Yarn Tension and Mastering it – How Tight to Crochet

If you are new to crocheting, you will notice that some stitches tend to appear big, while some others appear small. This may be because you might have crocheted on the same stitch with the same crochet hook which in turn results in uneven yarn tension and has nothing to do with the actual stitches.

The essential skill to be mastered when you take up crocheting is enforcing the right amount of yarn tension, and this is the main sign that will differentiate an amateur from an experienced crocheter. Precise tension indicates your stitches are neat, even, and consistent throughout the project. Maintaining the yarn tension is managed by the way you hold your hook and the way you pull the yarn. Beginner crocheters have trouble with crocheting and they either crochet too loose or too tight. This is a common problem with all crocheting learners at the start. In fact, it is also the toughest thing to teach for a crochet instructor, as it can be mastered only by experience and more practice. Tension and gauging go hand-in-hand.  Thus, there is a need to learn both to achieve the correct tension.

A Few Crocheting Tips

  1. Always Count – This is a critical point to note. Counting stitches inside the rows and rounds is important so that you can be sure that you have not missed anything out. Stitch markers are also great additions that you can help with making sure you are on count.
  2. Side loops back – As you put on the ‘loops’ remember to slide the loops to the level part of the hook. This can be identified by looking for the skinnier edge of the hook and pushing from there. When you push the loops back to the levelled part, you can be sure that the tension and the size of the loops are perfect.
  3. Don’t make it too loose or too tight – Make sure the loops are not very loose or tight. The loops should be able to allow natural movement of your hook into it and out. However, it should also be tighter in a way that they are bound securely around the hook’s levelled area.
  4. Use Varying Hook Sizes – The foundation chain at times may be tighter than the other parts. Try using a hook that is larger for the foundation chain and then swap to another smaller hook for the next steps.
  5. Turning Chain Lengths – Always remember that, you will need to make the only one chain when crochets are single, in half double, there are two. Finally, three for double, and so on. Making sure the turning chain is right, will keep the heights of the pattern equal.
  6. Practice – It is necessary to practice making your crocheting work perfect. Remember, that you must learn to do it correctly, regardless of how long it takes to do it right. Look at crocheting as a means to give you some headspace and a diversion from a busy schedule and take your time.
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