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Start with a Slip Loop
Make a Slip Loop and place it on hook. Start by wrapping yarn around the first and second fingers of the left hand.
Insert hook under front loop and draw the back loop through to form a new loop, slipping it off fingers and tansferring it to the hook pull the loop tight.
Holding Yarn & Hook
The hook is held in your right hand the same way as you hold a pen or pencil.
This means that you hold it between your thumb and first finger, letting the hook rest against the second finger, which controls it in moving through the stitches.
The left hand is used to hold the work as it is made, and to control the yarn from the ball. Control the yarn by passing it over the first and second fingers of the left hand, then under the third finger and round the little finger--loosely letting the yarn flow.
The more tightly you hold the yarn, the tighter your stitches and the more loosely you hold your yarn the looser the stitches.
The goal is to consistently hold the yarn with the same amount of resistance so that your tension and stitches are even.
If you produce work that is tighter than the indicated tension, you need a larger hook to make your work the right size. If your tension is looser and the work is too large, you need a smaller hook.
This is the traditional way to hold the hook, I find that if I am using very heavy yarn, I hold my hook overhand the way you would hold a sword. I find it feels stronger.
*this stitch has the same name in both Britain & America.
Hold the stitch you have made between your thumb and the first finger of your left hand. Hook under the yarn (yrh) and draw it through the existing loop to create a new loop. This is call 1 chain. (ch)
Looping the yarn around the hook is called "yarn round hook" (yrh) and is the basis for all stitches.
Repeat this action until you have as many chain stitches as indicated by your pattern, taking care to move your left hand thumb and finger up the chain to hold the stitch you have just made.
Practice making chain stitches until you are comfortable holding the yarn and hook, and your tension starts becoming more even.
Finish by cutting the yarn about 6 inches from your work. Thread the loose end through the one remaining loop on the hook and pull it tightly.
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