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I crochet and knit, and sometimes choosing one over another is like that age-old question: who do you love more, mom or dad? But, if I’m being honest with you, crochet almost always wins. Why?
Because crochet is so much more socially friendly than knitting! First, you have only one tool you have to carry (a hook), and this tool generally is not poky (unless it’s one of those super tiny metal lace hooks, brrrrr, I’m staying away from those!). Also, a crochet hook doesn’t take much space to when you carry it, hold it or work with it.
Trust me, I was knitting with those long straight needles at my mom’s one time, I was like a pariah, cause no one could or wanted to sit next to me (and get their ribs poked with the needle). And the last crochet winning point. While you work, you are only dealing with one loop at the time so when you stop to go and have dinner or attend to nature, you just need to secure that one loop and you are good.
With knitting, you have many open loops as your work is wide and if god forbid one of your needles falls out… Don’t get me started, I’m still shaken from the last time this happened.
Alright, so, in crochet you only have 1 tool to hold, a hook. But, how do you hold it? Is there like the RIGHT way to hold it? The one and only proper way to handle the hook and all ways be scorned and banned for eternity? Um, no. It’s a free country people and we get to hold our hook however we want! Hook power!!!
Ok, I’ll settle down now and tell you about a couple of popular ways of holding a hook and you can choose whichever way is more comfy for you. (Fun fact, I’m left-handed, but I crochet with my right hand – how does this make any sense?!)
Two ways to hold a crochet hook:
Holding a hook like a pen:
In this method, you are holding the top part of the hook the way you would hold a pen when you write, between your thumb, pointer and middle finger with the body of the hook resting on the top of the space connecting your thumb to the rest of your hand. My mother-in-law (who is an AMAZING crocheter holds her hook this way, and she is so fast, I think she is a crocheting Wonder Woman).
Holding a hook like a knife:
In this method, you are holding the hook like you would hold a kitchen knife where the top of the hook is in between your thumb and bent forefinger, and the body of the hook is encased in the palm of your hand wrapped with the rest of your fingers. This is the way I hold the hook as I find it more comfortable and my hook is not escaping anywhere (I must be a control freak or something).
Neither one of these ways is better or more correct than the other, it’s just the matter of comfort and preference. Give it a try holding the hook both ways while trying to simply wind the yarn around the hook and see how it feels. Pick one method and use that holding method while you are learning. If you find later that you are more comfy with the other way, you can always switch.
In the comments below, let me know what way of holding the hook is your fave and why?