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Learn How To Hold Your Yarn To Crochet

There are a few ways to hold your yarn for crocheting. It’s most common for crocheters to hold their yarn with their non dominant hand.

For instance, I am right handed, so I hold my crochet hook in my right hand. My left hand holds the yarn.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to hold the yarn so you can crochet with it. While I am right handed, left handed crocheters hold their yarn the same ways, just with the opposite hand.

You might like to check out Jo’s Crafty Hook, as she is a left handed designer. She has a new YouTube channel and you can see some of her videos there.


I will adjust how I am holding the yarn according to the yarn itself.

If I am working with a thicker, #6 super bulky weight yarn there’s naturally more tension on it. Whereas, a lighter, #3 dk weight yarn is thinner and doesn’t pull or catch as much gliding through my fingers.


In crochet how we hold the yarn is not usually affected by the stitch we’re using. In knitting it’s more common to need to change how you’re holding the yarn, according to the stitch.

picture of yarn swatch in white


Any yarn + hook will do.

How your yarn is wound will affect how you work with it. I find caked yarn, pulled from the outside to be the easiest on my hands, because there’s the least amount of tension coming off the cake.

Mosts yarns come in skeins or balls that can be started from the outside. Some will include pull from the inside, which is often easier, as it pulls straight out, not tumbling the yarn all over the place.

But anyone who has had “yarn vomit” knows that center pull yarn skeins are not perfect. They have a pension for getting tangled inside and eventually you pull out a giant knot.

I use this yarn winder from Knit Picks to wind my leftover bits of yarn, my fancy yarn that comes in hanks, and to frog large projects likes sweaters or blankets… as sad as that makes me.


When you’re first learning a new skill it often feels awkward. Keep practicing. You may develop your own way to do it.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

Learning to crochet also includes learning a new language (practically). There are many commonly used abbreviations and terms that written crochet patterns use. Here are a few:



sk-skip the indicated stitch


Slip Knot

Here’s a picture of how I position the yarn to work with it. 

picture of hands poised to crochet with chunky yarn and hook

Video Tutorial on How to Hold Your Yarn

Check out my Tangi Video on how to hold your yarn to crochet.

This video is also on YouTube for you to watch.

Yarn Hold Crochet Tutorial

picture of yarn swatch in white

How to Hold the Yarn in Crochet

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Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 7 minutes
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Learn how to hold the yarn in crochet.


  • any weight yarn


  • crochet hook to match your yarn


  1. Pull a length of yarn from the ball to work with.
  2. With your non dominant hand, loop the yarn over the top of your little finger, and all the way around it.
  3. Lead the yarn under your two middle fingers.
  4. And up, over the top of your first finger.picture of yarn threaded through fingers for crochet
  5. Now you're ready to work with the yarn. Your other hand and hook will be using the yarn as you crochet.
  6. As needed, you will open and close your fingers, allowing the yarn to pass through them, feeding it into your project.


  1. You can weave the yarn over your ring finger, and under your middle finger and back over your first finger.picture of yarn hold for crocheting
  2. If you find you need to loosen your tension, then you can omit the loop around your little finger, and just hold the yarn with those last three fingers. I do this when working with thicker yarns.picture of looser yarn hold
  3. You may find that you need tighten your tension. I will wrap the yarn twice around my first finger if I need to tighten it up. And you may have guessed that this will happen with lighter weight yarns.

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