i am having a little difficulty getting the hang of this tiny sized crocheting. all tips and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. i am trying to learn how to make necklaces and this like that that i might be able to sell. thank you... firstname.lastname@example.org
I have crocheted with just a strand or 2 of embroidery thread before and what i found most helpful was using as large 'x' of magnifying glasses as you can buy. They'll make you dizzy when you look away but help tremendously in doing the work. You have to work slower at such a small size, too. Take lots of breaks to give your hands and eyes a rest. And good lighting is a must. Good luck!
I have been crocheting for over 30 years and one of the best tips I found was to wrap a big rubber band around my tiny needle to help me grip it better. I am using needles that once belonged to my grandma so they are quite old.
I have heard that if you practice it using a small yarn and then gradually decreasing down to the different size thread like size 3 then size 5 until you get down to a 10 that it can help you adjust to the difference in size. It might take a little time but you won't notice the big difference like going straight from yarn to size 10 thread.
One problem I find in crocheting with tiny thread and the small hooks that they need is that the hooks break the skin of my index finger. To avoid that I often cover the side of the finger with plaster before starting. The plaster needs to be very flexible and not textile so the hook doesn't stick to it. I sometimes crochet jewellery with sewing thread.
The only tip I could share is that you need to be patient and don't rush things up. Anything made in a rush always or more often than not loss artistry and value.
I learned to crochet using thread and a steel hook and was taught to hold my hook like I would hold a pen/pencil. It seemed that holding the hook that way allowed me to crochet faster and more smoothly. Then I began crocheting with yarn and started holding my hook in my palm. Yarn crocheting dominated my hobby and when I eventually went back to thread, it seemed that I was all thumbs when I tried to hold the hook like a pen again. It takes some getting used to, but holding the hook that way seems best for thread crocheting. Also, as a previous poster said, if you do a lot of thread crochet you may have trouble with the hook end continually poking against your finger as you go through the stitch. I always wear a small, thin leather thimble when I'm using thread.