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Yarn Choices for Interlocking Crochet™

I’ve received several questions about the yarns I use for Interlocking Crochet™. The terms differ depending on your county. However, if you know the hook size suggested for the yarn you want to use, it will help.

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The Coats nylon (www.coatsandclark.com) is described as 100% nylon crochet thread and uses a G-6/4mm hook. It seems to be equal to a fine/2 sports yarn. I would think any nylon thread that is comfortable with a G-6/4mm hook would work. I also have bought from a website (www.creativeyarnsource.com) that has some comparisons. The La Campana nylon is close to the Coats. Any cotton (or for that matter any yarn) that worked comfortably with a G-6/4mm hook could be used as the other yarn in the crocheting of the Two-Tone Business Tote found on page 93 of Interlocking Crochet™. An additional note about the creative yarn source website: it offers a vast choice of colors greatly expanding your options for any project in which you want to use nylon crochet thread.

As for the worsted yarn used in the Autumn Woods Scarf, page 88 of Interlocking Crochet™, the reason it worked so well is that it was made from baby alpaca – as light and as soft as can be. A normal worsted of acrylic and possibly even wool would be too heavy and stiff. What the yarn is composed of really makes a difference. A double knit could work well as long as it is a very soft yarn.

Also, if you use a hook larger than the recommended size, it will also loosen the stitch and make it softer and more flexible. Try a little sample and see how it feels near your skin and how flexible it is.

The baby blanket was made in an acrylic worsted/aran. However, I recently found Bernat Softee Baby (www.bernat.com) which is 100% acrylic and a very soft yarn. It is called light 3 which would be the same as the DK yarn. It uses a G/4mm hook, but I would still use an I-9/5.5mm hook because I want the blanket super soft. If it’s too soft for you, try a smaller hook.

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Share Interlocking Crochet™ Pictures on Ravelry

Some crocheters are beginning to send me pictures of their Interlocking Crochet™ projects. Below are two from Interlocking Crocheter Lisa.

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Why not post your pictures so everyone can see them? First, join www.Ravelry.com. It’s free. Then you can post all your pictures in your “notebook”.

Also, you can share your photos and comments with a specific Interlocking Crochet™ group. There are currently two. Go to: Groups and type in Interlocking Crochet™. Join the group of your choice. After you post your pictures on your page, there is a pull-down menu that allows others in the group to see your photo on the group’s main page with a link to your project.

For help click on the ?. All the information on how to join a group, post your pictures and connect the pictures with your group can be found.

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Why meet with local crafters?

I live in a small town. While visiting a local sanctuary for abandoned animals, the tour guide (knowing I’m a crocheter), asked if I could refer her to any spinners. They had just sheared their alpacas, sheep and other yarn-producing animals and they wanted to sell the “wool” at a large discount to someone who could process it further. Our community has many artists, including a very active quilting organization; however, I personally didn’t know any other yarn crafters. So I decided it was time to change that.

Recently the book store and the scrapbooking store have introduced yarn into their stocks. Since the scrapbooking store had a room for classes and parties, I decided to approach the owner with my idea. Kathi wanted to expand her yarn area and had already started to offer knitting and crochet classes. She liked my idea and we decided to name out gathering – Fiber Fun, to include all fiber enthusiasts – knitters, crocheters, spinners, needle crafters, etc. Her store is located in the center of the town, near various art galleries and antique stores. On the first Friday of each month from 5pm-8pm the gallery features different artists and holds a small reception. Other stores follow suit offering music and snacks to their visitors. We thought this would be the perfect time for our meeting also.

We added Fiber Fun to the local calendar and invited everyone we met. It has proved to be a very pleasant experience. Crafters bring their current projects, coming and going as they please. We even take a break to visit the other exhibits. Other guests stop by to see what is going on in our space.

Sharing projects and yarn knowledge has proved to be very beneficial for everyone involved. The more experienced crocheters help those that are learning, especially with reading patterns and then exchange ideas and techniques with each other.

At our last meeting, the knitters were making a ruffled boa-like scarf from a new-to-me Bernat’s mesh yarn. They were following the directions on the label. The crocheters wanted to make the same scarf, but there were no crochet instructions. As a result, I bought a few skeins and took them home. After some experimentation, I came up with three crocheted scarves using this yarn. (Two free patterns are available under Simple & Sensational: Afghan Ruffle Scarf and Double Crochet Ruffle scarf.)  If it wasn’t for meeting with this group, I probably would never have thought to do this.

To look for an established group in your area check out the Crochet Guild of American (www.crochet.org).  If there is none, why not take the initiative and start your own? Find a location, pick a convenient time and start inviting people. You’ll find this artistic association not only fun, but educational as well.

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Tanis Galik

Tanis Galik is an award-winning crochet designer, an experienced teacher and author. Interlocking Crochet is her best-selling crochet book which explores a unique technique that creates a reversible crochet fabric. Tanis learned the basics of Interlocking Crochet™ at a class presented by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. For the next 14 years she experimented with this technique – creating new designs and developing unique ways to use it. She is a member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), and has a CGOA Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques. She is published in crochet magazines, books and booklets. Free videos and workshops are available at YouTube.com Tanis Galik Playlists. Or visit SimpleAndSensational.com to learn basic crochet techniques and find more free patterns.