I just finished my latest commission (below) and let me tell you… going from using weight 5-6 yarn to a weight 2 was so difficult for me the doll literally took me about one month. My fingers felt like they were going to break off every 5 seconds, how do y’all even keep the tension? anyway y’all make amazing work, but I will definitely not follow that path
Oh, but is is so perfect!!!
Oh my god hats off to you! She’s literally AMAZING. I’m like you, I could never use acrylic long term 1. I prefer the look chenille/blanket yarn and 2. The fraying, and then how small everything turns out is insane she’s so elegant though! Acrylic kills me. I’d make something and get bored with it if I use acrylic
Acrylic is the actual WORST thx
I think making dolls with 100% cotton is the worst on my hands. So painful to work with, I do t like 100% acrylic either. It stretches too much.
So I’ve settled for a cotton blend.
Do you have any brand recommendations?
Oh wow the stitches look great! What yarn did you use? I can only imagine how big a jump the yarn weight change was, I made amigurumi with weight 1 before while I was still beginning to crochet and it definitely taught me some things lol seeing how beautiful yours is I definitely should give it a go sometime again
Thanks! I used Schachenmayr Catania. And Omg using weight 1 sounds bizarre and impossible to me!
She is absolutely gorgeous! I love working with thin yarn, and looking forward to get back to my WIP of learning socks this week! Also Goals: learning tatting and bobbin lace … But the quality of your work is admirable and all the details are perfect. She will make someone very happy to have her!
So beautiful omg
She turned out really cute!
Tackling the tension just takes a bit of practice. But when I crochet with a lace weight /sock weight yarn or crochet thread. I always gently wrap the working yarn around my middle finger (so it is closer to the tiny item I am making) rather than just holding gently through my other fingers, which is my normal way. I just loosely wrap it rather that holding it tight, so it flows easily but keeps the tension even. I am then able to use my other fingers to adjust the yarn’s flow if I need to. I find that helps with the more slippery yarn.
Remember to take some more frequent breaks, even if it is just for a minute, so you can stretch your hand, wrist, and fingers to keep them from going stiff and achy.
Stick with it though as you will get faster and your tension will become more consistent with the finer yarn. And once that happens, it won’t feel like such a chore. But your final result with this doll is so adorable! You have done a great job!
Oh my goodness! Your patience was definitely worth it! This doll is beautiful! I know what you mean though. I usually work with chunky yarn for plushies, but sometimes it’s fun to work with smaller weight yarn once in a while.
She is gorgeous ! Congratulations !
I’m like the opposite I’m used to work with fine yarn, and when I tried bigger hooks and thicker yarn for the first time, it was hurting my hands because it is bigger movements.
For the yarn tension, I wrap the yarn two times around my index finger. So the yarn slides by itself instead of me holding it. It changed alot to do this for me, my hands don’t hurt as much.
shes so cute! <3
Thank you!! That’s really helpful!