If you have ever watched my crochet online and really watched my hook, you may have noticed I wrap my hook in two different directions for anything beyond the single crochet.
In the video below, if you skip forward to the 40 second – 50 second mark. After I wrap my yarn and go into the stitch, I move my hook over the yarn leading to my hand to grab. In my stitch, it is the only time I do that. When I go to finish the rest of the stitch, I grab the yarn from the under side. The underside is the correct method comparing to the standard of crochet.
A few viewers in the past 5 years noticed this and questioned me on it saying it doesn’t match the teachings of other YouTube Hosts and pattern book instructions. I have always passed this off to being a personal technique because that’s the way my mother showed me. Having crocheted for 20 years prior to YouTube, I never realized I had been doing it uniquely. Everyone holds their yarn, hooks and methods that are unique to them. For me, I would say the same thing.
Going forward as of July 2013, you will be noticing I am going to be wrapping in the correct direction. The only part of my stitch grabbing that is wrong is the initial pull through when doing anything above a single crochet. I am supposed to be scooping from the underside at all times. Never going over my yarn like I have been for my lifetime.
I’ve been working on the new technique for a couple days. If I am paying attention I am doing fine. However, if I am not paying attention and letting my hands do the natural work, my method keeps reverting backward to my initial method. I am an old dog, but I think I can get this new trick for me. It feels unnatural. Interestingly enough and I really don’t know why, I can hear my wrist cracking when I just reverse the rotation on just one little aspect of the crochet stitch. That seems odd.
I am a bit worried though, in all videos going forward I will be changing my method and I hope I don’t start reverting back to my old ways without realizing it during filming. On the board and out of sight of the camera will be my notes to remind me to ensure I am paying attention to that. I’m not sure how long it is going to take me to naturally crochet in the correct method, but I am determined.
Look for this change coming up in future tutorials.
- Crochet Tunic Pattern & Video Tutorial (thecrochetcrowdblog.com)
- Sizing Your Projects with The Tennessee Stitch (thecrochetcrowdblog.com)
- Crochet by Numbers: Crochet Portraits (thecrochetcrowdblog.com)