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Creating Fluffy Crochet Projects from Basic Yarn  

Creating Fluffy Crochet Projects from Basic Yarn   main article image
Posted on February 23, 2021 by Vasiliki Tsongas

Who doesn’t love to sink their fingers into soft and scrumptious fluff? Once you learn this simple technique you’ll be ready to add fluffy goodness to any of your crochet projects and create lots of new and interesting pieces from a variety of simple crochet patterns. This is an especially useful technique for adding fluffy ears, tails, or bellies to amigurumi or plushies, but it can also be used to transform basic objects like crochet bowls or baskets into stunning statement pieces.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Worsted weight (or thicker) synthetic (or majority synthetic blend) yarn
  • Project pattern (of your own choosing)
  • Crochet hook appropriate for your project
  • Needle for sewing in ends
  • Scissors
  • Wire bristle dog slicker brush
  • Plastic, fine tooth comb (optional)

The tool to give the right fluff

Any high quality, wire bristle dog slicker brush will work for this technique. A brush like this one here is a great example but any similar brush you perhaps already have on hand or can purchase locally will also work. The wire bristles should be very closely spaced to make the work go as quickly and easily as possible. The most important aspect when choosing your brush is to be sure that it has a comfortable handle and grip. Since you’re going to be brushing your project quite a lot to get the desired effect, it can be quite tiring on your hands if the handle isn’t comfortable. And once you complete your first project, you’ll want to add fluff to all your projects, so protecting your hands is essential!

Select the right yarn

While there are a lot of potential applications for this technique, the one requirement for this to be effective is that your project must be made of plain, synthetic (or a majority synthetic blend), worsted weight or thicker yarn. It will not work on natural fiber yarns like cotton or hemp. It will also not work on yarns that have loops, decorations, or embellishments in them. The upside to this is that it is a great way to create attractive and soft objects from inexpensive yarns that normally would be too rough to the touch to make into cozy plushies.

You can start with any type of crochet project that you wish, or if you prefer, crochet a basic square or round to use as a test sample to try out this new technique before you commit it to a finished piece. Just make sure the sample piece is large enough that you can comfortably brush the piece while keeping your fingers out of the way—these brush bristles are very sharp!

Amigurumi patterns are perfect

First, you will need to create your object using as tight of tension as you can manage; the tighter the tension, the better the outcome of the fluffiness. Most amigurumi patterns require a fairly tight tension so they make great candidates for applying this technique. Also, make sure to sew in all ends completely before starting application of this technique. If you’re making amigurumi, it is up to your own discretion if you would prefer to sew pieces together prior to brushing or after brushing. This decision will be determined by the individual piece, the complexity of its final construction, and your own preference.

Begin with the brushing

Once the crochet portion of your piece is completed, you can begin to brush any areas that you want to make fluffy with the slicker brush. Initially, you’ll want to start with a light touch to gently pull out the fibers that will form your fluff. After making several brushes in one direction with the slicker brush, turn your project and go on to brush in the next direction for several brushes. Continue to brush while consistently alternating the direction of your brushing. The more you turn your project, the more even the final fluff will be. After you begin to create the initial fluff, you can start to brush a bit harder to create more fluff. By the final stages of brushing, you will be able to brush quite hard and you’ll begin to see only smooth fluff and the definition of any individual stitches should mostly disappear. If you can still see clearly defined individual stitches, you will need to continue brushing. Lighter colored yarns do tend to show more stitch definition after fluffing than darker colored yarns. This is something you may want to keep that in mind when choosing yarn colors for your project. There is no determined amount of time that it will take to create the fluff; it all depends on the individual project and what results you’d like to see. It will take some time to achieve optimal fluffiness so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see beautiful fluff after just a short time. The more you brush, the finer and more luxurious the fluff will become.

Use a comb to refresh and smooth out the fluff

Once you have completed your project and created the amount of fluff that you like, a basic, plastic fine tooth comb is all that is needed to touch up the fluff in the future if it gets a bit matted or pressed down. You can comb it as vigorously as you want to refresh the fluff without fear of damaging the project. The fluff can also be gently smoothed out with the comb to achieve a more cloud-like appearance. Below you can see both versions. On the left is a fuller, more wispy finish. On the right is a combed finish.

For information on how to achieve the multicolored look of the above bowls, check out this article here. Follow the same principles outlined in the article, only rather than working on a flat surface, you’ll be working in the round.

These adorable fluffy trees and abstract bunnies were created using this technique. The trees and bunny ears were fluffed after final construction and the bunny tail was fluffed prior to being sewn onto the body. Simple designs like these, when embellished with fluff, make for striking holiday or even year-round home decor.

Below you’ll find a variety of different sizes and types of bowls made using this technique. They make great little holders for air plants, a gorgeous jewelry nest for your dresser, or even a ring bearer bowl for an elegant wedding.

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