A little while I got an interesting request from a Moogly reader: She wanted to know how people hold their hooks and yarn when they crochet! Well of course there's only one right answer...
... Which is, whatever way is most comfortable for them! There's no one right way to hold your hook and yarn - whatever is comfortable for you, and gives you the results you desire, is a-okay. And if you aren't getting the results you want, or you're uncomfortable, then it's time to try another way!
In general, there are two basic ways that most people hold their yarn: Pencil hold, and knife hold. In pencil hold, the body of the hook is above the hand, much like writing with a pencil, though the finger placement varies. I use a pencil hold, as seen below in this still from my latest Craftsy course (photo courtesy of Craftsy):
In knife hold, the body of the hook is below the hand, as if you were holding a knife to cut with it. Again, the finger placement varies - sometimes it looks a lot like the way you might hold a knitting needle. I don't usually use a knife hold, but when working with extra bulky I find it easier to hold the weight of the yarn this way. You can get a peek at this in a photo from a tutorial I did using t-shirt yarn:
As for holding the yarn - the variations never end! No tension, between two fingers, wrapped around one finger, wrapped around two fingers... I've even heard of someone tensioning the yarn between their toes! Portuguese knitting involves running the yarn behind your neck - I wonder if there's a Portuguese crochet variation that's similar!
So I'm putting out a call to all of YOU! Send me your photos of your hands (and toes if it applies) - holding your hook and yarn the way that best suits you! You might have to get a spouse, child, neighbor, or nice person on the bus to help. Just please keep them G-rated!
Because I'll be sharing them in a future post! Depending on the number of pictures I get, I might not be able to share them all, but I'll share as many as possible. I really want to be able to demonstrate all the wonderful ways crochet happens.
Please email your photos to email@example.com by July 8th- and put "Hook Holding" in the subject line! I can't wait to see how You crochet!