hook change midway pattern

Posted by: beckypb (IP Logged)
Date: June 17, 2009 01:42PM

hi have started the yoke on a baby dress with a 4.5 hook.front yoke and 1 shoulder done. pattern called for 5, but didnt have and couldnt get to the shops. NOW have a 5.5 hook. is it wise to change hook and get a bigger dress as baby seems to be growing fast too! or do i start all over :-(. thanks for help

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Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: June 17, 2009 08:23PM

I'm sure you know changing hook sizes in the middle of a project is not advised... but since you asked, here is my opinion:

It depends a lot on how much the gauge (stitches/rows per inch) changes from one hook to the other. I'm guessing a 4.5mm hook (approx US size G) has a gauge of approx 4-5 sts per inch, and a 5.5mm hook (approx US size I) has a gauge of approx 3-4 sts per inch. If you go from 5 sts/inch to 3 sts/inch, that's a big difference; if you go from 4 sts/inch to 3 1/2 sts/inch, it's not such a big deal. If you have to sew pieces together, trying to match stitch for stitch (different sizes) is one place where this could be an issue.

If you change hook sizes, the resulting pieces will be a different size and not match the others exactly. If you are going to change hooks, at least make all paired pieces with the same hook. Where there is a visible distinction between pieces, you may be able to change hook sizes without much notice.

For example: Since you made the front yoke and one shoulder with the smaller hook, I would make the second shoulder (and a back yoke if there is one) with that hook. If the sleeves are visibly separate (for example, if the yoke and shoulders are solid and the sleeves are lacy), you might be able to use the other hook - certainly you should make both sleeves with the same hook, whether that's the smaller or larger one. And if the body is visibly separate, you may be able to change to the larger hook for that. (If the sleeves and body use the same pattern stitch, I would use the same hook for all three pieces so they will match).

You'll need to try it to see if the smaller yoke and shoulders look OK with the larger sleeves and/or body. If the yoke and shoulders will be too small for the growing child anyhow, just frog it all and start over with the larger hook for everything so it will fit.

Posted by: beckypb (IP Logged)
Date: June 19, 2009 03:45PM

thanks for help. and guess what...even though this is my first try and my work has turned out beautiful (my sis-in-law said so and shes a crochet fanatic!) it looks like this finished dress wouldn't be worn by my baby who is growing toooo fast, so i'm going to take your advise and frog it all, and start over with the bigger hook! sob sob for all my work! ;-p cheers and goodnight

Posted by: Liz (IP Logged)
Date: June 28, 2009 02:59PM

Hi beckypb,

No stitch is ever wasted. Think of all the invaluable experience you have gained with your first attempt. If you think that first try looked great, can you imagine what the second attempt will look like with all that crocheting under your belt? The journey is what we live for, not the finished project. If you don't believe it, just wait, as soon as you finish one, you'll jump right back in and start with another. We never tire of crocheting. God bless you in all your endeavors and all those beautiful treasures you will enjoy making.

Posted by: beckypb (IP Logged)
Date: July 06, 2009 02:08PM

dear liz
thanks sssooo much. so many things have happened since then that although i did actually undo my work and started a gauge with the new hook....thats all i've done. i thought things would get easier with school out and all that, but hey. thanks for your encouragement, much appreciated. will pick it up again for sure. xx