How to Make a Grip for Your Hook Pencil or Tool – EASY

How to Make a Grip for Your Hook

How to Make a Grip for Your Hook - Pencil on a Loom Learn how to make a grip for your hook, pencil or straight tool using any size long knitting loom. two round looms attached or even a bracelet loom. Easy to follow text, picture and video tutorial.

The grip is especially great for knitters with carpal tunnel, arthritis or those that simply prefer a thicker handle. I wasn’t sure about adding volume to my small Knifty Knitter hook but after several months of knitting with my chubby hook I have to admit that I love the look and feel. Plus now I can make it what ever color I want or how many colors I want. It isn’t purple anymore. Even more important it was a fun project that I really enjoyed doing. Too Cool!

This is Beginner EASY. I would say that a child as young as 6 or 8 years old can handle the work with very little supervision because the steps are few and constant.



Supplies Needed : Loom, Rubber Bands, Hook

Loom or Looms:
LONG:  I used a long loom. (BTY – I got this loom as part of a Set of 4 which includes the flower loom for just $10.00 on Amazon – AWESOME Deal : Click Here)

ROUND  If you plan to use a round loom, well you will actually need two. To connect them so that they work like a long loom take 4 rubber bands. Connect the first two pegs (top and bottom) and the last two pegs. Note that you will using 6 pegs in total, 3 on top and 3 on bottom to form a square.

SPOOL: If you have a Spool Loom – use the large end

BRACELET: You can also use the Rainbow Loom or any rubber band bracelet loom that is similar .


How to make a grip for your hook

How to make a grip for your hook

How to make a grip for your hook







Rubber Bands:

How to make a grip for your hook


I used the Rainbow Loom rubber bands. The tend to stretch better. In the past I have used the rubber bands for braids but they tend to not be as flexible. But use what ever you have on hand – if only for a test drive.

For a full grip on my Knifty Knitter I used 74 rubber bands.



How to make a grip for your hookIt’s best but not necessary to have two hooks. I used the Knifty Knitter and a regular crochet hook.

I only recommend two because I am assuming that you are going to cover the one you are knitting with since you’re here to learn how to make a grip for your hook.


Picture Tutorial

Instructions : How to Make a Grip for Your Hook

1. Place your rubber bands on your loom. For the first row make figures 8 with each band forming a square with the six pegs of your loom.

2. For the second row – place them straight across to form a square.

How to make a grip for your hook

3. When you have the length you want put the hook the middle opening. Push it down and take the bottom loops and wrap them around the bottom of your tool.

4. Do the same for the top

How to make a grip for your hook


Video Tutorial

Video: How to Make a Grip for Your Hook

I always recommend that you watch the video in its entirety before starting the project. You will feel more confident through out each step if you already know what to expect.

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I hope you learned how to make a grip for your hook or pencil with a knitting loom. As always leave me your comments and questions in the comment section below. Thank for visiting and come back to Loom with Me !


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Comments: 50

  1. Linda December 4, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I made one for me and my daughter. On mine, I did double the bands for more comfort because of arthritis. But we love them !!!

    • Denise Canela December 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Awesome ! Glad you both love the project – its one of my favorites – and what a GREAT idea to double the bands 🙂

  2. Gina November 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I made my grip just now. Its teal and white. As FYI i did not see need to expose metal it looked better without expisining. If someone does i did notice the hook needs to be pushed down to get metal to show. What I notice is once that metal is exposed on a hook bottom the top of tool moves and does not stay as stable on cheaper hook. My purple kniffy knitter was my choice of hook as Martha Stewarts hook resembles that similar rubber grip, but hook is very cheap and bends. So out of three hooks my kniffy knitter no metal exposed is by far best and stable. I just wanted to share my trials and product reviews of my own free will. Thank you for fun project. I love to attach picture but not sure how.

    • Denise Canela November 30, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Gina, thank you so much for your information – GREATLY appreciated. As for your picture – you can email it to me and I will attach it to the page.

      • Gina December 2, 2016 at 6:22 pm

        Ok let me kniw when to look at posting.

  3. Kim July 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Love this idea for little people and students????

  4. Marney February 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Love it!! Can make it so pretty!!

  5. Mistress Cinder February 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Awwwww Darn. I was all excited to make these until I found out you used the rainbow loom bands. I am allergic to the cheap latex they are made of…

    • Denise Canela February 23, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Any brand of small rubber bands for braiding will work

  6. Liz February 17, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I found that if your grip slips around on the hook, putting a few extra bands wrapped around the handle underneath the grip helps to hold the grip in place.

  7. Julie January 24, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you very much for the video. This is brilliant.

  8. Zena January 19, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Thank you for such a clever idea and I notice that my hand and back is so much more relaxed when I crochet with mine now. I made a small change and used 2 bands instead of one and the end result is a much more cushioned grip. Thank you again,

    • Denise Canela January 21, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Hey – that’s a great idea – Thanks !

  9. MistressCinder December 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I wish I could make these but I am allergic to the rainbow rubber bands. :'( Any ideas for someone like me…

    • Denise Canela December 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Are you allergic to latex? If you can pin-point the source of the allergy you can just find a brand of Braiding rubber bands that doesn’t have it.

  10. sunny December 18, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I agree with what everyone else has said: you’re great at explaining things so I can understand them, so your videos are very helpful, thank you so much!!!

  11. Peggy December 10, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Thanks, I have wondered how you made that from watching your videos, now I know! I love your videos, you are a wonderful teacher!

  12. kathy November 22, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I can’t wait to get my rubber bands and try this!

    • Denise Canela November 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I can say that I use this EVERYDAY. One of my favorite and most useful projects ever !

  13. K. Moore November 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for this video my hook hurts my hand so this will help so so much! Keep sharing your videos! Love them ALL!

  14. tilda October 13, 2015 at 9:34 am

    where do i buy the elastic bands

    • Denise Canela October 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Crafts stores, amazon, ebay – check the links on the post

  15. Alice green October 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I have been trying to find a pattern for spool knitting a braid on a hat that I spool knitted

    • Denise Canela October 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      I don’t know of any pattern for a braid on a spool loom….Sorry

  16. Monica August 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Denise,
    I came here from the YouTube slipper video I viewed and liked the grip you made for your hook. I was thinking of putting mold making material on my hook to make the grip softer, but now I will try the rubber bands. Will pick some up tonight.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your craft and tips!!!

    • Denise Canela August 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Monica, THANK YOU for taking the time the say Thank you ! 🙂

  17. lkloomer August 15, 2015 at 1:48 am

    This is a great video. It is so easy to follow with the directions you give make it easy to make these great covers. These are great to help with easing the repetitive movements of the hands when looming and crocheting. The hooks being wider make it possible to enjoy doing the crafting longer. Thank you for this an all your videos. I love looming and your website is the first place I come if I have a question on a stitch or I am looking for a pattern. Thank you for your time and sharing your talent with us loomers.

    • Denise Canela August 15, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. VERY much appreciated !

  18. Evelyn K July 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I am new to looming and you are my hero and my mentor!! Your videos are easy to follow, and I love my new grip!!!

  19. Pat April 19, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Very good video , had no trouble understanding and it was a breeze, thanks so much.

  20. Brenda Cole February 24, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I so love loom knitting but i could not do it without watching your video I love watching and making cute little crafts like this thank you

    • Denise Canela February 24, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Thanks for the Thanks Brenda !

  21. renee February 23, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    That’s awesome! can’t wait to get to the store to get some rubber bands and start making these!

  22. Debbie November 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Great project,trying it now

  23. lkloomer October 13, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Hi Denise, Is the handle grip transferable to different hooks? Or, do you have to leave it on the one hook once you make it for it? Thanks for your wonderful videos. I have learned so much from you. Happy Looming!

    • Denise Canela October 13, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Hi IkLoomer, Yes-the grip can be transferred :). Thanks for asking, I forgot to put that in the video. You just need to have the item that you’re transferring the grip to available when you are ready to remove the grip.
      Push the grip to the tip of your tool. Pull the last loops off of your hook one at a time and on to your new tool. Push it into place.
      Hope that helps,

  24. Bette September 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I accidentally found you and glad it happened! I know children who can make these bracelets, etc and I was the clueless one! But you solved that with this video. Now to buy the little rubber bands and ease my hands…

  25. Pamela Dupuis September 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you, it was easy and very well explained.

  26. Melanie September 3, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Denise ,
    Once again you have taught me that just about anything is possible with looming !! Who knew !! Glad to see that you are back and with all of these new ideas !! Awesome girl !!
    Thanks, Thanks & Thanks !!!

    • Denise Canela September 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Melanie, you have made me Happy, Happy, Happy. 🙂

  27. LindaJ August 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Brilliant!!!!!! Thank you for not only sharing, but doing the video! Will have to search these little bands out. I’ve used pencil grips for years, but this will be fun to do to on some of my other hooks and tools.

    • Denise Canela August 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Glad you liked it and will get some use out of the post. I’m ALWAYS happy to hear that SOMEONE is putting my work to work.
      denise 🙂

  28. LK August 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Very nice tutorial. I have watched several of your tutorials. I always come away feeling like I have learned something new. Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge in a very personable way. So glad your bouncing back and beginning to feel better.

    • Denise Canela August 30, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you LK ! Your kind words are very much appreciated.

  29. Marci August 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

    So glad to see you! Thanks for the cool project!

    • Denise Canela August 30, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Thank YOU – I’m really glad to be back – Have lots of ideas can’t wait to share them.

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