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). 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.

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.

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:

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.

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5 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👶🏽

  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!

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