Vintage & Ancient Crochet Hooks

Crochet Patterns

Here's a little tattered & rusted treasure which I've added to the collection. It's a very small crochet hook set. To give you an idea of it's size, see the other picture for a size comparison to a quarter. Unfortunately I don't have any history on it, nor the vendor. If anyone out there knows the vendor of these hooks please email me with any information you may have.



This set is the modern rosewood hooks with the finger rest. The unique thing about this group is that the finial shape is what determines the size. I know there are other rosewood hooks out there - but these are the only rosewoods I've found that have the finger rest - which I prefer so the hook doesn't turn while working on a project.

This hook below is made of abalone shell and the shank is red bud tree  It is so light and a 'one of a kind

here's a grouping of steel hooks with 3 different vendor markings, but the same elegant vine etching. The top one does not have a vendor marking, the 2nd one is labeled Killarney and the 3rd is labeled Triplat. Perhaps the same manufacturer produced them and then sold them to different different distributors.

Below you can see the Susan Bates ClipsonŽ hooks 2 versions - metal 'clip' and plastic 'clip'. This is probably one of the best concepts ever introduced to a crochet hook. When one is finished working with the thread for the day, the thread is then slid under the 'clip' to lock it ... unfortunately they are no longer being manufactured. I believe the metal ClipsonŽ crochet hooks were manufactured in the early 1950's as I had found this Susan Bates ad in a magazine with a copyright of 1952.


Sometimes it's hard to know if one brand of hooks sizing is equivalent to another brand. This next picture is a hook comparison of 3 different brands. The left is a Boye, center is a Susan Bates, and the far right is a Clover. All three hooks are labeled as size 00. You can can see that the Clover has a much smaller hook. You'll also notice the different hook shapes from this scan. So now when you hear someone speak of an 'inline' hook, you'll know that they are referring to a hook similar to the one in the center (Susan Bates).