I know I'm in the minority, but I love Homespun! However, it took some playing around and practicing to find a comfortable way of working with it. It was worth it to me because I love the color blends so much. I've had the best results with smooth wooden hooks that are big but not enormous. I like an L or maybe M. The super-slick metal ones split the yarn more easily, I think.
Also, try learning a simple V stitch (with other yarn) and using that on the homespun. You only need to be able to double crochet and chain, so it makes a great first pattern stitch for newer crocheters. Rachael at crochetspot has a great tutorial, but here's my quick explanation:
Start with a chain of any length, multiple of 3. (Double crochet, chain, double crochet=one V) all in one chain, skip two chains, make another V in a chain, skip two chains, continue to end. To turn, after you've made your last double crochet, just make three more chains on the end of it (=chain up 3). Turn. Make your first V in the chain space of the last V you made in the previous row. Don't skip any stitches from here out--just keep making a V in every V till you run out of Vs, then chain 3 to turn and start again.
Here's the advantage: when you work into the middle of a V, it's a nice, big easy-to-see space, so you don't have to struggle with inserting the hook into the correct loops of the previous stitch. Also, the V-stitch is big and holey but very regular, with consistent edges, so your piece grows faster with less frustration but still looks neat. Makes a great scarf or blanket, or work it up in discloth cotton for a face (or dish) scrubbie. I use it with Amazing, too.
Does that make sense at all? Hope it helps! Good luck!
Edited at 2013-09-13 04:28 pm (UTC)