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Crochet Antics with Stylecraft Batik Yarn

We were sent a lovely parcel with several balls of Stylecraft’s new yarn Batik, back in August. I knew it was coming and had already planned what to make with the pretty colours we were going to be sent: Coral, Cherry, Teal, Biscuit and Pistachio.

Unfortunately, with trying to get everything organised for the coming issue, I just couldn’t find the time to blog about my antics.

Well that’s not entirely the truth.

You can see in the photograph above that I had intended on making a cushion cover or a bag with granny squares using the five beautiful colourways.  You’ll also be able to see that my granny squares have wonky centres.

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These wonky centres have infuriated me for some time now and despite the many different things I’ve tried to fix it, nothing has been successful.  So to be honest I became more than just a little fed up.  So much so, I didn’t complete two of the ‘squares’ or sew in the ends.

This seemed a terrible shame and a waste of perfectly good yarn, but then I stumbled upon the beautiful little Galilee Booties design by Mamachee.  I’ve no little person to put them on, but that’s not the point.

So, armed with a 4mm hook and three of the five shades we’d been sent – Coral, Cherry and Teal – I set to work.  Except I couldn’t seem to get past the first row.

To be honest my Batik exploits were turning into a nightmare.

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Last week, with a little time on my hands and a need to do something different, I tried again.

You can see from the photograph above that that this time I was successful.

One down, with another still to make – eventually.

So what can I tell you about Stylecraft’s Batik…..

Batik is a double knit yarn made from a blend of 80% acrylic/20% wool. Each 50g ball contains 138 metres/151 yards and there are 16 mottled shades available to choose from.

You might be wondering why Stylecraft decided to sell 50g balls rather than the larger 100g? Batik has been designed for makers that knit and or crochet and the 50g balls represent better value for those of us that like to crochet smaller items.

The yarn itself has a high twist and is lovely and soft to work with.  The resulting fabric, whether knitted or crocheted, is light and bouncy.

The colours all interplay well with each other and Stylecraft have released some lovely designs to accompany the yarn, in both crochet and knitting.

Hopefully your local yarn shop stocks Stylecraft yarns and will have Batik in stock already.  If not, find out more by popping along to the Stylecraft website here

I think I might have happened upon a trick to eradicate the wonky centres too.  I’ll be sure to let you know if it works.

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