But, for some projects, I find that tight tension is essential for the correct look or size. Maintaining that sort of tight tension is difficult, especially when I start to get serious dents and burn marks across my middle finger where the yarn runs across!
I came up with this little tension finger saver using hardy 4 ply cotton, and it has done wonders for my poor hands when crocheting with tight tension :)
PATTERN: TENSION FINGER SAVER
This pattern uses all US terminology. It is worked in a spiral rather than joining each row and then moving up.
Small amount of 4 ply cotton
Row 1: Using foundation single crochet stitch (fsc), 15fsc (or however many you need to fit snugly around your problem finger). It needs to be quite a firm fit, so that it doesn't spin around your finger with the yarn, but not so firm that it cuts off the blood supply!
Row 2: Insert your hook back through the first fsc and do a normal sc. sc in each stitch around (15sc)
Rows 3-9: sc in each stitch around (15 sc)
To finish: Slip stitch into the next stitch. Fasten off and cut yarn. With starting end, slip stitch into final fsc and fasten off. Weave in ends.
There you have it! I ended up making two - one for my middle finger and one for my little finger to save them from dents and burns making the cutest happypotami :)