My crochet Rainbow Heart blanket is growing steadily. I’ve finished a row of each of the colours that I bought for this and started repeating the colour pattern. I’m still loving the heart pattern as the I switch to white between each colour. You can find the link to the pattern in my previous post here.
But I’m having a tiny problem as I work on this one: the yarn has a tendency to split. You might be able to see it in the picture on some of the long spike type stitches – that’s where it is most noticeable I think.
Often as I crochet a stitch I notice the hook splitting the yarn and I need to undo the stitch and try again. Sometimes I need to try a couple of times to get a stitch without the split yarn!
So I’ve done some research and here’s what I found:
Tips for Splitting Yarn while Crocheting
- Try working slower – When we hurry we are more likely to push our hook through the yarn instead of pushing through a hole or loop. So trying to work slower can help.
- Try a larger hook – Smaller hooks are generally more pointy so they are more likely to split the yarn. A slightly larger hook can be blunter and less likely to push through the yarn accidentally.
- Try a different brand of hook – Different brands of hook can have slightly different shapes to the ends – some may be sharper or blunter or curved differently – so some crocheters find one brand better than another.
- Softer yarns generally split more – Writers seem to suggest that softer yarns split more than coarser yarns. Perhaps they have a less tight weave in order to be softer. (I wonder whether some yarns are treated in the manufacture process to hold their twist better and that makes them harder? Just my random thought as I write – must try to find out!)
- Thicker yarns might split more – Along the same thinking as softer yarns splitting, I have found that sometimes my thicker yarns split more, although not always. Sometimes they seem to have more strands twisted together than finer yarns. (This blanket uses a particularly thick yarn.)
- Yarns often twist as we work – This is a natural part of the way we hold our yarn as we work and the direction we twist it with each stitch so be aware and if you are finding your yarn either tangling (from twisting tighter) or unravelling (from twisting looser), then stop every now and again to fix it.
- Some writers suggested that working from one end of the yarn or the other would make a difference, but other’s said that wasn’t true because the yarn twists the same way no matter which end you start at. Apparently there are S twists or Z twists – basically clockwise or anti-clockwise. Most yarn is S twist apparently. But either could be un-twisted as you work depending on your personal way of working with the yarn.
Do you have any more tips for dealing with yarn splitting as you crochet?