• Product Reviews

    We Crochet Palette Yarn Review

    4 balls of We Crochet Palette Yarn in a flat lay
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    It’s another Yarn Review Saturday here and today we’re taking a look at some We Crochet Palette Yarn. This is a fingering weight wool yarn that comes with an impressive colour selection to choose from. I’ve had the opportunity to try out some really fabulous fingering weight yarns so I’m interested to see of We Crochet Palette Yarn stacks up in comparison.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Palette Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 156! Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 231 yd / 211 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand Was/Lay Flat to Dry
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    I received a few different colourways of We Crochet Palette Yarn to try out. I got some of the Palette Twist yarn, two different shades of pink and some Ashphalt Heather. The colours were really pretty and I loved the Palette Twist yarn the second I saw it. I wasted no time starting a project with this yarn because the colours just worked together so well.

    I am seriously impressed the the array of colours available in We Crochet Palette Yarn. 156 colours in total?! That’s crazy and I love it. It’s designed for colourwork so if you want to make a project that has an ombre effect or has a ton of different colours, the selection of colours in this yarn can’t be beat.

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    Crocheting with We Crochet Palette Yarn

    Crochet swatches done with We Crochet Palette yarn

    This fingering weight yarn is durable and soft enough to be worn next to skin. The yarn was enjoyable to work with and once I got past the foundation rows of my project, started to work. up quickly. There were couple of issues with splitting while doing my foundation rows with the Ashphalt Twist crochet swatch but it was minimal and once I got further into the swatch, it was no longer an issue.

    Crochet swatch done in Ashphalt heather

    For the Ashphalt Twist swatch, I did the basic stitches and then finished off the swatch withsome tunisian simple stitch. Stitch definition is minimal due to the marled effect of the yarn. I’d probably stick to simple stitches when creating with the Palette Twist yarn to let the twist be featured instead of the stitchwork.

    For my pink swatch, I did the basic crochet stitches starting with double crochet, moving to half double crochet and then finishing off the swatch with single crochet. The yarn was great to work with, not issues with splitting and it had great stitch definition. As I work with more fingering weight yarns, I’m finding that starting with foundation stitches instead of working into a chain is much quicker and less tedious. If you haven’t tried doing foundation stitchces before you can learn how to do them here:

    Pink crochet swatch with a lime Furls Odyssey crochet hook next to it.

    This yarn would be great for a wide variety of projects and I am still blown away by the colour availability in the Palette yarn line from We Crochet. I’ve already started a project with my yarn and am hoping to design a shawl with it. Have you tried We Crochet Palette yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Caron Anniversary Cake Blanket Pattern

    Caron Anniversary Cake Blanket draped over a fence
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    Many of you may remember when I first stumbled across Caron Anniversary Cakes and ran out to grab one and do my yarn review of it (found here). I got a little too excited about my huggable-sized yarn and dug into it right away but I also was inspired to create a new blanket pattern. I really want to call this Caron Anniverary Cake Blanket Pattern a one skein pattern (which is really is, only one Anniverary Cake is needed for this) but it feels like cheating since one Anniversary Cake weighs over 2 lbs and has over 1000 yards of yarn in it.

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    The Tranquil Tides blanket is a relaxing and easy make, accessible for beginners. When I set out to design my Caron Anniversary Cake Blanket Pattern, I wanted to create something that was easy enough to do while you binge your favourite shows but interesting enough that you don’t get bored. I used the colourway Blueberry Birthday and the colours were really soothing and reminded me of water and my husband said that since it was a relaxing make, I should call it Tranquil Tides. And that’s how this pattern got it’s name.

    Because the yarn is super bulky, it works up quickly and you’ll have yourself a beautiful new blanket in no time. I’ve kept the stitches simple to not only make this pattern accessible to beginners, but to make it quick and relaxing. To make this blanket, you’ll need to know how to make a chain, do a double crochet, double crochet increase and double crochet decrease. You’ll also need to know how to work in the back loop only.

    Check out my video tutorial for this Caron Anniversary Cakes Blanket Pattern:

    This pattern doesn’t use a full Caron Anniversary Cake. There will be some left overs. I like to cut the yarn every three rows to control the colour changes. This is completely optional should you not want to weave in your ends, you will just have mid-row colour changes.

    Other Free Crochet Blanket Patterns Available On The Loopy Lamb:

    Caron Anniversary Cake Blanket Pattern: Tranquil Tides

    Smiling woman cuddling with the blanket made with this Caron Anniversary Cake Blanket Pattern

    Skill Level:

    • Beginner

    Supplies:

    • 8.0 mm Furls Crochet Hook (or whatever hook needed to match gauge) – – Save 15% when shopping Furls through this link using the code loopylamb15
    • 1 Caron Anniversary Cake (I used Blueberry Birthday) or 928 yards of Super Bulky (6) Yarn
    • Tapestry Needle
    • Scissors


    Abbreviations:

    • BLO = Back Loop Only
    • CH = Chain
    • DC = Double Crochet
    • DCINC = Double Crochet Increase
    • DCDEC = Double Crochet Decrease
    • FO = Finish Off
    • ST = Stitch
    • SK = Skip


    Finished size:

    • 48” Long by 36” wide

    Gauge:

    • 9.5 sts x 5 rows = 4 inches

    You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern which includes all sizes for a small fee HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.


    NOTES:

    • CH 3s at the beginning of rows count as first DC stitch
    • To adjust the size of this pattern, chain in multiples of 12 + 3 for the turning CH.
    • To maintain clean colour changes, I cut the yarn every 3 rows and changed to the next colour that happened in the ball.  This is completely optional as it does result in more ends to weave in, however, it does look cleaner in the end result. 
    • All stitches in the row should be done in the BLO for rows that indicate BLO at the beginning of them.
    Woman holding a crochet ripple blanket up behind her.

    CH 87
    Row 1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook (skipped CHs count as 1st DC), *DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, (DCINC) x 2* repeat instructions given in ** until 11 STs remain.  DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, DCINC in the last ST. (84)
    Row 2: Turn and CH 3.  (counts as first ST here and throughout), DC in the 1st ST, *DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, (DCINC) x 2* repeat instructions given in ** until 11 STs remain.  DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, DCINC in the last ST. (84)
    Row 3: Turn and CH 3.  In BLO, DC in the 1st ST, *DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, (DCINC) x 2* repeat instructions given in ** until 11 STs remain.  DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, DCINC in the last ST. (84)
    Change to next colour in ball
    Row 4: Turn and CH 3.  DC in the 1st ST, *DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, (DCINC) x 2* repeat instructions given in ** until 11 STs remain.  DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, DCINC in the last ST. (84)
    Row 5: Turn and CH 3.  In BLO, DC in the 1st ST, *DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, (DCINC) x 2* repeat instructions given in ** until 11 STs remain.  DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, DCINC in the last ST. (84)
    Row 6: Turn and CH 3.  DC in the 1st ST, *DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, (DCINC) x 2* repeat instructions given in ** until 11 STs remain.  DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, DCINC in the last ST. (84)
    Change to next colour in ball
    Row 7: Turn and CH 3.  In BLO, DC in the 1st ST, *DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, (DCINC) x 2* repeat instructions given in ** until 11 STs remain.  DC 3, (DCDEC) x 2, DC 3, DCINC in the last ST. (84)
    Rows 8 – 10: Repeat Row 2. Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Row 9. (84)

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    Woman smiling, looking over her shoulder with a crochet blanket made with this free crochet pattern on her shoulders.
    When your glasses match your fresh off the hook new blanket.


    Rows 11 – 15: Repeat Rows 3 – 7. Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Rows 12 and 15. (84)
    Rows 16 – 18: Repeat Row 2 (84)
    Change to next colour in ball
    Rows 19 – 23: Repeat Rows 3 – 7. Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Row 21. (84)
    Rows 24 – 26: Repeat Row 2. Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Row 24. (84)
    Rows 27 – 31: Repeat Rows 3 – 7. Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Rows 27 and 30. (84)
    Rows 32 – 34: Repeat Row 2.  Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Row 33.  (84)
    Rows 35 – 39: Repeat Rows 3 – 7.  Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Rows 36 and 39. (84)
    Rows 40 – 42: Repeat Row 2.
    Change to next colour in ball
    Rows 43 – 47: Repeat Rows 3 – 7. Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Row 45. (84)

    close up of the caron anniversary cakes blanket pattern textures


    Rows 48 – 50: Repeat Row 2.  Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Row 48. (84)
    Change to next colour in ball
    Rows 51 – 55: Repeat Rows 3 – 7.  Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Rows 51 and 54. (84)
    Rows 56 – 58: Repeat Row 2. Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Row 57.  (84)
    Rows 59 – 61: Repeat Rows 3 – 5. Change to next colour in your ball at the end of Row 60.   (84)
    Row 62: Repeat Row 2 (84)

    FO and weave in ends.  Block.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: http://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Product Reviews

    Standout Hooded Cardigan Review & Giveaway

    Woman wearing the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern
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    Thanks to our friends at Annie’s Craft Store, I have at copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan pattern to giveaway to one lucky winner. Before we get to the giveaway, I’ll let you know a bit more about the pattern you can enter to win.

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    This crochet cardigan pattern was designed by Margaret Hubert. It is a long and cozy looking sweater, made in a solid colour to become a fall and winter wardobe staple.

    Materials used in the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern:

    • Yarn: This pattern uses Premier Yarns Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn.
    • Hooks: 5.5mm and 5.0 mm crochet hooks
    • Tapestry Needle
    • 6 – 1 1/2″ buttons

    Sizes Included:

    The pattern incluses the following sizes:

    • Small (47.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Medium (53.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Large (57.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Extra Large (62.5″ Bust measurement)
    • 2XL (66.5″ Bust measurement)

    The Standout Hooded Cardigan pattern is rated as an intermediate level crochet pattern. The pattern is created useing simple stitches and was very straight forward. Diagrams of the garment pieces are included to show the measurements of each piece which is helpful.

    If you want to purchase a copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern by Margaret Hubert, you can check it out HERE.

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    Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern by Margaret Hubert to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    This pattern giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, December 11th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • Product Reviews

    We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn Review

    4 Cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn and a Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook
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    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Stroll Gradient Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn also from We Crochet, earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now. Last week we chatted about Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn and this week’s yarn, Stroll Gradient Yarn is also a fingering weight yarn.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Stroll Gradient Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 15. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 458 yd / 419 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold and Tumble Dry Low
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    The vibrant, bold colours of the We Crochet Stroll Gradient is what caught my attention in my first impressions upon opening the box. Stroll Gradient yarn is a gradient yarn with long colour changes. There are 15 different colourways available and they have some really fun names. I got to check out Pet Rock, Camper Van, BFF and FOMO. This is a sock yarn so it is thinner than the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight yarn or the Hawthorne Hand Paint Speckle Yarns that I’ve tried previously. I’d probably say this is a light fingering weight yarn.

    4 Cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn and some Clover Tunisian Crochet Hooks
    Moving from left to right (from the top-left): Pet Rock, Camper Van, BFF and FOMO

    According to the We Crochet website, due to the long colour change, you would need 2 cakes of this yarn to make a pair of identical socks. If you don’t mind weaving in ends and you had the right pattern, you could possibly split the colours up and get away with one cake. There are lots of free patterns listed on Ravelry that use betwee 300 – 400 yards of yarns. It just depends on how much work you want to put into it and how you want the socks to turn out.

    The yarn is really soft to the touch and I bet wearing a pair of socks made with this would be dreamy. I’ll level with you. I’ve been scared to try crochet socks but I’m definitely willing to try it to make a pair in the Camper Van colourway I got to try. I don’t know what it is about this colour way that I’m so drawn to but I just love it and really want a pair of socks made with it.

    Two cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient next to hands holding Furls Odyssey Crochet Hooks

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    Crocheting with We Crochet Stroll Gradient

    I chose the Camper Van and BFF colourways to do my crochet swatches for testing out the yarn. For the Camper Van sample, I did the basic stitches, starting with single crochet, moving to half double crochet, double crochet and then some tunisian stitches up top. For the BFF sample, I did some tunisian knit stitch and a few rows of Tunisian garter stitch up top.

    Crochet swatch of Camper Van
    Tunisian crochet swatch sample done in BFF colourway of We Crochet Stroll Gradient
    Tunisian Crochet Swatch in BFF

    The samples did take quite a bit of time due to the fact that the yarn is so thin. Once I got a few rows into my swatches, things sped up a bit. The yarn did split a little bit as I was working with it but nothing crazy or overly frustrating. It’s worth mentioning that the colours are not solid. They have a bit of a tonal variation through the colours (at least in the colours I used).

    This yarn would be great to pair with a solid coloured yarn for shawls or on it’s own for socks. I’d personally like to try holding two strands of the same yarn doubled for a project to see how that turns out. I enjoyed the yarn, loved the colours and the name of the colours but I think if it came down to it and I had to choose, I’d go with Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight or one of the Hawthorne fingering weights instead just because the yarn is a little plumper and works up a bit faster than the stroll gradient.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Stroll Gradient Yarn yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament Pattern

    Two crochet gnome christmas tree ornaments being held in hands.
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    Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season is upon us and soon we’ll be decorating our trees (if you haven’t already). Adorn your tree with these quick, easy and oh so adorable Gnome Christmas Tree Ornaments.

    For this free crochet pattern, I’ve included two different versions which will help you get similar results using two different materials for the base of the ornament. Version 1 of the pattern includes making a beard for your Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament with faux fur yarn that takes only a few minutes to make. If you’re pressed for time or aren’t comfortable with using faux fur yarns, I have made Version 2. For Version 2, the beard of the Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament is made using a faux fur pom pom. Both versions are quick, easy and (more than) a little addictive. You have have a tree full of them before you know it.

    This Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament Free Pattern has been sponsored by Clover USA. All opinions are my own.

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    If you haven’t used faux yarn to crochet amigurumi before, this Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament pattern is a great pattern to finally give it a try. The beard of Version 1 of this pattern is made with faux fur yarn and is only a few rounds so it isn’t a big committment and will give you some practice working with it. Faux fur yarn is incredibly forgiving so if you don’t have the tidiest seaming when putting your Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament together, no one can tell. The fur hides it all and still looks great. Check out my tips and tricks for using faux fur yarns in the video below (or find the write up HERE) so you can hit the ground running. If you’re looking to give faux fur yarns a try, I recommend using Fable Fur from WeCrochet (found HERE). It’s my favourite faux fur yarn as it has a thick strap on the back of the yarn which helps you feel the stitches, even if you can’t see them.

    Other Free Faux Fur Yarn Crochet Patterns Available:

    If you haven’t seen my other faux fur yarn crochet patterns that I’ve published so far, check them out here:

    supplies used in this free crochet gnome pattern.

    Supplies for Gnome Crocheted with Faux Fur (Referred to as Version 1):

    crochet gnome ornament made with faux fur yarn

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    Supplies for Gnome with Pom Pom Base (Referred to as Version 2):

    gnome tree ornament made with faux fur pompom

    Abbreviations:

    • CH = Chain
    • MC = Magic Circle
    • ST = Stitch
    • SL ST = Slip Stitch
    • SC = Single Crochet
    • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
    • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
    • FO = Finish Off

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.


    Finished size:

    • Approximately 4.5” tall

    Gauge:

    • Faux Fur Gauge: 5 sts x 5 rows = 2 inches
    • Hat Gauge: 12 sts x 12 rows = 2 inches
    • Gauge is not vital to project

    NOTES:

    • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project. 
    • A 5.5mm crochet hook is recommended for the project but if you find you are unable to feel your stitches, you can adjust your hook until you can more easily feel your stitches to know where to place your stitches.  This may however affect your gauge and therefore, the amount of yarn needed. 
    • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • All pieces made in the Fable Fur are worked and sewn onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 

    Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament Free Pattern

    crochet gnome tree ornaments made with a faux fur pom pom and a gnome made with faux fur yarn

    Hat for Both Gnome Versions


    Round 1:
    Using 3.5mm hook and Brava Worsted Weight in Red, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: SC around (6)
    Round 3:
    (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Rounds 4 – 5: SC around (12)
    Round 6: (SC, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Rounds 7 – 8:
    SC around (18)
    Round 9: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC (24)
    Rounds 10 – 11: SC around (24)
    Round 12: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6 (30)
    Round 13: SC around (30)
    Round 14:  SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 6, SC 2 (36)
    Round 15: (SC 5, SCINC) x 6 (42)
    Rounds 16 – 18: SC around (42)Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.
    If using the faux fur yarn base, FO leaving a long tail to sew the hat onto the base.

    If using the pompom as your base (Version 2), FO and weave in ends.


    Creating the Hanger (for both versions):

    Cut a length of yarn that matches your hat colour to approximately 8 – 10” long.  Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and pull the yarn through a stitch near the top of the hat.  Do NOT pull it all the way through.  Thread it through another stitch at the top of the hat and pull it inside the hat.  Take the two ends of your yarn and tie a knot inside the hat, making sure that you leave enough yarn outside of the hat to hang it on the tree. Pull the loop up to finish the hanger. (Need help with this step? Check out my YouTube video below)

    How to Assemble Your Crochet Gnome Christmas Tree Ornament (Version 2)

    trio of crochet gnome tree ornaments made with this free crochet pattern.

    Beard (for Version 1 Only)

    Round 1: Using 5.5mm hook and Fable Fur in Eisbar, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SCINC, SC) x 6 (18)
    Rounds 4 – 6: SC around (18) – Add stuffing.  Continue to add more stuffing as you go.
    Round 7: (SCDEC, SC) x 6 (12)
    Round 8: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew the bead onto the Beard.  Finish stuffing. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and feed the needle down through the center hole left from finishing off the beard and out through the side of the beard towards you.  I like to go down approximately 3 rows. 

    needle coming out the side of a faux fur yarn pompom
    bead sewn onto side of faux fur yarn pompom

    Use the tail to sew the nose onto the side of the beard near the top of the beard (make sure the hat will cover the top part of the nose before securing it).  FO and weave in ends.  Alternatively, if you don’t want to sew on the nose, you can use some hot glue to glue it to the side of your beard.  Just make sure you’re confident of your placement before applying the glue.

    Assembly:

    Version 1:

    Stuff your hat with stuffing and place over top of your gnome beard so one edge slightly overhangs the nose.  Sew around the bottom of the hat, securing it to the beard, adding stuffing as you go.  When you get to the bead, pull the yarn through the stitch closest to the end of the bead in the hat and then through the hole in the bead to the other side and then through the stitch closest to the bead’s other side and pull taught(see image below).  Continue sewing the hat to the beard.  FO and weave in ends. Alternatively, if you don’t want to sew the hat on, you could glue it on using the hot glue and glue gun.

    image showing which stitches to use when attaching hat to crochet gnome

    Version 2:

    Use a scrap piece of yarn and thread it through your bead.  Tie the yarn to the elastic on your pompom so the bead hangs slightly against the top/side of the pompom. 

    fur pompom showing it has an elastic attachment
    pompom with bead nose attachment

    Use an elastic to wrap around the pompom to hold the fur down to make adding glue easier and less messy.  Stuff your hat with stuffing and place over top of your pompom to test the placement of your bead.  When satisfied add hot glue around the top of the pompom where the edge of your hat will meet/touch the pompom, making sure to add some to the top of the bead.  Place stuffed hat on top of the pompom and hold in place until glue cools/hat is secure.


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  • Product Reviews

    Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern Review and Giveaway!

    image of the Cascading Blocks Throw draped over a couch.
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Thanks to our friends at Annie’s Catalogue, I have at copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw pattern to giveaway to one lucky winner. Before we get to the giveaway, I’ll let you know a bit more about the pattern you can enter to win.

    This crochet throw pattern was designed by Rena V. Stevens. It is a gorgeous throw pattern that will easily become an heirloom piece because it just has that timeless look. This design uses the crochet staple granny square in a unique qay which produces a fun, chevron edge to the blanket. The finished blanket size is 49″ wide x 72″ long (excluding the fringe).

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    Materials used in the Cascading Blocks Throw Blanket Pattern:

    • Premier Basix Worsted Weight Acrulic Yarn
      • 6 skeins in the main colour and 3 skeins in the accent colour
    • Size J/6mm Crochet Hook (or whatever size needed to obtain gauge)
    • Size Q/16mm crochet hook
    • Tapestry Needle
    • 20 Stitch Markers

    The pattern is rated as an intermediate level pattern.

    A diagram is included with the pattern to assist with assembling your blanket to ensure you get your granny square placement correct.

    If you want to purchase a copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern by Rena V. Stevens, you can check it out HERE.

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    Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern by Rena V. Stevens to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    This pattern giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • Product Reviews

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn Review

    Two hanks of Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn in a flat lay with Furls Crochet Hooks
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    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn also from We Crochet, earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 7. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 423 yd / 385 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.5 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.25mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold and Tumble Dry Low
    • Other Yarn Weights Available?: Yes! Also available in Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight. Check it out HERE.
    If you’re planning on buying some Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free yarn reviews like this one and free crochet patterns.

    Check out the video review of We Crochet Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn:

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn cakes in a flat lay with crochet hooks

    The Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn has been, as the name suggested, hand painted. The We Crochet site says Muse Hand Painted Fingering is “meticulously dye by Japanese artisans, who blend and apply colors by hand to achieve a range of colors and chromatic explosions. Precis districution of color minimizes the streaking and pooling you might see in other hand-painted yarns.” The colours I am checking out in my review ar ethe Impulse and Exquisite colourways of this yarn. I was immediately drawn to the Impulse colour and Equisite is the absolute perfect match for it. After reading on the site about how the colours are dyed I couldn’t wait to start hooking this up to see how it worked up.

    The yarn in the hanks is gorgeous and soft. Hanking it up on my swift was fun (yes, I am aware that I am a total yarn geek right now) because seeing the beautiful colours in the Impulse hank unwind was stunning. It seriously got me really excited to work with it. In the hank, the yarn looks like a small piece or watercolour art. This yarn was giving me some serious build up to the make.

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn cakes in a flat lay with crochet hooks

    Crocheting with Muse Hand Painted Fingering was a lot of fun. I loved watching the ways the colour changed as I stitched up my sample. The colour changes were really gradual, with the colours blending together in a really beautiful way. By the time my brain registered that a colour change was even happening, I was in the next colour and watching it blend into the next.

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering has a tighter ply so I didn’t experience any issues with splittling while I worked with it. For my sample in the Impulse, I did the three basic stitches as I normally do (single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet) and then I transitioned into some tunisian crochet. I did a few rows of Tunisian Simple Stitch and Tunisian Knit Stitch. Just when I thought that the yarn couldn’t look more beautiful it upped it’s game and looked stunning in the tunisian stitches. The colours blended even nicer in the tunisian stitches and is seriously making me consider making a sweater in this yarn for myself.

    Bright multicoloured yarn in a crochet swatch

    The Exquisite yarn was beautiful and had variations between black, grey and the occassional speck of white. It’s harder to capture a good picture of this swatch due to how dark it is but it makes a fantastic contract to the Impulse which is this gorgeous explosion of colours. Working the two into a project together would no doubt be stunning. For my swatch with the exquisite I did some of the basic stitches and then tried some Thicket Stitch to see how the yarn did with a simple, textured stitch. In person, it’s really pretty and spread over a larger sample, I think you’d be able to pick up that texture much more easily.

    Black Yarn in a crochet swatch

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    Shortly after starting this review it was brought to my attention that you can get Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn in an Aran/Heavy Worsted weight (find it HERE). I obviously ran over to the We Crochet site to check it out and found out that there are 15 different colourways of this in the worsted weight version. You don’t get as much yardage but now that I’ve fallen in love with the fingering weight Muse I’m drooling over a couple of the worsted weight Muse colours that I’m definitely adding to my wish list.

    Crochet swatches using hand painted yarn from We Crochet

    This yarn can be used for a wide variety of projects like socks, tops, shawls and accessories. The Impulse colours remind me of a gorgeous sweater that I saw in a movie once and I would seriously wear a sweater made with this everyday. Those that know me in real life, will attest that I tend to wear a mix of blacks, greys and blues so it would probably surprise my family to see me sporting something with so much colour but I’d absolutely do it without hesitation. It would be too beautiful not to be worn. Muse Hand Painted Fingering may be close to taking the the place of my beloved Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn as my favourite fingering weight yarn but shhh.. don’t tell Hawthorne.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Muse Hand Paint Fingering yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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  • Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Animal Ears Headband Free Crochet Pattern

    Mother and daughter smiling wearing crochet animal ears headbands
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Whether it’s for dress-up, Halloween or just because you can, these Crochet Animal Ears Headbands are a quick and easy make that’ll appeal to everyone. I know both my kids absolutely love them and wear them often for dress up. My daughter, who loves cats wears her cat ear headband almost everyday and my son, who’s into bears, wears his a few times a week. They play pretend to be animal friends and it’s just the cutest. Keep reading to find the free crochet pattern to make your own crochet animal ear headbands!

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    When Halloween rolled around this year, I was caught without a Halloween costume. As an adult, that’s normally not a huge deal, but my young children really wanted both Mom & Dad to get into the spirit. So in the eleventh hour, I got an idea: I would make myself a crochet animal ears headband! I could’ve just ran to the dollar store and picked up a quick and cheap pair I guess, but where is the fun in that? I’ve got this skill and I was going to use it. So I grabbed some Fable Fur Yarn, an old headband I haven’t worn in ages and got to work.

    Smiling woman wearing faux fur crochet bear ears

    15 minutes later, I had a crochet bear ears headband and it was irresistable! Fable Fur made the ears so soft to touch and to realistic looking. I was thrilled! Take that dollar store ears! Little did I know that my now beloved crochet bear ear headband was in jeopardy. I went to show my husband my costume for the following evening. Upon walking into the room where my daughter was also sitting, I heard a little squeal. “Mommy’s a bear! I want to be a bear too!”

    She asked to try them on, to which I agreed and that was the last I held my bear ears until she went to bed that night. She wore them the whole afternoon.

    The next day was Halloween and I donned my crochet animal ears headband and my husband went as a lobster. He wore my red oven mitts, a red hoodie and a crochet lobster ear flap hat that I made him (find the free pattern here). We had a great time doing trick-or-treating at grandma’s house and everyone loved the crochet bear ears. I kept thinking I should write up the pattern and share it but I thought it may be too late to do so since Halloween had already passed.

    Smiling girl in a pink shirt wearing a crochet animal ears headband made with fable fur yarn

    Then, my kids wanted more ears. My daughter frequently pretends to be a cat (completed with hissing as people which drives me nuts) so I knew that I would have to make her a crochet cat ears headband as well. Since they play with them so often I figured that I wouldn’t wait to release the pattern because I know that with Christmas coming up, these would make a great Christmas gift for kids that is quick and easy to make.

    If this is your first time ever using faux fur yarn, check out my video below with tips and tricks for working with this yarn. If you’d prefer the written version, you can find that HERE.

    Free Crochet Patterns Using Faux Fur Yarn

    Ready to get started using faux fur yarns? Here are some free crochet patterns that I have available on my site to get you started:

    Crochet Animal Ears Headband Free Crochet Pattern

    Mother and daughter pretending to be bears while wearing crochet bear ears

    Skill Level:

    • Beginner

    Supplies:

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    Abbreviations:


    Finished size:

    • One Size

    Gauge:

    • 5 sts x 5 rows = 2 inches – Not vital to project


    NOTES:

    • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the row, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.
    • All pieces made in the Fable Fur are worked and sewn onto the project with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 
    • Gauge is not critical to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed.
    • Please note that the amount of yarn you use may depending on the thickness of your headband. All of the headbands I’ve used were less than a centimeter wide. The wider the headband you use, the more yarn will be required to cover it.
    • If you are concerned about the bear ears being floppy, you can crochet over a chenille pipe cleaner in Round 4 of the bear ears to help support them.

    Get an ad-free PDF version of this Crochet Animal Ears Headbands Pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

    Mother and daughter wearing crochet animal ears headbands

    Crochet Animal Ears Headband Free Crochet Pattern

    Crochet Bear Ears (Make Two)

    crochet bear ears in a flat lay with We Crochet Fable Fur and a Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook

    Round 1:  Using Fable Fur in Kuma and 5.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  (6)
    Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 3: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Round 4: SC 1, SCINC,(SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC 1 (24)
    Round 5: SL ST in each ST around.  (24)
    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto headband.

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    Crochet Cat Ears (Make Two)

    smiling girl wearing a crochet cat headband made with faux fur yarn

    Round 1:  Using Fable Fur in Corvo and 5.5mm crochet hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC.  (6)
    Round 2: SC in each ST around (6)
    Round 3: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
    Round 4: SC in each ST around (12)
    Round 5: (SC 1, SCINC) x 6 (18)
    Rounds 6 – 7: SC around (18)

    FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the headband.  Do NOT stuff.  Flatten the piece to secure to headband.

    Watch My Video Tutorial for How to Make a Crochet Animal Ears Headband (Bear Version):

    Headbands

    Attach your Fable Fur yarn to one end of the headband with a SL ST.  SC around the headband from one end to the other until the headband is covered and you cannot see the headband through the fur.  If you are concerned about the yarn slipping off the end of your headband, push the stitches on each end up slightly from the end of the headband and place a dab of hot glue on the head band.  Push the yarn back down so the last stitch or two are sitting in the hot glue.  Repeat on the other end and let dry.

    Mother and daughter wearing crochet animal ears headbands

    Assembling your Crochet Animals Ears Headbands

    Thread the tail of one of your ears onto a tapestry needle and sew onto the headband, working through the bottoms of the ears.  When doing the Cat Ears, ensure that you are working through both layers of the bottom of the opening of the ear. Repeat with the other ear on the other side of the headband.  FO and weave in ends.

    Disclaimer:

    Feel free to sell the item created by this crochet animal ears headband pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: http://www.theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

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  • Crochet Book Reviews

    Lil’ Hipsters Review – Modern Crochet Patterns for Toddlers

    Collage of images of the crochet patterns for toddlers found in Lil' Hipsters.
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    Today we’re taking a look at the new book Lil’ Hipsters: 15 Fashion Favorites to Keep Your Baby Looking Stylish crochet pattern book from designer Kristi Simpson and Leisure Arts. Lil’ Hipsters is a pattern book with modern crochet patterns for toddlers. Thanks to Leisure Arts, I have a PDF copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader! Keep reading to learn more about Lil’ Hipsters and how you can enter to win a copy of your own.

    Thank you to Leisure Arts who provided me this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

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    I recently reviewed another pattern book by this same designer recently called Besties: Every Girl Needs a Friend which was a fun amigurumi pattern book so I was interested to see what kind of clothing patterns Kristi Simpson had come up with for toddlers. Having a toddler myself who is particularly picky about her clothing (it starts early friends!), I was particularly drawn to this book to see if there was anything that may appease both daughter and Mommy.

    Toddler wearing a yellow top made using the crochet patterns for toddlers in Lil' Hipsters

    Modern Crochet Patterns for Toddlers Found in the Book

    As stated in the title, this book has 15 modern crochet patterns for toddlers for a variety of different wearables. The patterns included are:

    • Cowl
    • Top Down Sweater
    • Tunic Top
    • Pullover
    • Sweater Cocoon
    • Side Poncho
    • Pants
    • Vest with Pocket
    • Speckled Sweater
    • Cowl Jacket
    • Slouchy Hat
    • Hooded Vest
    • Hooded Sweater
    • Shoulder Tie Dress
    • Seamless Vest
    • Yellow Top
    Crochet cowl being worn by a toddler

    When I first opened the book and saw the pattern for the cowl I was thinking “just stop! That is waayy too cute! I’m totally making one for me!” Seriously. We are getting Mommy and Me matching sets whether she likes it or not. It’s too cute. Some of my other favourites in the book were the Tunic Top, the Pullover (which is a poncho), the Hooded Vest and the Yellow Top. All were really adorable and I’d put my kid in any of them and be thrilled about it.

    Sizes

    The sizing in the book are specically for toddlers in the 1T – 5T size range. The body measurements for each size are included so there’s no worry if you’re not sure what size to choose as long as you’ve got a tape measure handy. It’s also worth nothing that the patterns are for girls and boys alike with many of the patterns being able to used for anyone.

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    Child wearing a crochet poncho, sunglasses and sunhat

    Yarns Used in Lil Hipsters

    As I’m finding with Leisure Arts books, a lot of the important information you’d be looking for is at the back of the book. Stuff like, yarn brands and colours and the reference section. Not a bad thing, just something to keep in mind so you know where to look. I love that they include the yarn brand and colour information in their books because sometimes, you just want to use what the designer used. Most of the yarns used in the book are accesible at your local big box stores and you may already have some of them in your stash. The yarns used in this book are:

    • Sugar Bush Bliss
    • Patons Canadiana
    • Red Heart Soft
    • Patons Alpaca Blend
    • Lion Brand Jeans
    • Patons Classic Wool Worsted
    • Sugar Bush Bold
    • Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend
    • Lion Brand Wool-Ease
    • Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted
    Hipster toddler wearing a crochet tunic made from the crochet patterns for toddlers in this book

    I found the patterns to be clear and easy to follow. The garments are made with simple construction and stitches. All the patterns are rated as easy and I agree with that. I wouldn’t give these to an absolute beginner but if you have the basics of crochet down, you shouldn’t have any issues with the patterns.

    This book would be great to have if you find yourself making a lot of baby shower gifts and you want a bunch of crochet patterns for toddlers at hand. I know a lot of people like to make the itty bitty stuff for newborns to give and I get it because I do it too. But since having my own kids, I try to give gifts that are for stages beyond the newborn stage. I don’t give baby blankets, I make lapghans to gift so the kids can keep using that blanket for a long time. And I can personally attest to how thankful a parent can be to find a piece of clothing in the next size up in your closet when you realize your kid has had another growth spurt and nothing fits them anymore. So making some of these patterns as gifts can really make someone’s day and all the more grateful for your lovingly handmade gift.

    Child wearing a black crochet sweater, holding a coffee

    If you’re interested in checking out Lil’ Hipsters: 15 Fashion Favorites to Keep Your Baby Looking Stylish it can be purchased HERE.

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    Giveaway

    Thanks to Leisure Arts, I have a PDF copy of Lil’ Hipsters by Kristi Simpson to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Lil’ Hipsters Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants (void in Quebec and where prohibited by law) and ends Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

  • Product Reviews

    Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn

    Two hanks of Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight yarn in blue and green
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    I have a new yarn to share with you all this week from our friends at We Crochet (crochet.com). It’s called Preciosa Tonal Worsted and it is currently available on the We Crochet website in worsted weight but you can get this same yarn in bare fingering weight yarn as well. Today we’ll just be talking about the Preciosa Tonal Worsted. While shooting the video for this yarn review, my husband (who kindly edits all my videos) made the connection between the pronouciation of this yarn and a clip from Harry Potter (my fave!). He even put something about it in the video so now I’ll never forget how to say Preciosa.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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    Before we get into the review, let’s go over the basic info on Preciosa Tonal Worsted so we have a better idea of what we’re chatting about.

    We Crochet Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 12. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 273 yd / 250m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5.5 – 6.5 mm (I – K)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4.5 – 5.5mm (US 7 – 9)
    • Crochet Gauge: 11 – 14 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 4.25 – 5 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand wash and lay flat to dry.
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    Two hanks of Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn

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    I have two different colourways of Preciosa Tonal Worsted to review: Cacti (the green one) and Summer Sky (the blue one). The colours in person are bright and beautiful. It’s hard not to fall in love with them. I had a small heartbreak moment when I realized after starting my video review of this yarn that I had accidentally cut through my yarn when I opened the box my yarn arrived in. Blue is my favourite colour and when I realized that the Summer Sky hank had been cut through and left me with a lot of yarn lengths only two arm lengths long, I cried a little inside. It got put on a time out until I figure out something with short rows to use it with or a small project to use the remainder of the intact yarn on.

    Working with Preciosa Tonal was pleasant I thoroughly enjoyed how subtle the colours changes in this yarn happened. I honestly didn’t even notice the yarn changing as I worked. It wasn’t until I stepped away and took a look at my swatch did I notice the colour changes. I loved how they looked and they weren’t abrupt or in your face. They just create this pretty, soft colour change that was great.

    This yarn is very soft and looks like a squishy cloud. I’ve squished this yarn in the hanks more times than I can could. Even my husband who isn’t into yarn or crochet has gone out of his way to give this yarn a squish and comment on how nice it is.

    Preciosa Tonal Worsted in Cacti worked up in a crochet swatch
    Preciosa Tonal Worsted in Cacti worked up in a crochet swatch

    As with most roving yarns, there was a little bit of a halo/fuzz factor but it was really minimal. Because it’s a roving yarn, there were no issues with splitting and despite being a roving yarn, this yarn has great stitch definition. I don’t tend to use a lot of roving yarns because as a designer, I do a lot of frogging (ripping the work out) which isn’t eay or fun with roving yarns. The yarn gets tangled and then I get frustrated. I didn’t have that issue with this yarn when I used it in the tunisian part of my sample. I ended up doing this tunisian sample twice and both times there were no issues with having to rip it out. I suspect this is because you aren’t wrapping the stitches in the same way as normal crochet stitches. So I may be giving roving yarns a second chance at love with me by using them for tunisian crochet.

    My husband is in love with the Cacti colour of the yarn and is begging me to make him something with it so I’ll likely be whipping something up with this yarn in tunisian crochet. What would you like to see made with it?

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Preciosa Tonal Worsted yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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