How do different yarns brush up?
Experiment to see what e ects you can create
As ever, different fibres bring different qualities to your project, and it’s just the same with brushed fabrics. With a little bit of experimentation, you’ll find that different yarns create a different sort of fuzzy effect when they’re brushed. Whichever yarn you want to use for your amigurumi toy, always make a swatch with it and practise brushing it. We brushed the bottom half of each of our swatches so you can compare the look. Here’s what to expect from the different fibres:
1 Acrylic yarns tend to be quite fibrous and already feel fairly fluffy. Brushing just enhances this fuzziness really quickly, so go slowly and carefully to avoid creating more fur than you want. Just a quick brush will create a fine haze, or you can keep brushing for a really thick fuzz that will hide any stitch definition. 2 Wool yarns are also fairly fibrous to start with, so they’re quick and easy to fluff up, especially if the spin is looser rather than tighter. A quick brush creates a subtle haze, while slightly more brushing produces a lovely fuzz with the stitches just about still visible. You’ll find that quite a few wool fibres get stuck in the brush, so you just need to work lightly, keep checking and be careful not to pull out too many fibres during brushing.
3 Cotton yarns might not seem that fibrous, but they brush up really well and create a beautifully soft fur effect. A quick brush gives a subtle fuzz, but you can build this up gradually and keep brushing until you have a fantastic life-like fur effect – the fur even has a nap, so make sure you do a final brush in one direction. The stitches are usually still visible though the fur effect does obscure them.