I posted some pictures of the puppets I have been making sometime last week, and the reaction was awesome. The main comment that sticks out in my mind is how the yarns held together made a cool effect. I totally agree with this. It does make a really cool effect. I’ve been doing this for years, but this was the first time I had so many comments about the yarns and what I was doing. I don’t know, maybe everyone doesn’t crochet like this sometimes? I do it all the time.
When I started crocheting dolls, I didn’t really have an idea of what I liked. I was using a crochet hook that was too big, and yarn that was too small. The stuffing shows through your stitches when that happens. That’s like chewing on a piece of tin foil for me. You’re not supposed to see the stuffing! I managed to get the right hook size (you’ll notice I mainly use D/3 (3.25 mm) if you’re a fan of my crochet patterns), and I found this little trick that thickens up my yarn. You can’t see the stuffing (mostly) through the stitches, and it created a great color pool of possibilities.
I love using worsted weight yarn, held together with sock yarn, to create a single strand of yarn. And that’s what I use to make the majority of my dolls. That’s the trick. It works with any yarn held together, threads held together… whatever kind of yarn you want to mix together.
One of my favorite effects is to take a solid color worsted yarn and hold that together with a cool variegated sock weight yarn… especially if the two yarns contrast each other. Ombre sock yarn is neat too, because it looks like your piece is changing colors, ever so slightly, as you crochet. There are so many different things you can do with two separate strands of yarn as one.
Mess around with it. Let me know what you think. What do you love? What do you hate? (I hate when I drop one of the yarn strands in the middle of a stitch… jams up my stitch flow.)