Raise your hand if you love homespun yarn! Meee! I know a lot of my crochet friends dislike using homespun yarn because it can be a bit difficult to work with, especially if you are a beginner crocheter. I hope the Butterbeer Pullover pattern changes your mind if you are a homespun hater. 🙂 You can always substitute a different bulky yarn if you are totally against it, but I encourage you to give it a shot with homespun first!
Here are a couple of my tips on working with Lion Brand Homespun-
Keep your tension a bit loose! I know a lot of us have a habit of pulling our stitches down tight while crocheting. Don’t do this! One, it makes it harder to see the stitches and two, if you have to frog your work it will be difficult to pull out. You will also have a much harder time inserting your hook into the stitch and it may snag the yarn. So try and crochet with a nice even and “loose” tension.
Don’t rely on just your eyes for counting stitches. When you work with homespun yarn, the fluffiness of the yarn can make it difficult to see your stitches. I like to actually feel my stitches with my hands to help check my stitch count.
Start your work with a foundation row! My pullover pattern uses a foundation row for each panel. This not only gives your garment a bit more stretch and keeps the panel a uniform size but it also helps you keep your stitch count correct. When working with homespun I always find that the foundation chain and the first row gives the most trouble. It can be difficult to find where to insert your hook in the chain. If you use a foundation row it gets rid of this problem. I recommend THIS video/tutorial if you don’t already know how.
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Spring is on it’s way and there is no better way to celebrate then having a giveaway! When JORD Wood Watches contacted me to partner up with them, I Immediately jumped at the chance. I’ve seen these beautiful natural wood watches before and have already been eyeing them. Of course, that left the task of having to pick from all of the beautiful timepieces, which was NOT easy! I just love that their watches are made from natural wood, which goes perfectly with my yarn and handmade clothing (something I work with and wear almost everyday!)