Vashti Braha brought up a good statement on Twitter…We keep getting accused of not having drape…
In the infamous words of Blue from Foster’s House of Imaginary Friends…”Aw COME ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!”
Give me a break. Of course you can have drapey crochet. It depends on the fiber, hook, and stitch pattern. Huh, kinda like in the other craft. I mean each fabric is created with a property in mind. Sometimes we want stretch, some times we want no stretch, some times we want to have drape and sometimes we do not. HELLO WORLD…it’s called options, and choices.
Once again may I reiterate, understanding fiber properties is the key to achieving the look, and feel you wish to have in your projects. You can not use a “bouncy” stretchy wool and get the drape of say, Merino wool. Merino has very little stretch memory (especially commerically processed Merino they take all the life out of it), and so it drapes much like a plant fiber (linen, cotton etc)…Obviously unless you are using a mongo hook with kitchen cotton a J hook isn’t going to give you drape, right? I mean really think about it, you have to have some ease in your stitches to achieve drape.
Just making a little point here, of course we can have drape if we want drape. Duh…duh and more duh. Before you let some ignorant person put down your crochet, and say it can’t have drape just ask them how they know this? Are they repeating the information from someone, without EVER having checked out to see if it’s a fact or not?
And if you happen to be making a basket out of crochet at the time, say, “Sure I can get drape, but how would my basket stand up then?”
Ignorance astounds me.