Home Ergonomics

I just home-engineered a comfort grip for my crochet hook, using a nerf football and a pair of pliers.

I have been eying the ergonomic hooks and the crochet egg from Lion Brand, but I hadn't found anything that I really liked. After examining countless ways to pad my crochet hooks, I was given a simple solution by a nursing home employee. Often times you can just use a foam ball and stick the utensil (fork, spoon, crochet hook etc.) inside the ball. To be truthful, my husband actually called the nursing home for me.

Anyhow, I forcibly removed the tail of this football, by twisting and pulling. Then I used a pair of pliers to remove the plastic rod from the tail. I placed the tail back into the football and cut the tail to accommodate my crochet hook and slide the crochet hook into the center of the tube. I think this will be just about perfect.

Now, I'm chomping at the bit to try it out. However, I'll have to wait until my train ride home.

Image icon 5 - nerf pvortex rocket.jpg41.59 KB
Image icon new_hook.jpg93.15 KB


Crafty Andy's picture

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Most interesting. With luck, you can swap out the various hooks as you need them. Keep us posted, please. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

albert's picture

What an excellent idea! I love coming up with my own solutions for problems like this as well- it's very gratifying.

steve kadel's picture

get a patent on it, quick

all i know of love, is love is all there is

we put birds on things

subwaycrochet's picture

Thank you all for your encouragement!

After attempting to use this on the train last night, I realized that my freakishly small hands could not accommodate such a large piece of foam. So, I removed the foot ball and used only the foam sleeve. Works great!! I’m going to investigate the foam sleeves available from Ableware. These sleeves are available on Amazon and medical supply websites. You can enter “Closed-Cell Foam Tubing” into your search box to find them.

Also, I can recall having used a longer crochet hook and that was also very helpful. I think I will continue in that direction; longer hooks with padded sleeves.