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Crochet Thread: Choosing the Best Kind

Aug 17, 2007
Today, there are countless types of crochet thread. The permutations are endless, and each type brings a new and interesting variation. So wide is the choice that it has become quite difficult to decide which is likely to be the best fabric for a particular purpose as many people who are into crochet making probably have no idea what many of these threads are made from.

As a beginner, it's hard to tell from the appearance or the texture of the material. Here are some tips that will assist you in identifying the best kind of thread for your project:

1. Determine the most appropriate kind of material for the project - One of the most popular is cotton. The reason behind this is that cotton is very durable and easy to wash. On the other hand, synthetic crochet threads are nice to look at because of its luster, but they are very difficult to wash, so using this kind of thread would be limited.
2. Know the different types of crochet thread - In crocheting, there are five major types of thread. These are the worsted weight, baby or the fingering type, bulky, sport, and chunky. Each classification has its own unique "weight" or thickness. Among the five types, fingering has the finest weight. If ever you get to notice the word "ply" in the yarn label, this refers to the amount of the strands that were entwined together to materialize the yarn.
3. Always start with a "beginner's thread" when you are starting out - It is always better to start with a bigger thread size when you are just starting to crochet. Usually, the bigger the size of the thread, the better. As you advanced to the next level, try to use some of the finer types. This will enhance your skill.
4. Know the ideal thread - If you are already on that level where you have made some crochet patterns, it is now time for you to try the advanced level. Here, the ideal thread that you must use are those that have finer strands when it comes to thickness. Using this type of thread will give your work an impression of a refined finished product because of its feebleness.
5. Always have an extra ball of thread or yarn - When buying thread, it is always important to have an extra ball of thread as you would not want to come to an end before you can even your work. This is especially applicable to the colored yarns. The point here is that colored threads may differ if not bought at the same time. It must be acquired on the same "dye-lot." Slight difference in color can really ruin your work. When using the white-colored thread, it does not pose so many problems because you can always start with it anytime.
6. Never go for the cheap threads - In crochet, getting a cheaper quality thread may only ruin the total appearance of your crochet work. Hence, it would be better to choose the best quality of thread to ensure the quality of your work. It is as simple as that.
About the Author
C.S.Cox published the acclaimed instructional book, "Crocheting Made Simple" which has taught numerous people how to crochet. Find out how to sign up for the FREE Crocheting Made Simple Newsletter at http://www.crochetmadesimple.com
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