I’m kind of unique in some ways, or maybe it’s just a bad habit of mine… but I like to play with different yarns and hook sizes that is recommended in the pattern.
In some elements, changing the hook size or yarn choices are detrimental differences that will leave you swimming in the ocean without a buoy to cling onto. Suddenly your sweater is a Mrs Roper Moo Moo and you are in shock that it makes such a huge difference.
So outside of the world of crochet garments, I like to change the yarn choices or hook size. I will let you in on a secret… for being a crochet queen here, I misplace my hooks ALL THE TIME! Don’t ask me where they go but they turn up in the weirdest locations. I sometimes change the hook as I cannot find the right size. Tisk tisk I know!
In the case of the Free Raccoon Family Pattern, I changed my hook intentionally for tutorial purposes. I really wanted to see what a different size hook would do. Similar yarn. It definitely changed the sizing in all aspects. The stitches don’t look so refined like the original but I was expecting that. So essentially, I changed the hook to create a new look.
I tend to up size my hook when doing afghans. A size change can mean the difference of several rows you won’t have to do to get the size you need. It can mean for less stitches in the horizontal direction too. You can crochet faster. I have to say though, I like bigger size hooks for own own comfort. I like to watch my project grow substantially. For small thread yarns, that you rarely ever see me touch, I find it so frustrating to spend an hour working on something and feel like you haven’t got very far. That’s a personal preference for sure.
What about you? Do you change your hook sizes? Do you experiment? Share with us your thoughts. Leave a comment or two below.
- How to Read a Yarn Label with The Tennessee Stitch (thecrochetcrowdblog.com)