Crochet Thread: Did You Know?

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

Have you ever used crochet thread before? I sure haven’t, though I will say that I’m gun-ho about using it! Not only did I get a stellar deal at my local dollar store for some name brand crochet thread, but it was actually a color that would be functional with any crochet project I wish to start. So, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve researched to help us both on our crochet thread journey!

Crochet Thread…

1.) Comes in Several Sizes

Yup. Crochet thread is numbered from 0-40, and even goes higher. Common sizes used to crochet include size 3, 5, 8. 10, 20, 30, and 40. Keep in mind that the SMALLER the number of thread, the THICKER the thread actually is. Thus, a size 3 crochet thread would be thicker than a size 30 crochet thread. Smaller numbered crochet threads are typically used to create items like garments and bedspreads. Larger numbered crochet thread is used for more meticulous projects, such as doilies and table cloths.

 

2.) Can Be Used For Countless Projects

Before I dug up the how-to’s about crochet thread, I was under the impression that it was only used for doilies. This is completely NOT the case, and thank goodness it’s not! In fact, crochet thread can be used to make various types of garments, fashion accessories, and home decor in addition to doilies and table cloths. When it comes to garments, tops are a popular choice, though imagine what a crochet thread dress would look like! Red Heart’s Blog highlighted a gorgeous wedding dress crocheted by Chi Krneta. She used size 10 crochet thread to make her drop-dead-gorgeous wedding dress, and I must say that I was speechless when I first saw it! You can see her dress here. As for fashion accessories, the sky’s the limit! Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, barefoot sandals… Take your pick and run with it! And then there’s home decor. We’re talking table runners (for all the holidays!), wreaths, pillow cases, and soo much more! The point with crochet thread is this:  it’s 100% versatile. What will be your first crochet thread project? Leave a comment below!

 

3.) Comes in Various Mediums

Whether you’re looking for 100% cotton, polyester, bamboo, wool, or blends, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for with crochet thread. With that said, there’s no reason why anyone should shy away from attempting a crochet thread project! Just be sure to use the recommendation on the pattern you’re about to work on so you get the best end result. You can visit WEBS’ website to see a wide array of crochet thread options. Be sure to keyword search “crochet thread.”

 

4.) Requires Steel Hooks

Steel crochet hooks are really small hooks used especially with crochet thread. The numbers of the steel hooks range from 00-14. Much like crochet thread numbering, steel crochet hooks are LARGER when the hook number is SMALLER. For example, let’s say you have a steel crochet hook that is a 00. In metric size, this is 3.5 mm. Compare the 00 steel crochet hook to a 14, which is 0.75 mm in metric size. The steel crochet hook that is 00 is larger than the size 14 hook. See a chart of steel crochet hook sizes here. Yes, this may take a while to get used to, but keep practicing with crochet thread and it should get easier!

 

5.) Tension is Crucial

Because crochet thread is thinner than your ordinary crochet yarn, tension plays a big role in the end result of your project. In order to achieve the best results, crochet tighter if you tend to crochet loosely with yarn, and keep your tension the same if you’re already one who crochets tightly with yarn. Be sure to weave the crochet thread around the hand your’e not crocheting with so your tension is consistent.

 

I’m going to find my first crochet thread project tonight! What, oh what shall I work on first?!

P.S. How many of you are going to purchase Chi Krneta’s wedding dress pattern and try it out? Let me know below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

Red Heart Blog:

http://blog.redheart.com/crocheted-wedding-dress-in-aunt-lydias-classic-10/

WEBS

http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm

Create for Less

http://www.createforless.com/buying-guides/crochet,-knitting-and-other-needlework/crochet-hooks.aspx

Yarn Forward

http://www.yarnfwd.com/main/steelhookconv.html

 

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