Big stitch yarn really is big! You need tools that are at least 40 mm or greater to work with it, or you can use your arms or hands. We always share this video by Simply Maggie when our clients want to arm knit with our yarn. We also love this video by BeCozi on hand knitting flat on a table without using any tools. We work with MD Handfield Designs Inc. to bring our extreme and giant tool designs to life. Currently we offer giant knitting needles, extreme DIY pipe needle kits, and giant crochet hooks, all specifically designed to work perfectly with our big stitch yarn. But what if you want to use a smaller tool? Or add finer detail to your project? Never fear, your yarn can be split and made smaller to increase your yardage and accommodate smaller tools. Read on to find out more!
When Stephanie from All About Ami designed her extreme crochet rug and extreme crochet cushion patterns, the Internet went crazy! Everyone loved her designs, and I spent hours each day answering all the questions about making these items: How much yarn do I need? What tool do I use? Stephanie talks about splitting her yarn on her blog post—how do I do that? I knew we had to make this easier, so the first thing I did was create a basic video on splitting big stitch yarn. I started sending the link to the video to my clients, along with a link to Stephanie's blog post that includes a photo tutorial and also a ton of insight into the issues she encountered while splitting her yarn.
One of the photos included in the photo tutorial on the All About Ami extreme crocheted rug blog post.
We now have a bunch of kits with patterns that call for split thickness big stitch yarn. Splitting your yarn takes patience, time, and a little finesse. Unspun wool roving has a natural centre grain, and it's fairly easy to pull the yarn apart into two even strands. It is really helpful to be prepared for the issues you will encounter, and we hope you will find our video and the All About Ami blog post helpful as you embark on your splitting journey!
Here is a list of all our pattern kits that call for split thickness yarn:
All About Ami extreme crochet rug kit
All About Ami extreme crochet cushion kit
MJ's Off The Hook Designs extreme blanket kit
Kozy Komforts cabled cabin throw kit
Naturally Nora Crochet Caldecott cushion kit
Naturally Nora Crochet Alcott collar kit