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eenodol
« on: September 15, 2006 01:26:14 PM »

Hello!  I've been teaching myself how to crochet over the past week and I think it's going pretty well.  The only thing I'm having trouble with, and A LOT of trouble, is holding the yarn in my left hand.  I can't seem to figure out quite how to hold it so I have the right tension and it flows properly.  I feel like I have to keep adjusting my hand all the time.  I've found lots of good information of stitches and everything else, I just can't find anywhere just showing me how to hold the yarn.

If anyone can help, my wrist and I would be extremely grateful!

Thank you in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2006 03:25:15 PM »

What I do is wrap it around my index finger and use use that finger to yarn over. when I run out, I wrap more (usually after finishing a dc) and it keeps my tension pretty even. the rest of the yarn goes over the back of my hand.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2006 12:14:16 AM »

eenodol I was shocked that my normal crochet sites seem to skip this part too (i just went to check for you)
http://www.powderroom.net/page.php?pageID=390&title=Crochet
there's a description and a picture there!

shewolf, one should be able to have freeflow of the yarn... makes crocheting a lot lot speedier...
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2006 07:43:55 AM »

you know funkyflower I hold my yarn the same way that pic shows and for some reason my yarn still gets tight and I have to keep adjusting it so now I just put it around my first finger and go from there.
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2006 10:07:32 AM »

I've found that it depends on the yarn I'm using whether I just wrap it over my index finger, or whether I wrap it over both my index finger and my pinky.  Fuzzier yarn requires one finger, skinnier or smoother yarn needs both.  Also, I assume you've wound your yarn into a ball- it sometimes works to crochet from the skein but the yarn gets hung up and doesn't flow as well as from a ball.  And make sure the ball itself isn't sitting in a spot that has a lot of friction.  Where the ball of yarn is located in relation to your body can make a big difference in how well the yarn flows, I've found it's usually best to let the yarn sit on the floor.  If you don't want hairs and carpet fuzz to get worked into it, set it inside a bowl or plastic storage container.
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2006 01:16:32 PM »

i too wrap the yarn around my index finger and readjust as i go.  i have tried many times to hold the yarn the way the books show you but i cannot control the tension that way, so i give up.  what ever works!
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2006 01:21:47 PM »

I'm a leftie, so any illustrations I find make things difficult! I've always just winged it.. My pinkie gets used a lot more than I think, and I am constantly having to re-adjust... It works out eventually..
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2006 01:43:20 PM »

I can't wrap around my pinkie; it always falls off.  I wrap inbetween pinkie and ring, across the tops of my two middles, and over the top of my index.  To tighten, I raise my index, to loosen I lower. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2006 02:14:11 PM »

i learned basic crochet (really just sc) from a friends grandmother when i was 9 i kinda left it then i basically taught myself crochet (everything else lol) when i was in highschool and it came pretty easy but i never knew how to hold the string either it took me a while to get comfortable with it because i would always end up with a really loose piece if i held it just over my index finger, so i hold it over my index and over my pinky... heres a few pics




then i hold the work between my thumb and 2 middle fingers... my pinkie isn't held out like my index but just losely next to the other fingers so i can feel the yarn run between my pinkie and ring finger. if i need to hold it tight for a second (like i have to much slack) i push my pinkie against my ring finger and lift my index finger up for a stitch or two

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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2006 10:38:56 PM »

If you don't want hairs and carpet fuzz to get worked into it, set it inside a bowl or plastic storage container.

BOWL.  A big Plastic BOWL.  With a LID.  with a hole cut for the YARN to go through so that the (obscenities) wool-eating cat does not try to (more obscenities) eat my working ball.  (insert great obscenities here) Why didn't I think of that?   roquemoma, you are my heroine!!!   Kiss
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