Why are Afghan Crochet Needles so long?

The only reason I can think of is for the “Tunisian” (?) stitch, which I won’t be using. Any information will be appreciated. Thank you.

Gosh its been so long since I’ve done any crocheting… Are the stitches held on the needle like knitting when you use those? That could be a reason. Check you tube.

Tunisian and afghan hooks are the same thing. Tunisian crochet holds the stitches on the needle when you pick them up then a second pass works them off. If you’re interested in trying it look on youtube for bethintx1 and find her crochet entrelac tutorial. You can do it with an ordinary crochet hook and it’s not hard. If I do Tunisian again I’ll invest in the hooks that work with my interchangeable cables from Knitter’s Pride. When I wanted the long hooks in larger sizes I couldn’t find them.

Yes, it’s for afghan/Tunisian stitch. Unless you’re using that particular technique, you don’t need one even if you’re making an afghan.