Crochet Plaid Ruana Wrap

Crochet Blanket Plaid Ruana + Tutorial

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

4 thoughts on “Crochet Blanket Plaid Ruana + Tutorial

  • October 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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    Mikey, I have a serious problem with my stitch gauge, and really need expert help. I’ve crocheted for 48 years, and I’m good at it. I’m not advanced, but I’m capable of producing intermediate level baby clothes. I’ll send some pictures if I can figure out how (duh!). My work is very regular and even, and tight, and I am a very careful crocheter. Problem: no matter what I do, I cannot match the stitch gauge in most patterns, and it’s not a little variation: it’s huge. I’ve been trying to swatch a baby cardigan. I’m using the yarn specified in the pattern. If I use the hook specified, which is “H,” my swatch comes out almost two inches too wide. I brought the hook size down several times. The last swatch I made, I used a “D” hook, which is quite a few sizes smaller than suggested, but the swatch was still too wide. I’ll try it with a “C” hook, but I’m not very optimistic. I don’t understand this at all. How can it be so wide when I use such a small hook? Thanks for any help you can offer.

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    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      October 4, 2017 at 10:58 am
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      The problem is the tension. I crochet looser than I should too. I have to reduce my hook size to get the gauges. Everyone has slightly different tensions. A designer’s tension may be different from yours. I know one designer that is really loose and I have to increase my hook to match her. We are human, so it’s almost impossible to get the same gauges with the same hooks. The yarn of choice also plays a factor too. So if you are substituting the yarn, that may be part of the problem as well.

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  • October 3, 2017 at 2:02 am
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    Hey Mikey. I am a beginner to crochet and i have been learning through your videos. I was wondering if you would be making a video of the Paton Lace Blanket Scarf?
    I believe i have read and understood the first half of the instructions correctly, working on it now, but the second half I am not sure about. I think I understand that it is the other half of a large triangle, but not sure if that is correct. Thank you very much in advance (fellow Ontarian living in København, Danmark)

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    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      October 4, 2017 at 11:00 am
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      Morning Stacy, I don’t have any plans to film that particular project. I have a huge list of tutorials to do but that’s not one of them. If you are struggling, you can contact Yarnspirations through their website and ask for clarification on the pattern. They will be okay to help you. 😀

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