It's not just you. I avoid crocheting with Simply Soft (simply sucky?) yarn, it needs a larger than usual hook IME. I find it knits better than it crochets.
I'd switch yarn if that's an option. I'd rather RHSS for this type of crocheting.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper