How to hold the Crochet Hook? with Tips

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“How to hold the Crochet Hook?”, “What’s the right way to hold the hook?”, are the questions that I see on forums all the time. Believe me… When it comes to learning how to hold the crochet hook, there’s no right way! Yes! You’re the one who decides which method is best for you and your comfort!

Now with saying that; to decide which technique works best for you, lets understand what are the basic methods. In this post you will learn the two most popular ways of how to hold the hook.

Ones you start working, you may realize, holding your hook little differently than these two methods makes you comfortable… don’t be afraid, everyone has developed their own style this way, so just go with it- that’s the right way for you!

Even though you crochet with only one hook, both hands are busy the whole time. Your dominant hand holds the crochet hook, and other hand holds the yarn and the work.

So let’s see- How to hold the crochet hook!

How to hold the Crochet Hook- Method- 1

Knife Method or Over-the-Hook Method:

As the name tells, this method is like holding a knife. Position your dominant hand over the hook with the handle resting against your palm and your thumb and index finger grasping the thumb-rest like, it’s a knife.

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Crochet work and yarn are held in the other hand, with the dominant hand holding the hook.

How to hold the Crochet Hook- Method- 2

Fork Method or Pencil Method or Under-the-hook Method:

As the name tells, this method is like holding a fork or pencil. Position your dominant hand over the hook with the thumb-rest between your forefinger and thumb. Simply means that the length of the handle rests above the hand. The fingers can be in a variety of positions, and you may  experience they tend to move around as you work.

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You can watch the video here: How to Hold the Crochet Hook with Tips


 Tips:

  1. Holding your crochet hook is pretty simple. You just need the right grip on it. If your hand isn’t comfortable, it can cramp up, and your stitches won’t be even. Crocheting should be relaxing, not a fight with the hook and yarn. 🙂
  2. The crochet hook should be turned slightly toward you, not facing up or down.
  3. The crochet hook should be held firmly, but not tightly. At first you will find yourself gripping tightly but over time, ones you feel more comfortable, you will find your hand relaxes.
  4. Speed and even tension comes with practice. So don’t stop or worry much for that at the beginning, just enjoy crocheting.
  5. Don’t switch holding styles mid-project as it will change the way you work and inevitably affects your tension.
  6. Refer 7 mistakes every crocheters make so you can avoid them and crocheting will become more of joy!
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