Yarn Info and Tips

We love yarn! Learn about our favorite fibers, types of yarn, which yarns work best for the projects you want to crochet, and yarn substitution.

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Learn to Crochet with Paracord: It’s Better Than Knitting Cord!

You can crochet with anything! I have seen multiple examples of projects crocheted from plastic bags and t-shirt fabric. Last year Interweave Crochet‘s editor Marcy Smith undertook a project to crochet with cassette tapes. I will even admit to a single occasion when I attempted to crochet with licorice; it is very difficult as the…

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Boteh: An Experiment in Half Doube Crochet Stitch

While making the Boteh Scarf a couple weeks ago I found myself experimenting and swatching with different variations of the half double crochet stitch (hdc). The results are fairly subtle, but I think they are fun to look at none-the-less. Warning: the Boteh Scarf is addictive to make. I made one triangle shape and immediately had…

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Why Bamboo Yarn

What is the most important factor for you when you are choosing the perfect yarn for your next project? The first thing I look for is fiber content. If you are whipping up a winter beanie, you want to choose a warm wool or alpaca. For a gorgeous crochet lace, I love the shine and…

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Broomstick in the Thick and Thin of It – Yarn Substitution

Which yarn should broomstick lace be worked in? In my opinion, just about any and all! A Google images search often shows broomstick lace in light and worsted weight yarns. But I’ve created beautiful scarves in fine weight yarns and played around with bulky weights, too. The topic of yarn selection for broomstick lace came…

Best Cotton for Crochet Bath Mats

A while back I thought about making a bath mat for my shower. A thick, textured, cotton crochet rug seemed an ideal summer project. This idea ran aground when I began to wonder about (obsess over?) which of the cotton yarns available to me would be most suited for this project. Which one would be…

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How Crochet Changed Kristin Omdahl’s Life

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we have the opportunity to pause and think about those things we are thankful for in our lives. Three things at the top of my list are food, family, and crochet. Kristin Omdahl is one of the most incredible lace crochet designers I have ever met! Crochet has changed her life in…

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Dye Your Own Yarn with Spices and Vegetables

Dye Your Own Yarn with Spices and Vegetables Modifying a crochet pattern is relatively easy. You can change length, adjust a detail, or play with the stitch pattern. But have you ever thought about modifying your yarn? By dyeing your own yarn, you can create unique colors that are perfect for you and not available…

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Variegated Yarns and Crochet

Projects crocheted in variegated yarns can be beautiful. But variegated yarns can also be difficult to crochet with. The amount of yarn used to create each stitch, especially the taller stitches like double and triple crochet stitches, can be longer than the length of the color change. This causes each stitch to be multiple colors…

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Yarn for Crochet Granny Squares

Are you looking for your next granny square project? Maybe it's a pillow, a pair of funky curtains, a sample afghan, or even a sweater or skirt, but regardless of what you want to crochet, I would suggest going to The Big Book of Granny Squares to find your pattern pieces.   Here is the…

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Yarn Spotlight Spring 2014: Radiant Orchid!

In the Spring 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet, Yarn Spotlight is a celebration of Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year for 2014. Some of us are super-excited about this, as 75% of our wardrobe is now in vogue! Here's a closer look at the yarns featured in the crocheted Radiant Orchid in Yarn Spotlight.…