Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Crocheting with Boucle'
The stitches and be really hard to see, even in simple sc. Counting stitches is really difficult and making a stitch pattern is just a waste of time. Much better to let the natural fuzzi-ness be showcased by the shape of the item you are making. I was recently making a circle when it occurred to me that you might want to see how I navigate working with boucle. This will also work for mohair and novelty yarns where the stitches are difficult to see.
I start with a bunch of stitch markers in at least 2 colors or 2 types. When working a circle, I generally place a marker in the first stitch of each round and move the marker to the first stitch of the next round as I get to it. Above, in the green example, I used a different type of stitch marker to designate the first stitch so that I wouldn't confuse it with the other markers. In the example on the right, I used a different color, the orange, to designate the first stitch.
When working a circle, or in many row patterns, there is a time when you will repeat a set of instructions, I place a marker at the first stitch of each repeat. Then you can easily count how many times you have repeated the instructions and you will know how many stitches need to be placed between stitch markers to help you keep proper count!
If you have to work a larger number of stitches of the same type, like 100 dc, I would place a stitch maker at every 10th stitch or so, or every 5 if I'm nervous I won't be able to keep my count.
With boucle I also rely heavily on the feel of the stitch feeling with my finger tips the "hole" of the stitch where the hook will go. Be gentle when ripping out stitches because you don't want to fray or shred the yarn as it un-knots.
For airy projects, it can be helpful to hold the project up to light or to a window during the day to illuminate the spaces and help see the pattern. I did this for my Easy Winter Throw pattern.
While tedious, placing markers makes the project go more smoothly and avoids ripping, making the project go much more quickly.