Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

A mom and needle craft blog

Getting better

The second Grace Fearon pattern I tried was Wendy.  I picked my whitest white thread and tried my 1.5mm hook.  This is the hook that I am using for an Irish crochet project for my sister, same thread I think, and I remember the hook working well for the leaves and roses, so I thought it might work for this doily.  And the result is better than the first Eleanor I did, for sure.  The fabric is firmer, the stitch definition is better, I will definitely keep this one.  However, it is still 2 inches bigger than the pattern says it ‘should’ be.  I must be a very loose crocheter.  I admit, I do have trouble keeping an even tension on thread; yarn is easier to control between my fingers, thread seems to slip right through.  I try to get a better tension by wrapping the thread an extra time around a finger (too tight), by running it under a crossed leg (but I have to move around too much or my leg falls asleep), or by tucking it under the edge of a pillow where I sit on the couch.  The last one seems to work the best, but it is a little too much tension still.  What do you thread crocheters do?  Is there a trick I don’t know?  Please comment!  I’d love some hints.

I'd love to hear your ideas on this!