In the past few weeks, I’ve done a bit of slip stitch crochet. Now, I haven’t explored it quite as much as others like Bendy Carter and David Burchall. But, it’s a technique all on its own that I’ve successfully tried in four projects and it’s producing good results for those projects, albeit I didn’t use the technique for the entire projects. Just parts of them.
A shining example of what can be done with slip stitch crochet is here in David Burchall’s work. Stunning! (Click on the photo for his Flickr photostream.)
What I want to mention is that slip stitch crochet, something that really should be in a technique all its own, much like Tunisian crochet, can be a little fiddly. It’s not as easy to crochet into slip stitches as with regular crochet…until now!
You see, like Tunisian crochet, slip stitch crochet benefits from the use of a larger hook. This week, I was desperately searching my crochet hooks and knitting needles for an L hook. L hooks are harder to come by and I knew I wasn’t going to find one. But, I really, really NEEDED an L hook. After a 40-minute search turning up no results, it occurred to me that I had a Denise Interchangeable Hook Set! And, sure enough, there IS an L hook in the set!
These hooks are well suited for both regular Tunisian and double-ended Tunisian. The set comes with the hook heads and cables for Tunisian work. Additional hook heads need to be purchased for use in double-ended Tunisian crochet.
So, I removed the cable from the hook and proceeded to give it a try. I hadn’t liked the gauge I was getting with the K hook. Just too tight. I started with the L and not only did I get the results I wanted, but it was easier to do! What a discovery!
You see, the Denise hooks are pointy. This makes them ideal for slip stitch crochet! I could hardly believe my luck. Not only did I find the hook I needed, but it was almost as though it was made for the project I was working on.
If you find yourself interested in slip stitch crochet, I highly recommend these hooks. And, you don’t have to purchase the entire set. You can purchase all pieces separately, if you just want to try them out. What makes them ideal for slip stitch also makes them ideal for Tunisian crochet. This will make it a breeze doing that initial foundation row into the back horizontal bar! Enjoy!
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