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#62 How Wool Is Processed to Make Yarn

Have you ever wondered how wool is processed to make yarn? You're not alone! The process of turning wool into yarn is pretty incredible and it's even something you can do yourself! This week marks the beginning of yarn appreciation month and what better way to appreciate yarn than to follow the process of cleaning, spinning and dying? I have just the perfect person to share this journey with you. Today's Guest I'm joined by, Bren, creative entrepreneur behind, Snerb Yarn. If you have seen her photos on Instagram, no doubt one word comes to mind - talented! Bren taught me so much and I can't wait for you to hear from her! special guest Bren Boone Bren's passion is spinning yarn and entrepreneurship and she blends the two together…
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Learn How to Make the Caron Summer Crochet Blanket by Yarnspirations

Post sponsored by Yarnspirations The Summer Ripple Crochet Blanket by Yarnspirations really draws you in. Aren't ripples just gorgeous? Ripples are a wonderful way to incorporate modern style with traditional roots in your home. The flow of the design, for me, invites a comforting rhythm – representing the ebbs and flows that make up our lives. What’s more thrilling than creating a statement piece that has internal meaning as well? The Yarn Caron Simply Soft is the star in this gorgeous throw. My favorite thing about this yarn is the big variety of colors to choose from. You can get really creative here! If you find yourself overwhelmed with the options, draw three colors from the room you'll have your throw in. I plan to keep my blanket over the back…
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Learn How to Make the Simple Chevron Baby Blanket by Yarnspirations

Post sponsored by Yarnspirations If you're like me, you look for any opportunity to use Bernat Baby Blanket yarn because it's quite literally the softest yarn on the planet (at least according to B.hooked Husband). Not only did this project give me the chance to use some of my favorite yarn, I knew it was meant to be when I found a colorway to match each of the colors in my niece's nursery! The Yarn This one needs no introduction but it's worth mentioning that it's available in several varieties. Bernat Baby Blanket has more pastels colors, the standard Bernat Blanket has a wider variety of everyday colors and prints and there's even a sparkle version (at least as I'm typing this). My Niece's Cuddly New Blanket! Ten months ago…
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Learn How to Make the Women’s Curvy Crochet Cowl by Yarnspirations

This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations Let's Take Cozy to a New Level. I don't know about you but I am always cold so I'm always on the look-out for cozy clothes. This year I've set a personal goal for myself to crochet more clothing - what about you? I'd love if you joined me for this super cozy, super squishy project. I fell in love with this pattern after first seeing it in Yarnspirations new collection of free patterns. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should definitely have a look through their January "Blanket Statements" Lookbook. There are twelve brand new knit and crochet patterns for every corner of your life. You can browse through the pages online here: "Blanket Statements" Lookbook by Yarnspirations [divider] The Pattern What you…
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#44 How to Calculate the Amount of Yarn Used in a Project

LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcast Stitcher iHeart Radio Tune In + Alexa If you plan to publish or share your designs, this is a must-know skill. A great request came in the other day that inspired this podcast episode. She wrote: "Brittany, how do you calculate the amount of yarn that is in your project? I would love to know how much yarn I used so I can use this info later." This is such a great question. It's especially useful for designers but can also be helpful to know for hobby crocheters too. To figure out how much yarn I used in a project, I've been using a self developed system (of several years and now) that's tested and never lets me down so I feel…
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How to Add a New Ball of Yarn When Knitting

How to Add a New Ball of Yarn? You're chugging along on your knitting project, things are going well and you're remembering everything you should be doing. Things are going great until you run out of yarn. Now what? How do you add a new ball of yarn? What if your pattern asks you to change colors? Now what? Clearly, this is a technique you'll want to learn as a beginner knitter! The good news is that changing to a new ball of yarn while knitting is really quite simple and I'm here to break it down for you in a quick tutorial. [divider] Let's give it a try In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to add a new ball of yarn while knitting. This technique is applicable whether you run…
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How to Crochet Pumpkins from Yarnspirations

This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations It's Crochet Pumpkin Season Again! I don't know about you but I LOVE the fall season. I love the smells. I love the colors. I love the decorations! I've always been one to take a modern and useful approach to my crochet projects and making pumpkins to put all over the house is no exception! When I was presented with the opportunity to teach you how to crochet Yarnspirations new Harvest Crochet Pumpkins pattern, I jumped all over that! This pattern is clever, easy and adorable. You'll find a pattern for three different sizes, so you can mix and match throughout your home. [divider] The Pattern What you see here is a gorgeous design by Yarnspirations from their new Lookbook, Harvest Crochet Pumpkins. The design…
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Learn How to Crochet the Big Easy Crochet Pullover by Yarnspirations

This project was sponsored by Yarnspirations Are you ready to make a crochet pullover? I am smitten with Yarnspirations latest sweater pattern, the Big Easy Crochet Pullover. The last time I made a crochet sweater, I enjoyed the process so much I just couldn't resist the opportunity to share this one with you. Crochet sweaters are nothing to be afraid of. I'm not sure why but I used to always shy away from crochet garments - until I finished my first sweater. I know I'm not alone in these feelings. If you've been hesitant at all about crocheting a sweater for yourself, let me persuade you to give it a try! As always, I'm here for you every step of the way. [divider] Crochet Along Details When:  Part one -…
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#13 Choosing the Right Yarn for your Project

LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcast Stitcher iHeart Radio Tune In + Alexa Yarn Can Make or Break Your Project Someone asked me recently how I choose yarn for my projects and if I pick the project first and find the right yarn or if I pick the yarn first and figure out the project later. For me, the yarn usually decides the project and to be honest, I rarely ever choose the project before the yarn (unless I'm following a pattern of course). This way of designing may be a bit backwards from my fellow designers but it's how my creativity works. The yarn always decides the project. No matter how your creative juices flow, this session will help you determine what important yarn qualities to consider when choosing…
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#9 Save Money On Yarn With These Money-Saving Tips

LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcast Stitcher iHeart Radio Tune In + Alexa Saving your dollars is a really big deal. Crochet and knitting is a hobby for most of us so saving money on yarn is a must if we want to keep it up. We're always on the look out for good deals, especially for yarn. I have a natural frugal side and I'm here to share my best tips to help you get the yarn you want without spending a ton of money. This episode was recorded in April of 2017 but most of the money-saving strategies still apply today! It's due for an updated version because I've come up with a few more ways to save money on yarn. If you're interested in this…
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Best Yarn for Blankets in 2022

The last thing you want to do is spend 60+ hours knitting or crocheting a blanket with the wrong yarn, and that's being quite modest really. Some blankets can take even longer than that to finish. It's a huge investment to say the least and you need to be certain you're using the best yarn for blankets that'll get lots of love for years to come.  A quick note before we get started: this week's post was not sponsored by any yarn company or brand. These recommendations are based purely on my experience and are what I recommend to a friends or family.  So what's the key to finding the best yarn for blankets? The answer you're looking for is found in the answers to a few basic questions. Who…
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Best Yarn for Scarves (2022 Edition)

Not all yarn is great for knitting or crocheting scarves. It has to have the perfect blend of softness and durability. Here are our top recommended yarns for scarves in 2022. Scarves are a go-to project for many knitters and crocheters and for good reason too. They're easy enough to enjoy making while spending time with the family in the evening, yet interesting enough to keep it out of your forgotten WIP pile. So what's the one thing that can spoil a good scarf? Using the wrong yarn. You're going to spend a lot of hours making something that's supposed to withstand rubbing from coats and tossing around for an entire winter season but also something soft enough you actually want to wear. The right yarn makes all the difference.…
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Cake Yarn Crochet Cowl

A gorgeous cowl to make with that one ball of cake yarn you fell in love with. Skill Level | Easy Finished Size | 46" wide; 18" long Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for the perfect pattern for that one ball of cake yarn in your stash, you're in the right place. Our cake yarn cowl works up fast and is the perfect way to keep your neck warm in style this fall and winter. With this project you'll see how to make a basic triangular shape in rows, a skill you can use in future projects like shawls. You'll also get to practice your puff stitch skills while creating great texture in the process. Before you begin, review this page entirely so you…
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How to Russian Join Yarn Without Knots or Ends

Russian Join Yarn: a method of adding a new ball of yarn or switching to a different color without knotting the yarn or creating additional ends to weave in. Create clean color transitions with knot-free skein joins using the Russian join technique and eliminate some of the ends you need to weave in when you finish your project. technique overview What is the Russian Join? This technique is used for crochet and knitting projects, and is a method of adding a new ball of yarn when you run out or want to use a different color. The benefit is that it creates a knot-free join which can minimize the number of ends to weave in, plus is makes for a clean color transition. To be completely honest, I use it…
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The Essential Guide to Yarn Weight

B.HOOKED GUIDES The Essential Guide to Yarn Weight [2022] Yarn weight can be a little confusing at times. Here's what you need to know so you can fully understand yarn weight and how it's categorized. Hey there! This guide was designed to answer all your questions about yarn weights like what does yarn weight mean? What is "standard" yarn weight? And what do yarn weight numbers mean? We'll show you how to tell what your yarn's weight is and give some recommendations for what hook/needle size to use with it. And finally, we'll show you a yarn weight chart and some basic project recommendations by yarn weight. Basically, we want this to be your go-to guide for all things yarn weight. Contents What Does Yarn Weight Mean?What Are Different Weights…
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T-Shirt Yarn Bowl

The perfect center piece for your table. Skill Level | Easy Finished Size | 10.5" diameter; 3" tall Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a simple project to make with that single skein of T-Shirt yarn in your stash, you're in the right place. Our crochet bowl is sturdy enough to hold just about anything you want. With this project you'll get to practice crocheting in a spiral round, a skill that is used for all sorts of projects where a join isn't what you want to see. Although we recommend T-Shirt yarn for our crochet bowl, you can substitute with another super bulky or even jumbo yarn. Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project.…
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5 Things To Learn From Your Yarn Label

There is an abundance of information packed onto every yarn label. Sure, you can get by without fully understanding what each symbol and number means but knowing key information from the yarn manufacturer will take your crocheting skills to the next level. I'll be honest, it may be a little intimidating at first but we will break it down slowly. By the end of this learning segment of Know Your Yarn: Labels, you will be confident and know how to read yarn labels! No matter which kind of yarn you are purchasing, the labels should all have four sections in common: amount and fiber info, care instructions, dye information and craft information. We are going to discuss each section in detail. I am going to be demonstrating using the Red Heart…
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V-Neck Crochet Cardigan

Ease into the world of garment making with this simple yet elegant V-Neck crochet cardigan. Skill Level | IntermediateAvailable Size | XS, S, M, LG, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you're looking for a simple crochet cardigan to ease into the world of garment making, this is a great place to start! Constructed of 5 basic panels, this cardigan is straightforward to crochet and assemble. With this project you'll get to practice the beautiful primrose stitch both in flat rows as well as increasing and decreasing. Each of the five panels are crochet separately, and assembled by seaming them together. Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of…
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Crochet Primrose Stitch

Skill Level Easy Multiple 3+2 Project Ideas Blankets, Pillows, Scarves The primrose stitch is a beautiful blend of basic crochet stitches that creates a fabric that's unique on both sides. Use it for blankets, pillows, scarves, garments...the sky is the limit. getting started Suggested Supplies The primrose stitch works up nicely with a variety of yarn weights. Pair it with a smooth, solid, light-colored yarn to see the pattern best. Supplies used in demonstration video: Coboo, Pale Pink & Silver4.5mm Crochet HookYarn NeedleScissors Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate (and at no additional cost to you) I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases if you use the links below. Please understand I have experience with these products & recommend them because they are optimal for this pattern, not because of…
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The Perfect Pair of Crochet Socks

These crochet socks are thin enough to wear with shoes, they stay in place, and are comfortable enough to wear all day long. Skill Level | ComplexFinished Size | Ladies Small, Medium, Large Buy the PDF Pattern introduction About this Pattern If you ever crocheted a disaster sock before, it probably wasn't your fault. Crochet socks that don't have the perfect yarn/pattern combination will be too thick, won't stay up, and can be downright uncomfortable to walk on. That's not the case with these socks. With this pattern you'll learn how to crochet a properly fitting sock with the perfect sock yarn. Gone are the days you have to skip out on handmade socks because you don't know how to knit. Before you begin, review this page entirely so you…
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