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Guide to Yarn Blends

Even if you have just learned how to crochet, you probably know the basic choices when it comes to yarn fiber: wool, cotton and acrylic are the most well-understood yarns. However, when you go to shop for yarn, you’ll see that although you can certainly find 100% wool (or 100% cotton, or 100% acrylic) yarn, there are also many, many yarn skeins that are made with a blend of fibers. For example, the Asana Bulky yarn shown above is 50% superfine alpaca, 50% Peruvian highland wool … so it’s a wool blend made of a particularly kind of well mixed with alpaca fur. This unique blend gives it specific qualities including soft texture, light weight and extra warmth. Each blend of yarn is created to highlight specific features that make it useful for different types of projects. Knowing about yarn blends can make it a lot easier to choose the…

What is Superwash Merino Wool?

As a crocheter, you probably love yarn. And as someone who loves yarn, you probably pay attention to it both when shopping in stores and when browsing online. If so, you have undoubtedly come across the term “superwash merino wool” as a popular yarn option. What exactly is this fiber and why is it trending? The Benefits of “Superwash” The key to this yarn’s popularity lies in the first descriptor: “superwash”. This is a wool that can be washed in the washing machine. Just a generation or so again, all of the natural fiber yarn that was made for crochet required hand washing. People loved working with it because of its warmth, texture, and natural fiber, but they didn’t always choose it because they didn’t want to have to hand wash every single item that they crocheted. This was especially true when making items for babies, which would have to…

Top 5 Yarns for Winter

The winter season gives us the opportunity to crochet with some of the most luscious, squishiest, coziest, warmest yarns that exist on the market. This is especially true if you live in a place with distinct seasons – where it’s too warm to crochet with heavy yarn during the summer months (vice versa if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). When those chillier months come upon us, it’s the perfect time to embrace those bulkier, heat-holding yarn options. It makes crafting more enjoyable and it makes the most sense for items that you’ll be using at this time of year. So what are the best yarns for winter? Here are five top choices for winter yarns: Asana Bulky by Galler Yarns The amazing thing about this yarn is that it is a bulky weight yarn but it is also light in actual weight, making it a perfect choice for winter clothing…

Box Stitch Crochet (book review)

The corner-to-corner crochet stitch has been trending recently but it isn’t a new stitch. Like with most things in crochet, it has been around for a long, long time, although it was previously known better as “box stitch”. In fact, in the introduction to Box Stitch Crochet, author Corinne Freeman shares, “My interest in the box stitch started many years ago when, at a family gathering, my cousin learned this stitch from our grandmother who was blind.” Both in the past and more recently this stitch (also called C2C) has been used specifically to work from one corner of a square blanket to another. Although a few designers have used the stitch more creatively, it hasn’t been common to see crochet accessories based on box stitch. Corinne Freeman has done just that with her crochet book – Box Stitch Crochet: Use the Corner-to-Corner Stitch in New Ways to Make 20…

Wool and the Gang Handy Dandy Jumper (crochet kit)

I was happy recently to be able to try one of the new crochet kits from Wool and the Gang, featuring their Crazy Sexy Wool, a yarn that I love. I previously used that yarn when working with their Circle Game Cushion Kit. While it’s great for a cushion, it’s even better for clothing because of how super cozy it is. An Oversized Crochet Sweater Pattern Like the Rose Cardigan Crochet Kit, the sizing on the Handy Dandy Jumper is particularly oversized. If you like clothing that is super comfy, the kind that you can just snuggle yourself into, then this is the kind of thing that you will like. I adapted the sizing a little bit for myself because I’m particularly petite and it was still a bit large on me, but I like having a good large sweater around the house for chilly days (reducing the need to…

My Crocheted Closet (book review)

My Crocheted Closet: 22 Styles for Every Day of The Week is a collection of contemporary crochet clothing patterns suitable for different seasons. The collection is from Salena Baca but incorporates crochet patterns from many other designers as well. As Salena shares in the introduction, “they have taught me so very much about color, texture, material, style and fit as these elements relate to the perfect crochet garment.” You can see attention to each of these details across all of the crochet patterns in this collection. My Crocheted Closet begins with a thumbnail photo table of contents, allowing you to see right at the start what crochet patterns can be found in the book. You will notice at a glance that there is great variety in style. There are several different styles of crochet shirt patterns including tanks and tunics, as well as crochet patterns for a vest, skirt and…

Crochet Shawls Roundup + Pattern Giveaway

Crochet designer Jessie Rayot has been on a wonderful kick recently of making patterns for shawls and wraps, which is certainly perfect to keep us all cozy as the weather gets warmer. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of her crochet shawl patterns. Later in this post you’ll be able to enter a giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice – knit or crochet, shawls or other designs. Take a look …. 7 Crochet Shawl Patterns Here are seven of my favorite crochet shawl patterns that Jessie has designed: All Together Now Crochet Shawl Free Pattern The thing that I love most about the All Together Now shawl is that has a really unique type of construction. The shawl is made in four pieces, certainly something you aren’t used to seeing, which gives you the chance to try something new that might inspire your own…