Written by Kate Curry
- 1 Skein of Sparkle Worsted Weight Reclaimed Silk Yarn - pictured in malachite.
- 4.50mm or 5.00mm Crochet hook
- 6.50 mm crochet hook
- Darning Needle
Chonk up that yarn
Hey everybody, Kate from Darn Good Yarn here. So I'm going to show you a really cool technique to thicken up, or, as I call it, chunk up some yarn. So I have some of our worsted weight yarn. And before I show you my trick, I just kind of want to show you what a regular, like, simple chain of this looks like so that when I show you the chunky version, you can actually see the difference. All right, so just one chain of our worsted weight yarn looks pretty much like this.
All right, so the first thing you have to do is you have to make an S. I always like to put my ball of yarn to my right. And then I will make a little S with my yarn. You bunch it together. And you make your knot with the working strand of yarn on your right side. And then you're going to make this, like, knot or any kind of knot really. You know, I'm not a big fan of slip knots. All right. Perfect. So you can see now we're going to have three strands of yarn. There's going to be the working strand and there's going to be this, like, little lasso. So I'll show you how it works. So I'm going to make a few quick chains. It's maybe a little tight because this crochet hook is a little too small for this thickness.
It was perfect for the plain worsted weight. But now that we're a little chunky, the first one might be a little tight. There we go. Now she's loosey goosey but as you can see, the chain is definitely chunkier. Look at that bad boy. Now, these three distinct strands, there's one working strand to catch the ball of yarn, and there's one like little lasso. So once you've gotten to the end of this, three strands to make more, you take your lasso, you're going to take a working yarn, and you're going to pull it through this pull it right through that little lasso Now, what you do is you're going to grab the lasso and kind of pull the yarn together. So you're making three strands of yarn again.
So essentially, while you are building up your project, you also have to stop every so often to put your yarn through that lasso to make more three stranded yarn or chunky art, as I like to call it. Here's a better view of the lasso. So you'll see one working strand attached to the ball of yarn or cake, whatever. And then you have the lasso. So to make more fingers through the lasso, pull the yarn on through and then squish it down here where you've ended the last lasso, you'll see like a little attachment. It does not affect the yarn at all. So remember those few stitches I showed you at the beginning, this is the same yarn.
But now this is with the thickening technique. So it's nice and thick and chunky. And again, once you get to like the end of your lasso, you can just push the yarn through Come on, buddy. Push the yarn through and tug. This would work better if I had a beautiful yarn bowl. Thankfully, I work at a place that makes yarn bowls and then you pull it down and then you have your three strands. I think it shows off the colors a lot better. Also, it shows off the sparkle a lot better. And that is pretty much it for my chunky yarn trick.
MR: Magic Ring
Hi, everybody it's Julia from darn good yarn and today I have a crochet technique video for you. I'm going to show you how to make a magic circle. A magic circle can be used for the start of a hat, for anything actually that's really circular. So, you start with a small circle in the middle and then you generally work outwards. Alright, so the first thing you're going to want to do is take your tail of yarn and you are going to lay it on top of your pointer finger and your middle finger. Wrap it around once and then wrap it again so you have an X here on the top of your fingers. So, you are gonna go underneath this first one and grab the second piece and then you're gonna go over top of this first one, grab the second one again and then you are going to pull through. So, now you're gonna have a circle here and you're gonna have your working yarn in your tail coming off of it.
So, generally people will work double crochets or single crochets into here and how you're going to do that is you're going to insert it into the circle, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, and pull through. So this is just how to do single crochets in here. So you're going to insert it into the circle, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through and you can kind of just keep doing that obviously following the pattern that you have but again like I said earlier, generally hats will be started like this so this would be like the top of a hat or an amigurumis are started like this. Just different things like that way you would need a circle. So, depending on how many that you need in this circle, usually when you get back to the beginning you can still have you slip stitch to the first one and thenhave you start another row and that is how you do the crocheted magic circle.
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DC: Double Crochet
Hi, everybody its Julia welcome to this video on how to do double crochet stitch of the month square. So, I have chained on 28 stitches and now we are going to start double crochet so you are going to yarn over your hook and then go into the third chain from the hook. So one, two, three, insert your hook, yarn over, pull through, one yarn over, pull through two, yarn over, pull through two. So, again we're going to yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through one, yarn over, pull through two, yarn over, pull through two, and we're just going to keep doing that all the way down the row until we get to the last chain.
Okay so, once you get to the last stitch here make sure you make your way all the way to the end. You're going to finish with your double crochet and you're going to chain two and then flip your work and then do the same thing all the way down. So, we're going to yarn over, go into the third chain from the hook or the base of the chains, which is right here - do a double crochet, double crochet all the way down and you're just going to keep doing that until your square gets to be a perfect square.
So, I hope you enjoyed this video of learning how to double crochet and how to do the stitch of the month square. I'll see you next month! [Music]
TS: Treble Stitch
This video will demonstrate the treble crochet stitch. I've started by making a row of treble crochets, just to make it easier to show the turning chain and um adding an additional row. You'll see some differing opinions on how high to make your turning chain, I like to use three chains. One, two, three that chain three will count as a first stitch, so you can go ahead and skip this first stitch as you move on. A treble crochet is just a bit taller than a double crochet, so instead of wrapping around just once as we would with a double crochet, we're going to yarn over one more time before we begin. So, you're going to yarn over twice, insert, pull up a loop, and you'll have four loops on your hook.
You'll yarn over, pull through two, yarn over, pull through two, and yarn over, pull through two again that's how we create our treble crochet. I'll show you that again - we're going to yarn over twice, insert into our next stitch, and pull up a loop, and you'll have four loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through two, yarn over, pull through two, and yarn over, pull through two, and you'll do that all the way across your row bearing in mind to work into that turning chain because it does count as a stitch
SS: Slip Stitch
Making Some Hearts!
Step One: Using your crochet hook form a magic ring. Make sure the tail is nice and long
Step Two: CH 2
Step Three: Into the MR, do 3 TS
Step Four: Into the MR, do 3 DC
Step Five: CH 1
Step Six: 3 DC into the MR
Step Seven: 3 TS into the MR
Step Eight: CH 2
Step Nine: SS into the ring
Step Ten: CH 1
Step Eleven: Snip a long tail (about 5 inches) of your working yarn and pull it through the last CH
Step Twelve: Pull both tails tight, creating the heart shape. Leave the tails for now!
Making The Cord
Step One: Triple ply your yarn using the technique shown in the video above (I call this chonking the yarn)
Step Two: Using your 6.50mm hook, CH 152 to create the garland cord
Step Three: Snip a long tail on the working yarn and pull the final chain through the loop. Create a double knot through the loop created by the last chain.
Attaching The Hearts
Using your darning needle, thread the tails of your hearts. Weave those tails into the stitches in the chain and through the top of the heart. Knot and pull tight!