My favorite hobby is crocheting doll clothes. Using what I've learned from reading existing patterns, I create my own designs for Barbie.
How to Crochet a Thimble
Have you ever experienced yarn burn? It's caused by the friction from the yarn rubbing on your finger while crocheting. I personally get this whenever I crochet with thread or yarn, and I was inspired to create this project to get rid of the yarn burn on my index finger.
This is a simple project to protect your fingers from severe yarn burn. It is also a good way of using up your scrap thread. I hope you find it helpful!
- Size 10 crochet cotton thread
- No. 8 steel hook or size needed to obtain gauge
10 sc = 1", 13 sc rows = 1"
Note 1: In order to find the right gauge you need for your finger, measure its circumference below your nail. Adjust the hook size accordingly if the gauge above is not right for your finger.
For example, I measured my finger at 1.75" in circumference. The no. of stitches in the pattern around that part of the finger is 18. So, since my gauge is 10 sc = 1", then 18 sc = 1.8". This is approximately the right size for my finger, with a 0.05" allowance.
Note 2: Remember that you don't want the thimble to be too tight, as it will cut off the circulation of blood to your finger. Also, you don't want it to be too loose, as it will just go around your finger while you pull the yarn. You don't want that because you'll end up losing the tension you created by holding the yarn in the first place.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: Sc in each st around (18 sc)
Keep repeating Rnd 4 until desired length is reached.
(I stopped when it reached the middle joint of my finger, which is around Rnd 22.)
Fasten off and weave in ends when satisfied with the length.
Variations on the Crocheter's Thimble Pattern
You can also make this for your other fingers. Because I made mine to fit the index finger, my little finger still gets yarn burn. Just use a different sized steel hook to make the size smaller or larger (depending on where you want to wear yours).
How Long Does the Thimble Last?
As with most crochet projects that go through wear and tear, this thimble does not last forever. With constant use, it should last you for about three months. Because the yarn or thread passes by the thimble every time you crochet, it gets wear and tear from each use. Here is a photo of my first thimble with a hole in the middle:
Frog and Reuse
Since I am a frugal person, I have learned that I should not weave in the ends for this project so I can easily frog the old thimble and reuse the still fine threads. I just throw away the felted ones or the ones that got cut from the wear and tear. Here is my second thimble, as an example:
Shelley on September 09, 2020:
This is exactly what I needed! I also used a band-aid but the yarn slipped off. I have long nails so I left a hole at the top for my nail.
Athena on May 27, 2020:
Omg i needed this. Im 16 and ive been crocheting and knitting for 5 years and i always tried using a bandaid but the the yarn slips off to the top and bottom and the burn just happens on other parts of my finger. So thank you.
JulieStrier from Apopka, FL on May 24, 2012:
I'm still fairly new to tatting, so I mainly make small motifs and turn them into jewelry, like earrings or bracelets. :)
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on May 23, 2012:
You're welcome! I just had to search what tatting is, what kinds of projects do you do with tatting? :)
JulieStrier from Apopka, FL on May 23, 2012:
This is awesome. Not only do I get yarn burn when I crochet, but I also get thread burn from tatting, and this would work perfectly for both! Thanks again!
Katherine on May 23, 2012:
This is just what I needed. Such a good idea!