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« on: February 08, 2010 05:15:55 AM »

I've been fascinated by filet crochet ever since I started crocheting. My mum loved it, and my cousin made a birth cloth for my brother, in filet. I'm slowly getting used to the process, but the yarn just doesn't want to co-operate. In the beginning, everything works out fine. But the more yarn I pull from my ball, the curlier it gets. Until it is all twisted, and I have to unwind (funny faces on the train and all that). Even with the unwinding, it makes my work sometimes ugly, because it's twisted. I'm crocheting something for a swap (can't tell you exactly what) and it keeps happening. It annoyes the hell out of me, to the point where I refuse to continue. I made a picture, to make it clear. I just hope someone knows a little crochet trick...


--> You can see the yarn and the twisted part. This is only the beginning. If I do not unwind at that point, it gets messy.

Anyone?
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010 05:24:14 AM »

you need a yarn holder... this happens when the ball spins while it unwinds, you can make one with a dowl or a coffee can... use an oldpurse, aslong as the ball can't roll around... this is why in most cases you either make your own ball that rolls and doesn't kink or you take the skein from the middle, but with the filet thread that's not an option
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010 06:03:14 AM »

This is a problem for me as well when I crochet. Thank you for your answer. Will try it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010 06:11:52 AM »

I did not know this either--thanks for asking the question...and I appreciate the answer as well...who knew it was something simple that a newbie would not know... Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010 09:00:22 AM »

i actually don't crochet much, i don't really know many stitches, but i do deal with yarns lots and i had a grandma who crocheted everyday of her life and i asked way too many questions, and while i may not have picked the art up, i know loads of tips... i'm just now teaching myself a bit more than basics, i have mastered the granny square!
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2010 03:30:49 PM »

I think it happens to me because I turn the work the same direction over and over and over, thereby twisting the yarn, which makes it kink back on itself like when you make one of those twisted cords. If, at the end of every other round I turn the work the other way, it keeps it even. Bonus combo points for anybody who understood that! LOL!
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010 06:27:05 AM »

The perfect yarn holders are made out of thinks like Oatmeal containers, Pringle containers, the jars that baby wipes, wet ones, and lysol wipes as long as the plastic lids are intact.

You need to get a container that is a little larger the the size of your sken of yarn.
If there are any pesky plastic tid bits of plastic around the mouth of the containers just cut them out.

Then punch a small hole in the lid that is wide enough to allow your yarn to glide smoothly through it.
And Vola!

Just run your yarn through the hole and place your skeen inside the container, close it up, and get to work!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2010 07:18:14 AM »

I think it happens to me because I turn the work the same direction over and over and over, thereby twisting the yarn, which makes it kink back on itself like when you make one of those twisted cords. If, at the end of every other round I turn the work the other way, it keeps it even. Bonus combo points for anybody who understood that! LOL!
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2010 07:17:15 AM »

The perfect yarn holders are made out of thinks like Oatmeal containers, Pringle containers, the jars that baby wipes, wet ones, and lysol wipes as long as the plastic lids are intact.

You need to get a container that is a little larger the the size of your sken of yarn.
If there are any pesky plastic tid bits of plastic around the mouth of the containers just cut them out.

Then punch a small hole in the lid that is wide enough to allow your yarn to glide smoothly through it.
And Vola!

Just run your yarn through the hole and place your skeen inside the container, close it up, and get to work!  Grin

thanks!! I will be eating a lot more oatmeal just for the container! I need one to make a holder for my needles but now I need one to keep my thread from twisting...I think I never really thought too much about this with my knitting because I use yarn with a center pull...but the crochet thread drives me crazy!!!
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2010 07:42:58 AM »

Bonus combo points are needed for knitting the Gordian Shrug! LOL! If you haven't seen this, check it out on Ravelry! It's utter insanity and the fact that it's on my needles right now is proof that I've gone around the bend.
I use ziplock bags - the heavy duty freezer type - for unruly balls and crochet thread. I punch a hole with a paper puncher down in the corner, and zip the ball inside the bag. The bonus there is that you can see through it, and keep track of any impending knots and snarls that will slow you down.
Another alternative, though pricey, is a microphone stand. The one I've boosted from my husband's collection of audio crap has a heavy metal base, and a post that sticks up from the center that's about 5-6 inches tall. It will accommodate a ball of crochet thread, or a cone of cotton yarn with finesse. It's heavy enough that it doesn't tip, and the ball/cone spins around and unwinds obligingly when I yank on it.
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