December 16, 2008
Dangerous, part V
9. Something crocheted
I am becoming aware that the thing I love about crochet is its dissimilarity to knitting. Let me explain: crocheted projects which could be easily accomplished with knitting do not appeal to me. It's like, why would I struggle with this other language, this other way of charting and writing patterns, when I could get the same end result using something completely familiar? If I'm going to challenge myself to decipher the hdcs and dtrs, the end result better be something different-looking!
And that's why the Boteh Scarf was such an instant hit for me - to make that shape out of knitted fabric, I'd need short rows and crazy quadruple yarn overs, and all kinds of highly unnatural knitting maneuvers. With crochet, it's as simple as... well, as simple as deciphering the instructions and going to town!
When thinking about my next crochet project, this is exactly the criteria I'm applying - could I easily make the item in question with knitting? Or would knitting it require incessant turning, one-stitch rows, a gazillion little pieces to be seamed together, and/or awkwardly-written instructions? If the best, the only reasonable technique to accomplish the project is crochet, it's a winner in my book!
In practical terms this translates to projects which are holey (think mesh grocery bag), or projects which are highly three-dimensional. Also, skinny and long projects are often more naturally crocheted than knitted. With this in mind, I'm instantly thinking airy scarves and shawls as my next crochet target(s).
I picked up Wrapped in Crochet by Kristin Omdahl because it has a nice selection of exactly these types of patterns. The book has many airy and dimensional scarves, shawls and wraps, in colors and styles which appeal to me. Take a look, and let me know if you have any specific suggestions, recommendations, and/or warnings! Click on any image to view larger.