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Experimenting with Yarn Weights: Turn a Washcloth into a Bathmat!

December 7th, 2012

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Ever wonder what a project would look like with a different weight yarn than what the pattern calls for? Home decor items are great for experimentation since you don’t have to worry about fit.

Jen, one of our staffers at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, adapted our Cream Circle Washcloth pattern to create a bathmat. The original pattern used Cotton-Ease® (a worsted weight yarn) and a size H crochet hook to produce a washcloth that measured 5″ in diameter. But after seeing our new Zpagetti (a super bulky weight yarn) hit the shelves, she had to try it.  Simply by using this yarn in conjunction with a larger hook (size Q) She was able to create an adorable bathmat.

Jen followed the pattern almost exactly (only substituting single crochets for slip stitches in the final row) and used two cones of Zpagetti yarn. Once you become comfortable with substituting yarns of different weights you might want to try it on garments as well. I suggest you start by reading our 5 Articles to Help You Make a Sweater That Fits & Flatters article.

 

  • karaokeprincezz

    How long did it take to create?

    • http://www.lionbrandyarnstudio.com/ Lion Brand Yarn Studio

      It went pretty quickly, it took Jen about 3 days to finish.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wzrdreams Grace Jones

    That is awesome. When I tried this yarn I ended up making a bowl, but I think the bathmat is a terrific idea.

  • http://www.bindu.ca/ Bindhurani

    The bathmat looks great. Just wondering how to care for it. Will it stink when gets wet in the bathroom?

    • http://www.lionbrandyarnstudio.com/ Lion Brand Yarn Studio

      Zpagetti is a cotton blend so it is very absorbent and water-friendly. When you are finished using your bathmat just hang it on the side of the tub to let it dry properly and prevent mildew. When it needs to be washed you can gently swish it around in the tub with some detergent, press out the excess water, and lay it horizontally to dry.

      • http://www.bindu.ca/ Bindhurani

        Thank you for the kind reply. Love the details about the yarn.Really appreciate you taking the time to explain this

  • melodie

    How would you use fun fur? can you help me?

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Melodie, Fun Fur can be knit or crocheted just like any other yarn. We do recommend size K/10.5 hooks/needles, since the texture means you’ll want to knit/crochet more loosely than the main core of the yarn might indicate. Some people find it’s helpful to hold a strand of plain, straight yarn, with Fun Fur and use an even bigger hook/needle to knit/crochet them held together. If you’re looking for pattern ideas, visit LionBrand.com, click on “Our Yarns,” click on Fun Fur, and then scroll to the bottom for links to the pattern that feature that yarn. Hope that helps!

      • melodie

        Thank you Zontee. I will do just that

  • melodie

    wear would our Yarns?

  • melodie

    i just fond the our yarn page see i am new hear HAHAHAHA!

  • melodie

    i fond the our yarn page see i am new hear HAHAHAHA!

  • madwhimsy

    This is how I began crocheting, adapting large-scale motifs and patterns for use with crochet thread to make much smaller things, such as jewelry. It was a year later before I began using patterns “as is!”

  • melodie

    I do not know what is a pattern or how to use a pattern. I do not even know how to sew with a pattern. well i do not know how to read a pattern,

  • melodie

    can someone help me with a pattern?

  • Kjky

    Can you purchase cones of this yarn on the website?

  • melodie

    Hey Zontee. I am making a shawl for my grate aunt she likes blue. she would like me to make her something for her can I get homespun yarn In blue? I need to no soon so I can get it in the mail

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      You can see all of the colors of any of our yarns on LionBrand.com. Just click on “Our Yarns” and then the name of the yarn. Homespun comes in many shades of blue, so check them out for yourself to see if you see something that your great aunt might like.

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