Over Christmas, my mother-in-law gave my brother-in-law the most amazing knitted scarf, which had the entire introduction to Star Trek all spelled out in tidy letters. He loved it. I loved it. He’s darn lucky I didn’t steal it.
Inspired by this fantastic scarf, I decided that I needed to make my sister-in-law a Supernatural potholder. Sadly, however, it did not turn out all fantastic and tidy. It turned out like this:
As you can imagine, I was none too pleased with the look of this. It’s supposed to say “Hello, boys!” (like Crowley, of course), but it looks dreadful.
Desperate to discover SOME way for a crocheter to make great letters, I finally happened upon something I’d never heard of: Surface Crocheting. Surface crocheting makes far more legible letters that look like this:
I was thrilled, on the one hand, to discover this far easier method. On the other hand, however, the nasty little perfectionist in me wanted the surface crochet to look less . . . surface. The letters float a bit, and I would really prefer them to appear fully integrated.
In an effort to solve this problem, I stayed up very late making all kinds of tiny squares with letters in them. As soon as I thought I’d solved the problem, I whipped up a complete pot holder, and . . . FAIL. The lettering still looked like it floated on the surface.
Am I nuts? Am I making a mountain out of the proverbial mole’s hill? Is there a better way than surface crochet? Tell me oh tell me!