Scoring a Crochet Halo on your project either really frustrates a crocheter or has a crocheter in love! Crocheters don’t usually swing two ways.
What is Halo? Well it doesn’t involve angels. Many crocheters avoid the Halo but still end with one.
- Halo is a the term in knitting or crochet that involves when your fibers appear to be fuzzy.
You might have been hard on the project when you crocheted and the plies have developed a fuzz. In general wear and tear on items, such as afghans rubbing on the sofa. Taking on and off your winter gear and more.
In a mega show, I saw a vendor talking about Halo. All of their projects appeared to be fuzzy. So while a crocheter or knitter has spent time on the fancy stitches, the project appears fuzzy as if it’s been rubbed or scuffed. For me, at the time, I was thinking… I prefer my projects to be clean, crisp and the stitchwork taking front stage. I didn’t realize what I was missing… the Halo.
The vendor took time to explain to me the differences of city and country living. City folk, and this is a generalization, would prefer to wear items that appear flawless and over time the article looks new. They would consider a well worn hat or scarf to be garbage once it’s starts to fuzz up. They get the itch to replace it and do so. They could be fashion conscious where they want to look their best at all times.
Country folk, like me, have a different mentality and this is a generalization too. For Daniel and I, we don’t have the sense to dress up nice to leave the house. We toss on a hat from our winter basket. Our hats look well used and definitely have Halo.
While this article may not convince you to like Halo, Halo is actually in your favour if you can see it from a different perspective.
When an article of clothing fuzzes up, it creates a microscopic layer of air. Very much like insulation. So when the cold air hits the project, it must pass through the halo first and then to the main project. The halo acts like a barrier of warm air between the cold air and the project. It actually makes your project warmer to wear.
So like the picture above… you see the ring around the centre… that is the halo before you get to the centre. Very much like your project.
So for Daniel and I, we go to the city wearing a crisp project hat but in the car, we have a project hat that has Halo. In the case we ever have an accident on the way to the city, we have a back up plan hat. For us around town, we tend to wear hats with Halo as we the brush the snow off the car and sometimes stand outside of the coffee shop in line as it’s so busy. It’s about comfort over fashion in these times.
So whether you like Halo or not… I’m not here to judge… but there is definitely advantages to a well used or intentionally brushed project to get Halo.