What is your favourite crochet hook and why?
I have used a few different crochet hooks over the years. I've used wooden hooks, bamboo ones, plastic, aluminium and steel. I'd have to say that out of the hooks I've tried in the past, my favourite crochet hook would have to be the aluminium Boye hooks. They are somewhat easy on the hands (the smaller you get, the harder it becomes, but that's understandable. Sometimes I use a plastic gripper on the smaller, thinner hooks for a better grip) the yarn slides easily on the hooks and I find it much easier to fit the aluminium hooks into tighter spots.
I cannot stand using plastic crochet hooks. I once was in a pinch and had misplaced my "G/6-4.25mm" hook and was pattern testing and on a deadline. I had to run over to Walmart and buy another G/6-4.25mm hook, but to my surprise, they were all out of the Boye aluminium hooks. All they had were these plastic hooks. I had no choice but to buy one. Worst mistake ever!! I should have just hopped over to Michael's and purchased my hook there instead of wasting a few bucks on a lousy hook that I only used for all of one project before I gave it away (sorry for the rant). The hook did not sit nicely in my hand and what annoyed me the most, is how the yarn stuck to the hook. There was so much friction, crocheting became a chore. I ended up giving the hook away to a very beginner crocheter. I thought the friction that horrible hook created would help her not drop as many stitches and it would help her go slower so she could pay more attention to detail. I did warn her that it was a horrible hook but she liked it until she got more confident and now she doesn't know how she ever used it. It was a Red Heart plastic crochet hook. I do not recommend them AT ALL!!!