At my last Stitch ‘n’ Bitch meeting with my wonderful ladies I was given a goodbye present by a friend of mine. of course, I’m not actually leaving now until December but she gave it to me anyway and I’m glad she did. She’d picked it up in a charity shop and had thought of me right away which is sweet. Why? Probably because it’s slightly wacky and inexplicable at first sight! It looked a little like this:
None of us were particularly sure what it was. I thought it looked like some kind of mutant Tunisian crochet hook and it turned out, upon googling, that I was mostly right. It’s a cro-hook and it produces a lovely double-sided fabric that has the strange effect of looking just a little bit woven. I’ve never used anything like it but of course I had to try it at the earliest opportunity with some scrap acrylic I have since donated to my mother.
This is what I came up with.
The main problem I’ve found since getting the cro-hook however was that there isn’t actually much online about them. I suppose they’re not well-known or oft-used, which is a shame because they’re fun. There is this video of how to use one, however, and a few patterns over here. I can’t see it being a very flexible artform but I may be proven wrong. I’m certainly going to spend some time experimenting.
I was very pleased with having such a great new toy and I’ve already started a project on it. Of course I can’t tell you what that project is since it’s going to be a gift!