22 Jun Crochet-curious
(Sleek Cloche by Kira Dulaney – click on the photo for the Rav page)
When customers ask me if I know how to crochet, the answer is always… hesitant. I know the basics of crochet, yes, but I usually only use crochet in service of knitting. Crochet a border on that baby jacket? No problem. Use a crochet hook to scoop up a dropped stitch? Easy peasy. Truth is, most of the garments that I want to create are garments that I think will work better with knitting. Knit stitches are less dense and more elastic than crochet stitches, and I have a better understanding of stitch patterns and motifs, cable and lace techniques, and basic garment construction when knitting is the skill being employed.
However, there are definitely some things that work better with crochet, and it may just be the scorching summer temps we’ve been experience as of late, but a lot of crochet items are catching my eye…
(love the grosgrain ribbon!)
Hats have been a major eye-catcher, especially these broad-brimmed hats crocheted at a fine gauge in cotton. Crochet works so well for this style of hat specifically because crochet stitches tend to be more dense, creating a stiffer fabric overall. There’s special nylon cord you can order to add to the last couple rounds of the brim for stiffness, but I’ve heard of people using nylon cord refills for lawn trimmers, easily available at any hardware store!
Super-cute mother & daughter set of hats. Both of these patterns are available for free from Pierrot Yarns – just click the pictures to go to the Ravelry pages for the links. 🙂
Crocheted jewellery has also been catching my eye. As the temps go higher it’s harder for me to find knit garments to wear and not faint of heat exhaustion, but it’s really important to me to show off my stitch smarts, especially when I’m in the store. The slip-stitch crocheted bangle above uses a cardboard blank from a used-up masking tape roll as a base – genius! The pattern is by Elena Fedotova and you can find it on Ravelry here.
“Des Petits Ronds” project by Rav user Zloty – I love this idea, I think it would be a fantastic way to use up some scraps and make a grellow version.
There have also been some noteworthy crochet-related vids popping around the internet. Geek aficionado Felicia Day hosts a video blog, a couple weeks ago she learned to crochet…
There was also a piece on the BBC recently about three larger-than-life crocheted lions which were curated as part of the cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Games – check out the video clip here.
Have a great weekend everyone! The BIG update for the Lakeshore Shawl is coming up on Tuesday – stay tuned!