Doing a time warp…

So, following on from my post last week, I have gathered together my yarn to re-do my Around the World quilt.

And let me tell you, it’s fascinating to realise how far I’ve come as a crocheter in the past nine years (I made the blanket in 2013). Specifically? OMG my tension!!!!

Because of the notes I took, I know that I worked the blanket in a 4.5mm hook. Which is still my standard, for Special DK and a blanket, because it’s comfortble and not too tight. And while I knew that my tension had definitely loosened up over the years, as you’d expect to happen as I got better and more comfortable crocheting, I did not expect quite how much it’s changed.

I’ll show you what I mean.

Knowing I crochet looser now than I did, I made one square with a 4mm hook. And as you can see, it’s about a centimetre bigger than the original squares.

So I did another square with a 3.5mm hook. It’s a little less comfortable, a little fiddlier, but it’s still absolutely workable and doesn’t feel too tight to be comfortable. It’s bigger than the original squares by maybe half a centimetre.

And I did one final square with a 3mm hook, just to see how it turned out. It’s too tight to be comfortable with – I would use this tension/hook for an amigurumi, but not a blanket. And anyway, it’s smaller by the original squares by half a centimetre or so.

I am boggling at the difference nine years has made. Looking back at other blankets, I think I loosened up not long after making this one – but still, that’s how it was back then.

So I find myself in the horns of a dilemma. If I were simply making another of these blankets, I would probably use my usual 4.5mm hook, knowing that the squares would be 1.5-2cm bigger and the blanket would correspondingly be bigger. That would be fine, because it would be another blanket.

But that’s not what I’m doing here. What I’m doing is recreating my original blanket, and dammit all, I cannot bring myself to use a 4.5mm hook. I don’t think I can even bring myself to use a 4mm hook.

Bearing in mind that the stitches shrank a little in the ‘killing’ of it, I think it’s likely that the 3.5mm will give me the closest possible result. Given that I’m doing everything else as closely as possible to the original, surely it has to be the 3.5mm? I’m using the same construction of granny squares (without turning, with ch1 in between clusters even on corners, and sl st across a cluster to get to the next round) and I’ll join in the same manner I did before (sl st in cream) and border in the same way (even though I know better ways to deal with stitch counts along the edges of squares)…….

I think it’s going to have to be the 3.5mm hook. Obviously I will therefore also be using more yarn than I did originally, and it will be a little bigger, but I think this is the closest I can get.

Because I’m recreating a blanket, rather than making a new one. It makes sense in MY brain, even if it seems bonkers to anyone else πŸ˜›

What do you all think? Thoughts on this gratefully received πŸ˜€


13 thoughts on “Doing a time warp…

  1. If 3.5mm is reasonably comfortable, I would go with that. You will get as far as possible the same look as the original, and not too far different in terms of size, so it will feel like a proper replacement, rather than a poor substitute.

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  2. I also think the 3.5mm is probably more what you are looking for and, I like the look of it the best πŸ˜‰
    You certainly do keep coming up with new ways of looking at crochet projects πŸ™‚

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  3. Surely, no two projects are the same. I would embrace the changes the years have made and use my fav hook. The old is the old and the new is the new. Even you are older and newer!

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    1. If it were any other blanket, I would absolutely agree with you. But I’ve had this blanket on my bed every single day for nine years. I know what it looks like. I was planning on picking a colour for my bedroom, in my new home, based on that blanket! I didn’t want to change it, and I don’t want to change it. Other blankets show how much my crochet has changed, but this one…idk, it just /shouldn’t/ change. So I will go with the 3.5mm.

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  4. Am I allowed to say anything about the spectrum ? – because I can’t relate to your obsession with absolute recreation, Cat. I thought I was obsessive when last Saturday I looked at the rather nice cardi I’d crocheted about a year ago when I weighed nearly 30kg more than now, rendered it back down to 12 balls and started on remaking it in a more relevant size. And here’s where our paths cross again: I ended up last night (having finished it) with only one of them left over: and it’s because, I now realize, I used a smaller hook !! Sighh .. But it is more wind-resistant now ! It’s also shorter – which I hadn’t intended. Bottom line: I’m OK with the re-done garment, but you definitely wouldn’t be. So I can be sure there’s someone out there who’s more obsessive than me, eh ? πŸ˜€

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