10 Smart Ways to Organize Your Crochet Hooks

by Kathryn on April 4, 2012 · 27 comments

Every weekday I pose a “crochet question of the day” on my Twitter and G+ accounts. One of the questions I asked recently was how people organize their crochet hooks. There were so many great creative answers that I had to do a roundup post to share them with everyone! I also did my own research to see how people are organizing their hooks. Here are the top ten ways to organize your crochet hooks:

1. Ice Cream Sundae Glasses

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Laurinda (@ReCrochetions) gave my favorite answer which is that she has two tall ice cream sundae glasses on her window sill that hold all of her crochet hooks. I think that’s so creative and fun and decorative! @crochetminis added that you can probably find sundae glasses in different colors to make it even more fun.

2. Crystal Lite Drink Mix Tubes

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Decorate old Crystal Lite drink tubes however you want and put your hooks inside. This suggestion came from @crochetminis. Her smart method is to put all of the same size crochet hooks in the same tube. Some people choose to organize like this, putting all of the same hook size in one place, whereas others organize by material (wooden hooks in one place, metal in another for example) or by brand.

3. Spiral Crochet Hook Holder

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Seabury Spiral Crochet Hook Organizer

This one wasn’t mentioned by anyone who answered the crochet question of the day but I think it’s one of the smartest and cutest commercial options for a crochet hook holder.

4. RolyKits

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This is another commercial option. I had asked the group what they thought of using a tackle box for organizing crochet hooks and @crochetminis mentioned that the RolyKit is a better alternative that serves somewhat like a tackle box but in a more convenient carry-along format and with adjustable size compartments.

5. Handmade Hook Cases

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Felted Crochet Hooks Organizer, pattern sold on Etsy by SoubretteArt

For a more DIY option, you can always make your own hook case. I have a crochet hook organizer that was sewn for me by a friend and it has large pockets to fit in extra things like scissors and oversized hooks. @joiedetea, @craftwich and AppleCartUK also mentioned using fabric rolls. But what if you don’t sew? The best option is probably to crochet and then felt a roll for yourself since the felted fabric will help keep the hooks in place. That’s what @ACuriousGirl13 does.

6. Pots and Bowls

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Beautiful ceramic display bowl sold on Etsy by sugarSCOUT

@Soxymomma said “My various wooden hooks are in a cream pot with my drop spindle and roving in a big wooden salad bowl.” Doesn’t that sound like a lovely display? There are so many great bowls out there that can be used in a decorative way and that serves as a terrific idea for rounding up your crochet hooks.

7. Vases

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Little Lady Vase holding crochet hooks, via Riverside Studios

An option similar to pots but more streamlined and vertical is to use vases. @fiberflux does this and says that she loves the way it makes a “hooky bouquet”. @ReCrochetions also mentioned using a vase alongside her sundae glasses to corral her metal hooks.

8. Pencil Cases

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Pencil Case sold on Etsy by hennyseashell

A couple of people mentioned that they use pencil cases. Sabrina Benton has a soft pencil case. She says: “It is the perfect size for my hooks, a small pair of scissors, stitch markers, a tape measure and a six inch ruler. I can just dump it in my tote with my current project when I am out and about.” @crochetminis is in the process of moving and has hooks in a metal case right now. This seems to be a good option for organizing loose random crochet hooks and hooks to take along with you.

9. Crochet Hook Basket

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My favorite find for organizing your crochet hooks is Beth’s Yarn Basket which was showcased on About.com Crochet. Judit Sz mentioned that she often has her crochet hooks tucked into the project that she’s working on. This makes sense for people who have lots of WIPs. There are also people who organize project kits for themselves in advance so they’ll put all of the yarn, the pattern and the hooks needed into one bag. I think a basket like this would be a smart way to organize individual projects while also allowing you space to store all of your crochet hooks in one place.

10. As Art on the Wall

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Crochet hooks are little works of art themselves. They are colorful. Many have unique shapes. Some people have terrific collections of vintage hooks or hooks with handmade handles. So why not put them on display on your walls and show them off? I especially love the embroidery hoops wall art option shown here (you could easily put hooks in there instead of needles); there’s a fabric tutorial to make this over at Stitch, Please.

The number of crochet hooks you own might affect how you choose to organize them. How do you organize yours?

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13 comments
Crochet lover
Crochet lover

I keep my crochet hooks in a pretty tin that was originally filled with chocolates. It is the size of a pencil case, and is really easy to take with me.

suzbwrites
suzbwrites

A little girl I taught to crochet gave me a lovely eyeglass case (the hard kind) to keep my hooks in when I travel. Pretty and practical!

JoyceMarie
JoyceMarie

Good morning from No. Cali

I've over 60 crochet hooks and knitting needles. So many various sizes and I want to keep them all together so I tried plastic cases, pencil cases, jars and what nots. I'm out of ideas. Does anyone have suggestions for larger storage?

Cynthia Howe
Cynthia Howe

I use the long mini M&M containers for my steel crochet hooks, they aren't long enough for the aluminum ones though. I have also used plastic or metal cigar tubes to hold the little steel hooks, some of the smaller sizes of aluminum hooks will fit too, after about size f o g the lids don't want to close. I use an old plastic eyeglass case to hold some of my hooks and gadgets too. Like my knitting stitch holders and stitch markers, depends on the case they usually will hold a large number of the crochet hooks as well. I am looking at the crystal light containers to hold my larger hooks and my circular knitting needles, I can then mark the canister with the size it contains.

carolmckayau
carolmckayau

mine are in a tin pencil case with the most used 3 lying on the coffee table with my scissors and yarn needle. I really like these innovations, so thanks for sharing :) I think the vase one is my favourite.

joiedetea
joiedetea

@CrochetBlogger @recrochetions @crochetminis @craftwich @applecartuk @acuriousgirl13 @soxymomma wow, such great ideas! Love that basket!

dgou
dgou

@CrochetBlogger Thanks!! Oh, but now how will I decide, there are 5 of those options that I love... oh noes, a good problem to have though!

craftwich
craftwich

@CrochetBlogger @ReCrochetions @crochetminis @joiedetea @AppleCartUK @ACuriousGirl13 @soxymomma SWEET! Thx. And some GREAT ideas, hmmm

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger moderator

@JoyceMarie What about a big toolbox with a lot of different compartments? Or tacklebox? Something like that?

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CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger

@dgou You just need more crochet hooks then you can use multiple options :)

dgou
dgou

@CrochetBlogger Heh. Down _that_ path lies madness. I've backed away from that abyss already, have figured out what I like in a hook. :-)

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger

@dgou I'm the same way but I can see how there's people who have 100+ hooks :)

Lillifv0
Lillifv0

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