There are just so many choices out there -- I could write an entire blog post just about the yarns available for this project! But, we all want to get to the shopping part, so I'll narrow it down for you. As you all know from the pattern, my pumpkins were made with Red Heart Soft. Why? Well, they had a shade of orange that I liked and the "soft" style yarns give nice sheen to the finished project. Plus the Red Heart soft is an acrylic yarn -- which I have found to be a little more friendly when it comes to shaping.
What could you use? Pretty much anything. Just make sure you buy enough yarn to finish your project. With the Red Heart Soft, I had enough yarn to make all three of my pumpkins plus a little more. When I used the Lion Brand Super Bulky Wool Ease, I almost didn't have enough to make one pumpkin!
How do you know if you have enough? That's going to be a tough one. Depending on the type and weight of yarn used, you could have plenty or you could just eke by. My tip is to buy more than you think you need and save the receipt -- especially when dealing with dye lot yarn. You can always return unused skeins, but it can sometimes be really difficult to find a specific lot!
As with the yarn, your stuffing choices are really limitless. For my pumpkins, I stuck with my old favorite -- Fairfield Poly-Fil. I've gone into odes about why I like Fairfield's Poly-Fil the best, but to make a long story short,
- It doesn't bunch
- It's smooth and doesn't have those sharp-feeling poly-fil splinters like cheaper brands
- It's readily available
I have also supplemented my stuffing with cut-up bits of old t-shirt. If you're going to do this, I advise that you cut up the chunks pretty small (1-2 inches or 2-5 cm square). That way, the fabric won't bunch up.
One final option (if you REALLY want to go green with your pumpkins), is to use shredded plastic shopping bags like my pal Mary of LeftZ. As a matter of fact, ALL of Mary's materials are upcycled! (P.S. If you're interested, you can learn more about Mary and her work on her blog.)
Yarn and stuffing really make up the two big items for this crochet-along. With the exception of your hook, the rest of the goodies you'll need may already be on hand. You'll need:
- A G (4.25 mm) crochet hook (or hook appropriate to the yarn you chose)
- Yarn needle
- Stitch marker
Hmmm.... did I miss anything? I don't think so... Let's go shopping!