- How to hold your Crochet Hook -

I know you are itching to start stitching!
But before learning the different crochet stitches, you need to get accustomed with holding a crochet hook.
Pick up a hook and find out which of the two most common ways you hold it:

How to hold your Crochet Hook

The Pencil Grip:

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The hook is resting on the crotch of the thumb. You then hold the hook in place with your middle finger, index finger and thumb.

The Knife Grip:

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The hook is under the palm of your hand.
This is how I normally hold my crochet hook. I use my index finger to navigate the hook through the stitches and my middle finger and thumb to twirl the hook keeping the loop safely underneath the point..
These two grips are functionally equivalent and it is purely your personal choice, which to use.
The good news is, your grip will always be very intuitive – just pick it up and see which feels more natural.

Left hand vs. Right hand

Now not only can we hold the hook in different ways. We also crochet with either the left or right hand. This is also an intuitive choice and the difference between the two is in the direction you work. Lefthanded crocheters will work from left to right and righthanded from right to left.
Most patterns are written for righthanded crocheters, but as long as you are aware of this distinction, you can also work with these patterns as a lefthanded crocheter.

Being a new crocheter I would recommend finding a hook that has a broad handle. They are easier to work with till you get accustomed to the movement throughout the project. However if a beautiful hook finds your fancy, please buy this, as it will just enhance your enjoyment.

See my post on Finding the Right Crochet Hook: Material for suggestions on which hooks to get.

Camilla

Homemade & Heartmade

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