So here I am, at the third attempt! I'm now using a much larger hook because I want it to be loose and soft to make the most of this lovely handspun yarn. I am not making the main piece too wide because I want to have enough wool to get the length I'm after and then I will crochet a scalloped edging (which you can see some of in the picture). After finding it so difficult with the first crocheted version, I have realised it was not the wool that was the problem but the hook! Although larger, the hook I'm using now goes through fine every time and doesn't split the yarn like the last one did. So all hooks are not alike!
The knitted version (below):
a type of crossed-over trellis stitch
which is kinda cool as a pattern...
The latest crocheted attempt
with a large hook,
and a simple "blanket stitch"
This does have a very nice, soft texture…
Is this it???
I have already spent MANY hours on this (doing AND undoing!) and it can be frustrating when things don't work out as you plan…
Ah but then I guess it would be too easy if everything worked out perfectly at the first attempt, right?
p.s. as you can imagine, all this means that the first tatting of 2014 has not yet happened! But I'm sure it won't be long...