When working with a thicker yarn, you may want to try this technique of using your dominant hand's index finger as a crochet hook rather than an actual crochet hook.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to seamlessly utilize your good ol' pointy finger in creating chunky crochet stitches.

Note: this tutorial does not teach you how to crochet, but rather how to substitute your finger for a crochet hook. The basics of crochet stitches should already be known. However, even a beginner can learn this technique without much ado.

Let's get started!

Step 1: Materials

I used a wool & acrylic blend yarn that called for a size 9 crochet hook. I realized when I got home that I didn't have any crochet hooks bigger than an 8. To further complicate the situation, I wanted to create super chunky stitches by doubling up the yarn, that is to say, using two lengths of yarn for every single stitch. That would mean I would need a crochet hook even larger than a size 9. I was really out of luck.

But then I realized that my fingers looked a lot like the simple shape of a crochet hook. So why not just try it? I found that my right index finger was comparable for hook sizing ranging from 10 to15. Score! Our fingers are apparently very versatile!

I decided to make a comfy throw using a weave pattern stitch, which consists mostly of half double crochets. Nothing fancy here.

<p>When I was in middle school in the 70s (!) I finger crocheted neon yarn bracelets and sold them. Thanks for the reminder.</p>
<p>Cool! I've heard of finger knitting, but not crochet.</p>
<p>So have I, I knew since I was a little kid 35 years ago that it was possible, somehow. I just couldn't get it figured out. </p>
<p>SUPER. I have always suspected that you could either knit or crochet with larger yarn and your very own hands. I figured this technique existed over 30 years of my life. I am close to 40 now, but look young as heck for my age. Genetic jackpot, I guess. </p><p>Anyhoo, over my childhood, I would try over and over again with yarns that I found around the house to try to knit. I knew there HAD to be a method. I had no Internet back then (Isn't it obvious!). Tiny wonder I couldn't figure it out?</p><p>BTW, Thank you for providing this method.</p>
GREAT tutorial!! A must try for every1 who crochets :)
<p>Thanks!! so glad you enjoyed it! =)</p>
wow I have to try this!!!
Wow! So clever!
<p>Ingenious!! I must try this! :)</p>

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