Crochet Tool Kit – Number three in our Crochet Series

Crochet ToolKit


Crochet Threads

Crochet thread comes in various sizes, types, colors and quantities. Threads are sized by weight with each weight identified by a number; the lower the number, the thicker the thread. For example size 3 is a much heavier thread than size 8. Thread sizes include sizes 3, 5, 8, 10, 20, 30, 40 and up. Most patterns in the United States call for size 10, also known as bedspread weight. Sizes 30 and 40, ideal for lacey patterns, are used less frequently. Crochet thread put-ups vary in yardage, which is indicated on the packaging. Project instructions usually indicate the yardage required and the designated thread size to complete a project.

Since the color of crochet threads can vary slightly from dye lot to dye lot, manufacturers include a dye lot number on each label. This number guarantees that crochet threads with the same dye lot number will be the exact same color. When purchasing crochet thread for a project, it is recommended that you buy all the thread for the project at the same time and with the same dye lot number.

Crochet Hooks

Crochet hooks are available in steel, aluminum, plastic and exotic materials, such as rosewood or graphite. They come in various standardized sizes to accommodate different sizes of thread or yarn. The important thing to remember is that a crochet hook for thread is called a steel, thread, or lace hook, and the hook sizes get smaller as the number gets higher – for example, a size 14 steel is much smaller than a size 6 steel.

The smallest steel hook is a #14 or .9 mm; the largest is a 00 or 2.7 mm; the smallest yarn hook is a B/1/TKmm, the standard range goes up to K/10.5/6.5mm, and extra-large specialty hooks for crochet rugs or novelty yarns can go as high as 15mm or more. Always make sure your hook is an appropriate size for your yarn.


DMC Crochet Threads

All DMC Crochet Threads are made from the highest quality fibers and are 100% colorfast.

DMC Traditions – A 100% mercerized cotton thread made from the best quality cotton. Available in a ball put-up in size 10.

DMC Cebelia – A 100% double-mercerized, combed cotton for a beautiful smooth and silky appearance. Double mercerization makes it strong and particularly suitable for work that requires a resistant and stiff finish. It is perfect for decorative homeware such as tablecloths, tablemats, curtains and cushions. This premium-quality thread is available in sizes 10, 20 and 30.

DMC Baroque – A bedspread-weight, super-mercerized 100% crochet cotton with a soft sheen in a pull skein put-up.

DMC Cordonnet – An excellent-quality, six-cord 100% double-mercerized cotton. The threads are exceptionally strong and have a beautiful glossy finish. They are perfect for fine and intricate crochet and lace work, including exquisite borders on handkerchiefs, tablemats, collars, gloves and other clothing accessories. Use the finer-sized Cordonnet for lace making. Cordonnet thread is available in a ball put up in sizes 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 100.

DMC Pearl Cotton Balls – Non-divisible, beautifully twisted, lustrous, mercerized 100% cotton thread in a ball put up. Available in sizes 5, 8 and 12.

Crochet Cotton Size Table

Reference the table below to see the available sizes of DMC Crochet Cottons.

Crochet Hook Size Table

Reference the table below to see the available sizes of DMC Crochet Cottons

Size 5 8 10 12 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 100
Traditions X
Cebelia 167G X X X
Cebelia 167GA X X X
Cordonnet X X X X X X X X
Baroque X
Pearl Cotton X X X
Tatting Cotton X


Crochet Hook Size Chart


DMC Thread 5 8 10 12 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 100
Cebelia 7
Cordonnet 7 9 11 11 12 12 13 14 14
Baroque 5
Pearl Cotton 5 7 8
Tatting Cotton 14


Crochet Patterns

Crochet pattern instructions include everything you will need to create the crochet design, including the type and quantity of crochet thread, hook size, gauge and complete row-by-row instructions.

There are a large variety of crochet patterns available. On good place to start includes your local craft store, bookstores, and needlework catalogs which will have crochet leaflets, books, and magazines. To learn how to read a crochet pattern see  Needle Woman’s next blog.