What does one do with a double ended circular crochet hook? A.C. Moore carries one by Susan Bates for $9.95 and I have this great 50% off coupon. I've perused EVERY Tunesian crochet book in the store and there is no mention of using this type of hook ! The websites for Susan Bates etc. don't even mention or show it...hhmmm.. I can't think of anything with which to use this other than Tunesian crochet. Any ideas? Pictures? Projects using this type of hook? Ginger in Greenville
Dear Ginger, What a great question!!
The reason your Tunisian crochet books do not mention the double-ended crochet hook is because the hook in not part of the Tunisian technique. Well, it is, kindasorta, but it isn't really considered a part of it. I say "kindasorta" because if you know how to do Tunisian, you'll pick up the Crochet on the Double technique in a heartbeat! On the other hand, if you know how to Crochet on the Double, then you'll pick up the Tunisian technique in a heartbeat. They're that similar, yet, still different enough to be considered unique crochet techniques. :)
The idea behind double-ended crochet hooks is that you can use different colored yarns, and/or textured yarns, to create beautiful crochet fabrics/projects. You may want to check out the book 101 Double Ended Hook Stitches for some inspiration; your local library may have it available for loan.
At the moment, my "on the go" project is a scarf I'm working up with some yarn that has been sitting in my stash for ages. Not having enough of each color to create a single project is what kept this yarn from being utilized. I have found combining them together using the double-ended crochet technique marries these two colors together beautifully: one side will be more "orange," and the other will show more "blue." The gold running through both yarns pulls it all together. (Side Note: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.)
Take a look at the crochet hooks (pictured on the left) I am currently using -- test driving actually. These are prototypes ...sweet, sweet, prototypes, I might add-- hand-turned by Tom of http://www.dyakcraft.com/. Yummy looking, right? These hooks are not on the market -- yet -- but the knitting needles are. You can go here for the Ravelry discussion. Keep watching my blog, I'll be discussing these hooks more in-depth soon!
I hope this helps, Ginger. Now, go out and try this double-ended crochet technique. It's pretty cool -- and, if you haven't already, consider entering into my CGOA One-Year Membership Drawing! :)