What to Do With Those Tiny Crochet Hooks

By Tameko Barnette – 32 Comments

My favorite size crochet hook is “J”. However, most of my creations are made with a size H, I, or K. When I started attending a crochet group around the end of 2011, one of the members gave me two tiny crochet hooks.

I believe they are sizes B and C. Very small. They are so small I can’t even see the hook without my reading glasses.

My mind scrambled to find uses for these tiny crochet hooks because quite frankly, I couldn’t then and still can’t imagine now actually using them for a pattern. Now, I’m sure you extremely advanced crocheters from way back can really work with any crochet hook that comes your way. But I have to admit these tiny crochet hooks got me stumped. So I figured out another use for them.

I use them to finish off items when i lost my crochet needles. They are just as small, if not smaller. They fit in between the stitches perfectly and can be guided through the ends to finish off without any trouble at all.

Now for those of you who insist on using these tiny crochet hooks to make items, you can always make some bookmarks, doilies, and thin vests or wraps for the Spring and Autumn months.

Regardless of the patterns you decide to try out with your tiny crochet hooks, I’m sure you will have fun with them. Now for those of you who feel a little intimidated by how small these hooks are, just do what I do, take a look at them every once in awhile and promise yourself that one day you will tackle a pattern appropriate for that size.

In the meantime, grab those tiny hooks, finish off those items, and weave those ends.

Happy Crocheting!

If you have any ideas for using tiny crochet hooks, please leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Plato

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  1. Elise Wilson says:

    Use them with sewing thread to make lacy patterns or netting. They’re used for very fine work.

    • Vicki McLamb says:

      They are great if you have a sweater that has a snagged stitch. Go to the underside and pull the snagged stitch to the wrong side.

      In addition, if you are wanting to run narrow elastic through a sewing stitched channel, they are great for pulling the elastic through. Even better for string elastic.

  2. Panya says:

    I’ve steel hooks in every size from 00/3.5mm to 14/0.75mm [which is thinner than a regular sewing needle]. The smallest I’ve actually used for a project is 10/1.3mm, and I regularly use my 6/1.8mm hook for smaller projects. Ornaments, jewelry, accessories, toys for kids and pets, etc. can all be made with small hooks and crochet thread or embroidery floss.

  3. Bailey says:

    Barbie. I had to find the smaller hooks to work on her clothes. I can’t work with thread, but I have found I can make clothes for her with sports weight and finger weight if I use the smaller hooks.

  4. I use size C with medium worsted weight yarn when I want to miniaturize something. For instance, this past winter I made snowflakes with Red Heart Super Saver Yarn with a C hook. I don’t like working with thread…so the C hook is just big enough to grab the regular yarn. And it gives a really nice tight stitch.

  5. Amy Kittel says:

    currently using 2.75mm for my current project, a house sweater. That’s the smallest I’ve ever used. Love my Js too. Haven’t tried the steel ones, but, you’re right, maybe some day.

  6. Eve Sison says:

    I used to crochet edging for hankies using very small hooks. Can’t remember the size, though. I was in my teens then, and I have made dozens of hankies with crochet edgings.

  7. Leslie says:

    I have three little dogs and my sweaters sometimes get snags from their nails. I inherited a bunch of those tiny steel hooks, so I use them to make the snags disappear to the back side. I, too, intend to use them someday to make something. 🙂

  8. Jumasto says:

    I use tiny crochet hooks for stuffing tiny spaces on dolls and stuffed animals: fingers, toes, ears, etc. They can be wrapped with stuffing in small amounts, and the hook grabs and holds the stuffing. When turned the opposite way, they let go of the stuffing and the small space is stuffed perfectly.

    They can also be used to turn thin straps. If you sew a loop at one end of the strap, the hook will grab it and turn the strap; the loop can be cut off after the strap is turned.

  9. Ellen Elizabeth Mae says:

    I love those B, C hooks! They work beautifully with sock weight yarns for clothing, accessories, amigurumi, etc. They are sometimes hard to find available in stores, so for a time I was buying several. I like having enough hooks to be able to leave one with a project when I get interrupted for days. B and C hooks, in general, are still too large for lace/doilies that are fine and used with size 10 cotton (or finer). My well padded collection of hooks range from B through N. Good times!

  10. anni maver says:

    I love working with the tiny steel crochet hooks! I just put on my “big girl glasses”, aka the highest magnification reading glasses you can get or even those magnified goggles, and crochet every manner of lacy thing like I’m working with a “J” hook: edgings on pillow slips, fine lace handkerchief edgings, snowflake coasters for Xmas, amigurumi, etc etc. There is a huge selection of colors using DMC crochet thread. I have even used the size 14 needle, it’s no different to use just tinier! So put on those reading glasses and crochet away!

  11. Frances says:

    I am currently making a tablecloth using size 7 & 9 steel hooks, and size 10 crochet thread. Don’t you young kids make things like that any more? My smallest hook is a 13, but the old eyes have somewhat of a problem with that one. It is a real joy to make things with the small hooks and fine crochet threads. Try it, you’ll like it. Make one of the beautiful currently popular shrugs and you’ll have something of heirloom quality.

  12. Laurel says:

    I only have two steel crochet hooks. The first being a 00 and the other I forget what size it is but it is definately microscopic. The micro hook I bought for the express purpose of fixing snags on sweaters. It works great and being so small dose not stretch out the stitches.

  13. Wendy says:

    Jewelry! You think those B and C hooks are tiny…Go get yourself some size 30 thread and a size 12 or 14 steel hook. You’ll get heirloom quality lace. Imagine Irish crochet wristers. Freeform chokers. Pineapple stitch ear rings. Too thin, too small? Move up to a size 9 hook. Or a size 7 hook and size 10 thread. It will be thicker, but still heirloom quality lace. Just for kicks, grab that B hook and try it with size 10 thread. It will give you a loose lace with wonderful softness and drape.

    Go play!

  14. Edith says:

    I e the tiny hooks instead of beading needle to put beads on yarn. I found that the beading needles would easily break. The tiny crochet hooks work great.

  15. Edith says:

    sorry for some reason beginning of my sentence was deleted.

    I use the tiny hooks instead of beading needles to put beads on yarn. I found that the beading needles would easily break. The tiny crochet hooks work great

    I e the tiny hooks instead of beading needle to put beads on yarn. I found that the beading needles would easily break. The tiny crochet hooks work great

  16. Amccordford says:

    I’m a steel hooker myself. I have the full set from 0-14 and I’m always using my 7 for everything I do. I use crochet thread size 10, since that’s about the only size I can get without ordering it special, but I have some 20, 30, and I think even 50 hiding somewhere! I still use any pattern I can find for free, it all just turns out a lot smaller and finer.

    Now tatting needles, those can get really small really fast! Size 7 needle is really delicate work!

  17. Sandy L. says:

    i have found many patterns for baby clothes especially booties and mittens that use hooks b-e. i may be a teen but i still am looking for that perfect lace doily pattern. i always have either crochet or knitting with me, if i don’t i feel lost.

  18. Sandy says:

    I’m with Tameko. I have a lot of very small hooks and I do look at them often and use the smallest for repairs. I have 3 cats. I do not have the feeling in my fingers as I did when I was younger, so using the thread is difficult.

  19. Garnie says:

    I actually use my very tiny crochet hooks. I learned to make bead crochet ropes a few years back. I have recently graduated to kumihimo but still dabble with bead crochet a bit. I also use them for weaving loose ends on my hats and afghans.

  20. Babbs says:

    I have a collection of small,steel needles bought at an antique auction many years ago and use them to crochet edgings, doilies and (once) a stacked Christmas tree using various sized pineapple doilies. Grateful (but not at the time) that my instructor demanded I learn to crochet using number ten thread and a number 12 steel crochet hook. She also insisted that I read the pattern-great teacher!!

  21. I’m like you I think any thing can be made with the J needle. however; I have made long perle neckless and rings edegeing with the smaller ones. But what I can do with the good old trust J.

  22. Billie says:

    Just saw a pattern yesterday for a tiny granny square using embroidery thread and a size 12 steel hook. The granny square was then put on a chain to make a necklace.

  23. maryethal says:

    i am left handed and always wanted to learn to crochet — my granny and aunt always did and it facinated me as a child. but they are right handed and i just couldnt get it — on day my uncle said go watch them crochet in a mirror and well i have now been crocheting for almost 50 years !!!

    • Lane† says:

      That is so neat, Maryethal! Did it really help to look in a mirror while they did it?? I’d have to suggest that to my left-handed friends if it helped you.

  24. Jumasto says:

    Lane and Maryethal: There is another way for lefties to learn to crochet. If they sit facing the right-handed crocheter, they can do with their left hand what the person they’re watching does with the right hand. THEY are the mirror image to the right-handed crocheter.

  25. Nita Owenby says:

    Wow! You have great patterns and ideas! Love the fact that you use needles that can be seen without a magnifying glass. Do you ever have dolls clothes and accessories? I love dolls! I collect, make, repair, design clothes, anything connected to dolls. I only crochet and sew their outfits. I never knit or sell. I’ve done this all my life, but am learning so many new crochet techniques from Crochet Spot. I also need to learn more about all the new yarns. It’s a wonderful retirement hobby! Thank you!!!

  26. Susan says:

    Mini crochet hooks are for mini crochet! I work with 0.2mm up to 0.6mm.

  27. Luna says:

    Thread crochet, of course. I used both of those hooks for a thread baby dress I made when my daughter was an infant.

    I was hoping this post would be about the tiny steel hooks. Size 14 is only .75mm thick. I have no idea what to do with THAT, as it’s even too tiny for sewing thread!

    • Ellen Elizabeth Mae says:

      There was a time when items were made with hair. Would hair work with that tiny hook? Hair is finer than sewing thread.

  28. Maria says:

    As a hairdresser, we use the smaller hooks to pull fine amounts of hair through a plastic cap for highlights… Multi-purpose instrument!

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