The crochet tensioner is a bit awkward to use at first, but will save the index finger of your non-hook hand.
Worsted weight yarn
4.00 mm hook
and join with a slip to to first chain made:
Chain 3 (counts as first dc):
Work one dc into each chain; join with a slip stitch to top of chain-3 (9 dc):
Chain 3, and (working through both loops) crochet one dc in each stitch; join with a slip stitch to top of chain-3 (9dc):
Chain 3 for first dc, working through both loops, work one dc in each stitch; join with a slip stitch to to of chain-3 (9 dc). Fasten off.
Weave in the ends, and you and your crochet tension regulator are ready for adventure:
To use the crochet tension regulator first put it on the index finger of your non-hook hand:
Then insert the hook you are using to crochet as shown:
Secure the yarn you are using with a slip knot onto the crochet hook:
Then pull it through and arrange your yarn as shown:
It is a little awkward to use when you get started, but well worth the effort, and overtime it gets easier, and results in a more consistent tension.
17 thoughts on “How to make your own crochet tension regulator”
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Hello Leslie, I am new to your blog and trying to take in all this wonderful information. I have never heard of, nor seen a tension regulator. Can you explain more about it’s purpose? to protect one’s finders, or to perfect one’s tension? Looks very interesting.
I made the tension regulator . Though I made it in half double crochet. Works great.
I’m going to give this a try today:)
I want to make pretty things darn it and I can’t when I hurt.
Thank you for showing us how to make it.
I’ll post my results.
Happy New Year everyone!
I have real issues with my hands, the left one especially. I’m going to try this tension regulator; I have a feeling it’s going to soothe my painful hand, which will improve my tension. Thank you so much for sharing this little helper with us!
Char from Phoenix. 🇺🇸
Thank You for your help!
what size needle do you use ??
Thank you, this tension regulator is cool. My poor index finger always ends up with a dent when I use crochet threads, size 10 and 20. I’ve been using a bandaid, but this is a good idea. Sherri Taylor
This is a great patten. Thanks for sharing it. I used hdc stitches since they are stretchy. I also added a button so I could use the tension regulator on projects I already started.
I was wonde How to use it with my project that I started. That is great idea, thank you for sharing 🤜🏼🤞🏼
Please explain and send a picture of the button idea.
@Janelle. Would it be possible for you to send a picture of your tension regulator with the button that you added? It sounds like a great idea and a photo would make it easier for us to understand it and to make it using your method. Thank you!
Char from Phoenix, AZ. 🇺🇸
I don’t quite understand your “button” hack. Could you please send a picture & explain it? I would really appreciate it!
Char From Phoenix 🌵🌄🏜️
Was wondering if there is a way to make one with a sc instead of a dc I’m very wary of dc patterns as I’m still learning and would love to make myself one of these if there is could you please email me the link or pattern
Hello. I am a knitter English style but am interested in learning to crochet and learning continental knitting. I would really love one of these but have no idea how to make this and I have no friends who crochet. Do you know of anyone who would sell one to me? I have looked on Etsy and can’t find any for sale. Thx so much.
Will this work if you are using a super bulky yarn in a pattern? Or should I make one using a bulky yarn for the heavier weight yarns? Thank you so much for your help!