Eric and Ashley Leither are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Leither Co. Ashley started designing crochet patterns in 2012. She has over 250 designs, with a focus on patterns for children and the home. When Ashley sustained an injury earlier this year, her husband came up with the sweetest solution. He set to work, creating Ashley a hook that allowed her to continue to pursue her dream. Everyone sighing with me?
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A few weeks ago Ashley contacted me and asked if I would be interested in testing out one of Eric’s hooks. I have always loved the look of wooden hooks, so I immediately jumped at the chance! It arrived safely in a beautiful turquoise box and when I opened it I was not disappointed.
I also took advantage of this gift by asking the Leithers if they would be willing to be the first Makers to participate in my Maker Maven series! If you haven’t yet, please read the interview HERE. Don’t forget to come back! There is a giveaway after the review. Eek!
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So, let’s dive in. The Leithers have about 5 different species of wood that they really love and use frequently but they are always trying something new. They offer just about every size of hook, the largest so far is 10mm. You can get Boye, Bates and Clover hooks in your wooden handle. Check out their full line of hooks HERE.
The hook is extremely smooth and light in hand. The curves conform really well to my grip, although I typically choke up on my hooks, so it did take a little practice to get used to it. I have a knife grip and I wonder if that plays into at all? The wood itself is stunning. The grain is beautiful and if you spend as much time as I do trying to get the perfect IG photo, you know just how much that can impact a purchasing decision, am I right? Oh! Have several and need to find the size you are looking for? The size letter of each hook is stamped on the bottom to take out all the guess work. Such a smart touch!
When I started to use the hook, I noticed that I had to concentrate a lot more to get my usual rhythm. Not surprising since this is a completely different style than I use on a daily basis. To see just how different, I made 2 gauge swatches. One with the Boye K hook I usually use, and the other with the Boye Wooden handle hook. Exact same yarn. Both done one after the other. You can see my results below.
The good news, half way through the swatch, I found my rhythm with the wooden hook. I got my groove and had so much fun using this new tool. I mostly wanted to point out, that even when using the same type of hook, with the same yarn, you NEED to check your gauge! Every time. Still don’t believe me? Check out THIS blog post which really shares the importance of checking gauge. Every. Time.
In summary, these hooks really are everything they are cracked up to be. Light, smooth, ergonomic and beautiful. Will I be getting more? Absolutely. You should too. ?
To help start your collection, Ashley and Eric are offering all SP Blog Readers 10% off their Shop with code SINCERELYPAM! Say what?! Please take a look. You won’t be disappointed!
Want to win one? Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below. Open worldwide. Winner must choose a hook that is Ready To Ship.
Until next time, Friends!
What a beautiful crochet hook. thanks for the great info on the hook and the opportunity to win one.
Thank you for sharing your review on these gorgeous looking hooks. I’ve been looking to add to my hooks so I will be taking a closer look at these.
Beautiful pattern and hook:)
I would love to win the Holly or the Avocado if I got to select. Otherwise I would be thrilled to win any of the hooks.
They are so beautiful! They might be too pretty to use! How does the hook feel in the palm of your hand after using it for a while? I started hurting in my lower left palm a few years ago while using normal metal hooks and had to make a switch to the soft, colorful ones. I wonder if this one would do the same or if the added length would help with that.
Michelle Wulf says
This Applewood hook is my favorite! https://www.etsy.com/listing/609332144/applejack-575mm-crochet-hook-boye-ready?ref=shop_home_active_20
Thank you so much for the giveaway. All the hooks are so beautiful and unique. I would love to try exotic hook size 5 or 5.5 🙂
I would definitely love to try out the Applejack ?
Great product review!
Sara de la Cantera says
I love the rose wood hooks and the avocado colored ones. Great prices too!
Leslie Mansfield says
I would choose the Bocote with H hook.
I can’t wait to try one!
Judy Hunt says
I would pick a Boye , size H.
Kristen Taylor says
These are beautiful hooks!
Debbie Richardson says
Hard choice, but probably an I Hook.
Rebekah Berry says
Beautiful hook. Thank you for the review and the giveaway.
Carrie belk says
I would want either a I or J hook. Those are the sizes I use the most. Lovely hooks.
These look so classy!!! It would be a hard choice, but I think I’d have to choose the Mango or the Avocado. But I love them all!
Katie Landers says
I am so glad you put a picture up of the two different size gauges. I wouldn’t have thought that they would be so different! But I’m fairly new to crochet so learning something knew every day!!
These hooks are beautiful!
Ashley Bower says
I LOVE the Applejack with Bates line! I’m not sure which size I’d prefer. But I think I’d start with size I or J.
Hillary Thompson says
This hook looks so amazing! I’m heading over the Etsy to check out her shop!
Bev Shriver Marks says
I would love to win this hook it looks so BEAUTIFUL I would love Apple Jack my fingers will be crossed
Amber Goodman says
I can’t wait to try one!!
I’ve made some comfort handle hooks but have never used them since I actually put my thumb on the rest of my Bates hooks. Did you have to change your hold?
Pamela Emerson says
Your husband makes gorgeous hooks, thanks for the chanceat winning one!!
Great gift!! Love wooden hooks ?
tamera heck says
Love the design and the size on the bottom
Mary Dunphy-Williams says
I love the looks of these hooks! I appreciate you showing a gauge swatch too. I might need one of these soon!
Beautiful hooks! I would love to try the 4.5 mm, i tend to use it most.
Sandy G says
They all are beautiful! I would pick the one with the Hershey kiss.
Very nice! I will definitely give these a try!
Teresa Knittingdancer says
I like the Applejack 6.5 mm Crochet hook
Karen Powell says
i would choose the dallas hook. thx for having a contest
This is a very beautiful hook, & I would cherish it every time I used it! H is my go to hook.
Melinda Manley says
I love the wooden ones
SHELIA R CLARING says
I think, if I can only get one, I would get a H since I use it the most.
Darcy Johnson says
I would love any g, h, i or j hook!!
Karen Rogers says
These hooks look amazing!
Shamci Stanton says
I would love to win such a beautiful hook!
Symone R says
I’ve made a few clay comfort hooks and I stop my clay right on the thumb rest. Did you have any problems with hold or did you just readjust?
Cassandra D says
I would pick the Exotic 4mm Crochet Hook, Bates, Ready to Ship, Handmade, Wood, Ergonomic Crochet Hook.