Wilma crochets often. She enjoys it and is very good at it. Me? I can crochet. In fact I learned to crochet long before learning to knit. But I don't like it much. And I don't do it often. When you add my dislike for the art and the infrequency with which I do it to the fact that the pattern was written by a fibre artist, not a pattern writer, I struggled.
I texted Wilma with my issues. She remembered struggling with the pattern herself while out west. And another friend who had received a copy had also talked to Wilma about not 'getting it.' Wilma suggested I bring yarn and hook to knit group last week and we could work on it together. And that is what I did.
It was just a matter of pattern intrepretation. The pattern writer had an (to me at least) uncommon way of expressing instructions. Once I understood the difference between what she said and what I thought she was saying, I was underway.
But I'd have to say I didn't enjoy it. I had forgotten how much heavier crochet is than knitting And how much more yarn it takes. Most importantly for me though, is that I cannot crochet unless I am looking at my work. I cannot look up at the TV or talk to a friend. Takes the fun out of handiwork for me. But I persevered and finished the kerchief. That is, finished minus the last few rows of instructions. I was tired of it. Instead of the few rows of lacey edging called for in the pattern, I did one row and called it done! Enough!
The yarn has been in my stash for years. More than ten years I know. And I don't remember anything about it - gauge, manufacturer, fibre content. All I remember is that a friend had made a gorgeous shawl with the yarn and when she mentioned that she had two skeins left over I bought them from her.
The advantage of the kerchief style is that there is far less bulk at the back neck than offered by a cowl.