Are you having a hard time holding your crochet hook and yarn properly? Here are some easy steps to help you become a pro in no time:
How to hold a yarn when crocheting
First of all, there are no hard-and-fast rules in holding a yarn when crocheting and mastering it doesn’t happen overnight too. Like most beginners, it could take a lot of time—and frustrations—before you could get the technique right.
There are also different techniques that you might want to try to see which one works best for you. But before you start exploring them, you have to follow some common tips like placing the yarn on your less dominant hand.
Next you have to find the best holding style to allow convenient feeding of your yarn hand to your hook as you crochet and make sure that your grip stays consistent without putting a strain on your hand.
Here are some of the most common techniques used in holding a yarn when crocheting:
- The pinky hold technique. This is the most common technique for holding a yarn and it is named after the pinky finger that does most of the work in this method.
To do the pinky hold technique, you have to bring the tail end of your yarn up between your pinky and ring fingers while your palm is facing down.
Then, wrap the tail end of the yarn around the pinky finger to form a loop and bring the tail end over the top of the hand right after. Once you have the yarn in place, you should let your thumb and forefinger get a good grip of the yarn to control it as you start crocheting.
- The forefinger hold technique. In this technique, the index or forefinger will do most of the work for you. Start by bringing the tail end of your yarn up through your pinky and index fingers while your palm is facing down. Then, continue to bring the yarn over the top of your hand and finally looping it around your index finger.
- The loose yarn technique. This is quite similar to the pinky hold technique, the only difference being that you don’t need to wrap the yarn around your pinky finger.
Pull the tail end of the yarn up and in between your pinky and ring finger still with your palm facing down. Then, continue pulling the yarn over the top of your hand and catch it with your thumb and forefinger to grip for controlling the yarn as you start crocheting.
How to hold your crochet hook when crocheting
Now that you know the basic techniques for holding a crochet yarn, it’ also very important to learn how to hold your hook when crocheting by following these steps:
- The pencil grip. Ideal if you’re a left-handed crocheter, this technique resembles the way you grip your pencil but in a reversed way. Since different people have their own way of holding a pencil, it’s best to test different grips to find the one that you’re most comfortable with.
- The knife grip. Think about this technique like you’re holding a dinner knife where you have almost the same control as you would have when cutting food using a knife.
To do this, you need to hold the hook with your right hand with your hand positioned over the hook and your index finger extended to guide the hook as you go. You can then use your left hand to hold and control the yarn.
The knife grip is perfect for right-handed crocheters and many claim that it’s the easiest method to use. Some claim, however, that the knife grip is not as efficient as the pencil grip.
The basic crochet stitches
Since you will need to practice your chosen technique for holding your yarn and hook, it’s best that you try doing some of the mot basic crochet stitches that include the following:
- The base chain stitch. Probably the most basic of all the stitches, almost every crochet work begin with this base chain where you simple create a series of chain stitches by wrapping the yarn over the hook in a counter clockwise direction and drawing it to form a new loop. You can repeat this step until you form the right length of base chain you need for your work.
- The slip stitch. From the base chain, insert the hook into the second chain and wrap the yarn over it. Then, you can draw the yarn through the chain and loop it on the hook. The slip stitch is perfect for joining stitches for a round work like a blanket or hat.
- The double crochet stitch. Again, from the base chain, insert the hook into the second chain and wrap the yarn over it. This time, draw the yarn through the chain only. Then, wrap the yarn again and draw it through both loops on the hook. The double crochet stitch is perfect for creating the V stitch or doing granny squares.
- The treble stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and insert it on the 4th Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw it through the chain and follow the same steps until you achieve the pattern that you want.
The treble stitch is perfect for longer pieces like a blanket since you have 4 chains long of stitches to work with that allows you to create a pattern instantly.
If you want a longer stitch, you can do double treble where you have to insert the hook into the 5th chain or triple treble where you have to insert the hook into the 5th chain and wrap the yarn over the hook three times.
As you become better at this type of stitch, you can also try quadruple treble, quintuple treble and sextuple treble depending on how long you want your stitches to be.
- The half treble stitch. This technique is pretty much the same as the treble stitch. The only difference I that you are inserting the hook into the 3rd chain instead of the 4th. The half treble stitch is ideal if you want longer stitches but not as long as the full treble pattern.
Like most hobbies, it may take some time before you can truly be a master of crocheting. In fact, you might encounter some challenges along the way that could affect how efficient your grip is when holding your yarn and hook.
For instance, you could have sweaty hands, your hands could be shaking or you could even buy the wrong type of yarn. But with constant practice and a lot of patience, you’ll surely be able to create beautiful masterpieces using your yarn and hook before you even know it.
Just take your time in practicing your grip and your stitches to make sure that you get the steps right and avoid frustrations.