Saturday, March 18, 2006

Splitting yarn makes Boye girl go inline

not to a Bates, mind you, but inline nonetheless. I've been pulling my hair out with the Jiffy Jacket. Not because of the pattern, it's easy, straight forward, and makes a very pretty stitch. Rather, because of the yarn. The Caron Simply Soft has been driving me crazy. I was splitting the yarn with every single sc (and this pattern is sc, ch2, sc - repeat) using my Boye H hook. My tension was getting tighter as well because I had to hold the yarn tight to try to minimize splitting. I was about 20 or so rows into the back tonight and I decided to measure. It was 21.5 inches across instead of 24 (it was about 23 when I began and I was OK with that) but I was just approaching 5 inches at 21 rows instead of 16 rows.... agh!! I really didn't want to frog the whole thing... but, I was really beginning to hate this project. Because I was crocheting so, so slowly I was getting nowhere. Then I remembered the discussion on CP about inline hooks being easier with yarns that tend to split. Now I'm a Boye girl - I hate to crochet with Bates hooks. I would only use Boye hooks. I've recently become a fan of the Addi hooks for the smaller yarn hooks since I've become a sock crocheter. I now own B,C,D,E & F Addi hooks... not Boye but Boye-like in design... definitely not inline. My wonderful dh did buy me a Brittany wooden I hook for Christmas (a lovely gift!!) I thought I would hate it becuase it is inline, but it's different from Bates hooks and I do love it, so light and it just glides through yarn. So what to do with this Jiffy Jacket. I grabbed the Brittany I hook and tried a few shells. Wow, no splitting strands...every stitch was smooth as could be I was flying... but hold on I can't jus jump in at row 21 with an I hook... I have to frog it. So painful as it was, I did it. I frogged it all the way back to the starting chain. I left that be as I make my starting chains so loose I knew it wouldn't be a problem. So here I go again. I'm starting the Jiffy Jacket again. This time using a Brittany I hook with my Dark Sage Simply Soft. Now the tension & yarn splitting problems are both solved. Actually this solves a third problem. (I can't believe I'm admitting this) There was something aesthetically bothersome about the way the green color of the Boye H hook clashed with the green yarn. OK, I've said it. Now you know I'm weird. But the birch Brittany looks great with this yarn... doesn't it? By the way, the cake of yarn there is everything i had to frog!

7 comments:

krisr160 said...

Oh no! I had the same trouble with Simply soft and the Boye hooks tho. I really prefer the inline hooks for artificial fibers and the Boye for natural fibers, if that makes any sense. I don't know why....Anyway, you're on the road now girlie! Later, K

sara said...

oh i hate to frog......but sometimes you just have to...you will make much faster progress now. i can't wait to see

Peachy Freak said...

I'm a Bates girl, and this is exactly why. I used to use Boye hooks when I was younger.. always had a problem splitting the yarn. I now use inline hooks whenever I can.

Calisews said...

Stupid question here, but have to ask. What do you mean by inline hook? What is the difference. I have mostly Boyd hooks, and a couple of Bates, which I seem to gravitate to but don't know why.

Dianna

Anonymous said...

Ginny I am so glad you HAD to try My personal favorite Bates hooks. I teach crochet as well and start them out with Bates because of the shaft. New crocheters seems to crochet at the tip of the hook thus making the "loops" to small for the tip to pass thru. then they have peoblems. To be fair I do have them use a Boye hook and they then can choose which they like... 100% go back to Bates or Red Heart has the same design. Good luck with you project... I am not a big green fan but do like you choice of the dark sage and Caron is also a personal favorite Deb

lisa said...

I do LOVE Simply Soft but had the same problem. I have been crocheting for 40 years (47 years old) and I found the Crystalite hooks don't split either. I really had to get used to the weight but they worked really well. Feel your pain! LOL! Keep up the good work!
Lisa

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

I really agree with you normally about the inline hooks, but this is a great tip for using the simply soft--one of the problems I often have with inline hooks is that they seem to commonly lack thumb indents... do you know of any that have the indents? I've had my husband carve indents into some of my bamboo hooks ;-)