I’ve been dying to have a go at extreme crocheting for some time now, and have been nagging Kevin to make me a hook out of some dowling in the garage so I could try it.
“Extreme Crochet” is not as daredevil as it might seem. For instance, it’s not done whilst jumping out of an aeroplane, or on tops of mountains or anything. What it is is crocheting using large hooks and multiple strands of yarn or wool. The biggest hook generally on sale is around the 10mm or 11mm mark, but I wanted one that was a bit bigger than that so I asked Kevin to make me my very own.
Here’s my first attempt. What do you think?
It’s just a simple granny square, and here you can see my fantastic new hook by the side of it.
To get a sense of scale, here’s a picture of it with a “normal” hook – this one is 6mm. I think my home-make hook is 16mm….
Apart from adopting a totally new technique in holding the hook and juggling with four strands of yarn instead of just one, it was a pretty straightforward exercise in getting a granny square made up with a reasonably even tension throughout.
In case you’re wondering, I usually hold my hook like I would a pen but with my wooden one I had to hold it in my fist a bit like I would hold a bat. Once I’d sussed out that my stitches were coming out upside down and it wasn’t just me being an idiot, it was great fun! My daughter has adopted this square as a topper for her bedside table. I think I might be making a bigger one for her as a rug for the bedroom floor to go with it next!
We have got some bigger dowling in the garage – 20mm possibly – and so I think I’ll ask him to make me another one a bit bigger than this. I’ll have to build up the muscles in my shoulders before I try it though!!
Happy hooking 🙂
- Granny Square Wire Bracelet (knitnrun4sanity.wordpress.com)
- My Darling Crochet (yarndemon.typepad.com)
- that darned granny square (dmekdesigns.typepad.com)