How to hold the crochet hook and the yarn
Crochet Lessons for beginners, Unit 2
How to hold the Crochet Hook
You can hold the crochet hook two ways: either as a pencil or as a knife. Both ways is correct. Use the one which is convenient and easy for you and your hands.
Pencil Hold - hook over top of hand, between thumb and index finger
Knife Hold - hand over top of hook
So how do better to hold the crochet hook, as a pencil or as a knife? Opinions crocheters cardinally differ. Some think that the hands get tired less when they hold the hook as pencil, others think otherwise. Some have mastered the both methods. So you need try different ways and rely on own feelings.
How to hold the Yarn
There are many ways to hold the yarn. Let's look at the most common ways.
First make the slip knot on the crochet hook.
Method 1 (recommended way) the location of the yarn during crochet
Thumb and middle finger of left hand you hold the slip knot (then they hold your work). The working yarn goes through index finger into a fist. Index finger holds and directs the working yarn. Tension of yarn is adjusted ring finger and little finger, which squeezing or weaken the working yarn.
The location of the yarn during crochet, recommended way
Method 2 the location of the yarn during crochet
Some crocheter wrap the working yarn around index finger for convenience and for additional control tension of yarn.
The location of the yarn during crochet, the yarn is wrapped around index finger
Method 3 the location of the yarn during crochet
Another popular way of control the tension of yarn this is wrap the yarn around little finger and then the yarn goes on the outer side of the palm to index finger.
The location of the yarn during crochet, the yarn is wrapped around little finger
Method 4 the location of the yarn during crochet
And, finally, fourth method, which I have met only from Russian crocheters. I began to crochet just this way. This method strongly differs from other methods. Thumb and index finger of left hand you hold the slip knot and then they hold your work. And middle finger of left hand holds and directs the working yarn.
The location of the yarn during crochet, thumb and index finger hold the slip knot and the work
The question naturally arises - which method of crochet choose? Try all ways and choose the one, which convenient for you and your hands. If you find it difficult to choose, learn to hold the yarn by the first recommended way. Opinions crocheters cardinally differ about how better to hold the crochet hook, the first way "pencil" or the second "knife".
Next lesson: How to make a crochet slip knot.