Getting the tension right


I sometimes have issues with tension when I embark on a knitting or crochet project.  I don’t mean nervous tension I mean the tension of the stitches.  I usually do a tension square but with this particular pattern it stated the tension over so many pattern repeats so I thought I would just use the hook stated in the pattern and hope that it gave the required tension.  Well I was sadly mistaken.You can see how loose and sloppy this is so the hook ( size 3.00) was obviously not producing the required tension.  I went out and bought a 1.75 crochet hook and gave that a try.

The difference is obvious.

My second attempt proved to be correct so I am now on my way to creating a jacket from Patons leaflet 0004 using 2 ply cotton.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. barbora says:

    What a nice color yarn for your project, good choice!

  2. I saw an amazing blanket once in a French magazine and it sounded so clever, the idea was you save all your 10cm tension squares instead of unravelling them, and then you gradually ended up with enough for a blanket and you just join them. It sounded amazing. 10 years later I have millions of squares, and I don’t think I have two the same size 😵 tension is HARD, man.

    1. suth2 says:

      That’s a great idea. Thank you for the suggestion.

      1. It was in Marie Claire idees my favourite ever craft magazine I love every page of every edition

        1. suth2 says:

          Wow! what a great magazine. I will need to see if I can get my hands on a copy.

          1. I loved it, I used to live in France and also on the south coast of England, where you can pick up French stuff. I expect there’s an app these days haha. Used to have to beg people to bring one back for me.

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