chenille makes one ambitious

i got this scarlet chenille yarn a week ago and am hammering out a matching scarf and hat set for my mom.  this is the first time i've ever used this stuff and i think it is addictive.....having odd thoughts of doing a series of afghans then grafting them together to make one huge bed cover.......tho' so far i've found picking up stitches with this yarn is something of a pain tho' that's probably more a function of my habit of keeping everything too tight than a function of the character of the yarn. 


I just made 2 baby blankets w/ LionBrand chenille. It looks & feels great but shed a lot as I knit & is a tough cookie. No give at all. Forget about picking up dropped stitches. Rip it & start again. Final result is great though & feels fabulous. I hope the babies like it as much as I do. 


Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

JPaul's picture

Speaking of the character of the yarn, for chenille it's good to knit it tight.  You don't really want to knit it at a loose gauge because chenille has a tendency to "worm" and knitting it loose increases the chances of that happening.  It can also bias or lean to one side, but that's less a function of how tight you knit.

Worming happens because the core of the chenille is highly twisted in order to secure all the fuzzy bits, so it's not a balanced yarn.  Think about any yarn...if you hold it under tension and twist and twist, what happens when it goes slack?  It starts curling up.  Same with chenille.  If it's knit loose, it wants to curl back on itself if it has the chance.  Also, if you throw your yarn (instead of picking or knitting continental) that adds more twist to the yarn and can increase the chance of worming.

Finally, the material also can play a part.  Slick yarns (like that very expensive ball of Touch Me! chenille made of rayon) are more likely to worm.  So, keep loving the chenille, but knit it tight.

YarnGuy716's picture

I have to agree that chenille absolutely has to be knit tightly.  I made a scarf using Touch Me!, which looks and feels so much better in a ball than knit up, and I had to knit very tight using much smaller needles.  Lily Chin made the comment that it is why the yarn is called Touch Me! rather than Knit Me!, because everyone loves the yarn in a ball but is disappointed with it knit up.

One of the ladies in my weekly knitting circle mentioned a pattern that alternated chenille with worsted weight yarn to make an afghan.  It might have been a Lion Brand pattern.