I’m a great subscriber to the idea that you learn something new every day. Especially in the art of crochet. There are so many amazing techniques and resources that you are hard pressed not to learn new stuff all the time.
But I learned something I didn’t want to have to learn. The hard way. And I’m not happy about it. Gauge. In all the projects I’ve ever made, I’ve just happily skipped over the gauge section as being quite irrelevant and firmly in the “who cares” category until it came time to make a beautiful top.
My friend Tammy showed me this pattern that she planned to make, and I was immediately on the bandwagon:
So, I picked out the yarn, an amazing bamboo veriagated yarn from Alize and started crocheting.
The pattern calls for a 3.75mm hook and the pesky gauge tells me I should have 18 stitches and 11 rows per 10cm. Yeah, whatevs. I managed to crochet more than half the back of the top before I realised that it wasn’t going to come even close to fitting me! This top had taken a day and a half of my precious crochet time and it was completely wasted because I didn’t bother to pay attention to the gauge.
So I decided to take a step back for a couple of days and finish off the backlog of orders in my queue (which was a great thing to do, because they’re all super cute projects) and then re-evaluate.
So how have I resolved this? Well, luckily for me I didn’t buy the Noro Taiyo Sock yarn at 20 euros a piece, and the Alize was significantly cheaper, so I’ve created a swatch, have blocked it, and am (im)patiently waiting for it to dry so I can start again. It’s looking like I’ll be up to a 4.5mm hook to get the right gauge.
The colourway of this yarn is just amazing, with the pinks (that don’t appear here), purples, blues and white and is so lovely to the touch and to work with. You can pick it up (in Europe) at yarnstreet.com and check out the Ravelry projects that people have completed using my colourway (you may need to be a Ravelry member to see that link).
What’s a crucial element that you’ve learned the hard way? I’d love to hear that I’m not the only one having silly moments.