I am currently working on the Luna Sweater from the Interweave Crochet Winter 2010 issue. After perusing my stash of yarn, I decided to create stripes by working 2 repeats of the stitch pattern in each color. I'm loving how it is turning out.
I don't blame you...it's beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished sweater.
I like the stripes! I have a question. Did you have trouble doing the short single crochet stitches? I'm found that the horizontal bar you stitch into was so tight that I had to use my fingernail to help the hook get in there. I had some lovely alpaca that got the guage okay with but it was so difficult to get in that bar that I gave up and used it for another sweater. Maybe if I switch yarns and try something with a tighter twist. What do you think as someone who's done the whole back in two colors none the less!
Can't wait to see the finished stripes!
Thank you MerriP and SharonC!
I had the same difficulty working into the horizontal bar until I stumbled upon a trick that worked for me. Trying to insert the hook from bottom to top through the horizontal bar is tight. I insert the hook straight through, right under the horizontal bar, until the hook is just through the stitch, then I draw the hook back towards myself and grab the horizontal bar with the hook. Then I rotate the hook so it goes up behind the bar and work the single crochet. Does that make sense?
Your hint about how you use your hook makes sense to me...but I've made three gauge swatches (at least!) trying to find the perfect relationship between yarn and hook so I'll be willing to finish this project. I've ended up changing to a cotton blend sport weight yarn and using an Addi hook. I've found that the pointier head on those hooks helps grab the horizontal loop, usually without having to go all the way through the stitch and coming back.
Mrspi, be sure to post pictures of your sweater. I can't wait to see what other people create!