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Tips for Working With Black Yarn

Whether you’re working on a project for a client, or you just enjoy torturing yourself by working with black or dark colored yarn it is always a pain to deal with! I can’t blame you though, I find myself wanting to work with dark brown and the occasional black color. Dark brown just makes for a lovely crochet bear!

But, I promise you, there are easier ways to work with these dark colors. End the love-hate relationship and turn it into nothing but love!

Okay, but seriously, these tips I have for you today might make you reach for those dark colors a little more often, and who doesn’t love opening up new crochet possibilities?!

Let’s check out what I have for you today!


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1. Crochet on top of a white surface

Now I know that sounds crazy, but a lot of people suggest it! Crocheting over a white table cloth or white poster board will actually make the stitches easier to see. Now I know what you’re thinking, what if you want to be comfy on the couch and not have to sit at a table or cart around a board every time you want to crochet?

Crocheting with a white or lightly colored pillowcase or blanket on your lap can work just as well! Now you can crochet in bed all snuggled up! You just might have to change the sheets out for the white ones you never use first…. But it’s a small price to pay!

2. Crochet by bright light

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to crochet late after your bedtime with dark-colored yarn. You really have to sit by a bright light to see all of the dark stitches!

Or…. do you?

3. Use a headlamp

Now I know you may be thinking, what?! Use a headlamp?! I’m serious! There are so many crocheters out there that will legitimately crochet with a headlamp on! Here’s one that I found on a Google search from Home Depot:

I know you may look and feel silly but, hey, if it works, it works! You may honestly be able to use this to crochet past your bedtime and not wake your hubby up! (Depending on how hard of a sleeper he is!)

4. Use a neck lamp

Not into the whole “Headband” trend? Try this neck lamp! I saw this while browsing around on another blog, and I thought it was the funniest idea! It’s “technically” used as a reading light, but who says these things can’t be multi-purpose!

I used to have a reading lamp back in the day, and while it wasn’t this fancy, it totally worked!

5. Lighted hooks

Yet another crochet tool I have yet to invest in! I’ve heard good and bad things about these hooks, but of course, it all depends on the brand you buy and your personal taste.

These hooks can be a great way to see better when working with dark yarn!

As you can see here, lighted hooks are pretty much the exact same as normal hooks. The only difference is the tip lights up to help you see!

Pretty convenient, right?

6. Simplify your work

There are going to be some patterns that will be too complicated to use black yarn with. The simpler the stitches, the better. It’s already hard to see with dark yarn, why make it more complicated with a complex pattern?

7. Use stitch markers

Another great way to help you along in your project is by using stitch markers or counting your stitches often. That way you can ensure you’re doing the project correctly!

8. Take breaks!

This is honestly just a good tip for any activity that you do for long periods of time. Take a break! Watch some T.V, grab something to eat- something that isn’t going to strain your eyes further! Once you feel ready, come back to your project with fresh eyes. You’ll feel better and you may notice mistakes that you didn’t notice before!

9. Wear glasses/ magnifying glass

Some of you may hate this suggestion (which, personally I don’t understand. What’s so wrong with glasses? I’ve been wearing glasses for something like 10 years, and I’ve never hated them!) I choose seeing over not wearing glasses because it isn’t “cool” enough!

Wearing glasses (Or, if you don’t need them, grabbing a portable magnifying glass) could really help you see those difficult stitches!

10. Prepare to tear your hair out- and your stitches!

Prepare to frog your stitches a lot. It’s just something that’s going to happen when working with dark yarn! It will be frustrating, but that’s just the price you have to be willing to pay! Just remember, once the project is done, you’re going to love it!

And that warps up our list of 10 tips when working with black yarn!

Have you ever crocheted with dark yarn before? If so, what tips and tricks do you have and most importantly, what did you make? Let me know in the comments section below!

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