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raze__the_rose:
crochetcrochet
crochetcrochet
crochet crochet!
Thu, Sep. 12th, 2013 11:59 am
Difficulty crocheting with yarn...

Hi there, I don't post here often but I have a question. I purchased some lion brand holiday homespun yarn to make a stocking for my son's first Christmas. It's my first time using this kind of yarn and I'm finding it very difficult! I tried using a larger size hook, and working more loosely and I still find the texture makes it hard to see the stitches properly and I'm just "guessing" where to put the hook. I'm not a super experienced crocheter but I find even sc to be annoying in this yarn. Can anybody help me out? Is there a trick to making it easier? This is the yarn if it helps:
http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/holidayhomespun.htm

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basketcaselady
basketcaselady
The Basket Case Lady
Thu, Sep. 12th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)

Textured yarns can be a challenge to crochet with. I usually save those for knitting since all the stitches are visible right on the needle.

However for others crocheting with textured yarns is easy peasy. I chalk it up to my 50+ years old eyes.


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goodjoan
goodjoan
Joan
Thu, Sep. 12th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)

Agreed, I can't crochet with homespun to save my life. Too loopy and fuzzy, the hook never seems to catch the whole strand! I hear it's great for knitting though.

So, it's not you, it's the yarn! I usually opt for a bulky but not fuzzy yarn in place of homespun, like Thick and Quick, or Hometown.


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goodjoan
goodjoan
Joan
Thu, Sep. 12th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)

Let me clarify JIFFY thick and quick, I forgot there is a homespun thick and quick! I did some cro-hooking with the new AMAZE line and it worked a little better than homespun but has a similar look. I've noticed that few stores carry it, or carry all the colors though. My local walmart has most of the amaze yarn on clearance.


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chatdecalicot
chatdecalicot
chatdecalicot
Fri, Sep. 13th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)

Are you talking about Lion Brand Amazing yarn? I've not heard of Amaze, but I have tons of Amazing yarn. I noticed it on clearance at Walmart as well and wanted so bad to buy the colors I do not have, but I am completely broke right now :( Anyway, Amazing happens to be my favorite yarn that I've worked with so far. I love the colors and how they work up. I do not find it to be difficult to crochet with at all & this is coming from someone that can still only do single crochet (I taught myself). I am great at it though, as I get a ton of compliments on my work. I went crazy late last year when the Homespun yarn was on sale for a super cheap price & I went and bought a bunch of it. A few days later I tried to use it & I could not do it. It was way too difficult for me and I ended up returning all of it. :( So, trust me, there are others out there that cannot work with it either. It really is a shame because it is such beautiful yarn.


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goodjoan
goodjoan
Joan
Fri, Sep. 13th, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)

Oh, yeah, amazing, not amaze! I have a couple of skeins, I love the colors! I have stopped myself from buying more on clearance until I tackle more of the yarn monster in my closet!


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log_junkie
log_junkie
Laura
Thu, Sep. 12th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)

Third voice saying it's the yarn. It splits and catches like crazy. So it's not you :)


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raze__the_rose
raze__the_rose
Jennifer
Thu, Sep. 12th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)

Dang, thanks everyone. There was a crochet stocking pattern on the label that said easy, and I didn't even think that the yarn would make it difficult. Le sigh.


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antorris
antorris
Antorris
Thu, Sep. 12th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)

Best use for Homespun (because agreed, it's the yarn) is any stitch taller than single crochet. Pairing it with a more normal yarn in the same color family and working with a double strand is another solution - it makes it infinitely easier to find your stitches, even though it bulks up your project.


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erviniae
erviniae
erviniae
Thu, Sep. 12th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)

I've made a few blankets with this and every time I do I ask myself why?! It is SOOO hard to use so it's not you. I used a size J hook on the last baby blanket!!!!
Hang in there!


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moony_blues
moony_blues
Welcome to the Federation Starship SS Buttcrack!
Fri, Sep. 13th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)

I've worked with Lion Brand's "Homespun" before, and it can be challenging. I had to do it by feel, and you really can't do much more than sc or hdc stitches. It doesn't work well at all into dc or trc. Since it's so very textured, it doesn't work well into lacy patterns. It's best for showing off the subtle color variegation in the strand. Using a larger hook, anything from N to Q, also makes it a little easier to see and feel the stitching.


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aimergency
aimergency
aimergency
Fri, Sep. 13th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)

homespun is awesome for cowls and scarves. i never had a problem with it but i was doing double crochet.


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rainy5982
rainy5982
rainy5982
Fri, Sep. 13th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)

its the yarn not you. I tried crocheting with it. I ended up throwing the whole project across the room a couple times. I switched over to knitting with it. I like it much better. My mother in law loves the purple scarf I made for her.


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jdulac
jdulac
Jehan du Lac
Fri, Sep. 13th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)

I hate this yarn and I've been crocheting for decades. Also, once made up, it pills like crazy.


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mizmarti
mizmarti
Nour
Fri, Sep. 13th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)

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)


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jennetters
jennetters
Just me and my hook...
Fri, Sep. 13th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)

Oh goodness, the best thing to do when you buy homespun is throw it out. I hate crocheting with it. Ughhhhh. Not worth the stress.


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sounprepared
sounprepared
She was the book thief without the words.
Sat, Sep. 14th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)

I bought a shit ton of a yarn with this type of texture. I don't know the brand. I can't use it to save my life though. I get so frustrated.


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viva_la_topknot
viva_la_topknot
viva_la_topknot
Mon, Sep. 16th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)


Oh lord I received some of this last xmas as a gift. I really wanted to use it, but no matter what I tried everything came out FUBAR. The only thing that helped was a LOT of light, going VERY slowly, and using my 15.00MM hook. It made for a very loose scarf with lots of holes. I guess that I have no real advice for you only that I feel your pain.


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