This post was originally written on 5/29/2009. I'm happy to report that I have an update. I'll fill you in on the details momentarily; in case you never saw the original post, or you'd completely forgotten about it, I'm leaving the original text of the post intact and adding my update at the end.
What happens if you crochet with two or more absurdly different yarns? This is one of my favorite design challenges. I never get bored with trying new variations of this challenge; the question can be answered in so many different ways.
These experiments often lead to interesting discoveries, although I admit that some of them result in a complete mess. Experience has taught me that my chances of success improve if I include at least one unifying element to make up for the mismatch.
Today's experiment involves crocheting with yarns that are completely different sizes. The unifying factors: both these yarns are cotton, and the colors complement each other well.
To make it even more interesting, I decided to pair a vintage thread with a contemporary yarn. I used Star Pearl Twist mercerized cotton in size 8, plus Lily's Original Sugar 'n Cream, a worsted weight 4-ply cotton yarn.
I made a swatch in stripes of front loop single crochet, alternating two rows of the Sugar 'n Cream yarn with two rows of the Pearl Twist.
The size G crochet hook I used is an acceptable match for the Sugar 'n Cream yarn, although perhaps it is a bit on the small side. Under most circumstances, I wouldn't choose a size G hook to use with the Pearl Twist, but that's what I did here.
I'm liking this, but I want to know what you think? In your opinion, is this experiment a keeper or a flop?
If you guys love it, I'll incorporate the idea into a pattern for you to crochet. If you all hate it, I'll move on to the next experiment. I look forward to reading any insights you want to share, so please don't be shy about commenting.
Update, November 14, 2012:
Back in 2009, I was really excited about this project, especially since a few of you expressed enthusiasm about it too. I spent hours trying to think of an idea that was well-suited to the thick-and-thin theme in my sample. I finally decided to crochet a scarf.
I knew I wanted to find different yarns; I'm not a big fan of wearing kitchen cotton, although I do love cotton scarves in general. Also, I didn't want y'all to have to hassle with hunting down vintage thread like what I used in my original experiment.
And that's where the project stalled. I worked on this project on and off periodically ever since my original post in 2009. Bunches of swatches later, I had...nothing worth showing you.
It wasn't 'til I discovered Knitpicks Swish yarn, which is available in different weights, that I got excited about the results of my swatching. Even then, it took me a few tries to come up with a workable design.
So, that's how my thick and thin scarf design was born. Now you know the whole story! :)
Photos © Amy Solovay