How do I hold the yarn?

To create projects you can be proud of, it’s important to be able to crochet with an even and consistent tension. The yarn needs to be able to unwind easily from the ball while you’re working with it. At the same time, the yarn needs to have enough tension for the hook to be able to pick it up easily when making the stitches. For most crocheters, the easiest way to achieve this is to wind the yarn around your fingers in some way, so that you can both hold it firmly and release it slowly. We’ve suggested two methods (right), but you can find your own, natural way of holding the yarn. You can check it results in an even tension by making test swatches and checking that stitches are a similar size.


Pass the ball end of yarn between your little and third finger (on left hand if you’re right-handed, or right hand if you’re left-handed). Pass it behind the third and middle fingers and over your index finger.

Loop the ball end of the yarn loosely around the little finger of your left hand (if you’re right-handed, or right hand if you’re left-handed), then take it over your third finger and over your index finger.