How To Hold A Crochet Hook


Learn how to hold a crochet hook in this tutorial for beginners.

One question that I get asked often is how do you hold a crochet hook?

Which is a great question and one that leads to looking at different types of crochet hooks.

holding the crochet hook while working

Holding the crochet hook in the right way for you will probably be different for everyone.

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I have been told from Youtube viewers that I hold my hook differently to other crocheters and that’s fine because we all find a way of doing things that suits us and is comfortable.

There are some ways to make things easier when holding your hook, so we will take a look at that in this post.

colourful crochet hooks

Choosing Your Crochet Hook

To start with here are my top recommendations for crochet hooks for beginners.

Prym Crochet Hooks

The Prym crochet hooks are actually one of my favourite brands, mainly because I find the handles easy to grip and comfortable to work with.

I have some of the ergonomic crochet hooks with the purple handles and they are really easy to use.

They have the soft-grip handle and smooth hook, which is great for working with.

Knit Pro Crochet Hooks

The Knit Pro sets come in a range of materials from bamboo, multi-coloured wood and plastic.

They also have sets with ergonomic handles, which are good for comfort.

Some of the wooden hooks are great for new crocheters, as they are smooth to work with.

Crochet Hook Sets

There are many crochet hook sets out there with a range of hook sizes.

These are pretty good for beginners, so you can try out different sizes.

From Susan Bates crochet hooks, Clover crochet hooks and Boye crochet hooks to other sets featuring ergonomic hooks, there are many to choose from.

The Susan Bates hook sets are inexpensive, lightweight and easy to hold.

You can also treat yourself to a crochet hook case and keep everything together.

Should I buy A Crochet Hook Set?

If you are thinking to buy a set of crochet hooks, it would be worth it for you (as a beginner) if they are quite inexpensive and have hundreds of good reviews.

But it might be better to try out a couple of hooks before you splurge on a set, as some sets can be quite expensive.

I bought a fairly cheap set of crochet hooks for around $17 and they are great, good grip handles and easy to work with.

But I also bought the Prym white/purple grip hooks which were more expensive and I do prefer using them.

So I guess you have to try these things out and see which ones best fit your hands and allow you to find your own rhythm.

colourful crochet hook set

How Do You Hold A Crochet Hook?

There are a few ways in which people hold their hook;

  • Like a pencil or pen
  • Like a knife

I think I fall into the first way of holding the hook a bit like a pen or a pencil.

This seems to work for me, but everyone has their own way of doing it, that makes them feel comfortable when working.

neon prym crochet hook and cotton

1. Like A Pencil or Pen (Right-Handed)

When you hold the crochet hook, you hold it as if you were holding a pencil or pen and are about to write.

Holding the hook from above and then working into your stitches downwards.

If you want to try this out, hold your hook pen style – with your thumb and index finger.

Hold the work with your left hand, and use your left hand to help you work the yarn and keep the tension. 

holding the crochet hook like a pencil in the right hand

2. Like A Pencil or Pen (Left-Handed)

If you are left-handed, the method is practically the same but just reversed.

Depending on how you like to hold your pen, find a way of working the hook and yarn that is comfortable for you.

holding the crochet hook like a pencil in the left hand

3. Like A Knife (Right-Handed)

When you hold your hook like a knife, you place your forefinger from your right hand on top of the hook for greater control.

This allows the hook to be worked from below and move up into the stitches.

To practice this method, hold your hook in your right hand with your index finger on top of the hook guiding it in and out of the stitches.

Hold the work with your left hand, and use your left hand to help you work the yarn and keep the tension. 

holding the crochet hook like a knife right handed

4. Like A Knife (Left-Handed)

Just the same as the right-handed knife grip, you can reverse the grip of the hook.

This may be an easier way to hold your hook, so it is worth trying out this method.

holding the crochet hook like a knife left handed

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