Crochet tension

01 Oct

One of the biggest problems that new knitters and crocheters encounter is in understanding tension. It’s taken me a while (and some very patient crafty friends) to get to grips with it.

But now that I do understand, it’s great fun to play around with the tension of a pattern, by changing the yarn (from DK to chunky, for example) or the hook/needle size.

So I was happy to help when Simply Crochet magazine asked me to put together a feature on tension and come up with a pattern for people to practise on, to help them understand tension too.

Here’s the cute flower brooch I made as the pattern:

Crochet layered flower

Crochet layered flower

The brooch uses the same yarn (in different colours) and the same pattern, but each layer uses a different hook size so each flower is a slightly different size. Put them together and you get a multi-dimensional brooch that’s pretty and clever. Bonus!

The feature and the pattern are in issue 23 of Simply Crochet, which is out now – see more at

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