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 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. 🙈