Specializing in beautiful and unique, a yarn bowl is more than just a crochet accessory— it’s a piece of art! There are many beautiful and unique bowls on the market that will suit your sense of style and complement your decor.
Keeping runaway balls of yarn corralled is often a problem! It’s easy for a ball of yarn to roll away as stitches are made. These gorgeous vessels for fiber containment are a great solution! When a hank of yarn is unwound and turned into a cake, the cake can be placed in the bowl and yarn can be fed through the serpentine crevice. These bowls keep the balls of yarn from rolling away, unraveling too fast, or collecting lint from the floor. Yarn bowls can also be used to gently hold yarn that is purchased in the form of a skein or ball. I especially like to use a yarn bowl when I am riding in the car. The floor of the car is notoriously dirty, and a bowl is the perfect solution to keep the yarn clean, handy and stable at the same time.
Creative with Clay
Creative with Clay is the company for artist Charan Sachar. He found that the oval bowl with two swirls, pictured at right— one cut into either end— is the perfect solution for crocheting with two colors or holding two strands together. The two swirls keep the two balls of yarn from tangling, and the oval shape is more stable and less likely to tip. The knit- inspired bowl featured is large enough to hold 100 grams of yarn. See more bowl colors and other clay art at www.creativewithclay.com. High Prairie
If necessity is the mother of invention, then the LickinFlames yarn bowls are a marriage of convenience! Artist Jim Atchison made a yarn bowl from his High Prairie company for his knitter- wife, Brenda. Now he makes earthenware bowls for everyone! He quickly found that his one- of-a kind Raku fired bowls, pictured above, have a primitive and mixedmedia feel. The bowls’ alternately matte and shiny appearance and rich colors resonate with fiber artists looking for a
complement to yarn crafting. www. lickinflames.com
Pawley Studios Amanda Pawley is the artist behind Pawley Studios yarn bowls, pictured below. She makes bowls that come in a variety of earthinspired styles, shapes and sizes. Shown are the cosmic Starry Night yarn bowl, the earthy Denim Blue “Tangled” yarn bowl and the whimsical White Sheep yarn bowl. You will be delighted with all of the styles as the yarn flows effortlessly over the smooth glaze swirl or through the eye of one of the yarn ports. Check out her wide variety of styles and colors in addition to other ceramic products at www.pawleystudios.com.
(Creative Publishing International, 2015, 112 pages, $22.99)
If you have shied away from crocheting garments because your project did not turn out as expected, you’ll find the help you need here. In Margaret Hubert’s downto- earth style, she explains the steps needed to adapt existing patterns to get that perfect, custom fit. Hubert not only covers how to determine your correct body type (Classic Rectangle, Triangle, Inverted Triangle or Hourglass) and take personal measurements, she then applies the information, taking you step- by- step through four basic patterns for each body type.
The chapter on finishing is a gold mine of information covering different seaming options, attaching sleeves, collars and neckbands, adding borders, blocking and more. Good finishing makes the all the difference in how a garment looks and fits, so this chapter alone is worth reading through several times. The last part of the book covers embellishments, going way beyond the beautiful selection of appliquéd motifs to cover edgings, buttonholes, pockets and adding zippers.
Crocheting your way through this book is like taking a class with a knowledgeable teacher at your side; the experience you’ll gain is sure to give you the confidence you need to take on any garment pattern! pages, $24.99) Don’t even think of picking up this book unless you first go make yourself a pot of tea or coffee and have at least 2 hours to slowly read through and savor every beautiful page! Chachula states in the Introduction, “Marrying vintage techniques with a modern sensibility has been a mission of mine for years.” In the pages that follow, you’ll find fresh new designs that go beyond the traditional application, creating fabulous modern fashion garments and accessories from 10 top- notch crochet designers. Influenced by different vintage techniques, each chapter features a different technique including Pineapple, Bruges, Filet, Irish and Tunisian. Over 20 designs including summery tops, cardigans, shawls, scarves and jewelry projects will entice you to get out your crochet hook and explore new ways of working old techniques. You’ll want to take your time with these projects and enjoy the journey as you connect with past traditions and create new wearables that you will enjoy for years to come.
Wool meets silk in Spud & Chloë Fine, a yummy fingering- weight yarn that is sure to get your fingers itching to crochet!
From the moment you touch this yarn, you’ll fall in love with the fine texture and lovely hand. The 20 bright, clear colors make for tempting eye candy for crocheters. And with names like tickled pink, anemone, calypso and lipstick, you’ll find yourself looking for fun ways to create multicolored projects for the whole family! Multi- plied and firmly spun, this machine washable yarn is sturdy enough to stand up to the antics of little ones and special enough for a beautiful lacy garment for you. Put- up in 65- gram skeins with 248 yards, we sampled #7800 popcorn crocheted with an F/5/ 3.75mm hook. Our lacy sample would make a beautiful heirloom blanket for a new arrival or a lacy cardigan for you.
New this year, Stripey Fine takes it up a notch with a palette of beautiful hand- dyed colors like blueberry cheesecake, tootie fruitie, Neapolitan, mint chip and cherry sundae. A gorgeous shawl for a special friend or a cute cardi for Baby would be the perfect way to enjoy this luscious yarn. We sampled #7864 grape freeze with a 7/4.5mm hook in a simple stitch pattern perfect for a cozy cowl. Put up in 50- gram skeins of 191 yards, Stripey Fine and Fine can be used together, offering even more design options for crocheters. Fine and Stripey Fine are available at AnniesYarnShop.com.
Here’s a yarn with everything going for it: soft to touch, beautiful heather colors, incredible yardage, and all at an affordable price! The soft, single- ply wool/acrylic blend is easy to crochet and is machine washable, making it ideal for almost any project you have in mind, from fashion garments and accessories to cozy throws. At 341 yards per 100- gram skein, you’ll be able to create hats or scarves from just one skein, making this quality yarn the perfect choice for holiday giftmaking. Our sample, crocheted with a 7/4.5mm hook in color #2068 biscuit, is worked in an open lacy stitch, which would be ideal for a pretty cowl or shawl. Panache DK is available at AnniesYarnShop.com.