Hey everyone! I just taught myself something super cool and I wanted to share it with you all!!
So, I'm sure I'm not the first person to come up with this idea, but I did come up with it on my own and took a while to figure the best method out, so I'm going to blog about it anyway!
I ended figuring out this method when I decided I wanted to make a bigger version of the tiny teddy, but I didn't want to bother with all the math and guesswork that would be necessary to scale up the pattern. I also didn't want to take all that much longer because, as most of you already know, I'm super lazy! That being said, I started to play with the idea of using multiple strands of yarn and a bigger hook, so that it would be similar to using a bulkier yarn and a big hook!
Through an absolute ton of trial and error, I decided that I really like the results of using two strands of worsted weight yarn and a 7.0mm crochet hook. You could definitely get away with using a 6.5mm hook if that's something you have on-hand as I know most crochet hook packs come with that as their largest size. Sizing down to a 6.5 might be best for someone who crochets more loosely anyway!
The thing I love most about this method is that you don't have to do any math or take any extra steps to scale up your pattern! It doesn't take much (or any) extra crocheting time either, which is a huuuuge bonus! Also, if you're looking for any more reasons to try this method out, it's a total yarn eater, which is perfect if you're looking to bust that yarn stash! The only thing I can think of that's maybe not the best is that the stitches end up quite a bit chunkier, so if that isn't a look you like, then this method probably isn't for you.
Here's some examples of the size difference this method makes!
Just look at that size difference! Can you imagine making a bigger pattern with this method?? You could make giant plushies!! I think I'm going to add that to my list of things to do!
If you end up using this method, let me know because I would really love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @cutiepie_crochet or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!