Sometimes, when I roam around Ravelry, I’m surprised to see how different can two project of the same pattern be, depending on the person who made it. Or, to be precise, depending on the technique used by the person who made it.
Right side, wrong side, invisible decrease or sc2tog, shifted decrease,…Let’s see how those different techniques affect the visual aspect of a simple sphere.
Those 5 spheres have the same size and have been made with the same yarn. Four out of them (the first, 3d, 4thand 5th) are made with the same pattern, and the same crochet hook :
R1 : sc 6 in a magic ring (6)
R2 : incx6 (12)
R3 : (sc, inc) x6 (18)
R4 : (sc2, inc) x6 (24)
R5 : (sc3, inc) x6 (30)
R6-12 : sc in each stitch around (30)
R13 : (sc3, dec) x6 (24)
R14 : (sc2, dec) x6 (18)
R15 : (sc, dec) x6 (12)
R16 : decx6 (6)
(sc=single crochet, inc= increase, dec=decrease)
The second one is made with a smaller hook (but still the same yarn) and with another round of increases after the fifth one.
In each following examples, the left sphere is my reference model : made on the right side, with the invisible decrease technique and shifted increases. I don’t say it is THE best method. It’s just the one that I personally prefer. But they all have their pros and cons !
1. Crochet hook size
Here, there is no particular technique used. Just a change of hook (left : D, right : B) with the same yarn. Visually, the stitches are closer in the second sphere, but it also makes it more rigid and less soft (and thererefore, more difficult to work with !)
2. Shifted increases to make a perfect circle
At first, the difference is not that easy to see. But when you look closer, you can see that in the second sphere, the increases show by forming an hexagonal shape : In order to avoid that, you have to shift the increases (and decreases) on each round. You can use my tutorial to make a perfect circle, you just have to adapt it to a sphere by shifting the decreases too.
3. Right and wrong side
Actually, the “wrong” side is not “wrong” at all, it’s just different ! I’d rather crochet on the right side, but I think it’s just a matter of taste. The only important thing, is to know their difference, because it can drastically change the aspect of a pattern.
When looking at it on the increases side, you can see very distinct circles on the “right” sphere (which is on the left !); not on the wrong side :
The stitches on the wrong side are more rigid, therefore they don’t get to bend well. That’s why on the side view, the sphere is more cylindrical then the other one, rounder :
If you are unsure whether you are looking at the right side or the wrong one, here is the sure trick to distinguish them. On the wrong side, each stitch makes a little horizontal bar that is absolutely nonexistent on the right side, see? :
But my biggest issue with the wrong side are the decreases. I find them way more visible :
4. The invisible decrease technique
I must admit that since I’ve discovered the invisible decrease technique, that’sthe only one I use. But, the truth is that it’s more of an habit, because the visual difference is not that obvious. The invisible decrease is just a little bit more subtle !