Working with fuzzy yarns…an issue of commitment

whoohoo.jpgFuzzy yarns…cool looking, fun, and intimidating to many. I know, I’ve been there…I mean they are almost impossible to frog (tear out), and require commitment…

As some of my more hippy-ish friends would say, “Commitment is heavy, man…” And so crafters/fiberartists tend to fear, hate or despise said yarns.

No need. Let me give you a few hints about working with what I do lovingly call commitment yarns, especially yarns of the fuzzy kind.

First of all, if ever you wanted to swatch the time is now. Not so much to get the gauge but to check out how the yarn works. A fuzzy nylon eyelash may frog just fine, but a nice light mohair…well that’s a whole ‘nuther story!

Check out hook sizes.  For yarns with loads of texture, bumps, nubs,slubs, and fuzz often going up a hook size or two is a good idea… UNLESS you have loose tension to start with, and it is a finer fuzzy yarn…like most of the mohair sold commercially, it has a fine core and lots of fuzz…too loose a stitch will show all of your mistakes.

In general, textured and fuzzy yarns tend to be forgiving of our errors. If you miss a stitch, you can make up for it by changing a hook size or tension in that row or round. Or if you do one to many it’s easy to decrease the next row or round and the fuzz will cover up the area in question.

What can be frustrating is getting fifteen rows in and realizing you have created a parallelogram instead of a square or rectangle…fuzzy yarns don’t show stitch work that well, so you can even up the sides by crocheting the edges straight. I like to do this then and there, versus finishing up the whole project, if it is wide or long…if it’s like the folk bag you can be off the whole time and then just even out the edges later, especially if you are sewing up the sides.

Play with it…oh and save those swatches for the free forming you will do later…you have no interest you say? Hah, sure…I mean you’re beginning to play with fuzzy yarns, the next thing you know it will be beading a project, and then you’ll take a Bonnie Pierce class or read a Prudence Mapstone book and you’ll be a scrumble-holic with the rest of us…trust me, save the swatches.

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About thegoldenme

I love crochet and hand-spinning. I am visually impaired, and thus extremely tactile. I love texture and color, and creating things that feel good, and look good has made life richer and warmer.
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