HOW TO CROCHET WITH MOHAIR YARN

Mohair yarn – is something i learnt about in one of my trips abroad , it was a that love at first sight kinda feeling .. I have been a hoarder of mohair yarns of different brands and always had a feeling of why Indians are deprived of good yarn in India ! dont you get that feeling ?

Well now the wait is over and we are privileged to have our own Indian Manufacturer Ganga Acrowools produce the yarn.

A little About mohair yarn

Mohair is an animal fibre, made from angora goats. These must be the softest goats ever! 100% mohair yarn is so soft, fluffy and knotty that it would be impossible to work with. That’s why you’ll hardly ever encounter yarns that are made from 100% mohair. Most maufacturers combine mohair with another fibre. The most used are a silk thread or something synthetic, like micro or polyester. After plying mohair and the other fibre, a yarn is created that is much easier to knit or crochet with.

Grades of Mohair Yarn

Mohair material is of various different grade from normal mohair, kid mohair and super kid mohair. Even they are all mohair , the difference in thickness and length make the final products different in quality

The finest quality of mohair, is that obtained from the first shearing. It is called superkid or superfine, and is that shorn from only the youngest kids, usually those five or six months old.

The fineness of mohair, the determining factor of its quality , is measured in microns. Superkid that qualify for the name “baby” is from 24 to 26 microns thick.

The second shearing , performed after six months, produces kid of 27 to 28 microns of extremely fine quality, but not as soft as the first shearing.

The third and fourth shearings, given the name Young goats or Yearlings, produce a relatively fine fibre, 30 to 33 microns thick, that can be used for medium fine years, for fabric and for fine needlework.

From the fourth shearing on the fibre becomes adult mohair, from 30 to 40 microns, which although still an excellent fibre, can be used for needle work of medium quality, for bedspreads, shawls, etc.

Kid Silk mohair are mostly used for yarncrafts and largely commercially avialable.

Crochet or knit with mohair yarn

While the final product after working with mohair can be very rewarding – Utmost care must be taken while working with mohair and it definitely isn’t a yarn for mindless crocheting.

The yarn is fluffly in naturally , knitting or crocheting using mohair yarn can prove to be quite the challenge. When working with mohair yarn the material ‘sticks’ cos of friction or ‘knots’ easily. And making a mistake in a mohair piece can prove to be very upsetting, as untangling mohair is very hard, if not impossible.

Some Tips to cope with mohair yarn

Everyone have different experience working with mohair, i worked with soo many and i love it. here are some of my tips and tricks to work with mohair.

  • Practice –> Practice the pattern with another yarn, like cotton. Once you’re used to the pattern and which stitches you’ll be doing, you can start your mohair project
  • Keep it Simple and Sweet : If you just start working with mohair yarn, keep to easy and plain stitches, like single crochets or double crochets and keep away from advanced stitches, like bobble stitches or popcorns for a bit. Cluster stitches are ‘knotty’ enough with normal yarn, let alone mohair yarn.
  • For First time users : Use needles at least one size larger than advised on the yarn wrapper. This will make it less fidgety to work with mohair yarn and you’ll be clearly seeing the stitches you’re making
  • Club: Club it with another yarn of choice – acrylic, wool , et.al can make it slightly easy but you will need to be watchful
  • Not for Mindless crochet projects: Watch your work closely. Yes, that means no Netflix binge-watching when working with mohair yarn! Unravelling mohair yarn is just horrible, if not impossible. So if you’ll be making mistakes, you better leave them and cover them up somehow. It’s, therefore, better not to make mistakes

Blocking Mohair Yarn Projects

Hand washing and then placing the finished project on a flat surface (on a mat or towel) is all you need to do in most cases – and it could actually be considered ‘blocking’ in the broadest sense of the term.

Wet-blocking mohair yarns: After washing and pressing out the excess water with a towel, place the garment on a dry towel or mesh sweater dryer and place it in its final shape, stretching any lace or other openwork designs to showcase them

Heartbeatsyarn from Ganga Acrowools

Heartbeats Yarn have now launched the new yarn in Kid Silk – this yarn is a ticket to yarn heaven

Do you love the lush and luxurious looks of mohair yarn? The softness? The gorgeous colors mohair .. the feel the texture then check the beautiful range of colors that have been launched and be sure the team at heartbeatsyarn will continue to surprise us.

Happiness is snuggling under a blanket when its cold

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Why Do We Sleep Under Blankets, Even on the Hottest Nights? – undisputedly – there’s comfort in being covered . I am an avid outdoor person, trekker , mountaineer and skier layering up is always something i am fond off and even if not , i like to snuggle in a cozy blanket

Coming back to the point , a good nights sleep is my secret dose to start my day afresh .. sleeping outdoor without sleeping bags has been a pain.. especially those cold nights .. when the bugs are buzzing around your ears.. or when you want be covered up just enough to be comfortable on a long haul flight .. I was short of things really functional to buy in store and decided to make my own hooded capelet from Ganga Blankie Yarn . Do read my blog on blanket yarn review when you get time .. might help u in your next yarn haul

I liked the idea of my own functional hooded capelet soo much – that I thought its best to design one and write the pattern down and I proudly name it the Hodophile Hooded Capelet

BLM013 – The shade i chose to work with

Hodophile Hooded Capelet

Materials: ( I used )

  • 8mm crochet hook
  • Ganga Blankie Yarn :Chennile Yarn
  • Color – Blm013
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker

Notes:

  • Beginning Chain 2 counts as DC
  • The cape is worked first and then the hood is attached to the cape in the end

Abbreviations:

  • DC – Double Crochet
  • CH – Chain
  • Inc DC – Increase Double Crochet – 2 DC in the same stitch
  • SS – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single Crochet

Gauge

  • 8 double crochet stitches x 4 rows = approximately 2 inches 

Yardage

  • 250 Meters

Pattern

Cape:

(work in rounds )

ch 47

R1: dc into 3rd chain from hook, 45dc across, Turn

R2: ch 2, *DC into next 4 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 36 DC , 9 Inc , Total 54 Stiches

R3: ch 2, *DC into next 5 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 45 DC , 9 Inc , Total 63 Stiches

R4: ch 2, *DC into next 6 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 54 DC , 9 Inc , Total 72 Stiches

R5: ch 2, *DC into next 7 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 63 DC , 9 Inc , Total 81 Stiches

R6: ch 2, *DC into next 8 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 72 DC , 9 Inc , Total 90 Stiches

R7: ch 2, *DC into next 9 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 81 DC , 9 Inc , Total 99 Stiches

R8: ch 2, *DC into next 10 stiches , Inc DC* 9times, Turn –> 90 DC , 9 Inc , Total 108 Stiches

R9: ch 2, *DC into next 11 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 99 DC , 9 Inc , Total 117 Stiches

R10: ch 2, *DC into next 12 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 108 DC , 9 Inc , Total 126 Stiches

R11: ch 2, *DC into next 13 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 117 DC , 9 Inc , Total 135 Stiches

R12: ch 2, *DC into next 14 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times –> 126 DC , 9 Inc , Total 144 Stiches

End of Cape

Hood Set Up

Work SC around the Neck of the cape skipping 6 stiches in the end, Turn – Total 39 Stitches

Hood

Hood: ( work in rows )

R1: Ch2, DC till the end of SC 39 times, Turn

R3 to R12: same as R1

Joining

Fold the hood in half and seam the top with sc or sl on the right side . Dont forget to weave in the ends

Blocking of chenille yarn is not really required , You can block it all right, but it’s 100% acrylic, it won’t do much effect

Wash and Care – Like any knitwear use gentle conditioner to wash; in gentle cycle in washing machine

And your hodophile hooded capelet is ready to wear

Don’t forget to tag @naughty_knotz and use #hoodedcapelet

You can buy all the Blankie on Amazon, Knitting Happiness , Yes Papa Handmade

Yarn Reviews | Yippiee For Yarn

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BLANKET YARN REVIEW

Just a little about the yarn – Chenille yarns – in India launched as recent as 2019 ( if i am not mistaken) Ganga Velvety, Vardhman Blanket Yarn, Nako Lili were first few and now we are spoilt with choices with Ice Yarns Cakes Chenille Baby , Pom Pom Yarns, etc and now addition to the list is the Ganga Blankie etc . I have worked with some of these yarns – and i thought of adding a series of all that i have learnt as a a review. I hope it helps folks who want to venture into these class of yarns.

My Blankie Yarn Getting Set for my next project – A very “in the woods” Palette

Yarn Comparison

Ganga BlankieGanga VelvetyVardhman BlanketNako Lili
Yarn WeightBulkyBulkyWorstedWorsted
Material 100% Polyester 100% Polyester 100% Polyester100% Polyester
Hook size8-10mm8-10mm6-8 mm6-8 mm
Quantities Available100 grams Ball 100 grams Hank200 grams Ball 100 grams Balls
Lenght of Yarn50 meters 55 – 60 meters 224 meters 180meters
Price ₹ 125 ₹ 65-Rs100 ₹ 175.00 ₹290
Where to BuyKnitting happiness
Yes Papa
Pradhan Embroidery Store
Magic Needles
are the obvious choices
Yes Papa
Pradhan Embroidery Store
Magic Needles
are the obvious choices
Yes Papa
Pradhan Embroidery Store
Magic Needles
are the obvious choices
Pony Craft Store

Maker review

Ganga Blankie Ganga Velvety
Vardhman Blanket Nako Lili
What did I Make?Hooded Capelet AmigurumiBlanketBeanie
Yarn – Feel Excellent Excellent Good Good
Ease of working Easy Easy Easy Easy
Shedding of Yarn NIL NIL NIL High
Fluffiness Good GoodAveragepoor
Advantages Its fluffy and good to work with , has extreme soft texture, and non sheddingAvailable in solid colors and variegated , the fluffiness wants one to work more with the yarn and non shedding Its a good yarn – with solid and variegated yarnsAttractive pastel shades with a velvety shine to the yarn
DisdavantageCurrently variegated yarn onlyThe yarn is quiet bulky – so plan your project accordingly and decide the yardage to avoid a WIP hillChenille is flat – so the fluffiness is limited, also has lurex – which kind of makes it a little itchyNot a pleasant experience as the shedding of the fur was too high

Recommended Free Patterns

  1. SIMPLE C2C MOSS STITCH BABY BLANKET by Amanda
  2. Shearling Jacket – A cute toddler wear by Cathy Pipinich
  3. Lovely Poncho – from Yarnspiration
  4. Velvet Cardi for Little Kids – by Ashlea
  5. Velvetine Headband – by Ashley
  6. Chaos Emerald Scarf – by Knot Bad
  7. The Lucy Beanie – by Meghan Makes
  8. Rabbit Pillow – Desert Blossom Crafts
  9. The Evie Pullover – Evelyn and Peter
  10. Cygnet Amigurumi – by Spin a yarn

So if you were of the opinion that only blankets are made with these yarns – your are absolutely wrong, there are whole host of lovely things you could make out of the Chenille Yarns.

Leave a comment on if you like the post and what you think of Chenille yarns in India. Based on this i would love to cover the silk , cotton chenille yarns

  1. I love you it so much!!!! I’m gonna start making one and complete it in one go. 🙈

All Set to Take A Chill Pill ?

The Chill pill Top

Delusion or a reality – this is my first wearable and i am humbled by all the love and support that this wonderful crafter community has showered on me continually. Always wanted to design a crochet wearable and here is my first attempt and milestone achieved. Chill pill came up as a natural idea resonating to the word comfort and style- I worked soo much on C2C and this gave me an opportunity to step – up and try my hands at it.

About the Pattern

The Chill Pill Top is a wrap style crochet top constructed using the C2C technique to create beautiful diagonal patterns. It is a top designed for style with comfort to beat the heat this summer!

The pattern is worked with a different variations of the C2C stitch, the use of variegated and solid colors creates a watercolor effect

Materials Required for the Pattern

Yarn – DK weight , 2 colors – i have used cotton and cotton blend yarn

Hook – 4 – 5 mm to achieve the gauge

Scissors, Stitch Marker, Blocking Pins

Pattern Testers

Here are the beautiful testers of the chill pill top and i cant thank them enuff towards this 🙂

Starting from (LtoR) Dawn, Rosy, Dr. Anusha, Anvitha, Dafne, Srujana, Geetha , Erin , Priyanka, Meenakshi

Pattern is available for sale on Ravelry

I would love to see your version of the chill pill tag me @naughty_knotz or use #chillpilltop and share ur version

Tell me what you think ! leave comment below

DIY Bookmark CORNER – A Free Pattern

Bibliophile – dedicating this post to some people in the community i know love to read Ananya , Jessica to name a few ! the most common trait that we tend to have to name a few are

  1. We are self involved – getting bored is not our thing
  2. Nothing called perfect time, perfect weather etc – anytime is a good time to read
  3. Cant wait for folks at home to go out for that undiluted time.
  4. Lost track of am / pm coz we had to finish that damn book
  5. Bestsellers are at our finger tips
  6. hoard books .. always wish there was more time and space
  7. Can get pissed when movies modify the facts
  8. Soooo hard to pick a Fav book – nothing like it
  9. Feel of paper overtakes a touch pad
  10. Bookmarks – is still a thing in our lives

If you do a lot of reading, you probably like using bookmarks to keep track of your place! Whether you are a student, a parent, a child,  a teacher, or someone who just loves to read, these simple bookmarks will add some fun and some convenience to your reading experience. The front of these bookmarks can be designed in any way you choose. Here, I have created a 2 versions a plain version and a fun character , you cloud even try to customize these bookmarks. These handmade bookmarks make great little gift ideas, or use the scrap yarns from your projects to something useful. I have gifted these bookmark corners to my friends – feedback from many readers that they are functional and hence tot of writing up a pattern post . I hope you like them and make them too 🙂

Lets get started on the things we need for the book mark!

Materials Required

  1. Lace Weight Yarn – I used Hobby India Yarn
  2. Hook between 1.75 mm to 2.00 mm
  3. Tapestry Needle
  4. Scissors
  5. Any embellishments that you would want to add (optional)

Pattern Notes

The Pattern uses a simple C2C Stich, however any diagonal stitch can be used to make the bookmark i have used this stitch to add color work and some fun elements to the bookmark corner

Stitch Diagram

C2C Stitch

Pattern – Start

  • ROW 1:Color – 1
    Step 1: Chain 6
    Step 2: Double crochet into the fourth chain from the hook
    Step 3: Double crochet in the next two chain ( 5th and 6th Chain
  • ROW 2:Color – 1
    Step 4: Chain 6
    Step 5: Double crochet in fourth chain from the hook and next two chains
    Step 6: Slip stitch into the ch-3 turning chain from the previous row
    Step 7: Chain 3
    Step 8: Double crochet 3 in ch-3 of row 1
  • ROW 3  – 7 : Repeat row 2 and increase to form a triangle

Make 2 of the same triangles

Join them with a tapestry needle or crochet hook

And your book mark corners are ready to use. If you like to play around by adding tassels, googly eyes etc to make it a little more lively , multi colors , etc can be easily worked

Now you have a cute crochet bookmark corner to give anyone who loves to read, or go ahead and keep one for yourself. one is never enough

Leave your comment to tell me what you think of this cute bookmark !

  1. I love you it so much!!!! I’m gonna start making one and complete it in one go. 🙈

Tensor Beanie

Tensor – Beanie Pattern uses C2C technique and comes in 2 versions

  1. Comfy Version – A Beginner friendly version literally made in 60 mins with use of one color yarn
  2. Explorer version –  Intermediate crocheter’s and advance crocheter using intarsia colorwork technique working with 2 or more colors by creating numerous patterns and a personalized touch

Have a look at what my testers had in store while making the beanies – arent they gorgeous

Apart from the designing and pattern writing skills that are required – I realised how important personalization of FO would mean , ofcourse as makers we all choose the colors we like but writing somethings on the FO – took it to another dimension. Preferences ranging pet name, family name, a symbol, zodiac sign and more coming on my insta post

Tell me how would you customise the beanie !

  1. I love you it so much!!!! I’m gonna start making one and complete it in one go. 🙈

Dimensions Shawlette

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About the pattern

Dimensions shawlette Inspired by the handloom crafts of India , the shawlette is an opportunity to revive the beautiful forms of art and textile in the country via Crochet. This shawl can be slipped around your neck for any occasion casual or formal. The shawlette uses corner to corner crochet stitch in continuation to the KONA Series with simple variations to the stitch and a simple intarsia colorwork technique.

The Dimensions Shawlette is a perfect snug for winters, this geometric colorwork shawlette can be easily paired with any dress to keep you warm and comfortable all day, I made 2 shawlettes in black and pick color schemes ! so be sure to leave a comment on which version you like better !

Yarn

I used Vardhman Dropill Low Pill Knitting Yarn this yarn is a new addition to vardhman’s collection of yarns – i like the texture, feel and overall appeal of the yarn and certainly one of the good quality acrylic yarns in my list

Vardhman Dropill   Black DRH021

Vardhman Dropill   Yellow DRH011

Vardhman Dropill   White DRH005

Find it here and my go to place to buy the dropill yarn is Yes Papa Handmade

Technique

The pattern is a part of the Kona C2C series – so the main stitch used in the pattern is C2C ( 2 variations) however the geometric prints on shawlette is achieved by using the C2C colorwork / intarsia technique which involves working 2 or more colors of yarn within a single row, when those colors appear in big blocks of color. Typically, you work each color section with a different ball of yarn attached to each section.

I made 2 versions of the Dimensions Shawlette pink and black, i am still unable to decide which one i like better.. do let me know what you think and drop a comment below

Pattern Testers

I had a privilege of working with some wonderful pattern testers who all used amazing colors of yarn and look gorgeous flaunting it ! A huge thanks to all the lovely ladies – isnt our crochet communitu joyous 🙂

Srujana , Anusha , Niyati , Charita , Richa , Ashlesha , Archana , Vinaya , Shiva , Dina , Pavitra, Nidhi

Pattern Availability

The Pattern is available for free on Joy of Motion Blog page and an ad free pdf is available on my ravelry and payhip store.

I really hope you liked the Dimensions Shawlette! and share with me the colors you choose for your make !

However, if you really like it, make sure to share the FREE pattern & share pictures of you’re Dimensions Shawlette that you’ve made with me Tag me on Instagram with @naughty_knotz and take a picture of your project, use #joyofmotioncrochet and #dimensionsshawlette

I can’t wait to see your pictures!

Not ready to crochet it yet?

  1. Share this FREE pattern on Facebook.
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Leave a comment below and let me know which version of the shawlette you like better Black or Pink and what colors would you choose for the dimensions shawlette

  1. I love you it so much!!!! I’m gonna start making one and complete it in one go. 🙈