Before to start with your first crochet stitch, you need to learn some basic skills. First of all, you need to know how to hold the hook and thread, and then how to get the yarn on the hook.
Everyone has their own personal way to hold the hook and control the thread in crochet. So the first question for you is: are you a lefty or a righthy?
Right handers hold the hook in their right hand – the one that you eat with or write with – usually as though it were a pencil; or in a firmer, overhand grip.
The left hand holds the work and at the same time controls the yarn supply. If you prefer the left hand index finger can be used to manipulate the yarn, while the middle finger holds onto the work.
To mantain the slight tension in the yarn necessar for easy, even working, it can help to arrange the yarn around the fingers of the left hand in this way.
Crochet for Left Handers
Your hook will be held in your left hand and the yarn or crochet thread will be manipulated in your right hand.
There are different ways to hold your hook, there are also different ways to hold the yarn or thread. The most common way is to loop the yarn around the index finger of your right hand.
Keep the free end up and allow the end attached to the skein of yarn to feed across your palm.
To hold the thread, loop the yarn around the index finger of your right hand. Keep the free end up and allow the end attached to the skein of yarn to feed across your palm.
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