How to Hold a Crochet Hook

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2 Popular Ways

to Hold a Crochet Hook


So you’re learning to crochet.  That’s so awesome!  First things first.  You might be wondering how to hold the hook in order to make the crochet stitches.  When I first learned to crochet I simply picked up a hook, held it the most comfortable way for me, and stitched away.   I had no idea that there are actually two ways that people generally hold a crochet hook.

If you are struggling with crochet, it may be that you need to re-evaluate how you are holding your hook.  Let’s review the two methods and see which one works best for you!

Hold the hook in your dominant hand.  Your other hand holds the yarn.

Position One

Called the over-the-hook position and is similar to holding a knife.  Place your hand over the crochet hook with the handle resting against the palm of your hand and your thumb and third finger grasping the thumb rest.

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Position Two

Called the under-the-hook position and is similar to holding a pencil.  Hold the crochet hook as you would pencil with the thumb rest between your thumb and forefinger.  The third finger should be near the tip of the hook.


When crocheting, the crochet hook should be turned slightly toward you, not facing up or down.  The crochet hook should be held firmly, but not tightly.  At first you will find yourself gripping tightly but over time, once you feel more comfortable, you will find your hand relaxes.

Have you practiced each of these techniques?  Which one feels best for you?  It’s important to find the proper way to hold the crochet hook for you.  If your hand isn’t comfortable, it may cramp up, and your stitches will be uneven.  Crocheting should be relaxing not a struggle.

It’s totally fine if neither of these methods works for you.  There really is no right or wrong way to hold a crochet hook.  However, experimenting with these two methods can give you a starting point. You can then make adjustments to find the technique that is right for you.

Which position do you prefer or have you made up your own?  Please share, I’d love to know!


Until next time…   Happy Crocheting!

P.S.  As a crochet beginner, it’s important to start off organized.  If you don’t, you may end up with projects that are half-finished and you have no idea where the pattern is, what hook you were using, or where you found the yarn!  This is a huge headache.  TRUST ME.

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