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Crocheting with Gist Weaving Yarn

Being a fiber enthusiast is such a great gateway to other fiber hobbies. It didn’t surprise me to learn that many of the Gist weavers are also crocheters! As a crocheter myself, I was delighted to learn this. In this post we will discuss yarns in Gist's lineup that work well with crochet. 

Choosing Yarn for your Crochet Project

When choosing the best yarn for a project, there are a few things to consider: fiber content, weight, and ply. Ask yourself a few questions before diving in:

  • What should the fabric feel like?—drapey or rigid?
  • How should it feel in hand—heavy or light?
  • How resilient should the fabric be—delicate or strong?
These few questions will guide you to the best yarn for your project and we will use these identifiers to describe the yarns to help you make the best choice.


Swatching with Gist Yarn

Below I will share my experience swatching with three Gist yarn lines: Beam Organic Cotton, Ode Alpaca, and Mallo Cotton Slub. My swatches were worked up a bit differently than most—they are all double crochet stitches worked in the round. I find this way of swatching is best for evaluating a new yarn because it gives you access to how it will operate in the round, while using one of the most popular stitches. If you are unfamiliar with crochet, it is important to know that gauge swatches can be made in any stitch! Since you can manipulate the height of each stitch based on which one you use, it is always important to know which stitch a gauge swatch is worked up in. 


Crocheting with Beam

Beam makes for a workhorse crochet yarn. It can be both rigid and soft, depending on the stitches used and the gauge. It is suitable for home goods, such as baskets and towels, and would would also excel in a light weight lace garment, such as a beach coverup or warm weather wrap.

Beam organic cotton yarn crochet swatch

Beam shown in Toffee. Gauge: 19 stitches x 10 rows met with 3.25mm hook.


Crocheting with Ode

Any yarn with alpaca gives it an immediate level of luxury and Ode, made from 100% baby alpaca fiber, is no different. It is the most traditional style of yarn in  Gist's line-up. Each shade is lightly heathered to give the yarn more dimension. This yarn is a great choice for any project that will be in close contact with the skin thanks to its softness. Excellent drape is guaranteed with Ode.

Ode alpaca yarn crochet swatch

Ode shown in Shadow. Gauge: 19 stitches x 10 rows met with 3.25mm crochet hook.


Crocheting with Mallo 

This is a fun one! Mallo is great because of its unique ply that gives it thick and thin bits. This means when you work it up, the fabric will be textured. For this reason, I recommend using simpler stitches with it to help maintain gauge. Consider Mallo for a simple garment that allows the unique texture of the yarn to be showcased.

Mallo cotton slub yarn crochet swatch

Mallo shown in Clay. Gauge: 2 stitches x 10 rows met with 3.25mm crochet hook.


Crocheting with Array & Duet

These yarns would be best suited for the traditional crocheter. Array is a very thin lace weight yarn that would be suitable for crocheted earrings and other jewelry. It would also be lovely held double with another yarn. Duet’s blend of linen and cotton creates a beautiful fabric; however, its fineness and loose ply make it very difficult to work with. It would be wonderful held double with Mallo to add rigidity to a fabric.


Recommended Notions and Tools

When I started with these yarns I was excited to try crocheting from a cone for the first time. I quickly learned that I would need a Wood Yarn Spindle. This lovely tool allows you to plop your yarn cone right on it allowing the yarn to flow freely while you crochet from it. Other tools I can’t live without are my Tulip Etimo hooks and blocking supplies.

How to Find Crochet Patterns 

Finding patterns is one of the most exciting parts of crocheting! I find it best to try to buy patterns directly from your favorite designers, if possible. If that’s not an option or you are just looking for inspiration, I recommend searching on PayHip or Ravelry. Please note that Ravelry is known to not be an accessible site for some—read this article to help you decide if it is a safe site for you.

Final Thoughts on Crocheting with Gist Yarn

Crocheting with these yarns was highly satisfying. There’s a fiber for every type of project and you can’t beat the yardage! You can easily use one cone for a full project. Be mindful of the project you are making and match it to the fiber you are looking to use. Grabbing an alpaca yarn for a towel project won’t yield you the best results. Finally, make a gauge swatch for every project before you start and block your project when it’s finished. Trust me, the drape is worth it. 

Here is a chart to help as you're choosing yarns, which you can also download as a PDF to print at home.

Gist Yarn Crochet Chart

About Brittany Garber

Brittany Garber is the crochet and Tunisian crochet designer behind KnotBadBritt. She has been crocheting since 2016 and designing since 2019. In addition to designing, Britt dedicates her time to managing the Makers of Color Collective Maker and Pattern Directory, and advocating for more black, brown, indigenous, and melanated people to be represented in the fiber industry. You can learn more about her work at KnotBadBritt.com.  

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