Getting Started Right Handed

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.

For more info please check out the Crochet Tips & Tricks  page & click on the links…


13 Responses to Getting Started Right Handed

  1. rensfibreart says:

    Alana… just my name & a link to my website/blog would be perfect… 🙂

  2. Alana says:

    Hi Renate
    Thanks for letting me use information from your web site. Can you please email me to discuss how you would like me to give you credit for the information I use.

  3. rensfibreart says:

    Hello Alana… that’s perfectly ok… thank you for asking & I’d also appreciate you giving me accreditation… good luck with your venture – kind regards Renate

  4. Alana says:

    I like your web sight it has lots of useful information for beginners.
    I am thinking of starting beginner crochet classes.
    I like your instructions for getting started right and left handed and the granny square instructions. Can I please print these instructions to give to the students in my classes?

  5. rensfibreart says:

    welcome Connie, crochet can certainly be addictive, I hope you’re enjoying yourself so far…. I always try to take my yarn from the centre of the ball. Sometimes the end come out easily, sometimes half the ball come out… it’s a bit of a hit & miss affair, but you’ll find your work flows better when the yarn come from the centre… I don’t wind my yarn into ball unless I have to, like when it’s unravelled for example… 🙂

  6. Connie McAfee says:

    Hi, I am a real beginner crochet addict. Before you begin, do you always wind your yarn into balls? I just thought there had to be a way to pull an exact thread from the center to crochet from, but have not found one yet. I don’t want to get a few rows into my afghan project and hit a wall!

  7. rensfibreart says:

    Thank you Roberta… yes, positively addictive is a great way to describe Freeform… I hope you continue to enjoy your creative journey

  8. I’m a complete beginner but already totally fascinated with freeform crochet. I’ve been a 2D painter for years, but I’m finding this extremely tactile process positively addictive. Thanks so much for this site, it’s a great help!

  9. rensfibreart says:

    Thank you Shar, makes me happy to know it’s been helpful… it’s a bit of a job getting those graphic done but so good to know that it’s all worthwhile

  10. Shar says:

    I wish I’d found your site a few months ago! It’s still going to be my fav go-to site while learning to crochet. What awesome graphics! I found you via Pinterest! Someone had liked one of your small granny square graphics and I was soooo glad to see that! THANK YOU for all your work on your site. Shar

  11. rensfibreart says:

    You’re welcome, so glad to know that I was able to help you get started – happy crocheting

  12. Meghan says:

    Just like to say your website is fab, found ot through a link on pinterest! Clear and easy to understand instructions and i think i may finaly get to grips with crochet with help froms these guides!!! Thanks muchly!!!

  13. Pingback: Getting Started with Crochet…. | Renate Kirkpatrick's Freeform Crochet~Knit~Fibre Designs

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