View Poll Results: How do you crochet?
Wrap (the yarn around a more or less stationary hook) 3 15.00%
Turn (the hook before and after catching the yarn) 15 75.00%
Other 2 10.00%
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:37 PM   #1
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I've been told that I crochet like a knitter (and crochet like a knitter). When I crochet, I hold the hook steady and wrap the yarn around the hook -- with the hook facing down. I've seen crocheters who turn the hook to face upwards, catch the thread, and then turn it again to face downwards before pulling the yarn through.

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Old 11-08-2007, 03:09 PM   #2
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It used to be, when I first taught myself to crochet, that I would wrap the yarn around the hook. It took a while but somehow I transitioned to moving the hook rather than the yarn.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:54 PM   #3
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Why did you switch?
By the way, I was taught to wrap the yarn by both my aunt on my mother's side (from Iowa) and my grandmother on my dad's side (originally from Missouri). The only things they had in common were that they did a lot of crafts and also that they were born around 1900.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:13 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by schoen1605 View Post
Why did you switch?
I'd watched a few videos and seen the yarn held in the left hand whereas I started off holding the yarn with my right hand so I wanted to try it - much like English-style knitters might try continental style, as I have done.

It worked out that holding the yarn with my left hand and moving the hook rather than the yarn made me much faster.
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:11 AM   #5
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I guess I do a combination of both. I use my right hand fingers to turn the hook up, my left hand to wrap the yarn, then my right hand fingers to turn the hook down again. I never use my right hand to "pick" the yarn onto the needle, which is the way I see most people do it. I don't know why I do this. I was self taught with books and that's just how it turned out. I didn't even notice I did it until I met another crocheter. After watching me she laughed because she said it was strange that I use both hands at the same time. She said most people only with "pick" or "wrap" with only 1 hand. She said I would be good at knitting for that reason....which is what prompted me to knit after 12 years of my two-handed crocheting. By the way, I knit continental and it was easy to learn because I was already used to holding the yarn in my left hand and moving both hands at the same time. Does that make me weird, or what??? My friends seem to thing so.
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:17 AM   #6
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Then I'm weird, too, because that's exactly how I do it. Left hand holds the yarn and guides the work, right hand holds hook sort of like a paring knife and meets the yarn kinda halfway. It's far easier to do than describe.
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:38 AM   #7
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I'm a knife-holder too!
Maybe that's the difference.
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Old 11-09-2007, 05:12 PM   #8
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I had to go try it to see which I did :P I'm a turner. My left hand doesn't move at all. Just one finger stuck out straight to stretch the yarn out to be hooked. I tried wrapping and that worked fairly easily for me too, but as soon as I got into the groove and started speeding up my hands switched back to turning
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Old 11-13-2007, 07:57 AM   #9
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I voted other because I do both.
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:43 AM   #10
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I hold the yarn with my left hand, hook with my right, hook side down. My hook darts out and snags the yarn and pulls it into the loop being held steady with left thumb and middle finger.
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