Firstly, in all honesty, I don't personally enjoy making solid fabrics of single crochet. Although I don't generally struggle with tension, I often find that after a few rows of single crochet my stitches get tighter and tighter. So a solid consistent fabric of single crochet is rather difficult for me, even when I go up a hook size and concentrate on keeping my stitches loose.
Also, I got rather burnt out on single crochets many many years ago after my first full-size afghan project. After completing a giant afghan of row upon row of single crochet, with occasional dropped down stitches, I have always preferred the quick results of taller half double and double crochets.
|Heart swatches in Single Crochet and Half Double for "I Love Baby" Blanket.|
Just couldn't create as smooth lines in single crochet and the edges curl up.
My original "Four Square" block was worked in single crochet. But as I worked with the technique more, I discovered that single crochets just do not work as well as half doubles and double crochets. When you work into the top of a single crochet, you are working OVER the top loops of the stitch. Since there are only 2 loops in a single, you only have 1 little loop of color left when you work the next row. But with a half double crochet, that extra yarn over leaves you 2 loops of the color, giving a more distinct stitch of color where you want it.
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