheted & this hadn’t been a problem before. I looked closely at it & found that the end (hook part) had a slight twist to it. This was a new hook as I’d misplaced the one I’d been using. So, I ended up using my in-line hook which seemed to work really well after having to deal with the twisted one. I thought I might add that I started carrying an emery board with my crochet tools as one of my hooks had somehow gotten a burr & snagged yarn. I filed it down & now the hook is as good as new.
    Thank you for all the work you put into videos, emails, etc. It’s really appreciated!

    • Hey Janquito, thanks for your comment. I didn’t realize you could get a new hook that was slightly twisted! The more we play with our hooks and yarn, the more we find out the differences. πŸ™‚

  4. Carla Thompson says:

    My gauge was always off until I switched to the in-line. After nearly 40 years, my swatches are finally consistent! Wow ~ “close by a hair” to the recommended gauge when it comes to row height & dead on with width. I switched from a tapered hook to Susan Bates 3 years ago (with bamboo handles for the arthritis in my hands) & haven’t looked back!!
    Thank you for the video, Sedie. Very interesting to see the difference.

    • LOL Who knew right Carla?! Glad you finally found what works for you to get the gauge you need. πŸ™‚

  5. I am with Carla in that after 30+ years of using Boye hooks I made a switch to see “what the fuss was about” with Bates. I have not looked back. More consistent AND faster crocheting for me.

    I am dying to try a Furls hook as they are supposed to be the best of both worlds. I’m not sure when I will be able to justify the price though haha!

    Great article Sedie and very helpful to know that I’m not the only one who comes out with different gauges depending on the brand of hook haha! πŸ™‚

    • LOL My pleasure Lynette! I was quite surprised to see that there actually was a difference! πŸ™‚

    • I highly recommend trying a Clover Amour hook as, to me, they seem to be the best center ground between the Bates and Boye styles. And they are much cheaper than the Furls and more readily available in most places (as Joann’s carries them).

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