How to make your own crochet tension regulator

The crochet tensioner is a bit awkward to use at first, but will save the index finger of your non-hook hand.

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn
4.00 mm hook

Chain 9:

Chain 9
Chain 9

and join with a slip to to first chain made:

Join with a slip stitch to the first chain made
Join with a slip stitch to the first chain made

Chain 3 (counts as first dc):

Chain 3 (counts as first dc)
Chain 3 (counts as first dc)

Work one dc into each chain; join with a slip stitch to top of chain-3 (9 dc):

Work one dc into each chain. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the first chain-3
Work one dc into each chain. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the first chain-3

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 of the eight remaining chains. (9 dc)
Chain 3 for first dc, working through both loops, work one dc in each of the eight remaining chains. (9 dc). Fasten off.
Chain 3 for first dc, working through both loops, work one dc in each of the eight remaining chains. (9 dc). Fasten off.

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:

A crochet tension regulator ready for crochet adventures
A crochet tension regulator ready for crochet adventures

To use the crochet tension regulator first put it on the index finger of your non-hook hand:

crochetbug, crochet tension regulator
Put the crochet tension regulator on your index finger

Then insert the hook you are using to crochet as shown:

Insert the hook as shown
Insert the hook as shown

Secure the yarn you are using with a slip knot onto the crochet hook:

Secure the yarn you to the hook
Secure the yarn you to the hook

Then pull it through and arrange your yarn as shown:

A crochet regulator ready for action
A crochet regulator ready for action

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.

14 thoughts on “How to make your own crochet tension regulator

  1. Many blessings for you. I have a neurological order that keeps me more quiet now, but love being part of the world through my projects. I have recently been crocheting hats to keep babies warm in displaced people camps in Iraq (past projects of quilts for little ones here, etc. have become too heavy for me). Of course, my left hand has suffered
    Your gentle little “snuggie” is IDEAL! I thank you, the babies thank you??

    1. Please share details and info how to send or where to send hats and mittens an blankets to others in need
      I have been collecting any and all yarn and pattern books and pages so I can make stuff to help the needy an less fortunate.
      Hospitals and nursing homes an homeless an VA hospitals etc etc
      I want to send to the Iran babies an Australia victims and animals hospitals
      Any details and info be so appreciated.
      Thank you.
      TNA Crochet Nook.
      Ted & Anita.

  2. 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.
    thanks,
    Anna Sheldon

  3. 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!

    1. 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. šŸ‡ŗšŸ‡ø

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    1. I was wonde How to use it with my project that I started. That is great idea, thank you for sharing šŸ¤œšŸ¼šŸ¤žšŸ¼

    2. @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. šŸ‡ŗšŸ‡ø

  6. Was wondering if there is a way to make one with a sc instead of a dc Iā€™m very wary of dc patterns as Iā€™m still learning and would love to make myself one of these if there is could you please email me the link or pattern

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