Substituting Light Weight Yarn for Bulky Weight Yarn in Crochet

By Rachel Choi – 6 Comments

I LOVE the look of bulky yarn and I LOVE working with it as it makes projects work up fairly quickly. But have you ever encountered a crochet pattern that calls for bulky weight yarn, and you only have medium or light weight yarn on hand? One solution is to crochet with more than one strand of yarn held together to achieve the thickness required for the bulky yarn. The double stranded crochet technique is easy to do, but requires you to have multiple skeins or balls of yarn to pull from.

Here is a hack that I came across, shared from Briana K. This one skein is used to make a bulky weight yarn, crocheting with three strands of yarn together without having to cut the yarn or separate it into multiple balls. It’s too hard to describe in words, so check out the video below!

P.S. I’m a huge Briana K fan! Some of my other favorite hacks are Finishing Off Crochet Round with Seamless Join and Avoiding Twists In Long Crochet Chains. You can also see a lot more of her videos on YouTube.

What do you think of this hack? Will you try it in an upcoming crochet project?

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  1. Shai says:

    This is a really cool tip! I had heard about doubling (or tripling) up on yarn before but thought it would be a drag to work with multiple skeins at once. This definitely looks much easier to manage and it’ll make crocheting on the go easier too! Thanks for sharing.

  2. cecelia knuckles says:

    Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? This old dog just learned two very good ones, the seamless join and bulky yarn, and I do appreciate this. Have been crocheting about 60 years so that makes me ‘an old dog’. Thanks!!!!

  3. Catriona says:

    That’s genius! I never would have thought of this. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  4. Candace says:

    It’s like Navajo/chain/n-plying but without the plying! Pretty cool!

  5. Ana says:

    Amazing! Thank you!

  6. Cat says:

    I have never seen anything so COOL in crocheting! This is really easy – hard to explain however – your video is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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