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Texture and the Ridged Ripple Baby Blanket

Texture and the Ridged Ripple Baby Blanket

Today and the next week or two we are going to talk about texture. Over the past several months, we have talked about color, and color patterning. Color theory is great, and color patterning is important, but texture is equally important.

Without texture, our blankets would be like so many striped or patterned plain knit t-shirts–boring after a while.  Texture adds pizzazz and emphasizes the beautiful yarns that we love to crochet with.

What is Texture?

Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines it as…

The visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something.

An identifying quality.

Something composed of closely interwoven elements; specifically: a woven cloth.

The structure formed by the threads of a fabric.

Texture Can Be Part of the Yarn

The yarn may be crinkly, have sequins, slubs, or be a smooth rayon or rough twine. These differing textures will add interest to your crochet project. There is such a wide variety of yarns available all with such a huge assortment of textures that it can be a challenge narrowing your choices down to just one.

Textured Yarn

More Textured Yarn

How Do You Know Which Yarn to Choose?

There are several questions to ask yourself before you fall in love with a yarn.

  1. What is the end purpose of your work?
texture in yarn
Soft green lace-weight yarn will make a wonderful soft shawl or summer-weight sweater.

Are you going to wear it? Is it for a baby? Will it need to be washed? Are you going to dry clean it, hand-wash it or throw it in the washer? Do you have allergies to any of the fibers

  1. How does it need to look?

Soft, filmy, ethereal, bulky, substantial, delicate, durable–all these words apply to different styles of yarn and yarn with different fiber content.

Textural yarns and strings
Clockwise from bottom right: nylon cord, sock yarn, t-shirt yarn, cotton piping cord, and string.
  1. What are you crocheting?

Are you crocheting lace? Boot socks? A sweater for your outdoor-loving son? Does it need to be almost indestructible? A formal shawl? A blanket for your dog?

Another crochet lover

Answering these questions will give you an idea of the look of the yarn for which you are shopping.

Break Out of the Box!

I know most of us walk into our local big box craft shop and choose the same old yarn that we always buy. Maybe it’s time to break away from the “usual” and find something new to crochet with, something that will add a special texture to your next project. Take a look at the varieties available and see if you can find something new with texture. You’ll love seeing how fun it can be to try something new!

feathery texture

Textured shawl
The eyelash yarn that I used with the durable acrylic gives a lovely soft fuzzy look to the poncho without sacrificing warmth or durability.

The Texture of the Ridged Ripple Baby Blanket

Speaking of texture, this is the beautiful Ridged Ripple Baby Blanket. As you can see, you can crochet this in a wide variety of yarns. I simply love the texture to this baby blanket!

Ridged Ripple Baby Blanket

The variegated yarn is so soft and created just for babies. The red yarn is a cotton-wool blend that will soften over time just like your favorite pair of jeans. This is a newly edited pattern that has just been re-released for you. Both of the suggested yarns are machine washable and easy care.

Chocolate Dog Studio crochet patterns are available in several different Internet shops. You can find all of my patterns here on the blog. The other sites where you can shop for Chocolate Dog Studio patterns: Etsy, Craftsy, Love Crochet, and now Makerist.

Talk to you later,

Karen

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A Question About Gauge, and a New Pattern: Ocean Waves Scarf

I have had a reader pose an interesting question about gauge.

“What do you do if your gauge is right across the crochet swatch in the number of stitches but short up and down in the number of rows?”

There are two different solutions to try if you have this problem.

Solution #1

First, I would think about elongating your stitches up and down. Crochet just a bit looser.

I had a question about gauge

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Eyelet Baby Blanket and Free Fashion Doll Blanket

eyelet baby blanket

I have just been on a baby-blanket-making-binge these days! It is so much fun to crochet baby afghans. They are quick and beautiful to crochet. This one, the Eyelet Baby Blanket, is one of my favorites.

Eyelet Baby Blanket

eyelet baby blanket

I just love it. I have crocheted many variations of this baby blanket through the years but this one is so bright and pretty — it’s by far my favorite. It would be so easy to change out the colors and make it all over again. I hope you will love crocheting it as much as I do.

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4-H and The Team Wreath

Crochet Team Wreath

I have a friend that is deeply involved in 4-H. She has been working with 4-H kids since college and was probably involved before she even went to college. She is an awesome person and devotes a greater part of her life to working with kids. I have great admiration for people that invest in our youth and children. What a great way to spend your time!

Julie called and asked me to create a couple of patterns for her 4-H group down in Texas. How could I say “no”?! She knows that I would never do that, so we talked for a bit and this Team Wreath is the pattern that developed. It uses the beautiful Red Heart Team yarns. There are so many color choices; it makes crocheting easy for beginners. You never have to change colors yet you get the color changes in the finished product. Continue reading 4-H and The Team Wreath