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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

crochet tips 1: choosing the yarn.

Hello beginner crochets fellas!
This writing is about my confusion when I learn crocheting at the first time.
So which one I should do first? Buy the thread or determine the project?

For now, after a while being a crocheter, I will suggest to determine the project first.
Some people might say that it is best to buy yarn first.
It is okay, but my experience has tought me that it took me a very long time to find a perfect project for my stash of yarn compared to doing a shopping for a fixed project. Because yarn shopping is always FUN!

Well, now let's discuss why must the crocheting project is the first thing that has to be determined?

1. Because there are hundreds type of yarn available both from offline and online stores. The difference could be seen from its textures, yarn compositions, ply, big ply versus small ply, motives, and sizes.

Having a clear project that we want to do will help us when we shop, avoiding us from being "lost" in the craft shop. Avoiding compulsive buying, which will have an impact on our wallet :)) .
I admit that I did, a few times, getting lost in the craft shop, and ended up buying unused items.
However... what I bought was a large amount of threads that was so diverse. I finally tried it all, I made a ton of error, but learnt thousands of lessons from that. Which then I am happily share it in my crochet classes. :)

2. Because the pattern tells us everything we need. Take your time to learn the crochet pattern instructions. 

The pattern usually contains information about what type of thread you should use, the hook size, and how many ball of yarn is needed to complete the project. Especially if we want to do big projects, like a long scarf, jacket, etc.
After that, when you need to do yarn shopping, make sure to provide your self with sufficient quantities of yarn. Because in many cases yarn sellers or yarn shop will remind you about colour shift, which means in every batch of yarn colouring might not produce the exact tone of colour, especially when you purchase at local hand-dyed yarn store.
While we do yarn stocking and decided to do a very big project later, we might ended up noticing that the yarn might not sufficient for the project, running to the nearest yarn shop of course time consuming, so does ordering online. It doesn't count the hopeless feeling when we found out that the colour is not perfectly the same. 

3. Because we have to carefully put in mind about the 'gauge'. 

This is a little bit complicated. For example, I already chose the project, which is a mattress. The pattern states to use a type of thread that is made of 100% acrylic and to use a 5mm crochet hook.
Then what happened is that I fell in love with the striped yarn which was a mixture of cotton and acrylic, it can be hooked using 5mm hook too.

Pay attention to the two images above, all of them are made with the exact same pattern of Bullion stitches. The red one was made following the instructions (100% acrylic yarn and using a 5mm crochet hook), yellow striped one is obviously my modification (50% acrylic 50% cotton yarn, using a 5mm crochet hook). The last, the green one is made of 100% cotton yarn, with a crochet hook 2.5mm.

The difference between them looks significant, in their thickness and size. So for example, the pattern instruction said that the mattress requires 4 thread rolls of 100% acrylic yarn using a 5mm crochet hook, so if I use a yellow striped yarn which is combination between cotton and acrylic, it might requires 1-2 rolls extra. Because the type of yarn greatly affects the size of the final product.

please note that choosing a different yarn could make consequences of more or less yarn needed. Especially if you use threads that are not recommended for the project, such as green thread, you should carefully calculate the number of threads needed to produce exactly the same size. Also note that the thickness produced by the three types of yarn is very different, which in my opinion making a mattress will be more fun using the thick thread. so determining the pattern first will saves us time in making such a great project.

So that is it, the main concept of choosing a thread before starting the first stitch.
However, there is time in a year when yarn shops do a lot of clearance. The prices are down to almost half or even quarter of normal price. In this case, I think it is a good time to have more yarn at to fill the working station. But still, carefully to picking the types of yarn that you think to be happy to work with, unless then the skein will leave untouched until years later :).
So,,, good luck in finding tons of lovely pattern you love.

Hope to See you at the next crocheting tips and tricks ...


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