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!