The hottest new thing in yarns are the so-called ‘ruffle yarns’. All the companies are making them. I’ve recently purchased one skein to play with myself. It’s really hard for me to resist experimenting with something new. I’ve yet to play with it much. But, Ros of RosMadeMe has been doing more than playing. She’s designed this pretty bag using CanCan yarn and has kindly created a nice tutorial for us to follow.
There are plenty of examples of this type of yarn. Most give only knitting instructions for its use. But, you can crochet with it! Take a good look at Ros’ tutorial for tips on crocheting with this yarn. The St. Louis Crochet Club had a chance to play with some demo skeins of this stuff after the Yarn Market this past Summer. The shop owner is mostly a knitter and wasn’t sure that it would work for crochet. But, we all passed it around and had a try at it. It became apparent that the more experienced among us could figure out how to crochet with it! So, take heart. Even if the yarn sleeve gives no crochet information, you can successfully use it for crochet.
If you have not had the opportunity to get your hands on a skein of this type yarn, here’s a close up for you. It’s hard to tell, but you’ll be able to spread out the knitted tube of yarn to see where you would put your hook into it. On the skein, you’ll have no idea that the yarn will spread out like it does. It takes one skein to make a scarf that’s about two feet long!
I’ve only seen scarves made with this yarn so far. So, I’m happy to see Ros’ purse pattern.
These are the ones that I’ve actually had my hands on. I’m sure there are others out there.
By jd wolfe