Yarn Play

Yarn is terrific for all sorts of crafty activities. We love crochet, of course, but sometimes we like the immediate gratification of speedier sorts of yarn play. To explore these options, Crochetscene Editor Marcy Smith teamed up with two of her favorite yarny peeps, Vickie Howell and Lily Chin, to whip up some fiber fun. They tapped in to some of today’s hottest fiber trends: weaving, macramé, and pom-poms, among others.

Wall Hanging

DESIGNER Marcy Smith

FINISHED SIZE 161/2″ wide and 24″ long.

YARN Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell (70% acrylic, 30% wool; 167 yd [158 m]/3 oz [85 g]; ): #17 chartreuse (A), #11 coral (B), #05 plum(ish) (C), 1 ball each.

NOTIONS 18″ long and 1/2″ diameter dowel or stick; drill; 1/4″ drill bit; yarn needle.

Fun Flowers

DESIGNER Marcy Smith

FINISHED SIZE Small flower, 1″ diameter; large flower, 3″ diameter.

YARN Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread (100% acrylic; 371 yd [339 m]/3 oz [85 g]): #31222 ripe avocado, #31305 vivid violet, 1 ball each; Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (100% US grown cotton; 80 yd [73 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g]): #13530 country red, #13130 warm brown, 1 ball each; Bernat Roving (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 120 yd [109 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #714 coral, 1 ball.

NOTIONS Clover Mini Flower Loom; Clover Hana-Ami Flower Loom.

Macrame Necklace

DESIGNER Marcy Smith

FINISHED SIZE 60″ long.

YARN Bernat Roving (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 120 yd [109 m]/ 3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #714 coral (A), #032 putty (B), 1 ball each.

Pegboard Art

DESIGNER Marcy Smith

FINISHED SIZE 16 3/4″ wide and 8 1/2″ long. 8 3/4″ square for small size.

YARN Phentex Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell (70% acrylic, 30% wool; 167 yd [158 m]/3 oz [85 g]): #17 chartreuse(ish) (A), 1 ball; Bernat Roving (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 120 yd [109 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #714 coral (B), 1 ball; Worsted Solids (100% acrylic; 867 yd [792 m]/14 oz [400 g]; ): #2322 dark mauve (C), 1 ball; Phentex Worsted Ombres (100% acrylic; 582 yd [532 m]/10 1/2 oz [300 g]; ): # 44046 intrigue ombre (D), 1 ball.

NOTIONS Pegboards; jigsaw or circular saw (or ask someone at hardware store to cut to size); yarn needle.

Pom-Pom Wreath

DESIGNER Vickie Howell

FINISHED SIZE About 20″ diameter.

YARN Patons Classic Wool Roving (100% wool; 120 yd [109 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #77008 aran (A), 1 ball; Bernat Roving (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 120 yd [109 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #11 bark (B), 1 ball; Bernat Dimensions (70% acrylic, 30% wool; 160 yd [146 m]/2 3/4 oz [80 g]): #7 coral taupe (C), 1 ball.

NOTIONS 1 Clover Pom-pom Maker Large (2-pack) in sizes 2 1/2″ (65 mm) and 3 3/8″ (85 mm); scissors; 16″ (40.5 cm) diameter wreath form; hot glue and gun; optional: bottle brush trees.

Pom-Pom Garland

DESIGNER Vickie Howell

FINISHED SIZE About 76″.

YARN Patons Classic Wool Bulky (100% wool; 78 yd [71 m]/ 3½ oz [100 g]; ): #8908 aran (A), 1 ball; Patons Classic Wool Roving (100% wool; 120 yd [109 m]/3½ oz [100 g]; ): #77615 yellow (B), 1 ball; Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell (70% acrylic, 30% wool; 167 yd [158 m]/3 oz [85 g]; ): raspberry(ish) (C), 1 ball; Patons Classic Wool Worsted (100% wool; 210 yd [192 m]/3½ oz [100 g]; ): #77525 moss heather (D), 1 ball.

HOOK Size N/P-15 (10 mm).

NOTIONS 1 each, Clover Pom-pom Maker Large (2-pack) in sizes 21/2″ (65 mm) (medium) and 33/8″ (85 mm) (large) and Extra Large in size 41/2″ (115 mm); scissors; yarn needle; 2 large wooden beads.

Weaving Sticks Bag

DESIGNER Lily Chin

FINISHED SIZE 12 1/2″ wide, 10″ high, and 2 1/2″ deep; straps: about 68 1/2″ long and 2 1/2″ wide.

YARN Caron Simply Soft (distributed by Spinrite) (100% acrylic; 208 yd [190 m]/4 oz [113 g]): #9801 baby brights ombre (A), 2 skeins. Caron Simply Soft (distributed by Spinrite) (100% acrylic; 315 yd [288 m]/6 oz [170 g]): #9756 lavender blue (B), #9754 persimmon (C), 1 skein each. Bernat Softee Chunky (distributed by Spinrite) (100% acrylic; 108 yd [99 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #28323 dark mauve (D), 1 skein.

HOOK Sizes H/8 (5mm) and G/6 (4mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Set of 6 (Fine) Weaving Sticks from Clover, article #8440 (includes yarn needle).

GAUGE 18 sts in sc = 4″ with smaller hook. 18 sts in sc-ch1 = 4″ with larger hook.

 
                       

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