Put the thread on the index finger of the left hand and insert a hook under it.
Turn the hook clockwise.
Holding the left loop with the thumb of your left hand, stretch the working thread into it.
Holding the free end of the thread, tighten the knot of the initial loop and adjust the loop size by pulling the end of the working thread.
The start loop should be loose enough to continue knitting.
How to hold the hook and thread correctly
The hook can be held in two ways: either as a pen (pencil), picking it up from the bottom, or like a knife, picking up the hook from the top. Both methods are correct. Choose the one that’s easier for you.
As for the location of the thread on the hand, then here, there are not even two, but more ways. So, we will consider the most common ways of arranging the thread when crocheting.
At the beginning of work, we attach the thread to the hook with the initial loop.
Method 1 (main) location of the thread when crocheting
Thumb and middle finger the left hand hold the initial loop (then they hold the resulting fabric), the working thread passes through the index finger and the inner side of the palm. The index finger holds and directs the working thread. The thread tension is regulated by the ring finger and little finger, which press the working thread.
Method 4 for crocheting yarn
And finally, method 4, which I met only with Russian knitters and which I began to knit myself. It is radically different from other methods in that the initial loop, and then the canvas, is held forefinger and thumb left hand, and the middle finger of the left hand holds and guides the working thread:
So the question is - which crochet method to choose? Try everything and choose the one that is more convenient and with less tired hands. If it’s difficult to choose (at first, most likely, all methods will seem uncomfortable) - learn to keep the thread in the first (main) way. Regarding how to hold the hook better - using the “pencil” method or the “knife” method - the opinions of the craftswomen radically differ: some people think that their hands get tired less when knitting with one, while others with the other. Some have mastered both methods. So rely on your own feelings.
Video on how to hold the hook:
In crocheting there is no such thing as right or wrong, there is a concept - forward and reverse grip. And most importantly, both are comfortable! I started knitting exactly the opposite, but under the press of comments I retrained for direct grip, so I want to share my observations with you. Yes, and in video lessons it’s worse to be seen, to be honest, since a lot is covered by hands. But in some cases, I still use the old way))
And in general, what is more important: how do you hold or what is the result? After all, we often knit for pleasure. So what's the difference how to hold an instrument if wonderful things come out from under it ?!
Let's take a closer look at each of these methods.
Straight hook grip
Or when we hold the hook like a fork, spoon, pencil or pen.
- In my opinion, knitting this way is a little faster, since literally a few fingers participate in the work and sometimes the brush spins, but everything else is almost not involved. Therefore, the amplitude of hand movements does not take extra seconds of time. It’s convenient to knit everything except knitted yarn in this way. For her, it is better to use reverse grip. In my opinion, it is more convenient to use hooks without a handle. During knitting, my hand moves closer to the head, as I often hold the loop with the middle finger. Therefore, the pen begins to bother me. Perhaps you have not suffered such a fate and it’s convenient for you. All individually)
Reverse hook grip
Or when we hold the hook like a knife.
- As mentioned above, it is so convenient to hold the crochet hook with knitted yarn, as well as when the fabric is very dense and each loop is difficult to pull through each other. I noticed that almost all Western needlewomen hold the hook this way. To work in this way, it is convenient to use hooks with both a handle and without a handle. But it was more convenient for me with the handle, since the end of the hook rests on the palm of the hand and the rubber or plastic pad reduces pressure. The disadvantages include the fact that while working in this way many joints are involved and over time this can negatively affect them.
Try, study and knit with pleasure!
Why you need to hold the hook correctly
Starting to learn something fundamentally new, we always first turn to theory. Like in school lessons. Or, for example, as when learning to drive a car. And here is crochet?
The ability to hold the hook correctly is one of the key factors affecting the quality of a knitted fabric. If you are just entering the wonderful world of knitting, try to immediately learn how to do everything efficiently. For example, knit loops in a classic, not a “grandmother's” way. And to hold the hook as it should be, and not as it lay in the hand at the first meeting. Retraining is harder than learning.
Having figured out how to hold the hook correctly, you will ensure:
- convenient grip
- comfort with prolonged knitting,
- high-quality and smooth loops,
- lack of pain in the muscles and joints.
Two correct options
There are two main ways to hold the hook. You see them in the photo below.
Two ways to hold the hook:
a) like a pen
b) like a knife
Contrary to the prevailing stereotype, both ways are correct. True, the second option is used much less frequently. Let's consider each of them separately.
Hold the hook "like a handle"
The easiest way to teach a person to hold the hook correctly is to compare the grip of the hook with what is often used in life. In our case, it is a pen or pencil. Of course, provided that you hold the pen correctly - as in the photo below. The hook handle is located above your hand, the thumb and index finger hold the hook. It is called direct grip.
Man holds a pen - so you need to hold a hook
If you are a beginner, we recommend that you prefer this method. In many sources, it is generally considered the only correct one. The hook will not fall out of hand. The correct position of the hook is easy to check: just grab a pencil or pen in your hand, hold it for a few seconds, and then replace it with a hook. The position of the hook must be exactly the same..
Choosing this method, you will notice that the hand will not be very tired. Especially if you write a lot by hand - the muscles are already used to long monotonous work.
Hold the hook "like a knife"
There is another way - hold the hook back grip. Just like you hold a dessert knife, cutting food in a restaurant. In this case, the hook handle is under your hand, the thumb and forefinger hold the hook.
A man holds a dessert knife - so you need to hold a hook
Answering the question of how to hold the crochet hook correctly, many evaluate this option as incorrect. It really is less convenient. And in some ways it even seems unnatural. Holding the hook with a reverse grip is not a mistake. Needleworkers knit perfectly using this method. This is not only about people of the older generation, but also about young girls who have learned this technique from their older relatives.
Which way is better
How to hold the hook when knitting - you decide. But it is better to give preference to the first option, it is more familiar and comfortable. If you are learning to crochet from scratch, the second way will only slow down the learning process. Note - in the vast majority of video lessons needlewomen hold a hook “like a pen”.
If you are not a beginner, knit as you like. Have you been using the second method for several years and are happy with the result? You have no reason to relearn. Even if your crochet technique differs from the conventional one, but this does not affect the quality of knitting. Each needlewoman has her own characteristics, only a few can ideally hold a hook.
Do you knit for a long time, but are dissatisfied with the quality of the products received? Try to learn how to hold the hook correctly. Perhaps this is exactly what will solve your problem.
Hook with ergonomic handle
Talking about how to choose the right hook for knitting, we separately considered hooks with an ergonomic handle (combined). This is a knitting tool with a high level of comfort. The pen has such a shape that the needlewoman takes it correctly unknowingly. In another way, it is simply impossible for them to knit.
Hook with ergonomic handle
Choosing a hook with an ergonomic handle, you can not worry about what it needs to be held correctly. But not every hook with an ergonomic handle will suit you. It must be selected according to the characteristics of your hand. Pens come in different shapes and sizes; they are made from several types of materials. You need to try the hooks of several manufacturers to choose the perfect option for yourself.
A hook with an ergonomic handle is a good option for both a beginner and an experienced needlewoman.
How to hold the thread when knitting
First, take the thread. There are several options for how to do this; we will analyze four of them.
If you are right-handed, hold the thread with your left hand, if you are left-handed, respectively, with your right. We take it by the tip and throw it through the index finger so that both the tip and the thread going to the ball (it is called the working one) are inside the palm of the hand. The index finger has now become our desktop, all sorcery will take place on it.
We press the working thread to the palm with the ring finger and little finger - in this way we adjust the tension.
Wrap the thread around the index finger and knit in the same way as in the first method.
With it, we wrap the thread not around the index finger, but around the little finger.
Frankly, our craftswomen use the fourth method. And this is not surprising, because it is the most common in Russia. Moreover - that’s how they taught to hold a thread when knitting in home economics lessons (the grandmother of the author of this article once taught this wonderful subject at school).
We skip the thread between the fingers so that it extends between the ring and little fingers in the direction of the palm. With the middle we pull the thread, and with the nameless and little fingers we control its tension.
We do not consider ways in which the tip of the thread is directed from the palm of your hand. In this case, we will have to work not on the finger, but on the weight, which, in our opinion, is extremely inconvenient.
And now try yourself with one hand to gently pull the tip, and with the other, check the tension. If you have not knitted before - with knitting needles, for example - this is worth learning to make the loops and posts come out the same.
How to hold the hook
Now take the hook. How to do it right is an even more controversial issue, it has been discussed for a long time, and, apparently, knitters will never come to a common opinion. We also have our own opinion on this matter.
It is believed that there are two ways: as a pen and as for some reason a knife, but there is another one, very similar to the first, but with a slightly different arrangement of fingers.
The first one is when we hold the hook with three fingers, similar to a ballpoint pen when writing.
According to our craftswomen, the only reason to use this method is if you are already used to it. We hold the handle in this way, because at the same time we rely on the wrist, but when we knit everything happens on weight, so why limit yourself to just three working fingers? In addition, the hook with such a grip is directed vertically into our "working surface", that is, when knitting loops will constantly stick into it.
The second option originated by itself from the first. With this method, the hook is also located above the hand, but the middle finger is in front and controls the thread. So knitting is a little more convenient, in addition, our tool is located horizontally.
The third way is to hold the hook like a knitting needle. On the Internet it is described as “hold like a knife”, but the analogy with the spoke seems to us more correct. In this way the grandmother mentioned above taught to keep him.
We put the hook on three fingers: the little finger, the nameless and the middle - of the hand with which you write, on the other hand we hold it big. Now we get a free index finger to control knitting, and with the rest and even a little muscle of the brush we can control the hook, which is located horizontally and freely slides on our "desktop", without creating any discomfort. This way seems to us the most logical: we hold both the knitting needle and the hook.
Why do we recommend this particular method? Firstly, we don’t have to wave our hand and even turn it, so it practically does not get tired. And secondly, try to knit a different mesh in Irish lace or a product using Tunisian technology. If you succeed - we want to see it, send a video. And while no such desperate ones were found, we believe that you need to learn to hold the hook right away so that the hand gets used to the grip that can be used for any kind of knitting.