Does this mean I am using the wrong size hook? I am using double knit yarn, and a 5mm hook, because that looks like the right size of actual hook to grab the yarn, if you see what I mean (I don't actually know which hook sizes to use for which yarns).
I have managed to follow the patterns in my crochet books, and learn some new things, but it doesn't look that good, because it is all loose and baggy.
I've used a 4 - 5.5 on dk yarn. I just use whatever the pattern or tutorial tells me! When you are crocheting, are the loops pretty tight? I'm relatively new so don't know all terminology but I do know that of the initial chain is loose or the individual chains are different sizes then the whole project looks odd!
You can buy a set of hooks pretty cheap on eBay - I got a set of 10 for £3 plus p&p.
Oh no SDTG - you have joined the growing ranks of loose hookers
Freddie is right. The correlation between hook size, knitting needle size and yarn thickness is the same. 4mm hook, 4mm needles and DK yarn is about right. There is some wiggle room for getting tension right, though.
The loops are quite loose, unless I really concentrate on making them tighter - so I will concentrate more, and will search out a 4mm hook - I have a set of hooks I got off ebay, so I should have a 4mm one - I just have to excavate it from the depths of my knitting bag!
I think it's like knitting, after some practice you find your natural tension and then adjust your needle size accordingly, so if your a loose hooker then go down a hook size and see if that gives a better effect. As others have said, dk wool and 4mm hook usually work quite well
EdwinasRevenge, I love your owl, I made some for a blanket for dd3