A viewer writes:
“How does anyone use Boucle? I just can’t see my stitches!”
Fun Fact: Boucle is pronounced as Boo-Clay. Until only a few years ago I would call this Bewsel. Don’t ask me why I thought the name was said like that. People kept telling me about Boo-Clay and I am thinking I don’t see that on the shelf.
Boucle is a fun and fancy thick yarn. It exists in most yarn brands under different names but the yarn texture look is pretty much identical. Each yarn company has their preferred colour palette and etc.
Boucle’s texture can be an annoyance to some who aren’t familiar with crochet and knittng. Sometimes the fibres catch into your hook or needles and it can drive you insane.
I first tried boucle in 2008 where I tried to demonstrate making some double crochet. Like the fan wrote about not seeing the stitches, I was going through the same ordeal. I wasn’t able to operate it really well. This is definitely not a yarn for beginners who are just grabbing onto crochet for the first time. They need to see where they are going to understand crochet fully.
With boucle, I recommend larger than normal crochet hook sizes to prevent your yarn from being too tight. Tightness on boucle is the difference between easy crochet and crochet hooks that snag within the yarn fibers. Let’s face it, it’s not fun when your hook snags.
Due to the yarn being so thick, sometimes I think people choose too small of a hook not realizing that larger crochet hooks with this yarn is beneficial. The yarn expands outward to fill in gaps between stitches. You need to trust in this yarn to puff out properly.
In my opinion, Boucle is for experienced crocheters. Or at least beginners with lots of determination. It requires your finger touches to feel around for the stitches as it’s really difficult to see your stitches. For me, I can move my hands over a row using my finger tips, I can automatically feel where the stitches are. That requires experience. It’s like being blind folded and crocheting. This will help you be able to learn what to feel for. This will help you with other yarns where you can look up more often but you can keep your fingers busy crocheting without having to stare at your project as you crochet.
Using boucle for granny squares is really easy as you don’t need to target stitches, you just need to look for gaps. This makes it very simple and virtually any level of crocheter could do this without a problem.
With crochet hooks, I recommend a more rounded hook verses a saw cut hook. Less points in a hook make it less likely to snag onto the fibres as you crochet.
Boucle is fabulous, don’t get me wrong. It’s not regular yarn and so you will need to adjust your thinking and really listen to the ends of your fingertips. Once you get it, the world of crochet is your oyster!
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