Product Review: Addi Swing Hook

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When trying out a hook to review, I pay close attention to the feel of the hook in my hand, the ease in which it glides through the stitches, how my hand feels after I have been using it awhile, and lastly, the look and style of the hook. Then I pair these factors with the price of the hook to see if I would recommend it or not. So when I was given the opportunity to review the Addi Swing Hooks, with price points of about $13.50 per hook, I was skeptical that they would impress me enough to warrant the price tag. But … I was wrong. These hooks are amazing and I dare say that I am “hooked”!

These hooks are designed for comfort and I must say that they are the most comfortable hooks I have used. The handle is constructed of two complementary plastics: one colorful and soft, and the other, white and firm. They have just the right amount of flexibility, are lightweight, and fit very naturally in my hand. The hook itself grabs the yarn nicely and slides easily in and out of stitches. It does not snag or split the yarn at all. It allows me to crochet quickly and smoothly while keeping my stitches very even and uniform. Even after crocheting for a long period of time, my hands do not cramp up or get uncomfortable.

All the hooks are color coded by size, and the metric size is printed on the handle. I did find it a little confusing at first to find the size I wanted since I am so used to the US letter sizing. But after referring to a hook size chart a few times, I got to know which color and metric size most closely corresponded to the US letter size I needed.

The Swing Hooks are available in the following sizes: US A (2.00mm), B (2.50mm), C (3.00mm), D (3.25mm), E (3.50mm), 3.75mm, F (4.00mm), G (4.50mm), H (5.00mm), I (5.50mm), J (6.00mm), K (7.00mm), and L (8.00). Note, however, that all Addi hooks are manufactured to exact metric sizes and the US sizes listed are only an approximation. Therefore, as always, it is smart to work up a test swatch using the hook size closest to that recommended in your pattern in order to check your gauge before beginning a project.

I always like to do a little research on the companies of the products that I review, especially if I am recommending the product. I am as impressed with the Addi company as I am with the product. The Addi company is a family owned company located in Altena, Germany, and has been specializing in needlecraft tools for over 180 years. Each Addi hook undergoes over 20 steps in the manufacturing process and spends a large amount of time worked on by hand instead of by machine. Each Addi product features a lifetime guarantee from manufacturer’s defect.

Bottom line … although a little pricier than most crochet hooks, I think the Addi Swing Hook is well worth the extra cost. In a culture where cheap and disposable seem to be the way products are designed these days, it is refreshing to see a product that is so well made and a company that shows true pride in their product.

9 Responses to Product Review: Addi Swing Hook

  1. Anna May 16, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Very nice and modern ! My crochet has probably around 25 years… grey and old…but still working 😉
    Have a nice day or evening…
    Hug
    Anna

  2. Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I ordered mine after I asked you about them and I fell in LOVE with them. You are right they are AMAZING! I had to use a “regular” hook because my K hook was occupied and I do not know how I was crocheting so much before. When I finished my project my hand hurt SO MUCH. I decided I needed to unoccupy my Addi hook next time.—–Robin, For Love’s Sake

  3. Kadie May 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    These are so interesting, I have seen them before but never read a review of them. They sound wonderful. Great review!

  4. Judy May 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I’m so glad you stopped by. I am now your latest follower. I am fairly new to crocheting and am always looking for tips. I look forward to keeping up with your blog.

  5. Bindhurani May 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    They look nice. Right now, they are going to be in my wish list.

  6. Kathy August 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I have enjoyed using my Addi hooks but recently one of my hooks snapped in half! I was in shock that it happened while crocheting. Is there a manufacturing company website where I can write to them to let them know of this issue. I paid 15 dollars for each one and I have nearly all of them. i was lucky that I had 2 of the same size but still I think for the price I paid, the quality of the hook should have lasted me a long time.

    • Kara August 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Oh no! That should definitely not happen and I am so surprised it did! I believe the hooks have a lifetime guarantee. I would start with contacting the company here: http://www.skacelknitting.com/

  7. Marty September 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    I ordered the hook looking for comfort. The hook is VERY comfortable in the hand and friendly to use. However, while using it for my current project in which I’m making ribbing on a sweater, the hook broke where the plastic meets with the rubber. I love the hook, but I’m a bit disappointed with it’s durability. I’m wondering if there is a manufacture’s website that I can give my feedback to the company to address this issue?

    • Kara September 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

      Oh no! I am so surprised. I have given mine quite a workout over the years and have never had a problem. I believe they have a lifetime warranty. You can try to contact the US distributor, Skacel at http://www.skacelknitting.com/. Hope that helps!

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