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.