Yarn Obsession https://yarnobsession.com Coaching Crochet Businesses to Health Fri, 29 Nov 2019 15:12:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 https://yarnobsession.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cropped-yarn-obsession-1-32x32.png Yarn Obsession https://yarnobsession.com 32 32 Pricing Crochet Pieces for Sale Online and Beyond https://yarnobsession.com/pricing-crochet-pieces-for-sale/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 07:29:38 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=2224 Thank you to those who took the time to answer my question on Facebook. . I asked “Do you sell your crochet items, and if so, what is your biggest crochet business question.” Many revealed that their biggest question was how to fairly price their crochet pieces. So, as promised, here is a post dedicated …

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Thank you to those who took the time to answer my question on Facebook. . I asked “Do you sell your crochet items, and if so, what is your biggest crochet business question.” Many revealed that their biggest question was how to fairly price their crochet pieces. So, as promised, here is a post dedicated to the pricing of your crochet items.

This video helps you think of the items you need to consider in your crochet business then also provides an easy formula to get you started. I’ve outlined the main points below.

Things to consider:

  • Where are you selling your crochet pieces?
  • What type of crochet are you selling? 
  • What are your costs to make the crochet piece?
  • What are your fees?
  • How much profit do you want to make with your crochet business or per item?

Basic formula: (cost of materials +fees) x 3 = Price .Etsy Fee Calculators (great place to start for any crochet shop):

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My Way of Teaching Crochet to Adults and Children https://yarnobsession.com/my-way-of-teaching-crochet-to-adults-and-children/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:39:32 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=2218 I learned how to crochet from a book. It was a bit challenging for me because I’m more of a visual learner, but YouTube just wasn’t as popular as it is now. Once I started to get the hang of it I started wanting to teach others how to crochet because, as we all know, …

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I learned how to crochet from a book. It was a bit challenging for me because I’m more of a visual learner, but YouTube just wasn’t as popular as it is now. Once I started to get the hang of it I started wanting to teach others how to crochet because, as we all know, crocheting is so cool! 

At first I would just refer people to books and say good luck. Then I’d send them to YouTube and again wish them luck. Finally, one day someone asked me if I could teach them personally how to crochet and I realized, not everyone can or wants to learn how to crochet from a book or video.

So, I did some research and put together an agenda. I was going to explain about yarn weights and how to select them for your project (an upcoming blog post) then I’d teach how to read the yarn wrap and then we would talk about the different size hooks before we got into creating something. 

As you can imagine, that was quite boring and I saw glazed eyes. So I improvised. I skipped everything and just got into teaching the stitches.

If you’re interested in teaching here are some ideas: 

1. Introduce yourself, let them take the hook and yarn in hand and begin by showing them how to hold the hook & yarn
2. After they hold the tools in place, teach them how to chain 
3. Once they feel they’ve mastered the chain, teach them the slip stitch
4. Once they’ve figured out the slip stitch, move to the single crochet 
5. After the single crochet show them the extended single crochet
6. If they get the extended single crochet, teach them the half double crochet
7. After the half double crochet, teach the double crochet
8. Finally, end with the triple crochet 
9. Start on the class project (select a project that is easy enough to complete outside of class with minimal help) 
 

The reason I work in this order is because each of the stitches builds upon something the previous stitch taught them so they are already able to move in the direction needed. 

The second reason is because they get to learn all the basic stitches. If your class is one hour then split these into two sections because trying to get all six stitches in an hour is too much for a beginner. Also, select a project that’s going to be fun for them to show off once they’re done. 

I’ve used my easy Crochet Fingerless Gloves for many of my crochet classes. The students love it because they actually have something useful when they’re done. Something else I’ve done is selected a free pattern from Ravelry  that was easy (market bag, scarf etc.) that they could complete. It introduces them to Ravelry and gets them excited about the class. It’s also been my experience that something they can wear is a bigger hit than a washcloth or dishcloth because they can’t really show off their skills to friends! 😉

My process for teaching crochet is to demonstrate what I want them to do then to allow them to do it while I go around and help them get the hang of it. I find that some will need me to demonstrate again, others will need me to hold their hands and do the movements with them. Still others will just need to hear me repeat the instructions. Teaching people in the way that works best for them, works best for me because I meet their needs and I enjoy being able to change it up within the time I’m working.

Teaching crochet is a great way to reinforce what you already know and to help more people fall in love with the art. It also take some patience, so if you’re not sure if you can do it, try teaching someone close to you first. If you find you can’t do it with them, don’t do it with strangers, you’ll be even more frustrated. However, if you find you love the feeling of teaching crochet, here are some places you can looking into teaching: 
  • Local church
  • Community College Enrichment Program
  • Local Yarn Shop
  • Elementary Schools Enrichment Program
  • Community Center
  • YMCA
Have you ever thought of teaching crochet? Where are some places you’ve found to be welcoming to crochet teachers? Please share the information in the comments so others can benefit too!

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How to Half Double Crochet Two Together(hdc2tog) https://yarnobsession.com/how-to-half-double-crochet-two-together-hdc2tog/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:43:59 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=2094 Learning how to half double crochet two together will help when you get a pattern that just says “decrease”. Although it’s not the only one used, if you’re already working in half double crochets, then this stitch is probably the decrease the pattern calls for. The Chains Slouchy Hat Pattern uses this stitch to reduce …

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Learning how to half double crochet two together will help when you get a pattern that just says “decrease”.

Although it’s not the only one used, if you’re already working in half double crochets, then this stitch is probably the decrease the pattern calls for. The Chains Slouchy Hat Pattern uses this stitch to reduce the size of the circle.
 
It’s a fairly easy stitch, but if’ you’re not sure how to do it, there can be some confusion about when to pull the yarn through.
 
I hope this video tutorial on how to half double crochet two together will help you complete some of your patterns.
 

Did you find this video helpful? What pattern are you going to be working with this stitch? I’d love to know in the comments below!

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How to Fix Your Crochet Project Row Length with Your Edging https://yarnobsession.com/crochet-edging-uneven-row-fix/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 04:00:39 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=2087 I know you’ve done it, we all have. We’ve gotten to the end of our projects only to realize that at some point we lost a stitch or two making some rows shorter than when we started. Man, that sucks! How can we fix that? You’ll be happy to know we  don’t have to take …

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I know you’ve done it, we all have. We’ve gotten to the end of our projects only to realize that at some point we lost a stitch or two making some rows shorter than when we started. Man, that sucks! How can we fix that? You’ll be happy to know we  don’t have to take our work apart just to fix those few missed stitches.

The following video talks about how to use a crochet edging to fix our missed stitches without too much trauma. I know the thought of having to rip out a piece of work just completed is traumatic, so I hope this video will help you revisit some of the projects put aside because of a few missed stitches.

 Do you have a special technique to help fix uneven rows? I’d love to hear about it, so leave me a comment!

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How to Crochet the Basic Single Crochet Chevron https://yarnobsession.com/how-to-crochet-the-basic-single-crochet-chevron/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 03:24:10 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=2079 I’ve had a number of requests to do a tutorial on how to crochet the basic single crochet chevron stitch so here it is! This is a lovely crochet stitch will go with you where your imagination goes so learn it, use it and create amazing pieces with it! The best way to learn the basic single …

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I’ve had a number of requests to do a tutorial on how to crochet the basic single crochet chevron stitch so here it is! This is a lovely crochet stitch will go with you where your imagination goes so learn it, use it and create amazing pieces with it!

The best way to learn the basic single crochet chevron is to watch the tutorial once all the way through, then a second time following along. I design my tutorials to be as friendly as possible so even a beginner in crochet can manage to learn. I’m sure this one is no exception.

Stitch Instructions

Chain a multiple of 13 plus 2

Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hk, *sc in next 5 ch, sk 2 ch, sc in next 5 ch, 3 sc in next ch; rep from * to last ch, 2 sc in last ch, turn

Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, *sc in next 5 sc, sk 2 sc, sc in next 5 sc, 3 sc in next sc; rep from * across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn 
Rep row 2 for pattern
 

Tutorial Video 

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Free Crochet Chevron Pattern

Want to practice your new crochet skill? Here’s a free pattern to an easy project on Moogly blog you can work up in a jiffy!
 
Tell me what you think, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. Do you have a crochet stitch I can demonstrate for you? Let me know! 

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11 Secrets A Crochet Beginner Should Know https://yarnobsession.com/11-secrets-crochet-beginner-know/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:22:28 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=1158 I was a crochet beginner way back in 2002. That’s when I met my husband’s grandmother and became inspired to learn. My first project was a scarf for my then fiance and I cringe every time I see it (yes, we still have it). Because I was a crochet beginner I stumbled along, like I …

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I was a crochet beginner way back in 2002. That’s when I met my husband’s grandmother and became inspired to learn.

My first project was a scarf for my then fiance and I cringe every time I see it (yes, we still have it). Because I was a crochet beginner I stumbled along, like I was in a dark room, learning things as I went.

There were a few things, that had I known, would’ve made my journey a little easier. They weren’t big things, they were insights that came with experience. I think these insights can help a crochet beginner so I’ve put together this list of 11 secrets you should know as a crochet beginner

Crochet Beginner Information

Dye Lots Matter 

Remember that scarf I told you I made as my first project? Well, I ran out of yarn before I could finish. My first huge lesson was, dye lots matter! When buying yarn for a project it’s a good idea to buy all the yarn at the same time with the same dye lot numbers.
 
What’s a dye lot number? It’s a number on the Yarn Label that tells you the yarn all came from the same batch so the color shade will be the same. If you run out of yarn in the middle of your project, like I did, finding the same dye lot could be a challenge. If you need to use a different dye lot, it could mean color variations in your work. Take note of the dye lot number whenever you’re buying yarn for a specific project.
 
There’s No Wrong Way
No matter what anyone tells you, there’s no wrong way to hold your yarn or hook to crochet. If it’s comfortable to you, and it’s not causing any pain  then the way you hold your hook and yarn is fine for you. Yes, there are “traditional” ways of holding both yarn and hook, but as a crochet beginner you decide what works for you and go with it. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. 
 
Learn to Read Patterns, Charts & Graphs
If you’re learning to crochet from someone that’s fantastic! It’s the way the love of crochet is traditionally passed down. However, if you learn to read patterns, charts and graphs , you’ll be able to make so many more crochet pieces! You’ll not only wonder why you didn’t learn earlier, you’ll struggle to find a way to turn off the faucet of crochet patterns that you’ve turned on! 🙂 
Hooks Vary
I did an interesting experiment to see if the difference in hook heads made a difference in gauge. What I found was that they do (see the experiment).). What I also found is that I prefer “Tapered” heads better than “In-Line” heads and that everyone has their preference. If you’re a crochet beginner I recommend buying one of each type of hook (see this post) in the same size and working with them to see which you prefer.
 
Frogging is Normal
What is frogging? It’s what we call the act of pulling out a project we’ve worked on that isn’t turning out well. Why do we call it frogging? Because we imagine that the sound we’re doing is “ripit ripit ripit” which sounds a lot like a frogs conversation.
 
Yarns Are Not Created Equal 
Not all yarns are created equal. Even if they’re made of the same materials, they will vary greatly. Make sure you use a yarn appropriate for your project. For example, don’t use acrylic yarn for something that needs to absorb water, acrylic is plastic, it won’t absorb water. When you’re using the right yarn your projects look, feel and wear much better.
 
10 Amazing Yarn Materials You Are Not Using 
You Will Hoard Yarn
Yarn is addictive. You don’t think you will, but hoarding will be normal. A trip to the craft store or local yarn shop will never be the same because you’ll always have a project looming. Of course, having a stash is not a requirement or a problem, except for those who have a hard time finding anything else in their homes but yarn. 😉 I don’t have a solution except try not to go yarn shopping. Other than that, I’m in your boat, let’s create!
 
Work With Light Color Yarn First
There are a lot of beautiful colored yarns to choose from when considering your first crochet projects. Choose a light colored yarn that’s smooth as a crochet beginner. If not, you’ll get frustrated, angry and even give up. Why? Because the darker, eyelash, specialty or variegated yarns are hard to see stitches on. When you can’t see stitches, you lose count and get weird edges and skipped stitches. Start with a light colored yarn until you feel comfortable then go to darker yarn. When you feel comfortable with darker yarn move on to specialty yarns. It’s a great way to train your fingers to feel their way around.
 
Pick Easy First Projects 
I know the temptation of choosing to start with a pattern that is exciting to create. Problem is, if you get frustrated and confused, you’ll lose interest and never go any further than your first project. Choose a project that’ll help you practice the basics and build your skills gradually so you’ll be confident moving forward with new harder projects.
 
Don’t Be Afraid to Grow
Once you get the hang of scarves, cowls and shawls don’t shy away from larger, more complicated projects. Push your skills by learning new stitches and new techniques so you continue to enjoy crocheting. Even if you get nervous that you’re not good enough make certain things, remember that many patterns are easier than most crochet beginners think. You can do it, I know you can!
 
You’ll Untangle a Lot of Yarn
You may as well get used to it because it’s going to become a normal part of life. Yarn will tangle and you’ll need to untangle it. The Zen of Untangling yarn is something you’ll come to learn and treasure. You’ll try not to do it often, but when it’s needed, sit back and enjoy the process.
 
There you go, eleven things I think you’ll be happy to learn early on rather than later on. Crochet is great fun and frustrating. Hopefully, this can take a bit of the edge and surprise off for you.
 
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Write Your Own Crochet Pattern? Yes! You Can! https://yarnobsession.com/write-your-own-crochet-pattern/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 02:57:08 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=1150 I took the hook in one hand, the yarn in another and began on my project. I didn’t have a pattern, but I really wanted to create something quickly so I decided to wing it. Within hours I had an amazing cowl with no idea how to do it again. Does that sound familiar? I’m …

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I took the hook in one hand, the yarn in another and began on my project. I didn’t have a pattern, but I really wanted to create something quickly so I decided to wing it. Within hours I had an amazing cowl with no idea how to do it again.

Does that sound familiar? I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that as crocheters, we’ve all had that experience. We create something amazing and never think to write it down . . . so it’s gone forever.

Let’s stop doing that!

Let’s learn how to quickly write your own crochet pattern so we don’t lose valuable, fun projects ever again.

To begin, let’s take it one step at a time so we’re comfortable writing our own patterns.

Keep in mind, this is an overview, but you’ll get the basics and that’s where we want to start.

Step 1  – The Idea – chances are you’re way past this step, but let’s not skip ahead. Figure out what you want to make. Whatever it is, visualize it fully.

Step 2  – Gather Inspiration – You now know what you want to make so find and enjoy looking at different  styles. Will it be bulky, long, light or masculine? Check out magazines, online fashions or your friends and get inspired by the elements you want to bring to your design.

Step 3  – Sketch It – This is where the details come in! Will it have flowers? If so, put it in your sketch and show where you think they’ll go. Are you making a dress? Draw the silhouette you see in your minds eye. This is to help you flesh out your vision as you move forward.

Step 4  – Stitches & Material – Now you’re ready to dig in! Look through your library of stitch books to decide on which stitches you’ll use for your vision.  Now is also a good time to pick yarn. Contrary to popular opinion, choosing the right yarn makes a world of difference in design so pick a yarn that will act properly. If you want drape, you’re probably not looking at a worsted acrylic yarn.

Step 5  – Swatch & Measure – Now the fun begins . . . kindda . . . Who hates to swatch, raise your hand, be honest (hand raised). We’ve got to get over that. Creating a swatch in the stitch and yarn you want to use in your design is critical for measurement. Now, if you’re designing a cowl or scarf, it’s not that crucial. But, if you’re designing a dress or coat, you’ll need to get over the loathe of swatching (I’m working on it too). It’s very hard to figure out the measurements for your piece, making it easier for anyone picking up your pattern to adjust it as needed, if you don’t know the measurements yourself.

Step 6  – Start Your Project – This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, we can now get started on our projects!  However, there’s going to be something different this time. This time, you’ll start by writing down everything you’ve done until this point. That’s right, you’ll need to write out which yarn, you’re using, what the measurements are on your swatch (also known as gauge), the size hook you’re using, and the stitches you’re using. If you’re using unconventional stitches, write out an explanation for your stitch. Once all that is written out, you can begin breaking down the steps for your piece.

Step 7  – Write As You Go – Something I learned the hard way, write as you go. As crocheters we go through certain steps instinctively. If we wait until the end of creating a project to write out the steps, we’ll forget very crucial steps needed to help another crocheter get through our pattern: Start writing everything down from the very beginning so you don’t forget anything.

Step 8  – Test Your Pattern – Yes, create one more piece using just the instructions you’ve written and no instinct. Trust me, you’ll make changes and add tons of notes the second time around. Testing will help you feel confident that what you’ve written can be understood by others. It’s also a great idea to have someone else test your pattern because they will find things that you’ve missed.

Step 9  – Sizing & Schematics – Once you’re happy with your completed piece block and measure it for the pattern. Create schematics, abstract representations of the pieces that go into your final product, and write out the size. Adding those extras will make it easier for anyone grabbing your pattern to get it right the first time. 
 
You have now completed your pattern and you’re off to another!
 
That’s it my dear, my very brief overview on how to write your own crochet patterns. Start writing for yourself, then have others read and create your pieces (test your patterns) to see how they work. The more you write the more confident you’ll get so don’t worry if your first pattern leans on the “sucky” side, I promise you’ll get better if you keep at it!
 
When you write your own crochet pattern it makes working on a project longer but it’s so much fun, especially once you get the hang of it.
 
I can’t wait to see your creations!

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The Zen of untangling yarn: how to make it a calming experience https://yarnobsession.com/the-zen-of-untangling-yarn-how-to-make-it-a-calming-experience/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 02:12:36 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=1143 Did you ever think there could be Zen associated with untangling yarn? Well, pull up a cup of coffee/tea and take some notes. If you work with yarn chances are you’ve run into the dreaded tangled yarn mess we cannot escape.  Tangled yarn can be a source of stress for anyone working on completing a …

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Did you ever think there could be Zen associated with untangling yarn? Well, pull up a cup of coffee/tea and take some notes. If you work with yarn chances are you’ve run into the dreaded tangled yarn mess we cannot escape. 

the zen of untangling yarn how to make it a calming experience

Tangled yarn can be a source of stress for anyone working on completing a project only to be stopped by the need to untangle yarn. However, tangled yarn doesn’t have to be a stressful situation. I hope this post will help you find the Zen in untangling your yarn.

Not all yarns are created equal

Before you begin the task of untangling yarn it’s important to note that not all yarns are created equal. What I mean by that is it may not be the best use of your time to untangle some yarns especially if you are in business. Can you answer yes to any of these questions?:

  • Did the skein/ball of yarn cost less than $5?
  • Have you already spent about 30 minutes trying to untangle the yarn with little success?
  • Is the yarn tangled with other items?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you may want to consider simply buying another skein and discarding the tangled mess. If the yarn you’re working with is not expensive, your time is more valuable and using it to untangle yarn may not be the best use of your time. 
 
In which case the most calming thing to do is buy new yarn. If the yarn that has gotten tangled is a more expensive brand the value may be worth your time. Evaluate the situation and act accordingly.
 

Not all tangles are created equal

 

Now that you’ve determined that the yarn is worth saving, you may want to consider how the yarn got tangled so you’re ready for the time commitment it may take to untangle the yarn.

If the yarn was tangled by a child or pet, it may be riddled with knots that may not come out easily. It may also be tangled with other items making it a double task. If it was tangled by movement while working then you’ve only got a series of loops to work with so it should be easier to untangle.

Remember, the point is to make sure to start untangling a ball/skein of yarn that won’t cause stress in any way. Working with a tangled mess that can take hours means you need to be sure the time put in is worth the value received once the untangling is done and the yarn can be used. 
 

Options for staying Zen

 
Here are a few ideas to help keep the process of untangling yarn less stressful:
  • Consider watching a movie while in the process
  • Consider listening to an audio book while in the process
  • Now may be a good time to call and talk to a friend to catch up
  • Consider cutting out any knots you find and tying the yarn together leaving long tails for easy weaving once the project you’re using the yarn for is complete.
These activities will keep your mind busy while you work with your hands keeping your stress level down.
 
Once you’ve untangled the yarn, some things you can do to make sure to keep your yarn tangle free for the next time are:
 
  • As you untangle the yarn, begin rolling the untangled part into a ball so you can keep track of the yarn and so it’s more difficult for the yarn to get tangled again once you’ve done the work.
  • When you start using a skein of yarn, be sure to pull the end from the middle of the skein to keep it from bouncing around.
  • Create an easy yarn holder from soda bottles with this tutorial, to help keep yarns untangled especially when working with many colors together.
  • Use the plastic bags that come with comforters or other linens to hold all the colors of your project, then punch the needed holes in the bag pulling one color through each hole. That will keep the yarns clean, untangled and stored until the end of the project

Untangling yarn doesn’t have to be stressful. Determine the value of untangling a ball of yarn and go from there. Do you have any tips, tricks or ideas to share on how to easily untangle or keep yarn from getting tangled? Leave your ideas below, we’d love to get any help we can.

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Striped Yarn – How Safe is My Yarn https://yarnobsession.com/how-safe-is-my-yarn/ https://yarnobsession.com/how-safe-is-my-yarn/#respond Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:32:23 +0000 https://yarnobsession.com/?p=1119 How safe is your family from the toxins found in the synthetic yarns you’ve purchased to create beautiful things? How safe is it to have all that yarn stashed away in a corner of your home building toxins in your air? I haven’t. As a matter of fact, if I like the way a yarn …

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How safe is your family from the toxins found in the synthetic yarns you’ve purchased to create beautiful things? How safe is it to have all that yarn stashed away in a corner of your home building toxins in your air? I haven’t. As a matter of fact, if I like the way a yarn feels when I’m working with it, I give very little thought to what’s in it. Well, I’m now beginning to think it would be a good idea to consider my environment and what part my yarn plays in its toxicity.

All yarn artists have a stash. In that stash are many yarns. However, in that stash are also toxins that were used to manufacture the yarn. Wondering “how safe is my yarn” should lead you to check the synthetic fibers first. the reason I start with synthetic fibers is they are fully manufactured fibers. The danger with them is they are manufactured using toxins that cannot be washed out, making them a potential health hazard. Now before you panic about your yarn stash, keep in mind many of our clothes are made of synthetic fibers and teaming with toxins.

“Chemicals are applied to yarns and other materials because man-made fabrics are complex, and getting soft yarn out of raw materials takes chemical manipulation. For example:
  • Chemicals are used to make yarns suitable for spinning and weaving.
  • Petrochemical polluting dyes are used for color. 
  • A formaldehyde product is applied with heat to prevent shrinkage so it is trapped in the fiber permanently.
  • Chemicals are added to make yarns softer, wrinkle-free, fire-retardant, moth-repellant and stain-resistant. 
  • Commonly used chemicals include volatile organic compounds(VOCs) and dioxin-producing bleach. 
  • Nylon and polyester are made from petrochemicals, whose production creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Rayon is made from wood pulp that has been treated with chemicals, including caustic soda and sulphuric acid. 
  • Dye fixatives used in yarns often come from heavy metals and pollute water systems.
  • Acrylic yarns are polycrylonitriles, which may be carcinogenic.
  • Yarn treated with flame-retadant chemicals emit formaldehyde gas.
Chemicals used in synthetic yarn production have been linked to health problems such as cancer, immune system damage, behavioral problems and hormone disruption.
 

Synthetic Fibers to Avoid

If possible stay away from the following fabrics and instead use more natural options: Acrylic, Polyester, Rayon, Acetate, Triacetate, Nylon, Anything labeled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellant
 

What can you do?

As a yarn artist there are a few things you can do to limit your exposure but being aware is a first step. It may cost you more in the beginning, but in the long run it will be best for you , your family and your clients if you do even one of the following suggestions.
 
1. Use more natural and organic fibers such as cotton, hemp, wool, silk, linen and cashmere
 
2. Once you’ve completed a project, wash is at least 3 times with a non-toxic detergent before wearing or packaging.
 
3. Store your synthetic stash in a well ventilated area away from your main living area so you are less exposed to the toxins and “let it air” by storing in a “breathable” container instead of a plastic bin.
 
Being aware is the beginning. Do you have any other ideas of how to cut the toxic effects of synthetic yarn in your stash? Please share your ideas with us in the comment?
 
Reference Article: ” The 6+ Synthetic Fabrics You Most Want to Avoid, and Why” 

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Today I’m going to answer a very big question, “what crochet items sell well?” I cannot always answer this question. Not because I don’t understand the question, but because I don’t understand why it’s being asked.

The idea behind this question is that there are specific items that when made in crochet will sell like hotcakes! Make the exact right item and you’ll be making more money than you can image. Well, that is true to a certain extent, but there isn’t just one thing. And, well, the things you decide to sell should be based on more than me, or anyone saying “you should sell___ because I think they’ll sell well.”
 
So, instead of answering the question with a list of specific items, I’m going to answer it with a list of specific criteria. What are the notes your crochet items that sell well need to hit in order to make your business happy.
 
1. Figure out who you’re making items for: You cannot sell anything if you’re selling to the wrong audience so answer the question ” who is my audience?” and you’ll begin to be on the right track to finding out those crochet items that sell best. A great place to start is my free report on “How to Find your Target Market” because only when you know who you’re selling to can you make the thing that sells.
 

2. Forget that the item you’re making is crochet. STOP getting caught up in the idea that what you’re making is crochet. Yes, I know IT IS crochet, but if you get stuck there you think your audience is looking specifically for crochet when what they’re probably looking for is a cool hat, or a fun scarf or a sexy top. They don’t care if it’s crochet or not, they just want it to be what they want it to be what they want or need.

3. Stop making what everyone else is making. If you’re looking for the “most popular” thing, it should be easy to find, but that means your customer can easily find it from anyone as well. What is going to make your item stand out if you start making what you think is ” most popular” and everyone is making it?

4. Find your own crochet voice. Make things that speak directly to you or to the audience you have identified as the one you’d like to engage. Speaking your own crochet language will go a long way to making you stand out in the marketplace and attract the attention of those you are looking to impress.
 

5. Create a plan for what your business will be. I know you started selling off the cuff whatever you were making. But now that you want to make it a business it’s time to really sit down and create a plan for your business. Decide what education you need, what investment you’re willing to make who your ideal customers are and where you want to see your business go.

Doing that, will allow you to make crochet items that sell best because they are perfect for your business. will point you in the direction of your dreams and help you get moving on a plan.
 
I know that’s not exactly what you hoped but it’s a real representation of what will sell. People love scarves, hats, wraps, shawls etc. But what they really LOVE is something “unique” or “cool” or “sexy” or “hot” or “warm” or “pretty” or… well, I think you get where I’m going.
 
Make something really amazing for your target audience and it will sell well… you won’t even have to tell them it’s crochet, that will be an added bonus or your little secret.
 
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