My Hatred of Crochet

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I’ve never really found my way with crochet. I have tried, but essentially I’m just happier with two sticks rather than one. I can’t explain the feelings I have about it without sounding negative – I don’t really like the ‘gappiness’ of it all, I don’t really like the rustic look of finished items, I don’t like at ALL the fact that it easily disintegrates – unraveling a nicked blanket in minutes, and goodness I think the association in my mind that crochet has with demented colour schemes and horrible yarn is enough to make me itch. Hello, my name is Debbie and I am a snob.

So I really was rather shocked when I found myself clicking “pay” on Lucy’s “Coast” ripple blanket set the other evening after reading her latest post.

I have attempted the ripple in several projects over the years – two cowls and a blanket, and I can’t say I enjoyed the process of any of them. Which is why this new purchase is simply confusing. What can I say – this colour scheme made my heart sing. The colour and the composition is breath-taking, truly. It was only when I saw her “coast” ripple that I think part of me fell a little in love with crochet. It’s beautiful – it transported me in an instant to the coast and I’m pretty sure I could hear the lap of waves as I gazed transfixed upon it.

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Lucy over at Attic24 has many fans. I would say I am a once-in-a-while drop-by-for-a-coffee type of reader. I’ve been reading on and off since she started. I have to admit that rainbow is not my thing. No, not at all. But it’s easy to dismiss this colour scheming as simple. I tried to make a random rainbow-ish ripple blanket of my own and it turned out BLOODY AWFUL – it’s a dog blanket now. You can’t just grab the next colour that appeals and do it as you go along – as I learned too late, it takes planning.

Her latest post shows how she picks her colours, and she does have a very sophisticated knowledge of colour. Like all artists, she makes it look easy.

The huge pack of yarn arrived (in a useful organza sack!) and since working my way through it I find myself marvelling at both the beauty of the emerging creature, and the cleverness of the arrangement of colour. I don’t think I would ever have been able to pull something like this out of the bag – you can tell this isn’t just a random smash and grab of yarn, but been carefully considered. I love how the colours change their ‘feel’ depending on their neighbour, and how the eye is pulled continuously up and down the rows, never resting in one place.

So although crochet is not my first love, this blanket is making me think again.

I have a self-made deadline for this project and am working furiously on it, as followers of my instagram feed can testify to, but I’ve no real desire to stop. I think I may have to make another blanket after this one, but without a deadline, and perhaps using the tips Lucy shared to see if I can come up with my own version. The fact that I am considering another crochet project is nothing short of amazing, really. And it’s all her fault.

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34 thoughts on “My Hatred of Crochet

  1. I’m with you, I don’t crochet too much. I do think that blanket your making is lovely. I’m working on two blankets myself, but they’re knitted. Yes, I’ve visited Lucy’s site also, but must admit that it’s been a few years since I’ve visited. She does make some lovely crocheted items.

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    1. She does, but of all the things she’s made this is the only one that sings to me. I have several knitted blankets too! I think they last longer than crocheted ones.

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  2. Nice job expressing almost exactly how I feel about crocheting! Although what you seem to think a negative, I think a very positive thing: how easily it disintegrates, so when I make a mistake it’s much more easily ripped out and fixed! Way less painful than removing several knitted rows. I made a couple of ripple blankets that I really like, but it’s nice to see Lucy’s method for choosing colors. Your blanket is lovely! I’d like to make a really beachy one.

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  3. I love that project and I’m happy to see you working on it. It will be lovely in the end, and you will find your crochet struggles worth it! (I think you may be right about knitted blankets lasting longer, but goodness, don’t let THAT get out in the open!)

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  4. No, not another one to the dark side!!! LOL. I, too, hate crochet, but don’t fear I am ever going to succumb to a blanket again. I just cannot strand the yarn through my left hand, so I end up with a painful hand when doing crochet. And I dislike it for all the reasons you state. But glad that you are enjoying your walk on the dark side!!! Just don’t let it take you forever.

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  5. I have to say – I’m a snob too. I really don’t care for the look of crochet. It reminds me of something from the 70’s. However, I do like crocheting blankets (I have one going now) but short of that, even my wrist doesn’t like it! Your blanket looks real nice.

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  6. It’s looking very nice. I first learned to crochet when I was eight. My grandmother taught me. She also had attempted to teach me to knit, but I didn’t catch on. I did teach myself to knit in my early thirties, and I do seem to enjoy knitting more now. However, crochet is much faster! Crochet also tends to be more bulky as you said. But I have noticed that there are so many more very nice crochet patterns now than there were even ten years ago.

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    1. This is true, there are some great items out there now that are doing it for the crochet cause! It is fast, my last knitted blanket took well over a year and this…. well, I’m 2/3rds done!

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  7. Crochet is my first love and the ripple blanket is one of my favourite projects. I also love the kitch 70’s crochet, haha!! I’ve seen kitch turn to stylish with a change in yarn and colour which makes a huge difference in crochet. Good for you giving it a second chance πŸ™‚
    Your blanket is going to be beautiful!

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  8. The blanket looks gorgeous, I love those colours πŸ™‚ I know what you mean about crochet – I prefer knitting but sometimes it’s nice to use a different skill but still be holding yarn.

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  9. Those colors are so lovely together! I’ve tried half-heartedly a couple times to learn crochet but it hasn’t stuck yet. I need to try again, though, because my Ravelry list of potential crochet projects just keeps growing and growing!

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  10. I’m coming to like some crochet, actually. It took me a long time to learn, because it was hard for me to “read” it the way I read my knitting. I’ve been knitting for nearly 30 years, and only crocheting since 2006-ish.

    However, I’ve made several things that are pretty cute, and Irish crochet as well as crocheted lace is really nice. I do love ripple blankets, too. Yours is quite nice.

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  11. I do not like crochet or plastic yarn, but lucy’s creations are beautiful! I have contemplated copying the beachy one in knitted ripple, but not sure whether garter or stocking stitch would work best. What do you think? P.s. I’m in Hampshire x

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  12. Hi Elizabeth! Hmm I think maybe mixing it up would be good? Alternate rows to leave a gap to ST ST so the garter would be prominent, I think it’s the texture that gives the ripple its movement!

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