Ok, ok, I know we in the UK (and I think Australia) know this stitch as 'double crochet' but 'single crochet' afforded me the opportunity of a pleasingly alliterative blog post title. While we're on the subject, I have to admit that I think the term 'single crochet' makes much more sense. Double indicates two singles, implying that there is a single, and in UK terminology there simply isn't. To that end, why we can't all use the same terminology baffles me. It makes pattern reading and writing so very complicated. Anyway, I'm glad I can chat to you about these things …!
I'm making another baktus wrap. I love the last one I made but it's just a little on the small side. Perfect as a jaunty accessory where a jaunty accessory is required but it doesn't rate very highly on the cosy scale. No, this one is going to be a fair bit bigger. And pink. I'm using the same super simple pattern by Helda Panagary.
My last baktus took three 50g balls of Baby Cashmerino but I'm aiming for four or five balls of Drops Extra Fine Merino this time. I shall also add a proper border to this one. I'm not sure exactly what type at this stage, I have a few ideas, but it's more than likely to include that beautiful coral. I adore the combination of the two colours.
Working on this has really reminded me just how much I love the humble double crochet (US single) stitch. Poor much-maligned little double crochet. Towered over by its big brothers, treble and double treble, and often considered functional rather than beautiful.
Well, no more! Let's hear it for double crochet I say! It creates the most perfect fabric canvas. It's wonderfully tactile. And the neatness? Oh yes. A big fat tick in my perfectionist box. I'm tempted to pursue this matter further …
As for the stocks - aren't they beautiful? I have a peculiar relationship with stocks. I'm always visually attracted to them like a moth to a flame but I'm in two minds as to whether I like their smell. Sometimes I find it quite pleasant, other times I find it utterly obnoxious. As I said, peculiar.