Hello everyone! It’s me, Annie from anniegurumi again.
I had the pleasure of playing with La Mia Re-Tweed yarn. It is a lovely wool blend (wool, polyester, acrylic) that is a generous 100g and 185m long! You can make a decent-sized scarf with just one ball of yarn.
I picked the light grey colour and fell in love with how soft the yarn is. The speckles of colours throughout the yarn is lovely! I was afraid the speckled parts would fall out with multiple frogging… but it didn’t budge!
I was experimenting with different but easy (quick) stitches to make scarves for my local charity. I wanted to share with you the different ones I did. I did all stitches through the back loops only to create a ribbed look. I feel the ribbed look creates a very elegant and timeless stitch.
Single crochet through the black loops only: This had beautiful definition and created a dense fabric. I personally love this one the best but it does take a long time to hook.
Half double crochet through the back loops only: This created a very clean look as well. Not as dense as the single crochet but it is pretty. This is definitely faster to hook than the single crochet and still very nice looking for a scarf.
Double crochet through the back loops only: I don’t see much of a difference between this and half double crochet. It is still nice but I think I like the half double crochet better since the double crochet is a bit less dense.
Triple crochet through the back loop only: This is obviously the quickest to crochet as the stitches are very tall. It’s my least favourite, it has a lot of space between stitches and I don’t think it can keep you warm. I suppose if you make the scarf very long and wrap it around your neck a few times, it would be warm since it’s made of wool!
I hope that this helps with last-minute holiday gifts. If you’re looking for speed, the last two will be the quickest. If you’re looking for something that looks nice and neat: I recommend the single crochet or half double crochet. 🙂
I’ve made so many scarves with different combinations of these stitches. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and warm greetings from my family to yours.
Hi friends! It’s lovely to be able to write these blog posts for you and share my experiences with lovely yarns that Hobium Yarns has sent me. I particularly love cotton yarns for my amigurumi. Mostly because they hold the shape well, wash and dry well, and to be honest, it looks quite nice! I have been enjoying SMC Catania very much. I love the colour range and that it has a slight sheen to it. I think you can also see, you will be able to find almost any colour that you are looking for too!
Personally, I have been using a 2.75mm hook for my amigurumi paired with this lovely yarn. It doesn’t split, which I know a lot of people get irritated by and the stitch definition is lovely. You can see from my bee here that the yarn looks so beautiful! I gifted a few of these bees and everyone was saying how the yarn is nice and soft. The structure of the amigurumi is firm but pliable. I do love that it can hold its shape well.
I also got to play around with the SMC Catania Color range. It is the same yarn but variegated. The colour changes are short so I found it difficult to just make an entire amigurumi with it (in a spiral). The colours changed too quickly for my taste this way, however… I am in love with it as an accent colour!
See this gorgeous fish pattern is by my friend @natura_crochet called Bertie. I used the variegated yarn as the accent colours and used the plain colour for the body. It came out beautifully and the colour changes actually created a pattern, especially on the body!
Another way I love to use the variegated yarn is to use it as a single stripe every now and then on white (or black). It creates a hint of fun, a rainbow accent that would look great as clothing for amigurumi!
I hope you found this blog post helpful. I frogged the yarn so many times to see which way I thought looked best for my amigurumi needs.
Currently, Hobium Yarns has a sale on SMC Catania, Catania Color and Catania Glamour! 40% off means you can definitely stock up in all the colours that you like. Please let me know if you found this helpful! I’m on social media everywhere, just look for anniegurumi. 🙂
You can also find Anniegurumi’s recent macrame rug pattern here.
FPHDC – Front Post Half Double Crochet Stitch HDC – Half Double Crochet
FO – Fasten Off
Special instructions for the Cluster Stitch:
Yarn over and insert hook into stitch, Yarn over and pull up a loop, Yarn over and pull through 2 loops only, (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and inset hook into the same stitch, Yarn over an pull up a loop, Yarn over and pull through 2 loops only, (3 loops on hook). Yarn over an insert hook into the same stitch, Yarn over and pull up a loop, Yarn over and pull through 2 loops only, (4 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook, DO NOT CHAIN 1 after. If you are not sure then hit the link below for a how-to video. Mine you will only yarn over 3 times until you have 4 loops on your hook not 5. Also, Remember DO NOT CHAIN 1.
ch: chain MR: magic ring sl st: slip stitch sc: single crochet hdc: half double crochet dc: double crochet tr: treble crochet inc: increase dec: decrease FO: finish off ( ): repeat what is in parenthesis [ ]: total number of stitches in the round sts: stitches