Beanie Bag Free Patterns
Try all the yarns with one easy project! Whether you knit or crochet, you can make this stripe-tastic sampler kerchief in no time. Use it as a head scarf, or cozied up around your neck!
Beanie Bag Education
Not sure what the differences are between yarn constructions?
In these helpful videos, Leanne breaks down how each construction behaves and what makes each one unique!
Different Projects for different types of Constructions
A classic plied yarn, Lana d'Oro
is made by twisting thinner threads of yarn together. Having multiple plies makes a yarn stronger, reduces piling, and adds bounce and loft!
It also happens to be the most common yarn construction and is what most people think of when they think of yarn.
For more free patterns featuring Alpaca Lana D'Oro, visit the Cascade Free Patterns
page on their website!
Instead of having multiple strands, Highland Duo
is simply one spun strand of fiber called "single ply".
While single plies aren't quite as sturdy as plied yarn (sometimes tight knitters and crocheters find that this yarn will break under too much tension), it tends to be super soft and holds dye well resulting in saturated hues with lots of depth.
This yarn has a chainette construction where the strands of fiber that make up the yarn are looped or woven together, similar to a knitted i-cord. Chainette construction is awesome because it makes the yarn light and lofty, even when it is a thick ultra-bulky!
Another perk is that the interconnected strands add stability to fibers like alpaca, preventing them from "growing" more than it would as a single plied or stranded yarn.
For more free patterns featuring Cloud, visit the Cloud and Eco Cloud Free Patterns
page on Cascade's website!
Constructed by taking whispy brushed alpaca and wrapping a nylon binder thread around it, El Cielo
is a lace-thin yarn that can be carried along with other yarns.
It adds a soft halo to the fabric, or worked by itself on almost any size needle to create a cloud-like fabric!
We just plain love Soak Wash. Soak is a rinse-free wool wash, meaning you can wet block or hand wash your hand knit and crochet items by simply soaking them in a water and Soak solution, then lay them out to dry! There's no extra rinsing required and no soapy residue once your handmades are dry!
Not only does Soak make blocking and hand washing easy, we love the light scents it comes in (in addition to scentless), the way it relaxes fibers to really let lace and stitch work shine, and helps to clean out debris in more rustic yarns.