It seems to be a commonly held belief that it’s difficult/impossible to crochet with fuzzy/eyelash/fun fur yarn. I’ve worked with fuzzy yarns a lot, so I thought I should share some advice on how to crochet fuzzy amigurumi toys.
Working with eyelash yarns is a challenge, but here are my tips to make it a little more manageable.
If you’re used to making amigurumi with worsted weight yarn, you’ll probably use an E (3.5mm) hook so you don’t end up with gaps between your stitches. Fuzzy yarns need a larger hook to make large enough stitches for you to be able to work back into; I recommend a size H (5mm) as a good starting point. While you will end up with larger spaces between your stitches, the fuzziness of the yarn covers those nicely. You may even have success with a still larger hook, depending on how fluffy your particular yarn is – I suggest you try it and see if you like the results.
You’ll probably need to crochet more loosely (and definitely more slowly!) than you are used to. Ease your hook gently through the fuzz; don’t yank it.
Having trouble seeing where to insert your hook? Here are some more tips:
My fuzzy patterns are designed to be worked in a specific (non-traditional) way that makes it much easier to deal with challenging eyelash yarns, in two specific ways:
Here’s how to work around the inside rim of your work (i.e. the right side of the work will be the back of each stitch as you make it): as shown below, turn the piece so your hook is always at the side of the round that’s furthest away from you:
To put it another way, always insert your hook from the middle towards the outside:
This way, most of the ‘fuzz’ will stay on the outside of the piece, which has two benefits:
The right side of the work (outside) – note it is lovely and fuzzy and the stitches are practically invisible.
The wrong side of the work (inside) – note it is much less fuzzy and it is much easier to see the stitches. The arrows show the front loops of stitches from 2 rounds – by counting those ‘rings’ of front loops, you can see how many rounds you’ve made if you lose your place in the pattern!
You can also use these techniques to crochet an eyelash yarn toy without using a pattern – you should find it much easier to make eyelash amigurumi this way than if you crochet the traditional way (in both loops, and with the fronts of the stitches facing the outside of the piece as you crochet).
All fuzzy yarn is not created equal. There are many different brands and varieties of eyelash yarn, and some are easier to crochet with than others. Very broadly, there are three main types of eyelash yarn:
Within these three broad categories, you can achieve very different looks depending on whether the ‘lashes’ are long/short, straight/curly, intermittent/plentiful etc etc.
There are also different kinds of ‘fuzzy’ yarns, e.g. fluffy mohair blends, chenille or boucle. Any yarn with some textural variety will give a more interesting effect to your finished piece. Don’t be put off if the first fuzzy yarn you try leaves you frustrated – keep experimenting until you find yarns you like to work with!
Or, if all this is just too frustrating for you, you can crochet with a regular (smooth) yarn and then brush the finished pieces to make them fluffy – it’s a different, and much easier, way to achieve a fluffy crocheted toy! See my Fuzzy to Brushed Crochet tutorial for instructions.
These are both made from my Fuzzy Bear pattern! L: eyelash yarn; R: standard acrylic yarn (brushed)
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