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Tips for Crocheting with Black or Dark Yarn

If you’ve ever worked with black or dark-colored yarn, you probably know how difficult it can be. It’s hard to see where the stitches are, and it can be a struggle to count stitches or figure out where to insert your hook.

Of course, the first thing you should try is moving to the brightest area of your house, or finding the brightest lights you can use. If that’s still not enough, here are a couple of methods I use when I have to crochet with dark yarn.

1. Use a headlamp

I bought this camping/hiking headlamp for just $1. The strap goes around your head, with the lamp situated on your forehead, so it lights up whatever you’re facing. I think I’ve used this headlamp more often for crocheting than I have for outdoor activities! You can find headlamps like this in sporting good stores, Amazon, and Walmart.

2. Use a light-up crochet hook

I was amazed when I first heard about these. They’re battery-powered crochet hooks, where the top transparent part of the hook lights up. They’re not only helpful for crocheting with dark yarn, but they’re also handy for crocheting in dimly lit places in general. I bought one for use on road trips when we’re still driving at night in an area with no streetlights, or at night in front of the TV. I’ve seen these hooks for sale on Amazon, A.C. Moore, and Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts.

3. Use stitch markers

Mark your work with stitch markers as you go along. Since counting stitches or differentiating stitches can be tough with dark yarn, using a stitch marker can help you know when you’re done with a round, or easily locate a specific stitch that you need to work into later.

4. Work against a white background

Working against a white or light-colored background can help provide contrast, and make it easier to see the spaces between stitches.

Do you have any tips for working with dark yarn? Share them in the comments below!

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