Simply Crochet

I have always avoided crochet in favor of knitting. Knitting strikes me as graphic, geometric, structural; things I like. Crochet makes me think of frills, lace, flowers, girlie, and too sweet. I’m not a girlie girl, I don’t do pink, flowers, or lacy lace. Then a new crochet book came into the shop – Simply Crochet by Debbie Bliss. I flipped through, stopped at page 18…

The Francoise Sweater by Debbie Bliss
The Francoise Sweater by Debbie Bliss

 

And started swatching.

 

Swatching Frenzy caused by Simply Crochet by Debbie Bliss
Swatching Frenzy caused by Simply Crochet by Debbie Bliss

 

I cannot believe I got excited about a crochet pattern but, there you have it. I’m learning to wield the wild hook just for this adorable little top. I have to admit that it’s not as difficult as I thought it would be. The fact that I’m a Continental knitter probably has helped a lot. The thought of making some 8 trillion of these little squares is a bit daunting but if I can knit socks on size zero needles I guess I can do a formidable number of granny squares. It could be worse, it could be an afghan (not bloody likely)!

 

silk swatch for Francoise sweater
silk swatch for Francoise sweater

 

The winner of the swatch frenzy? Using C/2.50 mm, D/3.00 mm, and E/3.500 mm sized hooks on each I made granny squares in a sport weight cotton, a 3/2 mercerized cotton (fingering weight, pretty much), a sport weight cotton and linen blend, and a 100% silk noil that’s about the same as a 3/2 cotton (maybe a bit finer). The silk on a size D3.00 mm hook won out (gee, what a surprise). 😉 I think this will be ideal for the top with it’s pale honey color, slight sheen and occasional slub.

It’s in the queue and ready to start – wonder when that will be?

Deb H

Simply Crochet

3 thoughts on “Simply Crochet

  1. I love crochet as well as knitting. I think crochet is more auto-pilot for me. You should check out some of the Japanese crochet books, super modern and really beautiful. Not frumpy at all!

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  2. LindaK says:

    That sweater will be beautiful when it’s finished. I can’t wait to see your progress. Although I’m a crocheter, I really don’t care for most of the sweater patterns because they really do look frumpy, but I also feel that way about most knitted sweater patterns. Once they’re made up they look so much better.

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