We recently launched our new Mama Knows Luxury Wool Free Acrylic Extreme Yarn. There are very few patterns available for this type of yarn and so, just like I did a year ago with our Giant Merino Wool Yarn, I am working on building the pattern availability for this new yarn.
Over the past few days I have been working to convert my original Oversize Knit Hat Pattern to accommodate the new Vegan Yarn.
It's finally complete, including a super fast video of the 35 minute process condensed into less than two minutes!
Big Stitch Yarn—the Myths, the Realities, and Realistic Expectations
Will it hold up?
Will it pill excessively and fall apart?
How do I care for my finished item?
These are only a few of the questions we answer almost daily here at Mama Knows Luxury. Empowering our clients to make informed decisions by dispelling myths and creating awareness is something we are passionately committed to!
We have spent the past year working to answer all of the questions, create options for all clients and provide quality video tutorials to help you along the way.
One of our completed Big Stitch Blankets, at THE MAKERS KEEP in Edmonton, AB, Canada
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!
We recently added basic felting kits to our Etsy shop for use with our big stitch yarn and our Sugarbush Chill yarn lineups, and boy, have the questions been rolling in.
Never fear, we hear you and we are totally here to help!
So let's answer the most important questions: Why would you use a felting kit, and why wouldn't you just weave in your ends?
Pure merino wool is precious and expensive. Whether you are working with extreme big stitch yarn or "regular" yarn, you don't want to waste any, no doubt about it! When you felt your ends for joining and finishing, you minimize waste. Instead of needing to leave many inches at the beginning and end of your work and at all joins for knotting and weaving, you can quickly and easily felt your ends with just an inch or so of yarn. When you invest in a top quality yarn, you want your finished product to look beautiful, even after use. Weaving ends is a tried-and-true technique, and I am not knocking it in any way, but the bigger your yarn gets, the more likely you are to find yourself with ends that refuse to stay weaved in.
We have created several felting tutorial videos to help you as you figure out the process. We promise, it is easy and you can totally do it! Now go finish your luxury handmade item beautifully and have fun!