How to have fun playing with variegated thread.

This month, our feature thread from the Aurifil range is not really a thread, more like a dyeing technique, as we are talking about variegated colours.  You will find a good variety of variegated threads in the Cotton Mako’, Lana & Aurilux ranges. 

A glorious collection of variegated threads form Aurifil

 There are some multi-colour variegations, but mostly the variegations consist of one colour that runs from light to dark, and back, along the strand of thread so even the Brillo threads could be mistaken for variegated colours as the metallic thread glitters light & dark.

The self variegated threads create beautiful water colour effects when used for thread painting, a topic that I will discuss later this month.

These Brillo threads could be mistaken for variegated colours as the metallic thread sparkles light & dark

 Late last year we featured our crochet projects using the Lana thread. When we did this it set me thinking about what would happen if we crocheted with the Cotton Mako’ 12, which is a similar thickness to the Lana thread.

 I had great fun crocheting these flowers with 2 & 3 strands of a variegated Cotton Mako’ 12  (colour 4647). I beaded them and stitched them to cord before combining them with tassels and a strand of beads to make a necklace (not my own idea, as I used a necklace that I had previously purchased as the inspiration)

I crocheted these flowers using a variegated colour in Cotton Mako' 12

I also turned one flower into a brooch by stitching it on to a large button back. Such simple projects, but they get compliments every time I wear them.

If you want to have fun making your own crochet flowers you will find our crochet instructions in the download box to the left of the screen and you can purchase Aurifil threads from our online store.


Hooked on Crochet

Judy is now hooked on miniature crochet!  As soon as she saw the new Lana KitArt Collection from Cecile Franconie she was determined to see how the miniature crochet granny squares would look. (See the previous post for more information about Cecile’s KitArt collection)

Miniature “Granny Squares” crocheted with Lana wool blend thread.

The KitArt collection does not include a pattern but Judy said it didn’t take long to work out the best technique.

She stitched 5 rounds, using two strands of Lana, and started with a slightly larger hook but thought the squares were working up too “floppy”.

As soon as she changed to a smaller hook, a size 10  US/Imperial (I am sorry you will have to work out your own conversion to metric), she was happy with the firmer result.

A sample colour combination for Lana wool blend granny squares

For the first sets of squares she crocheted, she included colour changes and she chose to carry one colour through the entire square, only changing the second colour.

For example, for the square  above, it is crocheted with light yellow throughout the entire square. So the first rounds were made with light yellow & dark yellow, the first colour change was to swap the dark yellow for blue and the second change swapped the blue for pink.

However, there are NO rules for this fun, if slightly crazy, activity. Mix the colours to suit your taste and use the squares to make scarves, brooches, decorative trims or what ever takes your fancy  ……..?

These tweedy granny Squares only use 2 different colours, crocheted together, for each square

Our staff voted that our current favourite colour combinations are the tweedy look above. What do you think?
If miniature crochet takes your fancy rush over to the online store to buy some fine Ne 12 Lana wool blend to make your own granny squares.