The Wrong Side Can be Beautiful Too!

In the world of crochet, there are many opinions about which side of the project is the right side and which is the wrong side. In fact, Love of Crochet associate editor Dana Bincer and I have a running debate regarding this very issue. Granted, in some projects, it doesn’t make a big difference. Most shawls, afghans, and scarves, for instance, are considered reversible. Some projects, however, have clear right and wrong sides, and making sure you have the correct side showing can often make all the difference when it comes to patterning, the final look of the project, etc.

So which types of projects have defined right and wrong sides? I would say projects made with Tunisian crochet, cabled projects, and projects worked in the round show clear definition regarding how the project should be worn. This definition isn’t based on preference (although most crocheters have definite opinions) but on the stitches themselves.

Despite this distinction, I would say that even the back, or “wrong” side, of some projects can be just as beautiful as the right side. Take, for instance, the Honeysuckle Hat from Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 and the Maritime Stripes Shawl found in Love of Crochet Summer 2017. In both of these projects, it’s very clear which is the right side and which is the wrong side, yet, if the project is flipped, you’ll also see how very neat the wrong side can look.

Maritime Stripe Shawl

Maritime Stripes Shawl

The back of the stitches on the Maritime Stripes Shawl looks similar to ribbing, giving the back of the project a ridged look, which is in direct contrast to the smoother-looking front. Wearing this shawl with the back side facing will definitely give it a different look.

Maritime Shawl WS

Maritime Stripes Shawl WS

The Honeysuckle Hat, which fits both the “cabled” and “worked in the round” categories, looks completely different from the original hat because of the post stitches. With the hat turned wrong side out, the back and front post stitches seemingly switch places to give the hat a new look.

Honeysuckle Hat detail

Honeysuckle Hat detail

Honeysuckle Hat WS

Honeysuckle Hat WS

What are your thoughts on the wrong side vs. right side debate? Do you always wear things as they’re intended to be worn, or do you switch it up sometimes? I’d love to hear your opinions and comments!

Happy stitching!

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