Design Week, day 3: yarn selection

Knit and Crochet week marches on! I’m absolutely delighted that so many people are dedicating this week to coming up with a design of their own, and the posts so far have been fabulous!

Day 3’s topic is choosing a yarn!

Yarn Colors

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m designing a Playpus stuffed animal. And as I mentioned previously, even though platypuses (is that the plural?) are brown with a black beak in real life… I’m just drawn to a brown platypus with a tan beak. So that’s how it’s going to be.

Factors in Choosing a Yarn

Because my stuffed animal will be the sample for a FreshStitches pattern, I need to take a few factors into consideration:

  • Is the yarn widely available? I have customers from all over, so I try to pick a yarn that is accessible.
  • Will the yarn still be on the market next season? I don’t want to release a pattern that recommends a color that has been discontinued!
  • Is the yarn easily substitutable? Even though I recommend a particular yarn/colorway, my customers come from all over the world, and it’s impossible for me to pick a yarn that everyone has access to. So, I try to select types of yarn that are generally available and easy to substitute. So… you won’t see me using any lime-green glitter eyelash yarn!
  • For my stuffed animals, I prefer to use a worsted weight yarn made of natural fibers. I know it’s an unusual choice… many folks like to crochet amigurumi with acrylic yarn. But, I love the feel of natural fibers and they hold up very well over time.

    Yarn Selection

    So, with all of those factors in mind, I’ve picked Ella Rae Classic, a 100% wool worsted weight yarn. It’s a plied yarn in a common weight that can easily be substituted with another brand or even a wool/acrylic blend for those who are interested in a machine washable yarn.

    I’ve picked a dark brown (color 40) and a tan (color 22). The only drawback to the dark brown is that the black animal eyes may not stand out very much against the dark brown… forcing me to use crocheted white ‘buggy eyes’ and a black animal eye as the pupil.

    Hmm… decisions. I do like buggy eyes. Maybe, if I have extra time, I’ll do another sample in a medium brown, which allows the black eyes to stand out. People like seeing lots of samples, don’t they?

    Your turn!

    Can’t wait to hear all about your yarn-choosing process. Add a link to your Design Week post in the comments section, below!

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