Crocheting with Boucle Yarn

June 16, 2008 at 12:14 pm 1 comment

Dear Sweaterbabe,

I would like to crochet a shawl, but do not want to use the recommended yarn. The yarn I would prefer to use is one of the boucle yarns. Do I have to make any adjustments to account for the knobbiness of this yarn? Please advise. Thank you.

Dear Crocheter,

Hmm… good question.  I generally don’t recommend crocheting with a yarn that is too knobby, but if it is just a little and you don’t run into problems working with it, then give it a try.

It’s best if you can test it out first.  Just do a little swatch in the stitch pattern that will be called for in the pattern.  The issues I have with boucle are:
— you may not be able to see where to place each stitch because the boucle makes it hard to see distinct stitches
— the boucle may have big loopy parts in the yarn that cause your crochet hook to get caught and slow you down or create other problems
— the boucle yarn will product a different gauge because the boucle part will create more fabric where a “normal” yarn would not

This swatch really is your gauge swatch, which you should do just to be sure the yarn will work to your satisfaction.

One note is that if this pattern is one where you will mostly be working stitches into arches or spaces, then the boucle effect might be just fine.  Here is an example of a shawl pattern that works just fine with any kind of yarn because the crocheting is all done in the big spaces.




Entry filed under: Ask SweaterBabe, Crochet Questions and How to.

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  • 1. Carmel  |  June 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I am glad someone has the same opinion of boucle yarn as me – I have tried many times to use it in crochet and it was very irritating and slow going and an additional annoyance is the hook gets caught in the knobbie bits – better to use it for knitting but even then it has it hazards – I did have quite a bit of this yarn which was not cheap mainly because a type of boucle yarn in the USA was very very popular a couple of years ago so I decided to try it -, I cut my losses and gave it away – Have a Great Crochet Life -Carmel Sydney Australia

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