Squeaky Crochet Hooks - What is your solution?

I live in a warm weather climate where we may have humidity for 7-9 months out of the year.  This creates the squeak with the crochet hook.  I have used powder which helps a little bit, but it makes a mess. Do any of you have a solution that has worked for squeaky crochet hooks? 

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  1. A squeaky crochet hook sounds very strange. I live in Southern Alabama where it is humid most of the time and I have never had a problem with squeaky crochet hooks. What kind of hooks are you using?
    Blessings,
    Diane

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  2. Olá! k lindo adorei as cores são lindas os detalhes perfeitos, parabéns, bijsssss Rosa

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  3. I do not notice it most of the time until I make a video. The sound is so sensitive, I notice it in the video.

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  4. I sometimes keep a napkin with a bit of olive oil handy. Just lube the hook a bit when it starts to squeak again. I havn't noticed any adverse effects in my work from this, because I use such a small amount.

    Also, I've heard of commercial crochet hook lubricant, but I havn't ever seen any.

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  5. I haven't noticed it when I do crochet, but when it happens on a knitting needle for me, when I get to the end of the row (and I KNOW this is going to sound very strange) I put my needle in my hair wrapping the hair around the needle and "spin" the needle back and forth for about 10-15 seconds or so. I do that the entire length of the needle shaft, and it really works. I'm sure that it has something to do with the natural oils in hair. It also helps the yarn slide easier on the needle. I should probably say right off the bat that my hair is clean... I wash it every other day and the oil balance in my hair is considered normal.

    I'd also like to add, that I never get the squeak when I use natural fibers. I primarily use merino (Malabrigo) or merino blended with other natural fibers. When I do use acrylic, I get the dreaded squeak. I think that another thing that may make a difference is the needles I use now... I switched to Addi turbos and Brittany birch needles/hooks. I am totally in love with wooden needles and hooks now, especially since I can adjust the points and mouths of my hooks and needles with a fine sandpaper.

    Hope that my long-winded reply post is helpful to you and your readers.

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  6. I live in New Orleans, about as humid as you can get. I've never had a squeaky hook. But I would try mineral oil since it has no odor or color. I do like to moisturize my hands while crocheting or knitting to prevent dry skin from snagging the yarn.

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  7. Hi! Love your blog!

    I've been coming across hooks that squeak lately, too. It's mostly Boye hooks that I have bought in the last couple years. Bees wax works to take the squeak away, but I don't like the idea of a residue on my fabric. Because of this, I have been going with the Clover soft touch hook. They are fantastic! I wish I would have tried them sooner.

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  8. For me, the squeaking occurs when my hands sweat and I'm using acrylic yarn. I keep a mini bottle of hand sanitizer nearby and use a little on my hand and the hook. Or I go wash my hands to stop them from sweating and wipe the hook down with a dry paper towel.

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  9. I also use the hair trick and find it helps for quite a while. Dryer sheets also work nicely and come in handy when the kids are all out and your hair is wet.

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  10. sounds like everyone has given you the answers you need so I won't add mine which is the same but I will say, "When life gives you squeaky hooks, make music."

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  11. I have found a few of my hooks seem to squeak when I start to crochet, not that I do enough of that lately!! They seem to get better as long and I get them warmed up, especially a metal type of hook. Hold in your hands for a little while to get it warmed up and ready to go.

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  12. BTW, Heidi left the comment about rolling the hook in your hair. The women in my family have always wiped diaper pins in their hair to make them go in smoothly on the diapers. I haven't seen too many people do that...come to think of it, it's been a long time since I've seen anyone using cloth diapers!!
    Carmen

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    1. I use to put my diaper pins in a bar of soap so they would slid in nice and easy.

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  13. I have noticed a lot more squeak in my work when using acrylics and metal hooks over cotton or blends. I was pleased when I heard yours squeaking in a video because then I knew I hadn't lost my mind since it happens to me! Oh, I do try the hair trick and it seems to help, but doesn't last very long for me.

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  14. I know this is going to sound gross, but I rub the hook on my nose. The oil from my skin helps to make the hook slide better and the squeak goes away.

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  15. How about the "old fashioned trick" for sewing needles? Beeswax! It would not leave any traces or harm the crochet threads/yarn.

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