Detailed Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks Review

Updated on August 7, 2017
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Marie (aka CraftyMarie) has written hundreds of craft pages across the Internet. She writes many fun tutorials mostly for adult crafters.

Clover have quickly become a real firm favorite for me as far as crochet tools and supplies go because they make some absolutely excellent quality products as I've discovered. And they also make my top 2 favorite hooks.

The Soft Touch hook is actually my 2nd best choice to the Clover Amour which I reviewed here as being better as an all-round beginner hook. However, the Soft Touch is the one I reach for when I only need short stitches such as single crochet and also for amigurumi, three dimensional crochet toys.


Clover Takumi Getaway Soft Touch Crochet Hooks Gift Set, 8 Sizes
Clover Takumi Getaway Soft Touch Crochet Hooks Gift Set, 8 Sizes | Source

Review of Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks

Here's the good, the bad and the ugly about this brand of hook!

  • It's a small hook from start to finish and suits my small and petite hands: the Soft Touch does seem like it was made for people with smaller hands like me. It's the shortest design that I own from the tip to the bottom of the handle and it fits perfectly across my palm. I have tried out much larger styles like the Addi Swing which doesn't work for me at all.
  • So lightweight it feels like you're holding air: despite having a good width of handle, these are super light crochet hooks to hold and does not put any strain on your hands due to weight. This is important since some brands feel quite bulky and heavy to hold.
  • Very comfortable despite having hard plastic handles: you'd think that the hard casing on the handle might feel a little uncomfortable to use. I haven't found that to be the case at all. The handle is smooth, is a good width to hold and it has a dark oval on the front where your thumb can rest and this feels like it has a fraction of cushioning - enough to make it feel nice when crocheting. Much nicer than using a non-handled crochet hook, especially for projects which require thinner sizes.
  • The yarn just slides easily over the steel tip and shaft: I've tested these with cotton yarn as well as acrylics and acrylic wool mixes and have had no issues with the flow of the yarns which just slide beautifully over the metal and do not catch or snag like my bamboo ones did. Less issues means faster crocheting and getting projects done quicker!
  • Shorter shanks great for amigurumi but not for tall stitches: the shafts or shanks on these are short compared with other hooks. That's fine if you mainly work single crochet and do a lot of amigurumi work but not quite so good if you want lots of tall stitches like treble crochet or use bulky, fat yarns. I choose these hooks when I'm working mostly single crochet as they seem to suit short, tight stitches very well.
  • The handles don't attract fluff or pet hair! My slight annoyance with the other main brand of Clover (the Amour) is how the rubberized handles attract fluff and pet hair like magnets. These handles are hard plastic and do not pick up and hold onto any stray bits that you don't want in your work.
  • Could be improved with different color handles: many other sets now have individually colored handles or shafts so you can quickly identify between different sizes which is great when you just dump your hooks into a project bag. These hooks unfortunately all look the same which means that you have to actually check that you've picked up the right size. I would prefer different color handles for easier size identification.
  • A little more expensive for a set than other handle-less steel hooks: of course, as you'd probably expect, you pay a little more for the comfort and practicality of an added handle instead of just a shaft of steel to hold. I do think have comfortable handles that you can hold for some time is worth the extra cost.

Now I've used Clover hooks, I could never go back to using those skinny versions without a handle again because the difference is startling. I can now crochet in comfort for hours without my hands cramping up. This really is, for me, soft to touch! I hope you've enjoyed reading my page or article today, thanks for your visit. You may want to buy a single hook and test it to see if it works as well for you and the particular way in which you crochet.

Clover Amour Hook shown next to the Soft Touch for visual comparison
Clover Amour Hook shown next to the Soft Touch for visual comparison | Source

Visual Comparison of Clover Hooks Side by Side

You can see the Soft Touch has a shorter shank which is more ideal for amigurumi or toy making where shorter stitches tend to be used.

© 2014 Marie

If you crochet, what is your favorite hook?

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      Marina 

      6 months ago

      Thank you so much for this article . I have very small hands and this was helpful in me deciding which to try out !

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      jolou 

      4 years ago

      It's always good to get advice from someone with experience. Love that little crochet toy!

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      I have soft touch watercolor pencils and paintbrushes, and really like them. I imagine the soft touch will work well for crocheting too.

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