LB Local Wool – Tunisian Simple Stitch

lb local wool, tunisian crochet swatch blocked
  • Craft: Crochet
  • Yarn/fiber: Lion Brand Local Grown Yarn (100% American Wool), 170 m / 100g; shown in colorway Blue Jeans
  • Tool: 5 mm tunisian bamboo hook
  • Technique/Stitch:
  • Size: 18 sts wide (5 x 5.5 in blocked)
  • Preblock gauge: oops
  • Blocked gauge: approx 3.6 spi x 3 rpi (2.5 cm)
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Notes about the yarn:

This will be a great workhorse yarn. It’s plied evenly and the colors are all nice. It feels like a comfortable worsted yarn. Similar but a tad denser than Fishermen’s wool.

Notes about the swatch:

I wanted to see what a firm fabric would feel like and be like to work, so I worked TSS with the “recommended” hook size of 5mm. It’s dense and firm and was not painfully stiff to crochet. After blocking it softened tremendously while maintaining my desired fabric characteristics.

Yet Lace Circle center-out

  • Craft: Knit
  • Yarn/fiber: Miss Babs Yet Lace (65% Merino; 35% Tussah Silk) in Wheaten colorway
  • Tool: unk, likely 2mm
  • Technique/Stitch:
  • Size: approximately 3.5 in / 8.9 cm diameter
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Notes about the yarn:

A beautiful two ply that’s a bit rustic. looks great in stockinette at a small gauge and likely will sing in lace.

Notes about the swatch:

Honestly I don’t recall knitting this swatch, I found it while cleaning up my studio. It’s likely several years old. This is a lovely fabric. I would like to intentionally swatch with this yarn again.

Plied North Ave – Garter Stitch

  • Craft: Knit
  • Yarn/fiber: Plied North Ave (100% non-superwash wool; 2-ply woolen spun; fingering weight 215 yd/197 m per 1.75 oz/50 g skein) in colorway Mister
  • Tool: 2.75mm
  • Technique/Stitch: Garter Stitch
  • Size:
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Notes about the yarn:

This is yummy. I picked up a scrap pack to try the yarn and different colours. They aren’t all ones I like and that’s ok. It blossoms beautifully with a quick steam block.

Notes about the swatch:

The yarn isn’t splitty at all and was very comfortable on 2.75 bamboo needles. It sings in garter stitch.
I can’t wait to swatch more stitches with it.

Tunisian Purl Stitch

  • Craft: Crochet
  • Yarn/fiber: Artyarns Merino Cloud
  • Tool: 4.5 mm straight tunisian hook
  • Technique/Stitch: Tunisian Purl Stitch
  • Size: approximately 4in (10 cm) wide
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Notes about the yarn:

Merino Cloud is a luxurious go-to yarn perfect for a wide array of projects and loves both knitting and crochet.

Notes about the swatch:

I need to spend more time with this swatch but the fabric looks beautiful at this gauge. A quick hit of steam evened out the stitches beautifully.

mini pinion (in progress)

  • Craft: Knit
  • Yarn/fiber: Lion Brand Bonbons in Party [601-650]
  • Tool: 2mm
  • Technique/Stitch: Pinion by Norah Gaughan in Knit Fold Pleat Repeat
  • Size: 13 sts wide
  • Preblock gauge: 3 repeats approx 10cm length
  • Blocked gauge:
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Notes about the yarn:

Not really sure what to do with this yarn (trade) and think this might be my solution.

Notes about the swatch:

3 repeats are about 10cm in length and I still have 6g of yarn remaining so I hope to get 9 repeats per color.. The st pattern took some getting used to and I see a wild swing in my gauge from knitting at home while watching TV to in the car on I-95. Need to count to see if I missed two rows of the fold or if my gauge is that much tighter.

3 repeats of Pinion pattern shown with fewer stitches on a black surface

Premier Home Cotton TSS

  • Craft: Crochet
  • Yarn/fiber: Premier Home (85% cotton, 15% Polyester; 96 yds/88m; 1.94oz 55g) in colorway 44-20 Grey Splash
  • Tool: 6.5
  • Technique/Stitch: TSS
  • Size: 6in/15.25cm x 5.75in/14.5cm (pre block)
  • Preblock gauge: 3.25 SPI
  • Blocked gauge: tbd
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Notes about the yarn:

I feel that the yarn is plied looser than my standard kitchen cotton, I worked some up and sent it off as a gift about a year ago. Haven’t hard how it performed. This is swatch is destined to life in my sink and I’m curious how it’ll hold up. I like the molted effect and that’s probably why I picked up this colorway.

Notes about the swatch:

It doesn’t curl much at this tension. Nice drape. Not sure what the heck I did in the middle section (the bulge at the left) but I like the way it came out.