Crocheting with handspun

Look back at the knitting episode and pretty much, its’ the same as that. I hate to have to tell crocheters to go read yet another thing written for knitters but I happened to do that one first and it’s almost all the same information.

But you might have already known that. It may be my perception but I see fewer crochet folks asking if they can use handspun where it seems to be a common knitters and weavers question.

I know there are a lot of hooker handspinners that will ply in the opposite direction of knitters. But it’s not necessary. Most of the commercial yarn is spun in the same direction and it works…. right?

Let’s back up and talk about why first. When you crochet vs knitting, you are adding or removing twist in a different direction. Yes, there is some knitting that will behave like crochet but the majority of knitting does not. So for most people we can assume that with knitting and crochet, you will add and remove twist differently. Now this is one of the beauties of making your own yarn, if you find it a hindrance to have twist added or removed, you can adjust and make the yarn that makes your heart sing. It’s not a requirement but isn’t it excellent that we can do so?

If you’re buying handspun, then assume that it’s no different then working with commercial yarn that you buy off the shelf. The only difference is that you don’t have all that information on the ball band that commercial yarn has.

I find myself usually making crocheted accessories but not so much the large projects. I tend to knit sweaters and make crocheted scarves. While there is more leverage in knitting a scarf (if gauge is off then gauge is off and I’m not usually worse for wear) but in a sweater you need to know what you’re up against.

It’s the same as in the knitting. Start by getting your WPI.
Here’s the lesson on checking WPI. 

Then take a gander at the chart that corresponds to the WPI and hooks:

Just like the chart for knitting last week, this one references all the common information and then gives you a blank chart so you can fine tune the information as you need it. Not all information is the same across breed types or blends. If you have a couple of fibers that you use frequently only you notice they behave outside the norm, make your own chart so you have this information.

I’ve said it before and I’ll likely say it a million more times…. I advocate doing a lot of prep work and swatching but if you play historian and save this information thoroughly, you might not have to do it again.

I couldn’t find my hook gauge. I know. It’s a little disappointing but it’s likely in a bag that I didn’t check. We also lost a  stole that I made out of handspun. Things disappear and then turn up when I no longer need them. So I decided to charge on with this post and video anyway. I’m going to fake the needle gauge thing right now….

This is how it looked for the knitting and it’s the same for the crochet. Fold your strand of yarn in half and see which gauge hole it fits through best. Not too tight, not too loose. You want the Goldilocks fit.  That’s the hook I’d start with to see if I had gauge.

Make a swatch. Make your notes. Away you go!
If you want this all video style:

Happy hooking y’all.

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