One-ply, Two-ply, Three-Ply, Z-ply: Crocheting with Hanspun Yarn

When I crochet a garment or accessory, I love having complete control of how my finished piece will look. From the color to the fiber content to the yarn weight, there are hundreds of yarn options. But you can take it a step farther and spin your own yarn, creating a yarn with the perfect amount of twist and ply direction. Here is Amy Clarke Moore, the editor of Spin-off, to tell us a little bit about their newest eBook, Spin-off Presents: Spinning for Crochet

Sunrise Moonset Vest by Lynne Vogel  


Crocheting with Handspun

I love to crochet with handspun yarn. Crochet and handspinning are perfect partners-each brings out the best in the other. With crochet, you can literally go in any direction-the loops can be formed in straight organized lines or they can be piled on each other, building amazing textures and shapes.

With crochet, you can make big chunky cat baskets or intricate fine blouses the color of sunsets and moonrises; you can make lacy bags to hold your yarn while you work or tightly worked bags to hold your oil bottle.

  Crocheted Bag by Meta Thompson

As you form the loops, you'll see that the possibilities are seemingly endless-each creats more options, more directions you can go. The same is true for handspinning-you choose your fiber, color, texture, and gist. Do you want a fine soft cotton or lustrous wool with a touch of silk? Do you want a thick, chaffy, bulky rope or a fine laceweight yarn? Are you going to keep the natural brown or dye your fiber to reflect the color of the heavens?

All this choice, though, can get a little overwhelming. That's when it is nice to have a little structure and guidance. This eBook provides just that-a look at why spinning is so well paired with crochet and how to use the elements of both to produce beautiful, functional pieces that will inspire you for decades to come.

— Amy

Spinning for Crochet is full of fabulous projects, from lace and Bosnian crochet bags to stunning garments, plus insightful tips for spinners of all experience levels. John Yerkovich debates the best yarn for his Old World Crochet Bags (shown below). And he has tried them all-singles, two-ply, three-ply, Z- and S-plied yarns, as well as both millspun and handspun yarns. His favorite, a handspun single with a fair amount of Z-twist. 

Old World Crochet Bags by John Yerkovich

Whether you are already a spinner, want to learn to spin your own yarn, or just want to learn more about handspun yarn while enjoying the innovative projects, you will love this new eBook.

Download your copy of Spin-off Presents: Spinning for Crochet today and discover tips on creating your perfect crochet yarn while you explore nine crochet projects designed for handspun yarns.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you crochet with your own handspun yarn? 

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