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What’s New at Lyn’s Crafts New Flax Linen Crochet Thread

We found a supplier in Lithuania that sells a very nice size 10 flax linen crochet thread. We now have 11 colors in stock. If you are new to linen crochet thread, and, flax linen in particular, we wrote a blog article entitled 5 Great Benefits of using Flax Linen Crochet Thread to share the benefits of this unique crochet thread.

Lyn is so excited about the linen threads that she took some of the samples we received and used them while learning to knit. As you can see, she has made great progress in her knitting and is loving the new thread.

Monaco

We have finally restocked our Monaco Crochet Thread.  The we received the order from Philippines without a hitch. This time in came in two large boxes weighing about 55 pounds for the larger box and 20 pounds for the smaller box. Shipping from the Philippines in two boxes nearly doubled our shipping cost but everything arrived safely. Sorting and stocking took about 5 hours but now our inventory has been updated. You can now order the colors you need for your projects.

Check our site for the updated quantities of threads we have in stock. 

1.4k Free Pattern Links on our Pinterest Boards

In addition to all of the reorders and restocking we been updating our Pinterest Boards. Our Free Crochet Patterns Board has over 1500 pins. Our top 3 boards include:

  • Free Crochet Patterns (1.4k pins)
  • Crochet Stitch Tutorials (700+ pins)
  • Free Knitting Patterns (150+)

Check our boards for tons of free patterns and tutorials. We will be pinning many way more over time.

Check out some of our recent Pins from our Free Crochet Pattern Board
La Via Bag a Free Crochet Pattern – ChristaCoDesign
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This fast and modern crochet pattern will show you how to crochet Women's Basic Bulky Mittens. This modern, free crochet pattern is beginner friendly, and these mittens make a great project for yourself, gifts or as a charity donation. All you need is some bulky acrylic yarn and a 6.0mm crochet hook! #freecrochetpattern #crochetmittens #crochet
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Free unicorn coaster
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Free Crochet Afghan Patterns,Free Crochet Strawberry Fields Afghan- I have included free crochet afghan patterns in different styles, designs and thematic elements that will really blow your mind and make you feel so proud on your creations.
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Free crochet pattern for a crossbody bag featuring a lattice design and knotted strap.
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We all love to use cotton crochet thread for our delicate projects such as doilies, jewelry, flowers, etc. Cotton is soft, durable, washable and breaths. 

But did you know that you can use linen crochet thread as well. And the best linen crochet thread is flax linen crochet thread.

  1. Flax linen crochet thread offers the same benefits as cotton cool, lightweight, and a great stitch structure that drapes well and is very shear. The light weight structure makes them perfect for warm weather wearables. 
  2. Projects made with flax linen crochet thread are very durable. Linen is a natural fiber that has been used for centuries because of its great properties. The more it is used and washed the softer it becomes. You know this from using linen sheets. When first purchased they can feel rough and abrasive, but the more they are washed, the softer they get.
  3. Flax linen is made from a natural fiber so it is environmentally friendly. It is 100% biodegradable so it is safe for the environment.
  4. Flax Linen is generally good for people with allergies.
  5. Projects crocheted from Flax Line are suitable to wear year-round. Since linen is very light you can use wearable items all year round. That coupled with the fact the more you wash it the softer it becomes and you have the perfect material for warm weather projects.

What makes flax linen so special?

Flax linen is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant, or Linum usitatissimum, one of the oldest cultivated plants in human hhistory. Flax is an annual plant, living for a single growing season. Flax is the world’s only natural fiber that is harvested, grown and cultivated in Western Europe. No other parts of the world offer the ideal climatic and soil conditions for flax harvesting. In fact, the flax growing belt in Europe is between Cannes, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands where climate and soil conditions are most optimal.

Once it’s ready for harvesting, the plant is uprooted and is put through weeks of retting (soaking in water to soften it and separate the fibers) and several other processes to make the flax spinning ready at the mill. It’s during this spinning that the flax plant is transformed into yarns of various weights, thickness, sheen, and looks.  

Working with flax linen thread.

Linen thread doesn’t conform to the needles the way that cotton does, so it creates a slightly larger stitch. In response, many knitters tension the yarn tightly, trying to achieve the same size stitches they’d get with cotton. Don’t. Ease up, and go down a needle size or two. You’ll probably need to use a much smaller needle than you would for cotton, but it will ultimately be a more pleasant experience.

Our Flax Linen Crochet Thread.

Purchased from a new supplier in Lithuania, our linen crochet tread comes in the most popular crochet thread size, size 10.  We currently have 11 colors in stock ready for you to try.

These threads are new, 3 ply, come without labels, are 600 meters (656 yards long), and weigh 100 grams. Care Instructions are: Machine wash (max.temp. 104F/40C), dry flat, do not bleach, do not dry clean, OK to iron.

Click on the image to go to our Linen Crochet Thread Size 10 page and shop for threads for your next project.

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Crochet Thread Shop Now

April is proving to be an exciting month at Lyn’s Crafts. We have just added the most popular crochet thread on the market to our line of threads and yarns. We have added Aunt Lydia’s size 3 and size 10. We are able to do this because we negotiated a contract with a crafts supplier that us gives access to over 150,000 items. Yes, Lyn’s Crafts is expanding.

Our first goal is to provide our customer with more of the popular brands, at reasonable prices, starting with Aunt Lydia’s. Next will be to determine other popular products, based on demand, that we can carry. We will announce those new products over time.

In addition to crochet threads we have access to yarns by brands such as Paton, Bernat, DMC, Handicrafter, etc. And while we have access to yarns such as Lion Brand and Red Heart, we not planning to carry those because they are widely available. Do you have a favorite yarn that you like to see us carry? Let us know in the comments below.

Monaco

We are in the process of restocking our Monaco from the Philippines. The order has been submitted and we are working through final pricing and shipping details. For you that means your favorite colors, some of which are out of stock will soon be available again.

New Linen Crochet Thread

We found a supplier in Lithuania that sells a very nice size 10 crochet thread. We ordered some samples and Lyn was very impressed. The colors you see here will be available on our website soon. 

These threads come in many different sizes an colors. We are planning to add more of these to our website in the coming weeks. In the mean time, you can contact us if you like purchase now.

Discontinuing Balinese Cotton Yarn.

We are not planning to restock the Balinese Yarns. We still have a fairly large section of yarns in stock and we will continue to sell these until they are gone. We are also planning to sell some of the yarns in lots of 5, 10, etc. You will see offers to purchase these lots in the coming weeks.

You may be wondering why we came to this decision. Was there an issue with yarns? Did we get complaints or returns? The answer is, no, there are no problems with quality of yarns. The decision is purely economic. Importing from Indonesia is very expensive. Often times we spend more on shipping than we do on the products. That, coupled with the fact that the demand for crochet thread is much higher than for yarn contributed to our decision.

Another factor is that marketing yarn is more competitive than thread. We are small, microscopic, little business that can’t compete with the big box stores when it comes to our marketing dollars. Given that we have much more success with the crochet threads the decision to focus on the threads was an obvious one.

Does this mean we will never carry Balinese Yarns again? No, it does not. It just means that our focus is shifting from yarns to threads. We still have a lot of yarn in stock and it will remain available for purchase. Additionally, you may have noticed that we have put some yarns on clearance to help them move faster. You can get the same quality yarns at a significantly reduced price.

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What’s New at Lyn’s Crafts Discontinuing the Balinese Cotton Yarns

Hello everyone. We wanted to take a minute to let you guys know that we have decided to discontinue our line of Balinese Cotton Yarns. While we love the colors and quality of the yarns we import from Indonesia, we have decided it would be better for Lyn’s Crafts to focus on Crochet Threads. Our Monaco and Lizbeth threads are our best sellers and account for the vast majority of our sales and customer demand for those items is very consistent.

So, what does that mean for Lyn’s Crafts? It just means we will not restock the Balinese Yarns. We still have a fairly large section of yarns in stock and we will continue to sell these until they are gone. We are also planning to sell some of the yarns in lots of 5, 10, etc. You will see offers to purchase these lots in the coming weeks.

You may be wondering why we came to this decision. Was there an issue with yarns? Did we get complaints or returns? The answer is, no, there are no problems with quality of yarns. The decision is purely economic. Importing from Indonesia is very expensive. Often times we spend more on shipping than we do on the products. That, coupled with the fact that the demand for crochet thread is much higher than for yarn contributed to our decision.

Another factor is that marketing yarn is more competitive than thread. We are small, microscopic, little business that can’t compete with the big box stores when it comes to our marketing dollars. Given that we have much more success with the crochet threads the decision to focus on the threads was an obvious one.

Does this mean we will never carry Balinese Yarns again? No, it does not. It just means that our focus is shifting from yarns to threads. We still have a lot of yarn in stock and it will remain available for purchase. Additionally, you may have noticed that we have put some yarns on clearance to help them move faster. You can get the same quality yarns at a significantly reduced price.

The good news is that by focusing on threads we will be able to import more Monaco and increase our Lizbeth offerings. Size 10 is a very popular size for crochet thread so we will increase our selection of Lizbeth size 10 in the coming weeks. We see a lot of people searching for size 10 and we want to be able to better serve that demand. Additionally, we will offer a greater variety of the Omega threads. We are working out which colors to get in this round of purchases. Are there any colors of Lizbeth size 10 that you would like us to stock? If so, let us know in the comments.

Hubby’s Corner – Snarky TeeShirt

Just a reminder, hubby has really gotten into designing merch (merchandize). Since he doesn’t crochet this is his opportunity for him to express his creative side. In fact, he enjoys it so much that he as created a new website dedicated to selling tee-shirts, sweatshirts and coffee mugs using Direct to Garment (DTG) printing.

What is DTG? Well, as the name implies, it is a technology that allows artwork to be uploaded to a vendor and then printed directly on an item of clothing such as a tee-shirt or hoodie. It also allows the same art work to be printed on mugs, tumblers, water bottles, bags, pillows, shoes, sportswear, etc. He has already created some cool crochet merch for Lyn’s Crafts and is now expanding that idea to a standalone online store.

The new site is called Snarky TeeShirt and it is up and running. The idea is sell Snarky (sarcastic) tee shirts that are fun, cute, fashionable, high quality, but very affordable. He has about 60 products listed on the site and is adding more everyday.  Please visit our new site, and let us know in the comments section what you think about it.

Share a pattern with the community – Upload a free pattern

A while ago we added the ability to upload a free pattern to our website. This allows you to share with your free patterns with the Lyn’s Crafts community. We just wanted to take a minute to remind out that if you have a pattern you want to share you can upload the pattern by going to this link: https://lynscraftsyarns.com/free-pattern-uploads/.

Showcase your work.

Just a reminder that you can show case your work in our customer gallery. If you have made something new and what to share your creation, you can do so by filling out the submission form at the following link: https://lynscraftsyarns.com/customer-gallery-addition/

Discounts for Newsletter Subscribers

Guys, please make sure you sign up for our news letter. Each news letter has discount codes for significant savings on our products. Please make sure to sign up so that you can get additional savings.

Also note, that we only send our our news letter once a month. We don’t want to spam anyone so we purposely keep our emails to a minimum.

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What is Mercerization?

Mercerization is the process of treating cotton thread in a caustic solution (usually sodium hydroxide) under tension, which causes the fibers to swell. Using this process dyes are better able penetrate the fibers. This increases the luster while also strengthening the thread. Mercerized yarns and threads have a silky, vibrant look that sets them apart from non-mercerized materials.

The mercerization process was first discovered by John Mercer 1791-1866.  It was patented in 1850 under the name Mercerization.

What are the benefits of 100% Mercerized Cotton Crochet threads for your craft projects?

The main benefit of using 100% mercerized cotton crochet thread is the luster and vibrance you get. For example, look at the image below. You can see how vibrant and silky the rose and eye glass cover look. Both of these items where crocheted with Monaco Cotton Crochet thread.

You can see how the thread has a silky appearance. Unlike non-mercerized material, this thread has a higher luster, deeper color penetration, and color retention than non-mercerized material of similar size. Not only does the thread seem more vibrant it will retain this look for a very long time. 

I created these items 2 years ago and they still look new. Specially when compared to a new ball of the same color. 

Your projects will look better, be stronger and last much longer than those made with non-mercerized material.

Monaco 100% Mercerized Cotton Crochet Thread

Lyn’s Crafts imports Monaco Crochet thread from Philippines. We are one of the few companies in the US selling Monaco products. Being from the Philippines I was familiar with the brand and have the necessary connections to be able safely import the threads into the US. Your orders are shipped to you from the USA, via USPS, usually arriving in 2 to 3 days.

Give our Monaco a try, you wont be disappointed. For more examples of what you can do with Monaco crochet thread check out our customer gallery.

Thanks,

Lyn

Related Sources

  • https://www.britannica.com/technology/mercerization
  • https://pt.slideshare.net/rachitseth0692/developments-in-mercerization3/10?smtNoRedir=1

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Lyn's Crafts by Arthur Smith - 3M ago

At Lyn’s Crafts, we have always provided a way for our customers to display their work on our site. The problem was, our old site was very limited.  While we did have a customer gallery, it was not very user friendly and there was no way for someone to simply submit pictures to add. Only visitors who talked to Lyn on FaceBook were able to have their work displayed.

Well, on our new site, we have added a customer gallery. While most of the pictures currently on display came from our old website,  you can now have your projects displayed. 

If you are a registered user, you can send us a request to add your pictures by filling out a form. To access the form go to the about menu and select Customer Gallery Addition.

You will see the following form:

Fill out this form to have your project added to the gallery

When you submit the form we will receive an email with your information and pictures. We will add your images to our site within 2 business days.

Now, if you are not a registered user, you will not see the menu item to add to gallery. If you want to add your project pictures please register on our site. Once you are registered, login and go to the “About” menu. You will see the link.

Coming Soon … Share a free pattern on Lyn’s Crafts

One of the things our visitors like is access to free patterns. Currently, we are only sharing Lyn’s free patterns.  In the next few days we will include an option for you guys to share your free patterns on our site. If you have a pattern, that is your original work (your intellectual property), and you want to share it with the community, you will be able to upload it our site and, after we review it, we will it. To avoid conflicts we are only allowing original works. 

So if you have a free pattern that you have posted on Ravely, Etsy or other site, please share it with our community.  

Also, if you want to share one of our free patterns on your site, group or Facebook page you are free to do so. We ask that you give Lyn credit for her creation and provide a link back to our site in your post.

Community (Forums)

We are in the very early stages of creating a Lyn’s Crafts community by adding discussion forums to the site. While we know that there are many social media sites that allow discussions on crochet, yarn, threads, etc., we decided to add our own community to site so that you guys can post information to our little community. 

While the software has been installed and works we are still testing and deciding what sections and topics to include. If you have any ideas about what you would like to see in a discussion group add it to the comments below.

Help us grow

Lyn and I have renewed our commitment to Lyn’s Crafts by changing our hosting, upgrading our site, and adding lots of new features to make your browsing more enjoyable. Help us grow our site and community by sharing our post and links on your social media. We need to get the word out that there is a great little company, with cool products, and great service, out there to the yarn and crochet community. Please share our post, give us a like on Facebook and follow us on other social media. With your help we can create a great place for crafters, crocheters, yarnies and threadies to hang out, share ideas, patterns, tips and tricks.

Thanks for reading our blog.

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Lyn's Crafts by Marilyn Smith - 3M ago

Tatting is handcrafting technique used to make decorative edging, as well as, doilies, collars and accessories such as earnings and necklaces.

Its origins date back more than 200 years to the early 19th century. Legend has it, that the knots used in tatting were handed down by sailors, and were based on the knots used when managing boats of the fishing fleets.

This decorative knot work is called coxcombing. It was used to decorate parts of a ship during the age of sail.

The knots where given to weavers who used finer threads to make lace edgings. The edgings where then added to garments so that weavers and tailors could charge higher prices.

Modern uses of coxcombing knots are to wrap boat tillers and ships’ wheels with small diameter line to enhance the grip as well as the nautical appeal.

The knots used in coxcombing include Turk’s head knotFlemishFrench whipping, and others.

Types of Tatting

Shuttle Tatting is the earliest form of tatting. It uses a tatting shuttle to guide thread through loops to make the required knots. Originally made from ivory or metal, they are typically oval in shape and may come with a hook on one end to facilitate making the knots.

Needle Tatting uses a tatting or doll needle instead of a shuttle. A tatting needle is a long, blunt needle that does not change its thickness. The needle must match the thickness of the thread being used. If a second color is needed then a second needle is required.

Cro-Tatting combines needle tatting with crochet. The cro-tatting tool is actually a tatting needle with a crochet hook on the end. In the 19th century, “crochet tatting” patterns were published which simply called for a crochet hook. One of the earliest patterns is for a crocheted afghan with tatted rings forming a raised design. Patterns are available in English and are equally divided between yarn and thread. In its most basic form, the rings are tatted with a length of plain thread between them, as in single-shuttle tatting. In modern patterns, beginning in the early 20th century, the rings are tatted and the arches or chains are crocheted. Many people consider cro-tatting more difficult than crochet or needle tatting. Some tatting instructors recommend using a tatting needle and a crochet hook to work cro-tatting patterns. Stitches of cro-tatting (and needle tatting before a ring is closed) unravel easily, unlike tatting made with a shuttle.

Materials

In the early 1900’s fine white or ivory threads of 50 to 100 widths to an inch where used. The tread was made of silk or silk blend to allow for the easy removal of incorrect stitches.

The advent of the mercerization process strengthened cotton threads and spread their use in tatting. Newer designs from the 1920s and onward often use thicker thread in one or more colors, as well as newer joining methods, to reduce the number of thread ends to be hidden. The best thread for tatting is a “hard” thread that does not untwist readily.

Free eBook with Hundreds of Patterns

If you are interested in learning more about the history of tatting and various stitches used, including patterns and detailed instructions, click on this link to access a free eBook (not our original work but is free to distribute) called The Project Gutenberg eBook of BEETON’S BOOK OF NEEDLEWORK. The book is free to download. It is over 400 pages with lots of pictures and drawing (though bear in mind this is a very old book so don’t expect high quality images).

The Lyn’s Crafts Connection to Tatting

At Lyn’s Crafts we carry a line of crochet thread that can be used for tatting. The Lizbeth line of threads can be used by both crocheters and tatters for crafting fine edges, ear rings, flowers and other accessories. Lizbeth thread is made from 100% mercerized cotton and is perfect for tatting or crochet.

Like many of our customers, I use the Lizbeth threads for crochet. I like that the smaller sizes make for more intricate details. Being mercerized the colors are vibrant and color fast. Here is an example of something I made using one of our variegated size 20 threads.

As you can see the knots are much smaller and tighter than I would normally get used a larger thread or yarn. I love using the Lizbeth for embellishments on other projects. However, at some point I may venture into the world of tatting and share my experiences with the community.

Sources:

Isabella Beeton – http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15147/15147-h/15147-h.htm, Abb. aus Beeton’s Book of Needlework, 1870.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia contributors. “Tatting.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 1 Apr. 2018. Web. 12 Feb. 2019.

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What’s New at Lyn’s Crafts

After a hectic holiday season, things have quieted down. School as started and I am trying to get my study habits back. Last year I was working 2 jobs and taking two classes. The strain was too much. Hubby and I agreed that I should quit one of my jobs so I did. My last day at my day on that job is Feb 8th. After that I will more time to study, and of course, crochet.

Back to passion – creating new patterns.

As you have probably noticed I have been very slow at releasing patterns. That was due to being over committed. Now I will have more time to devote to my true passion, writing crochet patterns, while still having time to work and study. I have several ideas for new patterns, but, wanted to know what would you guys like to see? Let me know in the comments, what new patterns you would like to see from me.

New Blog Article – What is Tatting?

Check out our latest blog article on tatting. I was curious to learn more about the early form of thread craft. See what I discovered and get access to a free 400+ page ebook with actual tatting patterns. You can read the blog article “What is Tatting” by clicking on this link.

Time to Restock

This is the time of year when we start planning which yarns and threads to restock. I have already reached out to our suppliers in Indonesia and The Philippines to work out which yarns and treads to get. We will be restocking most of our out of stock items, plus getting new colors. Why did I say most?  Because we will only restock the yarns that sell. We have many yarns, that while high quality and very pretty, just don’t sell as much as we would like. In other cases, our suppliers have stopped carrying some of the colors. In both cases we will be adding those yarns to our clearance section on our website. This will allow us to focus our resources on those items that you want the most.

Restocking from our overseas suppliers is a lot of work. We have to make sure that we have correctly identified each item to purchase, verify it’s availability, calculate the shipping, arrange for payment and then wait for the products to arrive. We are lucky that we have suppliers we trust. It is always risky sending money overseas. You have to work with people you trust and are interested in building long term relationships with you. Also, shipping from overseas is very expensive. At times we pay more for the shipping than for the yarn. When you order from us, we ship from right here in Maryland via USPS so your shipping is much less expensive and way faster.

So when will this restock happen? We are planning to place the orders in early to mid March. You should see both new and restocked items in our store by the end of March, early April at the latest. In the meantime, we still have plenty of beautiful yarns in-stock and ready to ship to you.

Do you have a favorite style or color of yarn you would for us to stock? Let us know in the comments section below this article. We will consider your request.

Improved Shipment Tracking

You may have noticed that you now receive emails letting you know the shipping status of your order. We added this feature so that you can have a better idea as to where your orders are and when you can expect delivery. We hope that you find this feature as useful as we do. You can now track order from postage to delivery and be notified if there are any failed delivery attempts or other exceptions. We also have a tracking dashboard that shows us where your orders are in the shipping process. This will help to ensure that we are all on the same page when it comes to order delivery.

Hubby’s Corner – Snarky TeeShirt

 Hubby has really gotten into designing merch (merchandize). Since he doesn’t crochet this is his opportunity for him to express his creative side. In fact, he enjoys it so much that he as created a new website dedicated to selling tee-shirts, sweatshirts and coffee mugs using Direct to Garment (DTG) printing.

Our new site – Snarky Tee Shirt

What is DTG? Well, as the name implies, it is a technology that allows artwork to be uploaded to a vendor and then printed directly on an item of clothing such as a tee-shirt or hoodie. It also allows the same art work to be printed on mugs, tumblers, water bottles, bags, pillows, shoes, sportswear, etc. He has already created some cool crochet merch for Lyn’s Crafts and is now expanding that idea to a standalone online store.

The new site is called SnarkyTeeShirt.com and it is up and running. The idea is sell Snarky (sarcastic) tee shirts that are fun, cute, fashionable, high quality, but very affordable. He was about 60 products listed on the site and is adding more everyday.  Please visit our new site, and let us know in the comments section what you think about it.

Share a pattern with the community – Upload a free pattern

A while ago we added the ability to upload a free pattern to our website. This allows you to share with your free patterns with the Lyn’s Crafts community. We just wanted to take a minute to remind out that if you have a pattern you want to share you can upload the pattern by going to this link: https://lynscraftsyarns.com/free-pattern-uploads/.

Showcase your work.

Just a reminder that you can show case your work in our customer gallery. If you have made something new and what to share your creation, you can do so by filling out the submission form at the following link: https://lynscraftsyarns.com/customer-gallery-addition/

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Happy New Year from Lyn’s Crafts

Now the we are into 2019 we wanted to first of all say Happy New Year to our customers. We hope that you wall had a good holiday and are starting off the year well. We are doing well and planning new offerings from our store.

Clearance Section

We have added a clearance section to our online store. We have some items that we have decided that we will no longer carry or that have been discontinued by our suppliers. We have cut the prices in half and are offering them for sale to you. Included in the clearance section is our remaining Balinese Cotton Crochet Thread Size 10, The Alize yarn from Turkey, some of Balinese Fingering Yarn.

Yarns on Clearance

These are unused yarns, that may or may not have labels associated with them. We may have used them for promotional photographs but all are completed, full length as specified and in new condition.

Merch Samples

We are very excited about the sample tee shirts and other items that we have received from our merch vendor. We got the samples so that could see for ourselves the quality of merchandize being offered, and let me tell you, the quality is very good.

In this round of samples, we got a Crochet Rock Star Missy Tee ship and the color changing coffee mug. The Missy Tee arrived is very soft with vibrant colors. The Crochet Rock Star logo look really good – just the right size for the shirt. As you can see from these pictures it is a fitted shirt that tends to run a bit small. When ordering get the next larger size and take into consideration that shrinkage will occur when washed.

Another product same that arrived is the color changing mug. When the mug is cold it is a translucent black. When hot liquid is added the color changes to white and reveals the art work on the mug. As the mug cools it gradually turns black again.

If you plan to purchase one please note that you should hand wash only. Don’t put the mug into your dishwasher.

Annual Restock

As winter drags on we are preparing for our annual restock. This is the time of year when we order new yarns and threads from our overseas suppliers. We will be replacing those items that are out of stock and adding some new items to our inventory. As noted above in the discussion about clearance items, our suppliers have discontinued some of the yarns we have previously carried. We will try to replace these with newer items. As always, we are seeking to only stock the highest quality items for you. In some cases we have received stock we deem to not meet our standards. Those items have been removed from our site and will be donated to a charity at a later date.

What size yarns or threads would you like to see? Our most popular products are our Monaco which is size 8. Would you like to see more size 8 threads? What about size 10? We have some size 10 from Lizbeth. Is that something you guys would like? Let us know in the comments below.

Guest Checkout vs Creating a customer account

For now, we have disabled the guest checkout feature on the site. Customers make a purchase will be required to create an account at checkout time. This was done to ensure that everyone has access to their order history and to lay the foundation for a coming loyalty program that will feature discounts for return customers. We hope you don’t find creating an account at check time. It is quick and easy. Your personal information is collected only for the purposes of processing your orders and for our loyalty programs. We don’t see, distribute or make available your information to any third parties.

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At Lyn’s Crafts, Crochet Thread is our best-selling product. From our Monaco, to our Lizbeth, and others, it is the product most purchased by our customers. But what is crochet thread? How is it different from yarn, and, what can you use it for?

Well, crochet thread is a specially formulated thread, usually made from mercerized cotton, that is used for crafting decorative crochet items such as doilies or, in the case of Lyn’s crochet patterns, flowers and fine home decor. Crochet thread produces fabric of finer gauge that may be stiffened with starch or, when used with wires, shaped to make petals, leaves, etc.

Typically, crochet thread is thinner than yarn, meaning, it is of a smaller gauge, thus yielding finer details. This makes it especially well suited for flowers and other home decor projects. For example, if you compare examples of our popular Long Stem Roses made from Monaco size 8 to our Poinsettia made from DK weight BCY yarn you can see that the thinner thread yields a finer, more detailed result in the rose than the Dk weight yarn used in the Poinsettia.

  • Rose made with Monaco
  • Poinsettia made with DK Yarn
Working with Thread

Is working with thread different than working with yarn? No, not really. For the most part you work with crochet thread just like you work with yarn. The main difference is in the hook size. When working with thread you will use a smaller hook (hook with a larger number) than is typical for yarn.  With thread the higher the thread size number, the thinner the thread.  This is the opposite of how yarn is sized. With yarn, the higher the number the thicker the strand.  For example, size 20 thread is thinner than size 8 thread. However, size 3 yarn is smaller than size 5 yarn.

Size 3 and 5 thread is about the same size as a light weight yarn, so if you are having trouble working with the smaller size (larger number) threads you can start with these. The most common sizes, and ones we stock, are size 8, 10, 20 and some 30. Monaco is size 8, and is typically used in our crochet flower patterns such as the Long Stem Rose, Chinese Lantern and Fuchsia flower patterns. While Lizbeth comes in many sizes, we currently only stock size 20 and small number of size 10. Our thinnest thread, at size 30, is our Omega crochet thread.

  • Monaco Size 8
  • Lizbeth Size 10
  • Lizbeth Size 20
  • Omega Size 30
Mercerized Crochet Thread

Another thing that make thread different from yarns is that many threads are mercerized. We did a blog a while back called, “What does 100% mercerized cotton mean”. You can follow the link to learn more about the mercerization process and what it means for your crochet.

Choosing the Right Crochet Hook

Typically, when working with threads a steel hook, sometimes called a thread hook is used. If you are working with thicker threads (size 3 to 5) you can probably use a small sized aluminum or a plastic crochet hook. As was mentioned previously, when working with steel hooks the smaller the number the larger the hook. So a size 10 hook is smaller than a size 11 and so on. Steel hooks also typically have a metric size in mm associated with them. So a size 9 hook is usually 1.25 mm while a size 10 is 1.15 mm.

So when choosing a hook to work with choose the higher number (smaller hook) to work with the higher number (smaller thread).

Thread Hooks

When working with a crochet pattern you should use the hook size recommended by the author of the pattern. For example, when working with our size 8 Monaco, I recommend using a B 2.25 mm hook. Why? Because this is the size I used when creating the pattern, so using this hook and following the pattern will give you the same results I achieved.

When working with the size 20 LizBeth I typically use a No 0 1.75 mm or a No 2 1.50. These hooks are very small and perfectly suited for detailed work using the thinner threads.

Easy Beginner Project

Want an easy beginner project using crochet thread? Check our our Eye Glass Cozy Crochet pattern using size 8 Monaco 100% Cotton mercerized cotton crochet thread. The pattern is affordable, fun and easy to make and will yield results like the example below.

Eye Glass Cozy using size 8 Monaco Crochet Thread

I hope this article help you to under stand the differences between crochet yarn and thread. Yarns are thicker and require a larger hook, threads are thinner requiring smaller hooks. And remember that the larger the number the thinner the thread.

Thanks for taking the time to read this article. Good luck on your next project and happy crocheting.

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