How To Create Thicker TextureBy Tameko Barnette – 26 Comments
What we wouldn’t give for a placemat or pot holder to not unravel on us while using it! Getting a thicker texture on some patterns isn’t always easy, even if the crochet hook size is perfect. We can achieve tighter stitches with a simple tug or two after each one is created, but how do we get a thicker texture from time to time?
Drum roll please…the answer is in the yarn. Yes, we can go out and buy some very thick yarn and thus, we will have thicker texture. But what about those of us who are on a tight budget and need to work with the yarn we already have, which is the average thickness?
Try this technique:
1. Place two separate strands of yarn together. You can mix and match the colors as you wish.
2. Tie your knot on the hook as usual and proceed to chain and stitch according to your pattern’s instructions.
Voila! You have a thicker and tighter stitch, which creates a nice thick texture that is perfect for pot holders, mug coasters, and placemats.
See the picture of the finished rows of two different color yarns used together in a basic single crochet stitch pattern.
You can use any size crochet hook when applying this technique to your pattern. The key is making sure you are using two separate strands (skeins) of yarn together.
A good way to get the feel for it is to place the two separate strands (skeins) together and chain 20 or 30.
Do you have ideas on creating thicker texture? Have you tried this technique? Please share your ideas and experiences with us. We’d love to hear from you.