Dangerous, part V

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9. Something crocheted

I am becoming aware that the thing I love about crochet is its dissimilarity to knitting. Let me explain: crocheted projects which could be easily accomplished with knitting do not appeal to me. It’s like, why would I struggle with this other language, this other way of charting and writing patterns, when I could get the same end result using something completely familiar? If I’m going to challenge myself to decipher the hdcs and dtrs, the end result better be something different-looking!

And that’s why the Boteh Scarf was such an instant hit for me – to make that shape out of knitted fabric, I’d need short rows and crazy quadruple yarn overs, and all kinds of highly unnatural knitting maneuvers. With crochet, it’s as simple as… well, as simple as deciphering the instructions and going to town!

When thinking about my next crochet project, this is exactly the criteria I’m applying – could I easily make the item in question with knitting? Or would knitting it require incessant turning, one-stitch rows, a gazillion little pieces to be seamed together, and/or awkwardly-written instructions? If the best, the only reasonable technique to accomplish the project is crochet, it’s a winner in my book!

In practical terms this translates to projects which are holey (think mesh grocery bag), or projects which are highly three-dimensional. Also, skinny and long projects are often more naturally crocheted than knitted. With this in mind, I’m instantly thinking airy scarves and shawls as my next crochet target(s).

I picked up Wrapped in Crochet by Kristin Omdahl because it has a nice selection of exactly these types of patterns. The book has many airy and dimensional scarves, shawls and wraps, in colors and styles which appeal to me. Take a look, and let me know if you have any specific suggestions, recommendations, and/or warnings! Click on any image to view larger.



14 thoughts on “Dangerous, part V

  1. Holly

    When you first posted about the Boteh scarf, you mentioned how you couldn’t easily replicate that shape in knitting. That thought stuck in my head and wouldn’t let go. A few days later, I started a Boteh, and the Anne scarf by MK Carroll, and some granny squares… yeesh! I’m with you about not being interested in crocheting that tries to be knitting. But crochet that takes advantage of its unique properties? Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. maryse

    that’s exactly what i love about crochet. because of what i can do with it that i can not in knitting (or anything else for that matter).

    and i love that blue wrap on the bottom there. i think i may have to check out this book. and the curly thing on the same row to the left.

  3. Trish

    I’m so on board with you – I really love the shapes and and designs you can get with crochet. They are stunning! I’m also constantly trying to re-create that look with knitting. And I’ve got a lot of yucky WIPs to show for it. It guess it’s time to hit the frog pond and pick up a cochet hook. I love those pieces you show – especially the black wrap!

  4. Tiffanie

    I love all of the items you have displayed. This is definately a book that I need to check into. I have crocheted much of my life and only picked up knitting a few years ago, and completely understand what you mean. I love knitting certain items, to me a sweater or hat is a must in knit, but I always go back to crochet for other items on my list, like i feel I can get more details and more creative with scarves with crochet. I really like the red shawl in the first pic. I love broom stick lace. gorgeous.

  5. Martha Marques

    Love the red shawl, the black shawl and the blue shawl. Of course, I am more of a shawl wearer than a scarf wearer so you might want to take that into account. I personally usually crochet lace, think edgings for linens and nightgowns etc. Crochet combines airiness with incredible sturdiness which makes it perfect for crocheted bags and edgings.

    But in this case I vote for the shawls.

  6. margaux

    i totally feel you on the crochet front! that is the first book I’ve seen that I’ve had the real urge to pick up a crochet hook!! 🙂

    You Dangerous series has been awesome to see. 😉

  7. Allyson

    I don’t crochet….yet. But the third wrap on the top row, the orange one, could make me a convert. They are all quite unique and my mind immediately went to “how could I knit that” but then again, that’s not the point! I can’t wait to see which you choose and I might just spend a little time today online attempting to decipher this whole new language!

  8. andrea

    The first one (red shawl) looks like the back is done in Broomstick crochet. That is a bit different to crochet. You use a very chunky knitting needle and a crochet hook. I would recommend you master crochet before attempting this project.

    BTW, I am the other way round to you. If I could get that effect crocheting why would I want to go to the trouble of knitting it. Crochet is faster, easier and much more enjoyable.

  9. Shelda

    Interesting notion, about the crochet. I don’t crochet much, but there are certain things that don’t make sense in knitting (like the Boteh scarf, which I haven’t done yet, but probably will). At least it’s as likely in the queue as anything else.

    That scarf is just stunning; my favorite in the pics. And I can’t imagine how you could do that with knitting without tons of fiddly bits.

  10. Kalieris

    I’ve made something similar to the spiral scarf (first pic bottom row) based on playing around with the lovely ideas on hyperbolic crochet from the Institute for Figuring (http://www.theiff.org/oexhibits/05b.html). Fun and easy – it helps if you keep twisting the completed helices so that they nest together while you’re working on the rest. The only downside is that you have a very long starting chain, because you’re putting 5 stitches in every one stitch so you have to start out with the length you want to end up with, and it’s hard (for me anyway) to fix if you underestimate.

    Hmmm, I never thought of putting multiple coils together, though – hello, next project!

  11. Jesse

    These are gorgeous! I would go with any of these patterns. For anything larger than a hat/scarf/sock I prefer to bring crochet projects on flights as I am less likely to stab the person sitting next to me.

    Out of curiosity – Does this pattern book have charts for all of the patterns? I can crochet, but can only read Japanese pattern books as I know how to follow diagrams, but not crochet instructions in paragraph form.

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