Welcome to the community Stacy. Looks like you have experience with just about all the dreading methods there are. Now its time for you to just let them be to rock on all on their own. I too did some negelct, some T&R to get mine started. Enjoy the site and all the great members on here. Hope you share a pic with us soon of your dreads.....peace
Welcome. Eagle's right about crocheting. You can do it so you may not hear the ripping. But, unlike popular belief, there is no "safe" way to crochet. Every pass of the hook rips hundreds of hairs into smaller and smaller pieces. This weakens your locks considerably. In time, it will make them weak enough to snap under a slight tug.
As for palm rolling, don't bother. It only makes them look neat for a few hours. If you do it enough to see progress, it is doing severe damage to your locks. I'll let this video speak for itself:
welcome but theres no such thing as gentle crochet all crochet is brutal and extremely damaging
plus delays progress a ton
oh and palm rollings totaly poinless
Welcome. Have you looked at the dreaducation page yet? if not, check it out first. Then look at the timeline forums to see what the first few weeks/months will be like