Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The role of simplicity vs. complexity in crochet
I often ponder what makes a crochet project "good". Remember my previous posts on 'Showstoppers?'. I've begun to wonder... what role does simplicity and complexity play in the success of a crochet project? Does it have to be complex to be successful? By simple I mean: all one stitch, or an easy stitch pattern, little or no shaping, easy to memorize. Complex would include larger or more complex stitch patterns, complicated stitch layering, must-follow-the-pattern-carefully shaping.
Examples of my work that I consider simple: Driftwood Cap, the Sunny Spread, the Let it Snow throw, Still Waters Shrug. Examples of my work that I consider complex would be: Medallion Afghan, Brocade Throw, and the Larkspur Wrap Sweater. All of these examples can be seen on my Ravelry Designer page. You don't need to be a member of Ravelry to see them.
I think there is a time and place for both simple and complex crochet patterns. Sometimes you want an easy pattern you can stitch while watching a baseball game and sometimes a more complex pattern is a fun challenge. Which do you like better? Do you go back and forth too?
In the photo are the 10 new babies, but really, they are already twice this size.