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« on: September 28, 2007 11:44:13 PM »

My mom seems to like hard-to-work-with yarns. She bought one ball of LionBrand Homespun because she liked the color and told me to make something with it. I've casted on and frogged numerous times, looked at Ravelry for inspiration, but nothing. It might be just that I hate this yarn, but no pattern looks good in it. And I don't want garter stitch or drop stitch or ribbing. I've done enough of those.

Please, any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2007 12:21:51 AM »

I have a Homespun hat in plain stockinette I really like, mostly because it's comfy and I like the color.

I've never tried any other stitch patterns with it, sorry!  Maybe a hat is a quick enough project that the boring stitch won't be too bad?
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2007 12:45:21 AM »

i really like homespun...i crochet with it though...i made a REALLY warm scarf for a swap that i adored....



it was really easy to crochet with....or maybe im just lucky....
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2007 06:51:10 AM »

I have a very love-hate relationship with Homespun... I love love love the finished project, because it's so soft and comfy and warm... but it's a total jerk to work with!!  And, I hate to tell you... but you really can't do anything with it other than garter or rib.  Any kind of pattern at all will get totally lost in the fuzzy-bobbly-ness of the yarn.
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2007 07:50:33 AM »

I've tried crocheting with homespun and it just didn't work because it was impossible to find the loops. maybe I needed a bigger hook, but it just didn't work for me.

As lelila said though, you really can't do much but garter/stockinette/ribbing with homespun because the patterns just get lost. The final product is always soft and warm, but with one skein, you could make a scarf or a couple hats.
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007 07:54:18 AM »

Something that makes it easier to work with is to use size 11 needles. You could make a shawl with it, in a k1, yo, k2tog easy lace pattern...
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2007 10:10:46 AM »

I've tried crocheting with homespun and it just didn't work because it was impossible to find the loops. maybe I needed a bigger hook, but it just didn't work for me.

As lelila said though, you really can't do much but garter/stockinette/ribbing with homespun because the patterns just get lost. The final product is always soft and warm, but with one skein, you could make a scarf or a couple hats.

Definitely try a big hook! I made a baby blanket using size M and it was a breeze. Nothing fancy, just a big square in double stitch. (usually for worsted weight yarn I use a G)
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2007 03:44:31 PM »

I have a love/hate relationship with Homespun too. Hate working with it, love how it feels and looks after it's done.... The only way that I've been able to make anything with that is to use larger than recommended hooks/needles. I used size 15 needles for a shawl (plain garter) and it turned out okay.

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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2007 05:19:43 PM »

After trying other patterns, I have finally decided that Homespun only looks good in plain stitches. I was in denial.

I don't have any big hooks, but big needles, and have decided to do ribbing. I hate this yarn! It feels like plastic, but the actual scarf is looking nice.
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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2007 05:20:57 PM »

well, to the best of my reccollection, it IS plastic...its acryllic....
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