Needlework

How To Hold A Crochet Hook

Crocheting is an art form of yarn work which never gets old. There is nothing (omit) like a cozy afghan on a cold wintry night. Think about those lovely scarves from both decorative, lightweight ones to warmer ones in the cold of winter. Top off the look and necessity with a lovely beret or stocking cap. These are all just a few things made possible by a simple hook and some colorful yarn.

Selecting the right hook is most important. First of all, a crocheter needs to find the right size hook for the job. Patterns always tell what size of hook to use. They might also mention if you should use a plastic or metal hook. These are varied because of the glide of the yarn with each respective hook. Many serious crochet artists favor one or the other and rarely both. Those who crochet frequently tend to get a set of hooks in various sizes from A to Q. These go from small to larger in order of the alphabet. These are in aluminum or plastic, usually. And there are the numbered hooks which are made of steel. These are used for fine work such tablecloths and working with thinner or narrow cotton type yarns. These hooks go from low numbered to the highest numbered sizes. The higher the hook number, then the thinner it will be. Cost is often the factor in selecting the right crochet hooks. Plastic is usually less expensive. Some people only use two to three sizes on a regular basis. There may not be the need to buy a whole set of hooks.

When people crochet they do not all come out with the same results. One person may use the same size hook and yarn and come up with a different gauge. Gage is how many stitches per inch. Patterns tell what is the desired gauge. If a person tends to crochet tighter than the suggested gauge, they may need a different size hook. They may have to go a letter higher so the resulting work matches gauge. It is suggested to do a sample of work with the suggested size hook, measure it and decide if a different size of hook is needed. When making items such as mittens and sweaters, such as, you can end up with a size larger or smaller than desired. This is very frustrating when you have put so much work into a project. A little time to test your tightness can save a lot of problems later.

One of the most interesting debates is about how to hold a crochet hook correctly. The most important thing to remember is that the hook must be comfortable to the hand and productive for the task at hand. The first way to hold the hook is to grasp the hook in your hand, right of left-handed, depending on the dominant hand. You can use either hand. Run the forefinger along the spine of the crochet hook and keep the hook pointing downwards. If this way does not work for you then try holding the crochet hook like you would a pen or a pencil. Then leave the lowest part of the hook resting on the padded area of the middle finger. Grasp the hook with your thumb and forefinger and keep the point facing downward.

Crocheting is a fun activity which relaxes the creator as they become more comfortable with this art. There are so many possible things to make and gifts will be easy to come up with. What a wonderful way to spend your time.

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