Cricket Loom: Yarn Choices Lesson 2

And welcome back to The Crochet Crowd. I’m your host Mikey. Today, and I’m gonna show you how to use the Cricket 15″ loom by Schacht. There’s also a 10″ tabletop loom as well and this is actually really fun and simple and you’ll be very surprised on how quick it takes in order to make up a scarf. So let’s go over some of the basics first. When you’re looking at the project that you see here these actual strings are from the strings that have gone the whole direction and so basically at the end I’ve just tied them off to create a nice tasseling effect. But you cannot use every string for different, um, ideas going across the length wise. So I’ve actually ruined a few good yarn balls, really high-end yarn balls. Don’t remind me on that and because I realized that not all yarns can go in the whole direction. And the reason for it is that this stiff bar that you see here the yarn has to travel between a really small space. So if you’re using really high-end yarn where the fibers like to rip off or to peel what’s gonna happen is that as you’re beating it because you’re gonna be beating a whole section there for quite some time before you’re able to move on and sometimes some of the yard just cannot survive the beating of being just dragged across the string. And what happens is that a little bit peels off and a little bit peels off and then it gets to the point where you’ll end up with knots, and then you’ll eventually break your string. Another idea here that we have is this is the Bernat Mosaic and Unforgettable by Red Heart would be the same way is that you cannot use this yarn going in this direction. You can use it going weaving back and forth and look at it. It’s too easy. So what happens is that this string does two things. It does actually peel. So if you actually go to rub it enough times you’ll see that it’s starting to peel and what happens when you go to beat that it’s gonna peel and then eventually it’s gonna peel to the point you’ll lose all, you’ve lost all your strength. Lion Brand, oh my god, I wasted a whole ball of this stuff. This is $11 a ball. And again see the fibers are kinda loose and you can kinda see when you’re rubbing it like this because you know your hands are a good test because when it’s going through the beater bar you can see that all of this is collecting but the problem is that the strings are so close together that they’re all gonna start to bunch up into a big knot and then eventually it’ll just peel. So you wanna use like a scrap yarn or a really good high end or really good strong yarn and this is just wool okay, just the regular wool Patons Decor. Look at that, I didn’t even break that. [chuckles], so that’s my point. Is that you need to use stronger string going in this direction and because of it’s so strong it’s not gonna be tending to peel as well. Which is gonna cause any problems after you get started. So this is it. This will finish off your lesson for today. You can move on to the next lesson. The choices will be on the screen and you know like you can just propel yourself. It doesn’t take much time to do one of these projects. So you might be able to do this whole video series today as you’re following along. Until next time I’m Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. 🧶

3 thoughts on “Cricket Loom: Yarn Choices Lesson 2

  1. Hi Mikey! Thak you for this great series! I have recently gotten interested in looming and am saving to buy one or maybe get active enought to make one! I have a question about the yarns…. couldn't you use a comb instead of the heddle? That way there wouldn't be so much back and forth in a small area, and it wouldn't fray/know the yarn. I also think it would be great to make or buy(?) another heddle with wider gaps and eyes. That way even bulky yarn or even material strips could be used?

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