Friday, December 12, 2008

Jane: Useful Crochet

It's finals week, which means I've been doing a LOT of reading: final papers, portfolios, final exams. When I get home from work, I don't want to read a book . . . so I've been working a lot on my most recent crochet project, a cardigan of creamy wool-blend yarn. Here's the back:

I like this pattern and this yarn because it gives a kind of Fisherman's Knit look: bulky, textured, and warm. I had considered doing some crocheted cables (had a nice pattern) but I didn't like the way they worked up. Crochet can look very clunky sometimes, with chunky rows that fold in on each other. So I opted for this "basketweave" stitch instead. It makes a better whole fabric than many of the cable-y stitches, and it almost looks like knit basketweave.

The only trouble with this basketweave is it goes very slowly. It's almost two layers of yarn for each row, as you crochet "around the post" to make those neat basketweaves. That also means I'm using a lot of yarn!

Why didn't I just knit a fisherman's knit sweater, you say? I'm really a beginning knitter, and much more comfortable with crochet. In fact, I'm designing the sweater myself, working it out based on 3 different patterns. Crochet's construction makes it easier to tear out mistakes, too, and when you're making it up as you go along, this is important!


T-Mom said...

Nice, Jane! I like the stitch pattern. Can't wait to see the finished project. :)

Beth said...

Love that stitch; are you sharing how you did it? I know it's a front post double crochet, but I've never seen it up and down like that. It looks really neat. Very creative!!