How to hold your crochet hook & yarn

Finding the best way to hold your crochet hook and yarn will help with your crochet control and tension!


Try these methods and see which works best for you! Once you’ve found the most comfortable way to hold your hook and yarn you’ll be able to crochet a lot faster and start perfecting your tension.

Holding the crochet hook!

Pencil method

Hold the hook like a pencil, in your right hand (if you’re right-handed), about 3-5cm from the hooked end. If your hook has a flat area, you may find it more comfortable to hold it there.


Knife method

Hold the hook between your thumb and forefinger, about 3-5cm from the hooked end, resting the end of the hook against your palm. This will give you lots of control.


Holding the yarn!


Step 1

Method one is to pass the ball end of the yarn between the little finger and third fingers of your left hand (if you are right-handed), then behind the third and middle fingers, over your index finger.


Step 2

Alternatively, method two is to loop the ball end of the yarn loosely around the little finger of your left hand, then take it over the third finger, behind the middle finger and over your index finger.