Thinking Outside the Box When You Crochet

The Starting Pile of Yarn
The Starting Pile of Yarn – Lion Brand Suede and Cascade Heathers

Thinking outside the box is important in crochet because it is a creative activity.  Whether you need to change the stitch count in a sweater because you aren’t the same shape as the designer or you forgot a double crochet several rows back, the ability to be flexible is important.  And I know designers hate to admit that they are humans sometimes (just kidding 🙂 ), they can and do make the occasional mistake.  Even a one word typo can throw you for a loop.

Take me for example.  This is how my morning went:

Wow!  Leave it to me.  Am I the only person in the world that does slightly insane things at weird times?  I’ve spent the morning trying to design a shawl pattern using leftover yarn and it doesn’t look at all like I imagined.  I’m chalking it up to brain melt.  I mean, whose idea was it anyway to fiddle with Peruvian wool and faux suede (100% polyester) on a day when my weather station is incorrectly reading temperatures in the triple digits?

Me, that’s who.  Sigh!  I’m always a day late and a dollar short.  Now…  Let’s talk about lemons.  I’m going to turn life into a beautifully cold glass of lemonade.  Or in this case egg yolk yellow, chocolate brown, rusty brown, and olive.

The Idea

For several days I have been imagining a lovely off-white to cream triangular shawl with several panels of golden suede thrown in near the end.  More specifically, the Chenille Light by Ice Yarns I’ve had hidden away for about a year and the rest of the Lion Brand Wool Ease in Fisherman from my Sophie’s Universe afghan.

The Problem

The difference in thickness of the two yarns after being crocheted
The difference in thickness of the two yarns after being crocheted

Now comes the wrench in the system.  I only have two skeins of the Fisherman left.  I would need to purchase more if I want the shawl to fit someone bigger than a small rabbit.  In the meantime or as a substitute, I found some Lion Brand Suede and a few remaining cakes of Cascade Heathers to keep my creativity satisfied.  It won’t be a huge shawl, but it should keep someone’s neck warm when it’s cold.  (Cold?  What’s this cold you speak of?  It’s blooming hot outside and the buns have melted into furry puddles.)

I crocheted the asymmetrical template pattern I designed with a few adaptations using the suede as a panel between the Cascade yarn.  The suede is much thicker and stands out like the proverbial sore thumb.  The stitches look odd and distorted while the Cascade stitches looks neat and even.

The Solution

This is the part of crochet that demands that you be flexible.  Take your blinders off and think outside the box.  I always laugh when I see posts online where someone is so cemented into following the pattern as it is written that they can’t see the forest for the trees.  There is no law that says you can’t use another yarn or make changes.  You just can’t claim the original pattern as yours.

If I use a larger hook such as a K or an L, I believe that there won’t be such a sharp contrast between the two thicknesses of yarn.  I want the suede to puff out, but not quite as much as it does.  I’ll also have to rethink the stitches I used for the suede panel, using a V-stitch rather than a modern granny.

Can you see outside the box when you crochet?  Can you make adaptations as needed?  Or do you 100% insist on following the pattern, not even venturing to use another color of yarn?  Let me know in the comments below.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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