How to Hold the Yarn When Crocheting

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4 Popular Ways to

Hold Your Crochet Yarn

 

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Hi folks! Today I want to give you another useful tutorial when you are a crochet newbie and just preparing to crochet. In addition to learning how to hold a crochet hook in the most comfortable way for you, you also need to learn how to hold the yarn.

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Before we start, you should keep in mind that just like there is no single way to hold a crochet hook, there is also no particular way you have to hold the yarn. The best way is always the way that allows you to crochet smoothly and comfortably.

When crocheting, the hook is held in your dominant hand while your non-dominant hand holds the yarn. The hand with the yarn then feeds the yarn to the hook while you crochet, this is why it is very important that you find a yarn holding technique that works well for you.

The yarn hand is also responsible for controlling the tension of the yarn as it is fed to the hook. The tension determines how loose or tight your stitches will be.

There are many ways to hold the yarn, some are unique to the crocheter, but there are at least some methods that seem to be popular.  Here are four techniques that I know about.

 

Techniques

Note:  The technique names provided are of my own invention and cannot be found in typical crochet terminology.  But seriously folks, how can I describe them to you if they don’t have a name!  So, I just made up my own.  🙂

1.  The Over & Under Hold

Step One:  With your palm facing down place the yarn under your pinky finger (also called the little finger) and over your ring finger.

Step Two:  Place the yarn under your middle finger and over your pointer finger (also called the index finger).  

Step Three:  Pull yarn down along inside of palm and grip with the pinky finger and ring finger.

2.  The Pinky Hold

Step One:  With palm facing down place the tail end of the yarn between your pinky finger and ring finger. 

Step Two:  Wrap the tail end of your yarn around your little finger creating a loop around your pinky finger.

Step Three:  Bring the tail end of the yarn over the top of your ring finger, under your middle finger, and over your pointer finger.

Step Four: Pull yarn down along inside of palm and grip with the pinky finger and ring finger.

3.  The Pointer Hold

Step One:  With palm facing down place the tail end of the yarn around your pointer finger and in-between your pointer finger and middle  finger. 

Step Two:  Wrap the tail end of your yarn around your ring finger creating a loop around your pointer finger.

Step Three:  Bring the tail end of the under your middle, ring, and pinky fingers.

Step Four: Grip the tail end of the yarn under your pinky finger or both your ring and pinky fingers.

4.  The Single Loop Hold

Step One:  With palm facing down place the tail end of the yarn over your pointer finger.

Step Two: Pull yarn down along inside of palm and grip with the pinky finger and ring finger.  Grip the tail end of the yarn under your pinky finger or both your ring and pinky fingers.

 

When I began crocheting I didn’t know about any of these methods and seemed to naturally adopt the single loop hold.  It just came naturally.  I suspect as you start crocheting you too will naturally find a hold that works for you, even if it is completely different from the ones in this tutorial.

However, these techniques are a good place to start if you pick up your yarn and simply have no idea what to do next.  I urge you to experiment with each method and then come back and share what worked best for you!

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6 thoughts on “How to Hold the Yarn When Crocheting

  1. I do a variation of the under/over hold most of the time. I should probably try the same hold I use when knitting because I seem to have better tension and more even stitches. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg. I’m looking forward to seeing more projects!

  2. I think I do the single loop but I’m going to have to go and check! It’s such an automatic thing that I really don’t think about it. This is great for beginners to give lots of options to try.

    • Hi Julie. I found my hold automatically as well, but I think sometimes it just doesn’t come to everyone naturally. Hopefully, this article will help those who need a little demonstration & experimentation to get them started. Thanks for stopping by!

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