There has been rather a lot of trial and error going on with this project:
It started off as a wash-bag but the sides were too floppy for my liking, so I made the sides shorter with the idea of turning it into a hook case. Then I felt the base shape wasn’t defined enough so I added a row of double crochet round that, and finally I had enormous problems inserting the zip because the top edge looked too long for the base. A kind friend suggested a smaller zip and shortening the top row of crochet by threading some matching yarn through as a gathering thread. So finally I have a hook case that is fit for purpose and pleasing to my eye. I do love this textured stitch so perhaps it was worth persevering with.
It is made in Scheepjes merino soft ‘Michelangelo’ using moss stitch on a 4.5mm hook.
I don’t know if you have noticed that there have been quite a few blogs recently about moss stitch.
Janette from the Green Dragonfly blogged ‘D is for dishcloth’ here
Then Marianne at MaRRose blogged the beginnings of her lovely ‘Dijon’ baby blanket here
Last week I blogged ‘My favourite stitch’ here
Janette describes her stitch as ‘woven stitch’ but I have seen it described as ‘moss stitch’ or ‘granite stitch’ in the UK. Marianne and I both used ‘moss stitch’ but it turns out that the three stitches are all different! I had a bit of fun today playing with three variations on a theme, and thought you might like to know how they compare.
First a picture of the three stitches together:
Working from bottom to top Janette’s stitch comes first. It is based on US single crochet stitches with intervening chains, and the fabric it makes has a lovely stretch to it. I think it lends itself really well to the dishcloths she has made.
My moss stitch is second up. It is based on UK double crochet using a front loop only technique that I have described before here, and at this point I should thank Keira from Kiki’s Craft Corner who originally taught me the stitch. It produces a fabric with a textured ‘right’ side and a smooth ‘wrong side’ that has worked really well on a number of projects for me.
The top version on the swatch is Marianne’s, based on US half double crochet alternating with slip stitch. The fabric it makes is textured on both sides, and is really effective on the baby blanket that she is making.
I think they are all lovely stitches, whatever they are called, but if you would like to choose a favourite here is a close up of all three: