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What's Yarn Tension?

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Tension in crochet is the “stress” that we apply to our yarn as we use it, or crochet with it in this case. Practicing your yarn tension is important because it can ultimately determine the outcome of your project.

The first thing that I need you to know is that there is no “right” or “wrong” tension to have. The number one MOST important thing is consistency. It’s okay to be a “tight” crocheter for instance, as long as you are consistently crocheting tightly. However, there are a few things you can do to crochet in that sweet spot between crocheting too tight or too loose.

One thing that I’ve noticed about my own yarn tension is that it will change depending on my surroundings, or even my mood that day. If I’ve had a rough day or if I’m sitting in a position that isn’t the most comfortable, I notice that my yarn tension does seem a little tighter than usual. Your physical and mental state can affect your crocheting in that same way.

As you crochet, really sit there and think about what you are doing. You want the yarn to glide through your fingers at a consistent rate and pressure. If you feel like you are tugging at the yarn to pull it through your fingers, you may need to adjust the way you are holding your yarn. You don’t want to be straining yourself to hold on to the yarn, and you also don’t want the yarn hanging off your fingers loosely, there’s definitely a happy medium you want to strive for.

Everyone crochets differently, so always keep that in mind. Not everyone will have the same tension, just like not everyone holds their hook or yarn in the same way. Do what is most comfortable for YOU.