How To Hold Your Crochet Hook: The Tennessee Stitch

Welcome to the first edition of The Tennessee Stitch with Danielle.  For the next few weeks, we are gonna cover some information that I had a hard time finding when I really delved into crochet.  They are some-what minor details, but I felt so much more comfortable when I found the information.  My goal is to make this info more readily available to crochet beginners.  I just want to make it as easy and fun for you as I think it is.  It is so much easier to stay encouraged when you have the info you need.

How to Hold the Hook

There are two basic positions: the Pencil method and the Knife method.  When I started out, I didn’t even know how to hold my hook.  I felt awkward trying every single way I thought that it was supposed to be held.  The answer is so simple.  It took me a few weeks to find the information.

There is NO right or wrong way to hold your hook.  Isnt that nice?! LOL!  Both methods are great for right- and left-handed hookers.

The Pencil Method

How to Hold Your Crochet Hook: Pencil Method

How to hold your hook: The Pencil Method

The Pencil method is the more traditional way to hold your hook.  Many of us were taught to hold our hooks this way.  Grasp the hook just like you would hold a pencil.  The handle of the hook goes over your hand.  Face the hook towards you.  You are now ready to crochet!  The pencil method is said to give you the most control.  The control would be equal to that of writing with a pencil, hence the name.




The Knife Method

How To Hold Crochet Hook, Knife Method

How to hold your hook: The Knife Method

The Knife method sounds a little daunting.  Don’t worry….you’re not going to stab any one or anything.  Think more along the lines of holding a dinner knife.  This method doesn’t quite give you the same control but it does have its pros.  The knife method is easier on your wrists and can help reduce the risk of carpal tunnel.  Grasp the hook like you were using a dinner knife and about to cut into a piece of food.  The handle of the hook goes under your hand.  Face the hook towards you. You are now ready to crochet!



Finding Your Personal Preference

Crochet Knife Holding for a Crochet Project

Example of the Knife Method on a project

I was taught as a young girl to use the pencil method.  It never quite felt right.  When I finally found the information, I fell in love with the knife method.  Many fellow hookers say that they prefer the pencil method for general projects, while using the knife method for projects that call for larger hooks.  Just remember that it doesn’t really matter which method you choose, as long as it feels comfortable to you!

If you want to learn more about Danielle and what she does, check out her blog: CrochettoDani and connect with her on Facebook: Crochetto

Join me next week as we explore the starting elements of Crochet. Have a fab week!

Danielle – The Tennessee Stitch


About danielledyer

I am in my late 20's. I live in the hills of the Appalachian mountains in Tennessee. I love to crochet and invite you to join in on the fun!
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8 Responses to How To Hold Your Crochet Hook: The Tennessee Stitch

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  2. John says:

    Don’t know if it’s the shape of my hands, or whatever, but for me the pencil method is impossible. I’ve tried many times to do it, but I can’t do a yarn-over that way. The knife method, though, worked instantly for me.

    • I’m with you on this as well. I can’t do the pencil to save my life… maybe if you seen my writing it probably makes sense! haha

    • danielledyer says:

      I find that when I use the pencil method, I overly use my left hand. I end up holding the hook real still, while my left hand is constantly moving the yarn where it needs to go. I yarn over the hook by actually taking the yarn in my left hand and circling around the hook. When I use the knife method, everything seems to move at a faster pace for me and more comfortable because, instead of moving the yarn where I need it, I swivel the hook and move the hook where I need it. I guess you could say that I am lazy hahahahaaha!!! I prefer to lesser movement LOL

  3. Cheryl goodsell says:

    Interesting, I use the knife method, and always thought I was holding the hook wrong when I saw my friends using the pencil method. I tried to change, but always returned to the knife method cause it was comfortable to me. Good to know, both are correct.

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