Using A Knitting Yarn Guide As A Tension Keeper ~ Knit and Crochet

Using A Knitting Yarn Guide As A Tension Keeper ~ Knit and Crochet

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A viewer told me recently that she used Clover’s Yarn Guide as a way to keep her tension while crocheting. I was incredibly intrigued since the way I usually keep tension (see the video below) hurts my hand after awhile. I promptly purchased one and gave it a try. The Yarn Guide is intended to keep different colored yarns separated for working stranded knitting, but seeing as how I like to repurpose things, I was ready to change this into a tension keeper. My first try included just laying the yarn through two of the posts and trying to crochet. As you can see by the picture above, the tension created was… none.I couldn’t even make a stitch this way. I had to figure something else out. I then realized that I had four posts to work with on my Yarn Guide. The photo above shows how I hold my tension when I work projects where I need tight stitches. I wrap the yarn three times around my first finger and I get very tight tension and it keeps my fingers from hurting as much (see the video below for more info). So I thought about wrapping the yarn around the guide for more tension. Here I laid my yarn (back to front) in between each of the four posts. There was good news and bad news with this revelation. The good news: It worked. The yarn kept good tension and the yarn guide helped with my previous problem of having my circulation sometimes cut off with the three finger wrap. Having it wrapped around the plastic kept it loose enough to keep  the circulation just fine. The bad news: The plastic itself. The wrapping caused the already pinching plastic to pinch even more. So I traded good circulation for annoying pinching. Then two separate viewers had some good ideas. 1) Wear a band aid around the finger you put the Yarn Guide on with the padded part facing down. This definitely helped, but still not great. If I could create the tension without wrapping the yarn, this would all but eliminate my problem. Insert viewer number 2. 2) Weave the yarn between the posts instead of wrapping. The photo above shows the weave. This created just enough tension that I didn’t need to wrap the yarn. If you want to try this, make sure the tail is on the left and facing back and the working yarn is on the right coming out the front. The Verdict Using the yarn guide as a tension keeper is something I will use in the future. Mostly for projects when my hand becomes tired from my normal tension holding. The pinching was greatly reduced when I didn’t have to wrap the yarn, but was still there. Putting on a band aid every time I need to crochet doesn’t sound too appealing. Do you have a Yarn Guide? Have you ever tried using it for a tension keeper? Let us know your thoughts or ideas below. Be sure to check out the video below as well. It will show how the Yarn Guide works with different thicknesses of yarn.      

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