Monday, January 26, 2009

Smaller and smaller....

Well I've managed it! I can now crochet with a 0.6mm hook (usually used for fine lace-making) and single thread wool yarn (more commonly used for weaving cloth). It's mainly my poor eyesight that makes it tricky, the actual action of crocheting is exactly the same as on a normal scale.




I made a tiny woolly bobble hat! It is about 19mm in diameter (60mm circumference) and 15mm tall (not including bobble). I used double crochet stitch (that's single crochet if you're American) for most of it and treble crochet (double crochet if you are American) to give it a ridged edging. It is 38 stitches around at the widest point. The tip of my (slightly scarred) index finger is in the photos for scale.
Here it is actual size (assuming you are viewing this the same size as I am).

I've worked out that if it is supposed to be an adult sized hat then it is between 1:10 and 1:9 scale. To be honest I think this is as small as I can go - once the stitches get smaller than 1mm square, my eyes can't cope anymore!

8 comments:

shine said...

Woah.

people in gorillasuits said...

Poor eyesight ? When I open the picture with your (?) finger, the finger is about the size of my hand. I would fear that I might inhale the woolly bobble hat. Now when was the last time I did knit... 25 years ? But that blog entries gives me ideas.
And concerning your last comment: Ray Bradbury once said in an interview with his friend Ray Bradbury: "Growing old without growing up!" and both burst out laughing. It made me nearly cry.

Woolly Monster said...

I think inhaling accidentally it could be a real danger!
Yup, that is my wonky looking index finger - you can tell I've spent many years working with my hands.
Great quote, but was Ray Bradbury talking to himself or is that a typo?

Shelley Noble said...

cutest hat ever!

emmyymme said...

Super cool!

We're working at the same size - I've been knitting tonight with the .5mm needles and thread - you're making much better progress though!

Woolly Monster said...

Can't wait to see what you make :)
I am still in awe of your mini cable-knitting, my knitting skills never progressed much beyond plain knit so even the idea of doing full scale cable-knitting makes my head hurt!

You do realise that they won't let us have any wool, let alone knitting needles and crochet hooks when we get to the asylum ...

jriggity said...

WOW!!

That is very impressive!!

jriggity

FleaCircusDirector said...

My fleas are getting cold feet with all this snow in London, can you knit them some socks?