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.

MESSING WITH YARN : NATURAL DYEING EXPERIMENTS – 2

Sights , sounds, shapes, colors of nature have truly inspired me in my yarn crafts and a beyond. As I started the messing with yarn series and my natural dyeing experiments, i dont miss an opportunity to observe , read and learn about plant life. While on this endeavor, I was delighted with one particular encounter with nature during my morning runs, i saw this beautiful white flower which was distinct ( to my eyes) as i went closer to see the flower , this shrub was dense and had some lovely berries, my “yarny” brain clicked and i touched the berries and it had a dark blue ink like color, i immediately picked some berries and came home to study the plant and its details. Thanks to Leaf Snap this plant identification app is soo good that all details of the plant is just a click away , . I identified this plant as Cestrum diurnum , din ka raja as popularly called in Hindi and day blooming jasmine.

I went every day to collect these berries and stored them in my freezer for a week and finally i knew i had enough to dye a few hanks !! was waiting to experiment dyeing with these berries. I am posting the dye recipe in detail below ,but before we get there if you haven’t read my post on Natural Dyeing Experiments – DO check the post Dyeing Hard and all things required for Dyeing Experiments at home

Materials Required

Materials for Dyeing Experiment

Isn’t the colorway magical ? i loved the outcome and fade look adds to the beauty of the yarn !

Here is the details of process I used for the Natural Dye

I personally was thrilled to achieve these colors and its one of my priced possession in my stash . I hope this blog helps all the yarn dyers and enthusiast to take a leap into this world.

Drop a comment if you if this attempt of natural dyeing experiment is a success or failure !

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

Messing with Yarn : Natural Dyeing Experiments – 1

What happens when your forced to take a break from crocheting !! you have to pick a new skill that’s relevant to crocheting and all things yarn ! So I did have a phase where I developed wrist pain and had to apply speed break on my crocheting . One thing we concur – is that we “Dye for Yarn” and this helped me indulge into a new therapy which is dyeing yarn and I acknowledge of being a Dye-Hard Fan. I have some thumb rules governing my Dyeing experiments to make this a more sustainable and be conscious – you can read all about this in my Blog Dye Hard Fans

Ok ! so a lot said above on my love for dyeing , now time to get real. Lets start with a simple dyeing experiment with things at home ! Make sure you read my blog on all things you need for a basic home set up for dyeing on my blog – Guide to Home Yarn Dyeing

A skein of undyed yarn and Onion Peels to create magic

Follow my IGTV Video for step by Step Instructions

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Here are the step by step Instructions to achieve this beautiful yarn

Here is the final outcome of my Messing with A skein and Onion peel

Here is the final look of the yarn ! I had a hangover with this experiment and final color ! i am waiting to start crocheting with this yarn. leave a message if you have any question and i will most definitely get back to you.

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

All Things for Yarn Dyeing

My experiment started in a minimalist way of picking what i had at home and trying to dye with what was available, but before i set myself to dyeing , i acknowledge that the my thumb rules were quiet firm in my mind.

I must place the caveat while we can start Yarn Dyeing as an attempt/ experimenting with yarn and natural colors this can lead into a quick addiction, so much so that everything you see around, where ever you go you will find nothing but ideas for attempting to dye. So lets get messy !

I had to experiment quiet a bit and learn – not too many resources which talk about all things that would be required to start your chemistry experiment at home.

Here is a quick list of things that would need to start your yarn dyeing journey !

I am sure all of you have access to these things at home, in addition to this having access to good heating source and shade drying source can only add zing to your the yarn you dye.

Have you experimented yarn dyeing ? Do let me know your experience and leave a comment below

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

Aren’t we all Dye Hard Fans !

Lock down or no lock down – i believe me and we yarn artists are all fans of yarn and icing would be if we are all able to get the colors we have in mind as yarns to work on ! Dye Hard is a chronicle and series of experiments that I have conducted with natural dyeing. Wait here is the twist in the story ..!
I set myself some thumb rules for my dyeing experimentation

  1. No edible source for dyeing – i would rather feed the hungry
  2. No Potable water consumption
  3. Use of Rain water harvested
  4. Least amount of water to be consumed while dyeing
  5. No harsh chemicals
  6. Recycle the water used for dyeing
  7. Only and Only Sun drying for dyed yarns

Now if you are wondering why these thumb rules ?

  1. Textile Dyeing industry is one among the most polluting industry in the world
  2. Textile / Yarn dyeing industry uses substantial amount of water in its manufacturing processes used mainly in the dyeing and finishing operations of the plants, the constraints of water availability is having a huge impact on this industry
  3. Dyeing process involves a lot of effluents, unfortunately, most of these dyes escape conventional wastewater treatment processes and persist in the environment like, detergents, chemicals, soap , bleach etc.
  4.  15% of the population in India is under nourished
  5. C02 emissions and global warming is a subject all of us are most aware off

My ambition by this process is to eventually transition towards end to end “sustainable crocheting” and i will learn, document every aspect of my leanings

I set myself up for a journey that’s an uphill task , but believe me this really added colors to my lock down 1.0 , 2.0 and eternity…

My love yarn dyeing has only be taken to the next level. Are you excited to learn and join me in this journey ? Do leave your comments on what you thing of “sustainable crocheting”

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