At yesterday's craft meeting, Corlie suggested I try to add some texture to my poncho. So I spun a bit of boucle (or plied a bit of boucle, to be more accurate) and crocheted a sample. Hmmm. I think the longest stitch works best in terms of texture. It would add weight to the poncho, because the yarn is necessarily thicker than my 'plain vanilla' yarn, but a row here and there might work. I'll mull over this for a bit. Any suggestions welcome!
It is always difficult choosing the right colours and yarns, I like the extra thickness of the textured yarn, it will give your poncho a look of its own!ReplyDelete
I do like the texture of boucle yarn. I would not have thought of it as an element in the poncho, but I think it would look really cool! Since you have a sample spun, why not try it? You can always take it out.ReplyDelete
I think you'll have enough going on with the colours, so taht it probably won't need a textured yarn; purely a matter of personal opinion of course!ReplyDelete
I went back and looked at the pattern as I recalled it used different stitches which will create texture. Given that, I don't think you "need" the boucle but add it if you want. Perhaps the person suggesting it isn't aware of the different stitches in the pattern.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the 'food for thought'. Diane is right, I could just try it and see how it looks, nothing has to decided absolutely beforehand.ReplyDelete
I checked the Molly poncho image too. And it does seem like there will be quite enough colour & texture. But make a small sampler with a few rows of the actual poncho. The boucle (is that the term for the 'knot' effect) is not very prominent in the sample you show above. So may be all that is really needed is the right placement of this wool, accentuating the pattern.ReplyDelete
But what I am even more curious about, is how you got that knotted texture ! Never thought about it, though I have had pullovers using that kind of wool.
Well, instead of plying with the wheel moving anticlockwise and holding the threads even as normal, you send the wheel clockwise again and hold one thread tight and the other very loose so that it wraps around the tight one. Then ply again normally to hold the wraps in position. So it's a bit laborious!Delete
Boucle? Not on your life! Especially if I were to crochet, rather than knit with it, as it is not a smooth yarn and creates uneven stitches. IMHO you will have enough going on with all the colour and stitch breaks. Also, in my experience, boucle tends to pill more than smooth yarn. Nope. I wouldn't do it. : ))ReplyDelete
Since I know nothing of knitting I will just say that I am sure whatever you do will be beautiful!!! :)ReplyDelete