How to Hold a Crochet Hook - Tutorial One

How to hold a crochet hook is tutorial one of the How to Crochet Step by Step mini series. If you’re completely new to crochet, this is where you begin and the first thing to learn.

You might be thinking that there is a right or wrong way to hold your hook but, honestly, there isn’t.

The two most popular ways to hold a hook is the pencil grip and the knife grip. Basically, you hold the hook like you would a pencil or a knife. Watch my youtube video below to see what I mean.


I prefer to hold mine like a pencil, as shown in the photo. It is easier for me this way and doesn’t strain my fingers as much.

You can hold yours however you think is best for you and your hands. You don’t need to follow either of these two methods if it doesn’t work for you, as I said there’s no right or wrong. It needs to feel comfortable so that you don’t cause any unnecessary stress to your wrists and fingers.

Tina's right hand is holding a silver crochet hook. She is holding it like a pencil with her middle finger near the tip of the hook and her index finger behind. Her thumb is holding the hook from below, at the same point as her index finger.

You might not settle on a specific way until you’ve crocheted a few rows to see how it feels. Give it some time and your hand will decide what is most comfortable.

Tutorial Two: How to Make a Slip Knot

Tina Rinaudo

Tina is a passionate zero waster and crocheter who aims to live and crochet as sustainably as possible. She has been crocheting since 2016 and specialises in using sustainable yarns to design zero waste crochet patterns to make easy swaps for yourselves and your homes. She has been featured in Happily Hooked Magazine, and many other websites for her eco friendly crochet patterns.


How to Crochet a Slip Knot - Tutorial Two


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