It is currently 7:00 in the evening…and the sun is still out! After months of this dark, rainy winter, I am happy for spring to come.
Recently, I published a pattern my Fuzzy Scrunchy Pattern. This pattern uses bulky fur yarn, which has been popular recently.
I love fur yarn. I can’t think of a better word, it’s just so fluffy!!! (Yes, that was a Despicable Me moment.) Although fur yarn is so soft, it can also be intimidating. It is easy to lose stitches, which can be frustrating when making a product.
As I was working with the fur yarn, I thought of some tips that I personally have benefitted from when working with the fluffy stuff. If you’re just getting started using it, here are some tips!
Find the defined edge.
Fur yarn typically has two sides to it. The outside is that soft fluffy material that makes your projects so soft. The inside, however, is a surged strip. When you are working with the yarn, focus on the more defined edge when yarning over. This will help prevent you from losing stitches, and also making complete stitches.
Use a smaller hook.
What has helped me with my Fuzzy Scrunchy Pattern, is using a small hook. Instead of using the recommended hook 9mm, I used a size 6mm. Because I used a smaller hook, the stitches I had made were clearly defined. The best part is, after you are complete with the project, all you have to do to fluff out the yarn is run a fine tooth comb over it. That way the stitches aren’t obvious with the finished product.
Use stitch markers.
When I first started crocheting, I completely underestimated the power of stitch markers. I used to use everything from bobby pins to safety pins as stitch markers, but when using fur yarn, I like to use actual stitch markers to make it obvious what stitch I’m working in.
Count your stitches.
Fur yarn is so popular because is hardly looks like yarn at all! The downfall of that is when you are trying to go back and count how many stitches you’ve worked with, it can be a little hard to distinguish them.
Whenever I am working with fur yarn, I am extremely concentrated. Because it is so fluffy, it makes it hard to go back and count how many stitches you have completed. Personally, when I go back to count my stitches, I second guess myself.
It is much easier to count as you are going so you can avoid having to go back and second guess how many stitches you have already completed.
When all else fails, feel out the stitches.
You can take all of the above into consideration, but I usually end up feeling my way through the stitches as I work. When I am crocheting with fur yarn, I am always weary of skipping stitches, or accidentally worked twice in the same stitch.
I also wanted to share my IG TV video, which you can find on my Instagram page!