Aubrey Jacket Questions
Like many of you, I have begun exploring a series of Tunisian stitches I had never before believed existed. I played with the Twisted Tunisian Simple Stitch when the Aubrey Jacket pattern arrived. The V pattern formed by the stitches is an intriguing texture. Recently I have begun hearing two questions about this classic jacket: where can I can I find a size O (11 mm) hook, and why don't my stitches don't look the same as those in the jacket. So, I am going to try to answer those questions.
1. Where can I find a size O (11 mm) hook?
An online search turned up handcrafted maple Tunisian hook from Stitch Diva. When I contacted Tram Nguyen (the designer), she confirmed that this was where she purchased her hook. It is a beautiful hook! But I understand if the price point is unworkable for some of you.
So, I pulled out my Denise interchangeable crochet hooks. I made swatches using both the N/15 (10 mm) and the 17 (12 mm) hooks. When working this stitch, I crochet loosely so the N/15 (10 mm) hook gave me gauge. Especially since this is a new technique for me, my work was very loose. So take a look at your own stitch tension. Every person crochet differently, and you may need to play to get tension anyway.
2. Why don't my stitches don't look the same as those in the jacket?
If you weren't able to create the "V" in your stitches when working the Tunisian rib pattern, don't worry, you're probably close. To work the Twisted Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tram rotated the hook counterclockwise after inserting it from left to right behind the horizontal bar of the next stitch. After a bit of research I discovered that many people twist their hook clockwise. This produces an interestingly textured stitch but when used in this pattern does not create a V. I took a couple of pictures and attempted to draw on them to help illustrate this stitch.
Insert your hook from left to right behind the vertical bar of the next stitch. Now rotate the handle of your crochet hook counterclockwise (the direction the arrow is pointing; see above).
In this picture I partially withdrew the hook from the stitch to make the angle of the stitch more visible. You can see that, now that you have rotated the hook clockwise, the stitch you worked into slants to the right (the black line illustrates the angle of the stitch before it was worked into). Yarn over and pull up a hook like normal.
I worked the first part of this stitch in the Tunisian rib pattern but rotated the hook the wrong directions when working the Twisted Tunisian Simple Stitch (the black line separates the two ways of working the stitch). As you can see, the V is not created when the stitch is worked this way. This may be what you are getting.
The second half of the swatch is worked rotated the hook clockwise. The V's are now prominently raised.
I hope I have been able to answer your questions. Remember, if you are working on this, or any other projects, we would all love to see how they are coming in the in progress gallery.