How to Work With Soft Boucle Yarn

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How to Work With Soft Boucle Yarn
Bouclé yarn features different textures and many loops. (yarn image by Petar Atanasov from

Bouclé yarns are made of several fibres twisted together with irregular loops, producing a soft, bulky yarn. Sometimes two thicker fibres, such as wool or cotton, are twisted around a thin nylon thread. You can find bouclé yarn in various weights appropriate for knitting sweaters, jackets, scarves and even summer tops. Bouclé is sometimes known as poodle yarn, because if knit with many purl stitches it produces a tight fleece similar to a poodle's coat.

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Things you need

  • Large knitting needles
  • Stitch markers

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    Choose simple stitch patterns. The loops of bouclé yarns obscure complicated stitch patterns or designs. Avoid openwork patterns also, since the loopy yarn won't show these and it can be difficult to make all of the yarn overs and slipped stitches necessary for these patterns when you're working with a multi-strand yarn like bouclé.

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    Use stitch markers to keep your place in a pattern. The bulky loops of bouclé yarn can make it difficult to count stitches. Markers can keep you from losing your place.

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    Knit with larger knitting needles. Larger needles make larger stitches, which are easier to see. The needle tips are also easier to work under the strands of bouclé yarn.

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    Keep the tension loose. With a multi-fibre yarn like bouclé, knitting with a very tight tension can result in bunched stitches and irregularities in your final fabric. Keeping a loose, even tension allows plenty of room to show off the soft loops of bouclé and results in a smoother garment.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice knitting a swatch to check your gauge and tension before you begin work on your garment.

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