I had just put away my husband's nail set tool, when Jessica, from Sharp Crochet Hook contacted me and asked if I would write a product review. I used to use the nail set to punch holes in fabric so that I could crochet an edge on something, or crochet along a kitchen towel. Many times, I have bent my tiniest crochet hooks, trying to poke holes in fabric and save time.
The Sharp Crochet Hook says that you can "Easily crochet through flannel, cotton, fleece, towels, knits, zipper linings, denim, and more." It is a tiny hook, with a point at the end. It's a bit sharper than a regular hook, but not truly "sharp" to cut you or anything. What I like about it is that it is sturdier at the handle and won't bend as easily as a regular hook.
I don't work with thread too often, but I do like to play with fabrics and edgings. The booklet that comes with it has some fabulous ideas and patterns. There are even some printable templates on their website. I've always wanted to adorn a tank top with crochet, but never had time to design one myself. This book has a pattern for that, along with some cute boot sock edgings, skirt and baby blanket edgings as well. I have some thin leather that I would love to try it with. It also says you can crochet into paper. That reminds me of the old-fashioned crocheted Christmas cards and ornaments.
Impatient as I am, I tried the hook with worsted cotton instead of thread. I can see that it is designed for thread crochet, but I managed to make it work with worsted. The book recommends using the Sharp Crochet Hook to crochet through fabric and then switch to a size 3 (2.1) mm crochet hook and continue using size 3 crochet thread. And the patterns in the booklet are written, using size 3 crochet thread.
You can check out their website at www.sharpcrochethook.com. I was not compensated for this review, but they did send me a Starter Pack. There's a whole set of crochet hooks, the Sharp Crochet Hook and pattern booklet, some scissors, and a set of yarn wraps, which are a great way to keep your balls of yarn intact.
The Starter Pack would make a great Christmas gift for someone who wants to learn how to crochet. And, SharpCrochetHook.com is hosting a giveaway for my readers. One lucky winner will receive a Sharp Crochet Starter Pack! Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Enter by commenting on this post. One entry per person. Contest ends December 1, 2012 and the winner will be chosen at random from eligible entries on December 2, 2012.