Thread crochet is something that you can enjoy anytime but it is especially great for projects at this time of year. Traditional thread crochet tablecloths can really dress up a holiday feast. Thread crochet Christmas ornaments work perfectly on any tree. Appliques made with thread can add a personalized touch to any gift wrapping. And metallic thread can be used to make a wide array of jewelry and accessories for holiday parties and gifts.
Here are five tips to help you out if you're new to thread crochet:
Know Your Numbers
The most important difference between thread crochet and regular crochet is that the numbers are different on thread than yarn as well as on the hooks that you'll use. The key thing to remember is that "smaller is bigger". What this means is that a lower number means a bigger (thicker) thread and it also means a larger crochet hook. So a size 3 thread is much thicker than a size 30 thread and a hook size 9 is slightly larger than a hook size 10. If you're new to thread crochet, start with a size 3 or 5 thread and a size 00 or other larger-headed crochet hook.
Ergonomics Are Worth It
Thread crochet requires that you hold your hook tightly and control your tension carefully. This can be harder on the body than working with larger hooks and looser yarns. Thread crochet hooks are thinner, which exacerbates the situation. That's why it's worth it to invest in ergonomic crochet hooks with thicker handles. Bamboo-handled hooks are one option. Another choice is to create your own polymer clay hook handles for your thread crochet hooks.
Be Easy on Your Eyes
You also want to avoid eye strain when working with the thinner threads of this type of crochet. Make sure that you work in good lighting. You might want to start by working with light and bright threads since you have to strain more to see your stitches with darker threads. Be sure to take a lot of breaks to rest your eyes.
Prevent the Twist
Crochet thread tends to twist more while you're working than regular yarn does. It helps to work with thread that is on a cone. It also helps to hold your work slightly more loosely although this can affect the outcome of your project; you need to strike a balance between good working tension and looseness for de-twisting. One Crochetville author says, "periodically, I've put a stitch holder in the loop on my hook, then dangled the piece and let it untwist." However this only works for smaller project. Another author in the same forum shares, "My husband made me a holder which looks a little like a toilet roll holder which stops the thread coming off the top of the ball. The whole ball rotates which eliminates the extra twists."
Thread crochet really is one of the niche crochet techniques that gets a lot easier as you practice it. It's the same as regular crochet in terms of the basics but you have to get the hang of holding the yarn right and working with smaller crochet hooks. A little practice really will make it so much simpler and enjoyable!
If you're still feeling a little bit intimidated by thread crochet, check out this Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Thread Crochet.