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Forums > Crochet
Re: tension
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: December 02, 2008 09:04PM

How is your tension off? Stitch to stitch? Row to row? Varied?

One way to keep a level playing field is to do as much as you can at one time and try to be as relaxed as possible. One of the reasons people like to knit two socks at a time or two sleeves at a time is because "tension" affects tension. Crochet isn't usually done that way (although there's no reason why one couldn't), but once a person achieves a particular crochet style it is usually easier to fall into it each time one picks up the hook. But it takes time to establish this style and it still can be affected by emotions and circumstances.

If you are waiting for test results in your doctor's office you may find yourself working much more tightly than if you are enjoying your favorite movie in your favorite easy chair.

Another thing you can do is to try different ways of handling the yarn to control tension. In other words, if you are simply weaving the feeder yarn in and out of your fingers, you might try looping it around your little finger as well. Or vice-versa. My best tension comes from holding the yarn over the index finger, under the middle finger, over the ring finger with the little finger held close (the little finger is essentially controlling the tension on that end).

Another thing you can do is experiment with the ways of holding the hook. The "pencil" grip , for example, provides less control over the hook than the "knife" grip.

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  tension hansi 12/02/2008 07:02PM
  Re: tension Alex 12/02/2008 09:04PM
  Re: tension hansi 12/04/2008 07:00PM

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