Editor’s inspiration: extreme crochet!
A 25mm crochet hook has captured Merion’s heart! Have you tried extreme crochet yet?
A lovely friend bought me a 25mm crochet hook for Christmas and I’ve been desperate to use it ever since! Homestyle magazines are chock full of cosy photos of ‘extreme knitting’ – blankets made from mammoth wool on giant needles that look plumptious and heavenly – but where are the extreme crochet pictures? There certainly aren’t as many! I spotted a few rugs and perhaps a stool cover – but certainly no gigantic blankets!
I love crocheting chunky and super chunky yarns, they work up incredibly fast, and they produce deliciously textured projects that are gorgeous to curl up with – even the simplest giant granny square blanket in super chunky yarn is a joy to crochet! But there are yarns even bigger than super chunky! The yarns that demand 25mm hooks are huge, mammoth yarns – some roving style, some with more a twist, and they are great fun!
Tjockt make a super giant merino wool yarn called Fat & Sassy that is absolutely heavenly. This wide ribbon of roving merino wool is slightly felted to minimise any sign of pilling, and it’s deliciously soft, yet hard wearing. There are eighteen shades to choose from – and you could work in simple double crochet, or larger stitches to make squares for a cushion cover, or even something more decorative – although that’s a tall order, with a 25mm hook!
Tjockt Fat & Sassy, from left to right, Oyster (212), Rasperry (214) and Blue (203)
If you’d rather use many strands rather than one, you can either use a few strands of super chunky together, or, as blogger Isabelle Kessedjian has below, ten strands of DK yarn.
Isabelle uses ten strands of Bergere de France Barisienne
Three or four strands of super chunky yarn works very well with a giant hook, and it’s a great way to combine colours or to make a blanket more affordable, although a little bit more fiddly. A super affordable option is to use King Cole Big Value Super Chunky – each 100g ball contains 81m of yarn, and there are over 15 shades to choose from!
King Cole Big Value Super Chunky – from left to right, Cerise (0035), Navy (0028) and Heather (0016)
Lion Brand make a fantastic giant yarn – Lion Brand Quickie, designed originally for arm knitting, is a multi-tonal giant that crochets on a 25mm hook and each ball contains 20m in seven different colourways.
Lion Brand Quickie, from left to right, in Fruity (203), Tangy (204) and Zesty (202)
I’ll be definitely testing out my hook this week, and I’ll be back to show you how I get on!