December 4th, 2013
Homespun® and Homespun® Thick & Quick® have become two of our most popular yarns because of their softness, colorways, and versatility. Whether it is the unique painterly shades or the bouclé texture, people are just drawn to it. Before trying out a new yarn it’s always good to know the best ways to use it in order to create amazing projects. Here are some things that we at Lion Brand think you should know when it comes to handling this plush yarn
Keep it Loose
We recommend that you bind off and cast on loosely, so stitches will go on and off with ease. You can accomplish this by either using large needles, like a size 13 (9mm), or hook, like a size N-13 (9mm), which will create a loose stretch. Or if you prefer to control the tension yourself, use a relaxed tension that you’re comfortable with so stitches will come off smoothly regardless of needle size.
It’s All In The Fingers
This is the type of yarn that you really have to “feel” the stitches — normally you would look for the loop to insert your needle or hook. Another option is to use an additional strand of yarn, preferably a fingering weight yarn like Sock-EaseTM, to help see the stitches.
Note: By adding another strand, you are adding support but also thickness. So be sure to keep that in mind when considering the gauge.
Because Homespun® and Homespun® Thick & Quick® are so soft, they’re perfect yarns for drapey garments, like afghans, shawls, and shrugs. Personally, I love making this V-Stitch Cocoon Shrug because the large stitches make it very lace-like, but still incredibly warm — not to mention it will finish fast.
On the Fringe
If you like putting edges and fringes on your garments, it’s best to use a looped fringe instead of a cut fringe. Scalloped edges also look nice when using Homespun, giving it a nice seamless look. Click here to see how you can make a looped fringe or scalloped edge.
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