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How to Hold a Crochet Hook

May, 25, 2016

Hi there crochet newbies!

Today I want to go over something you may not think is all that important, but actually is.

It’s how to hold a crochet hook.

Now, for a lot of people, holding a crochet hook while crocheting comes naturally.

Yet, for many others, it does not.

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Believe it or not, but I have actually known people who have quit crocheting because they struggled with this very thing!

It can be very frustrating when you can’t seem to hold the hook in a way that works and flows comfortably with the yarn.

For these people, holding a crochet hook can take some practice – and that’s okay!

Why Is Learning to Hold a Crochet Hook Important?

You may be asking yourself, is this really a big deal?

Can learning different crochet hook hold techniques really make a difference?

Yes it can!

Holding the hook in a way that does not work best for you can will make your hand uncomfortable while crocheting.

If your hand isn’t comfortable it may cause your stitches to be uneven and make your project look misshapen.

Additionally, your hand could seriously cramp up causing unnecessary pain.

Crocheting should be relaxing not a struggle!

What’s the Best Way to Hold a Crochet Hook?

As an absolute crochet beginner, perhaps someone who has never even picked up a hook before, or simply someone who struggles with using the hook while crocheting, you may be wondering – what’s the best way to hold the hook?

Well, the truth is.  The best way to hold a crochet hook is the one that is most natural and comfortable for you.

There is no right or wrong way to hold a crochet hook!

Seriously, if you understand this from the beginning it takes all that – “omg, how do I do this? ” or the “I’m doing this all wrong!” – pressure and fear away from the get go.

You don’t have to hold you hook like that your grandma, your best friend, or that person you saw in the YouTube video.

And you’re not going to do it wrong!   Because there is not wrong way!

That being said, there are some common ways that a lot of people do hold their hooks and practicing these methods may give you some guidance while you are determining the way that works best for you.

As a quick note – for those of you who are so new to crochet that you’ve never held a hook or have never crocheted even one stitch before – the crochet hook goes in what’s called your working hand.  This is typically your dominant hand.  

Your other hand holds the yarn.

Things to know before you start:

  1. The Anatomy of a Crochet Hook
  2. How to Hold the Yarn While Crocheting
  3. Tips for Absolute Beginners

My Other Crochet Resources

2 Popular Ways to Hold a Crochet Hook

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Position One

Called the over-the-hook position, a.k.a. the knife position because and is similar to holding a knife.

 Here’s how to do it:

Place your hand over the crochet hook with the handle resting against the palm of your hand and your thumb and third finger grasping the thumb rest.

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Position Two

Called the under-the-hook position, a.k.a the pencil hold because it is similar to holding a pencil.

Here’s how to do it:

Hold the crochet hook as you would pencil with the thumb rest between your thumb and forefinger.  The third finger should be near the tip of the hook.

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Tips for Holding a Crochet Hook

  1. When crocheting, the crochet hook should be turned slightly toward you, not facing up or down.  
  2. The crochet hook should be held firmly, but not tightly.
    • At first you will find yourself gripping tightly but over time, once you feel more comfortable, you will find your hand relaxes.

Did you practice each technique? Which one feels best for you?

It’s totally fine if neither of these methods works for you.  As I said, there really is no right or wrong way to hold a crochet hook.  

However, experimenting with these two methods can give you a starting point. You can then make adjustments to find the technique that is right for you.

If you use a different hold or you’ve decided to make of up your own then please share, I’d love to know!

More Crochet Tips & Tutorials

Ready to learn more?  Check these out!

1.  How to Yarn Over in Crochet

2.  How to Read a Crochet Pattern

3. How to Single Crochet (sc)

4. How to Crochet a Foundation Chain

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Until next time…   Happy Crocheting!


I'm a full time homemaker who loves to crochet, knit, quilt, and sew. I have the best fiancé in the world, four beautiful step-daughters-to-be, an amazing new little baby boy, and six wonderful dogs, who love to keep me on my toes. Life is sweet!


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    Miss Daisy

    November 15, 2019

    I also have joint pain so will try this, thanks. Do you teach knitting ?

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      November 21, 2019

      Hi Miss Daisy,

      I do teach knitting, but in full disclosure I have just recently switch email servers so my knitting welcome series is not fully set up yet.

      So if you sign up for the newsletter you’ll receive mostly crochet related information for a bit.



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    Jojo Sewist

    August 27, 2018

    My MIL who cd crochet a mile a min. held the hook like a small child wd hold a spoon. I use combo of the 2 you showed. I enjoy your posts and look forward to each. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      August 30, 2018

      Like a spoon? Really? I’ve not heard that way before. I have had a lot of people come forward to tell me the different ways they hold their hooks. I am thinking of updating this post or creating a new post to share what I have learned. I will do a bit of research on holding it like a spoon and add it. Thank you so much!

      Best wishes,


      • Lari

        December 29, 2018

        The older lady that taught me to crochet as a teen held it like a spoon as well so that’s what I have always done. I learned how to crochet with a pencil hold a few years ago but when I developed severe arthritis in my thumb the spoon hold allowed me to keep crocheting with less pain. You may want to add the spoon hold so people can try it out especially if they are having hand pain issues! I use my thumb to help hold stitches on the hook or push them off the hook for extra control as well.

      • Itchin4Stitchin

        January 4, 2019

        Hi there!

        You know, I am actually in the process of updating my crochet beginner series, which will include this post. I will absolutely add the spoon hold! I especially love that you noted that it helps you to crochet with less pain as I personally suffer from severe pain in my crocheting arm & hand. Thus, I am always looking for ways not only to alleviate things for me but to share with others who also may be suffering. Your comment has been very helpful.

        Thanks so much!


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    Lady Lilith

    June 4, 2016

    Looks good. My mother tried to teach me a few years back, but I never cought on.

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      June 5, 2016

      Well I hope some of the resources on my blog can help you get started!

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