Holding your hook: years of teaching have shown me that there are many different ways of holding the hook & rarely do 2 people hold it the same– find your own comfort zone by practicing different ways until you’re comfortable – the following 2 methods are probably the most popular but by no means the only way to hold your hook
A: hold your hook as you would a pencil with hook facing down
B: hold your hook as you would a knife with hook facing down
OK, so let’s get started… The first thing you have to do is make a Slip Knot.
Why, you ask… because it’s neater & more flexible which will make your first chain (ch) easier to draw through.
Leaving about 10/12 cm (4”/5”) tail, make a circle of yarn with the ball end going under the circle, bring yarn through with your hook & pull end to fit hook so that it slides easily on hook - the slip knot loop is not counted as a chain (the loop on the hook is never counted)
Next… Holding your yarn: & again, in my experience, there is no right/wrong way to hold your yarn. The following two methods are the most commonly used but if you come up with your own & it works for you, then go for it.
Remember what’s important: that the yarn slides easily from hand to hook without being too tight or too loose – I wish there were some magic bullet for achieving this quickly & effortlessly however, only ‘patient practice’, over and over again, will get you there.
Making your chain: Now that you have managed your yarn & hook into a comfortable position you are ready to make your first chain. Remembering that the loop on the hook is never counted, you now draw yarn through the loop to make a chain – to do this you must first do a yarn over (YO) & draw this though the loop, this is your first chain made, continue in this way, following either Method 1 or Method 2 as shown in the diagrams below, until you have the required amount of chains…
Method 1: To maintain tension, wrap yarn around little finger & other fingers as shown in diagram for Method 1 – the middle finger is used to feed the yarn & the index finger & thumb hold your work.
Method 2: To maintain tension, wrap yarn around little finger & other fingers as shown in diagram for Method 2 – the index finger is used to feed the yarn & the middle finger & thumb hold your work
So… there you go… you are now on your way… I hope these instructions help clarify some of the dilemmas of getting started with crochet & that your crochet journey continues to get more exciting with every stitch you make.
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