New Year – New Ideas

By Corinne Munger – 18 Comments
Spending the last several weeks making presents for everyone has led me to want to spend some time making some things for me. This always leads me to research new things. I don’t even know how I came upon this item, but I’m so excited that I did. It’s called the Sharp Crochet Hook.

I love crocheting around the edges of things. The ends of pillow cases, the bottom of a shirt or even tablecloths are made to look elegant and classy by adding this special touch – but the work to get started keeps me from doing this as often as I’d like. Rachel posted a great tutorial about this here: How to Crochet Edging onto Clothing.

crochet edging

The technique I use is slightly different (older – taught to me by my Mother years ago). You must first learn the blanket stitch to sew your base onto the item you want to edge. You have to make sure these stitches are not only equally distance from each other, but that they are also the right distance apart to accommodate your size stitch. You have to make sure you have enough yarn, string, or whatever your medium, to go around your piece in one continuous go.
blanket stitch
Then it takes time to do the sewing. It’s not an easy process, but the end result makes it worth it. So when I came across the Sharp Crochet Hook, I could hardly contain my excitement and ordered it immediately.

This hook is made sort of with a knife blade that surrounds the crochet hook so that you can insert it into any fabric and then proceed to crochet your edge, rather than having to sew it. It will cut the time required for this process to almost nothing.

I can’t begin to tell you all the ideas/designs/patterns that are going through my head utilizing this new tool. It should be in my mailbox in the next couple of days. If you’re interested in researching this item, you can look at it on their website.

I’m not affiliated with the company selling this in any way. I just wanted to pass on my new found discovery. I’ve been crocheting for what seems a millenia and never knew this item existed. I can’t wait to get started with it. The new project I have in my head will get some of you pretty excited so if you want to follow along with me, you can get your Sharp Crochet Hook here

Now it’s got me wondering what else is out there that I have yet to discover!

Do you have a tool you use to crochet with, besides a hook? An aid of some sort? Let me know – I’m always game for something new!

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  1. Janet Luttrell says:

    Thank you for the info on the sharp crochet hook, I have placed an order as I have several baby blankets to crochet around. This will help. Thanks for all the help and patterns you share with us.
    Janet Luttrell

  2. Janet Luttrell says:

    Did not tell you it will the 22nd of January before they can ship. Guess you have up their business.
    Thanks again, Janet

    • That’s interesting Janet, thanks for passing that information on. I ordered my hook on Dec 31st, and received it in about a week. I think this item is going to become a “must have” in every crocheters stash of tools! So for those wanting one of these, be prepared to wait for it. But from my experience, it is a reputable company and you will receive your item as fast as they can get one to you! Thanks again.

  3. Grace says:

    If it has a sharp edge to it, how does it not cut the yarn? When you get it, let me know.

    • So, Grace, I was totally wrong….. I just opened the package (now that I had time to do so) and it’s not a sharp EDGE but a pointy and sharp HEAD so that it can pierce through whatever fabric needed. Maybe I should give this a try tonight……

      • Grace says:

        This makes a LOT more sense to me. Does it work well? It looked like it from the video, but I don’t know if they just choose easy to use fabrics for marketing purposes.

        Thanks for the research!

        • Grace,
          Well, I tested it and it works wonderfully! I have a post coming up on here soon with a project I did. As for it going through easy to use fabrics, I went through FOUR layers of canvas with this – you’ll soon see!

  4. Karen says:

    I find that cotton crochet always looks so nice when edging towels or creating beautiful doilies, but then after first wash they get all crinkled. Don’t look good and people don’t use them any longer. Most people want to be able to do a regular wash and dry in the dryer, but it doesn’t work well for cotton crochet yarn.

    Do they make a small yarn, that is not cotton and holds up well after washing and drying?

    • Hi Karen,
      I know what you mean by the edgings curling after a wash. Back in the “old” days when this technique began, women ironed EVERYTHING and it was normal practice to iron this edging as well – keeping it neat looking. I personally, would rather have the flu than iron. Ha ha ha! But to have nice things, sometimes you have to go the extra step. I son’t know of any thin yarns *except maybe a sport weight or sock yarn) that wouldn’t do this. But then you wouldn’t get the same effect.

    • Erin says:

      I have edged pillow cases in a thin acrylic yarn, and they wash up nicely.

  5. Karen says:

    One thought on the “sharp” crochet hook. Is there any reason why we can’t use a spare hook, and just sharpen the end? Some hooks are made of bamboo and it seem like this would be easy to do. Also, my husband has a big shop, I’m sure he has a tool that could make the rounded end of the hook a little sharper for this purpose. Maybe we can create our own “sharp” hooks instead of placing an order.

  6. Bethintx1 says:

    I have seen the tool, the EdgeryDoo. I have been wanting it for a while now. The sharp hook would be a great tool to go hand-in hand with it.

    Okay. Now I want to go and spend some money. I do have coupons for Joann Fabrics. Maybe there will be some there!

    • Hi Beth,
      I just looked at the EdgeryDoo and must say that this would be the perfect compliment to this tool! Let us know if you get one and how effective it is!

      • Carol D. says:

        I have it and don’t like it. I “tears” the flannel and makes too big of a hole. I’ve just used a small metal hook and worked the edging in single crochet, poked my own hole and went around. then second row of whatever stitch, (mine I made up myself). When it’s finished, it looks pretty even and good. I’ve made hundreds of trim around receiving blankets and fleece and donated it all to the peds and NICU depts.

  7. LaceAngel says:

    I’ve got both tools. As to the hook, if you know how to work with metal, you could easily make your own, just file both outsides of hook, until you end up with a hook with a point on it. In fact when you recieve the hook, that looks like what has been done, (nicely, of course) Love the edgery doo

  8. jody says:

    I have this hook and love it!! I think you will enjoy it!

  9. Rita says:

    Thank you!!! I just ordered my sharp hook and can’t wait to receive it!

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