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This time I'll tell you what threads and wools to use for crocheting, depending on what you want to do, the comfort, quality and textures.
These crochet tips will help you a lot if you are just starting to learn crochet, you can guide yourself from them to start, as you have more experience and have tried different types of materials you will be choosing them according to your tastes and preferences.
Well, here we go !
Hot weather crochet garments.
For these ones, I recommend those yarns whose composition is mostly cotton, such as 100% cotton, mercerized cotton, and combined as cotton with viscose (viscose gives it greater softness and weight, therefore better drape), cotton with silk, and similars. I use these threads because they are more fresh than those whose composition is acrylic.
Regarding the thicknesses, it depends on the garment that you are going to make, for example, for coats, cardigans and sweaters I use semi-thick thread, for hook number 3.5 mm to 4 mm.
For tops, blouses, shirts, dresses for me the best is fine thread (8/3) for hook number 2 mm to 3 mm, to my taste it is less hot and gives me that feeling of delicacy that I like so much, but of course, it takes more time to finish your work.
Something that must be taken into account in addition to the thickness and type of thread is how much they yield once woven, this depends on the weight of the thread, the point you choose, and the tension with which you weave.
I recommend that before starting a new proyect, you test the materials and stitches chosen by making samples of approximately 10 cm to avoid encountering surprises in the middle of your work and you are forced to unravel.
Knitwear for cold days:
I use both pure wool and acrylics. Important detail to know and with which we are always deceived: natural wool does not itch unless it is poorly worked. Regarding to acrylics, it is important that it be of very good quality, because otherwise, and unlike natural wool, it becomes damaged very quickly and your work will be ruined.
How do I know if it itches or not? I test the softness of the materials by trying them on my neck, it is a part of the body where the skin is more sensitive and we can easily detect if the material is going to itch or not.
Regarding the thicknesses, I use fine, semi-thick and thick depending on whether I want to make a light coat or a heavier and chubby coat.
For the lighter sweaters / jackets I like to use fine wool such as cashmilon, alpaca and the like, which fits well under the main coat.
In my experience, what is natural wool does not yield, but on the contrary, it gets smaller since it is less heavy than acrylics. Again I recommend making samples, each material reacts differently to each type of stitch and tension.
For backpacks, bags, clutches and fanny packs, I use single and double Peruvian cotton thread or cotton cord, since they are materials that give me the possibility of making the finished product firmer, if you like it to be softer then any other yarn you choose will be well.
There are hooks of many materials, wood, acrylic, plastic, with handle, without handle, all metal, with light, without light. It's a matter of you trying and seeing which one you like the most. I learned with metal hooks and they are the ones that are most comfortable for me. I recently tried a crochet hook all made of wood, round I mean that it did not have the flattened part to hold it, therefore it was not comfortable for me. I also tried one that is made of metal and has a handle, the truth is that I loved it, it is very comfortable more than anything because the crochet is n ° 2 therefore very small, so the handle helps a lot to hold it more comfortable. The one I have is made of porcelain handle, I think that with a wooden handle it can also work, as long as it is with the flattened part to hold it, otherwise it is quite uncomfortable.
If you have doubts about which crochet-hook number to use, the recommended number appears on the label of each ball or you can ask to the person who sells you the material who will know how guide you :). This also goes in tastes and preferences, if you like / need / want your crochet proyect to be tight then you should use a smaller number of crochet-hook and vice versa, always taking into account your weaving tension.
Thank you very much for reading and I hope these tips will help you.