Crocheting is a craft much like knitting except that you use one steel or plastic hook to manipulate the yarn instead of two pointed needles. Many crocheters like to work on their crafts for hours while watching television or movies, but constantly holding the very thin hook can be painful after a surprisingly short time. People with arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome can have an especially hard time with this. Turn your crochet hooks from thin and painful to thick and cushioned to ease your hands during long crafting sessions.
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Things you need
- Masking tape
- Pencil grips
Wrap masking tape around your crochet hook, beginning at the thumb grip, which is the flat oval 2/3 of the way up the handle toward the hook. Wrap the tape around and down the handle in a spiral, to coat the entire hook handle.
Make multiple layers of masking tape until there is enough tape thickness to make a tight fit with the pencil grip. Test out one grip by pushing it onto the tape-covered handle after you apply two or three layers of tape. If you have to push a bit to force the grip onto the hook handle, you have enough tape. If the grip slides on easily, add more tape and try again.
Tear off the tape end from the roll when you have enough tape layers on the entire length of the hook from the thumb grip to the bottom. Smooth the end of the tape so that the surface is as flat as possible. This will help prevent the tape end from being caught when you add the pencil grips.
Slide a pencil grip onto your tape-covered crochet hook handle. Slide the grip up until it is right below the thumb grip. Add another pencil grip to the handle, sliding it up until it is right up against the first one. Add a third pencil grip if need be, to cover the entire handle of the crochet hook.
Tips and warnings
- Experiment with different pencil grips to find one that is comfortable in your hand. There are squishy grips, triangular and square grips and grips that are very soft and smooth. Each one will create a different feel to your crochet hook.
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