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How to Hold a Crochet Hook

Learn how to hold a crochet hook from Lion Brand Yarn's Andrea Lemire in this Howcast video.


Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started.

There are 2 main holds that exist in crochet. The first one is called the 'knife hold,'and that's my personal preference. And that's just holding the hook under these fingers with your thb at the base, with your fingers coming over that hook—kind of like you would hold a knife or a fork, hence the name. And the reason why I personally like this one a little bit better is because I do have wrist trouble, and it does act as more of a back and forth motion allowing my wrist to stay nice and straight. The other very common hold - about half of crocheters use one or the other, so it's pretty 50/50 - is what we call the 'pencil hold.' And that's just how you would hold a writing utensil - so eating utensil versus writing utensil, essentially. And this one is more of a scooping motion so there is more wrist action involved. But a lot of people do find this one more comfortable. So my suggestion to you, give both a shot. Try making one project in one hold, one in the other, and you will find what is the best one for you.

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