How to Curl Yarn

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Lately, I’ve been making some really fun crochet cabbage patch kid hats.  They’ve turned out super cute, so I decided to try something different.  I wanted to make a hat with curls!  I searched the internet for “how to curl yarn” and tried a few different methods, but they weren’t working well.  So…I tried my own method at the risk of melting some yarn and ruining a pan.  But it worked!  Beautifully!!

An easy to follow tutorial showing how to curl yarn!

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So today, I’m going to share that method with you!

How to Curl Yarn

(I used this method to curl acrylic yarn, but according to this article, a similar method is used for wool yarn.)

Step 1: Wrap your yarn tightly around knitting needles or dowel rods.  Use a variety of sizes for a variety of curl sizes.  Tie both ends so the curls don’t come undone.

An easy to follow tutorial showing how to curl yarn!

Step 2: Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3: Wet yarn thoroughly.

Step 4: Lay yarn-wrapped knitting needles and dowels on a cookie sheet.

Step 5: Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Step 6: Remove and let cool until yarn is completely cool and dry.  (See those curls on the left that are looser than all the others?  I didn’t let them dry completely before unwrapping them.)An easy to follow tutorial showing how to curl yarn!

Step 7: Gently unwrap yarn from dowels.  You will have a nice, tight curl.  Use your fingers to gently pull curls looser to achieve the look you want.

An easy to follow tutorial showing how to curl yarn!

An easy to follow tutorial showing how to curl yarn!

And that’s it!  It’s SO easy and I LOVE the results!

Have you tried to curl yarn before?  What kind of projects would you use this technique for?

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  1. Now that is a cool! I will be sharing this with my daughter. She loves to crochet. Found you at Mom 2 Mom link up.

  2. What an incredibly neat idea! Something I know I likely wouldn’t have thought of on my own. I’m glad I came across this, for I know I’ll be able to reference when I’m in need of curled yarn (presents anyone?) 🙂

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  3. I found a quicker way, after wrapping, just place them on ironing board cover with a some fabric and steam iron them all both sides, let cool and you have curls 🙂

  4. Once you make the curls and attach them to doll, are they washable? I’m making a doll for a toddler.

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