I have huge troubles holding the yarn as described in books and youtubers. So, today I have been experimenting with a little gadget I came across.
My inclination is to grip the yarn between my first two fingers on my left hand and wind it around the hook (see below)
So the only tension I get is from between these two fingers; which hasn't been a problem but I haven't got any faster and so think I am still quite slow.
So off I went hunting and found this clever little gadget; it is called a Clover Yarn Guide and can be got from Amazon for just over £2 and probably from local craft shops.
As you can see, it fits around the finger and has spacings for the yarn to go through. The top just unclips and you put the yarn in and clip it back together again. It is lightweight and quite comfortable.
I had a little practice with it:
To try and keep an even tension, I trapped the yarn lightly between my fourth and fifth finger.
My first impressions are favourable. I think this may well be the answer to my problem. Just a little concerned that I may get cramp in the fingers trapping the yarn. The gadget is great though as the yarn was forever slipping off that finger which is why I developed my own method.