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« on: September 08, 2008 09:33:49 AM »

Okay, so I've acquired (read: not bought, but rather been given) several types of fancier yarn.  Some furry stuff, some with little tags, and some that I think is Lion Home Spun, just kind of wavy?

Really, I'm very novice, and have only crochetted with straight acrylic.  I've been playing with this Lion HomeSpun because I'm in LOVE with the color.  But it's going to be the death of me!  Is there a trick to working with these yarns, other than practice practice practice, and frogging the same 6 rows a zillion times?  I love this yarn, it's pretty and soft, so I'd like to be able to work with it, but I'm so close to resigning myself to using crappy RedHeart Supersaver for the rest of my life.   Sad

Anyone have any miracle tricks for me?
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008 09:58:09 AM »

I totally understand!  I aquired some skeins of fancy fur yarn.  And have I had a hard time using it.  I love it though so I kept trying.  Im still a newbie with it, but I have learned that its ALOT easier to use fancy fur AND use a very skinny strand of plain yarn (thats similar in color) and crocheting with both those strand together.
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008 11:00:48 AM »

When I'm working with Homespun (though I usually choose not to, my kids love it though) I just use a bigger hook.  My big gold hook is a lifesaver with 'fancy' yarn.  You just have to change the gauge for whatever pattern you're using.
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008 11:58:50 AM »

When I'm working with Homespun (though I usually choose not to, my kids love it though) I just use a bigger hook.  My big gold hook is a lifesaver with 'fancy' yarn.  You just have to change the gauge for whatever pattern you're using.

I think I've been using a 'K' hook, which is what the packaging recommends... I think my problem with the homespun is that I sometimes have problems discerning where the correct holes are, because of the waviness of the yarn.  So I just kind of plow through, and then I think I end up skipping stitches. 

Ah well, try try again!

But I will certainly try with a bigger hook.  I've got an 'N' hanging around waiting to be used.   Heeheehee...
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2008 04:15:46 PM »

Right now a lot of the "fancy" yarn has been showing on clearance at Hobby Lobby, so I've been buying it up.  A group of us from work use it to make charity scarfs and hats for a local elementary school.  We cut the yarn in various lengths, then randomly tie different colors and weights together and make a whole new ball of yarn. (I also tie in all of my scraps from other projects.).  Then we use a double strand to make the hats and scarves.  1 strand of the scrap ball yarn and 1 strand of Red Heart Super Saver.  We usually use black or white to offset all of the colors.

Here's a link to the pattern we use. http://www.yarncat.com/ScrapTweedTasselHat.html

I also make huge afghans for my family using the scrap yarn and black.  Hope this helps you out.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008 07:47:06 AM »

When I'm working with Homespun (though I usually choose not to, my kids love it though) I just use a bigger hook.  My big gold hook is a lifesaver with 'fancy' yarn.  You just have to change the gauge for whatever pattern you're using.

I think I've been using a 'K' hook, which is what the packaging recommends... I think my problem with the homespun is that I sometimes have problems discerning where the correct holes are, because of the waviness of the yarn.  So I just kind of plow through, and then I think I end up skipping stitches. 

Ah well, try try again!

But I will certainly try with a bigger hook.  I've got an 'N' hanging around waiting to be used.   Heeheehee...

Funny thing is my big gold  hook is an 'N'.  I rarely work with it, but when I do projects get done alot faster!  Giant hooks come through in a pinch.
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2008 02:18:12 PM »

I totally understand!  I aquired some skeins of fancy fur yarn.  And have I had a hard time using it.  I love it though so I kept trying.  Im still a newbie with it, but I have learned that its ALOT easier to use fancy fur AND use a very skinny strand of plain yarn (thats similar in color) and crocheting with both those strand together.

I completely agree! On my first try using fancy fur, I would have to walk away every dozen stitches out of frustration! It gets easier. I also find that leaving my tension a little less tight helps too.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2008 04:23:56 PM »

I am a newbie trying this "chunky" type yarn for the first time too. Lionbrand homespun, and a brand I picked up at Walmart called Georgia or something. I use my own patterns (after HATING the patterns online for chunky-type yarns) and a large (9mm Canadian) hook. I am REALLY glad I only paid a buck a ball for the stuff though, because it really IS hard to use.

I just had one of those "ah-ha, why didn't I think of this sooner" moments when I read your post. I too, kept losing stitches, but I wouldn't have if I had USED STITCH MARKERS!!! Hmmm

Anyway, I hope you continue to trudge through it. I made a scarf out of my Lionsbrand, and it really is worth the effort, because its so nice and comfy, and a gorgeous colour to boot. And I am onwards and forwards myself, because I just brought home my first ball of eyelash-type yarn a couple hours ago  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2008 12:00:55 PM »

i always make sure i'm using a little larger of hook like the others said but also aluminum hooks make homespun crochet like butter. much easier. the plastic ones make me get so frustrated with the stuff.
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2008 01:57:22 PM »

I'm having a really similar problem myself, but my problem is, what exactly do I make out of this stuff?! 
I love love love the homespun for hats and scarves, but I've only got three skeins of it...
I have three bathtub sized bins of novelty yarns (verigated chunky stuff, fuzzy lightwieght stuff, stuff with ribbons sticking out of it, glittery stuff)
I don't have more than 4 skeins per color and type, and I've got NO idea what to do with it.
As for working with it, I would have to agree with everyone else on using larger hooks with not a whole lot of tension.
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