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5 Celebs Who Rock The Skein They’re Crocheted In

5 Celebs Who Rock The Skein They’re Crocheted In

Love the Skein You’re In

 

When you take on an Amigurumi project that requires having to choose skin-coloured yarn, this can really be daunting task, even if you are an advanced Amigurumi Addict!

However, while researching this topic on how I can best recommend skin coloured yarn for my customers to use for their for Amigurumi (see blog post: ‘Why a Crochet Tanned Bum Is The New Black)’  I have Donald Trump style over-confidence to say that you will never find the ‘perfect’ skin-coloured yarn, it just doesn’t exist. However, there are SO many shades of yarn available that will do the job and look amazing for your projects.

The best part of crocheting Amigurumi is that you have the freedom to make your creation whatever colours that you like, and it is simple as this that makes it unique!  The only limits you have with any of your Amigurumi projects, is only whatever limit you place on your own imagination.

Donald Trump Toy

Photo courtesy:

@TinunturudAlice – Etsy

Having a pattern to follow which gives you all the yarn colours, hook sizes and everything else you need to crochet, is really a godsend!  I am the BIGGEST fan-girl of Amigurumi designers who have the skill set and patience to crochet people, especially the extremely talented Amigurumi designer, Allison Hoffman, who not only designed the Baby Yoda pattern that went viral in 2020 along with the books AmiguruME AmigurumePETS and AmigurumeEATS, but also gifted my new favourite design, Matthew McConaughey Amigurumi pattern 🙂

No-one does it better than a celebrity to  endorse or promote a product or a spread the word, so here are four crocheted celebrities that rock the socks off four different skin-tone shades to use as a guide when planning your projects!

I hope these two posts helps to answer the question of what yarns I recommend for skin-coloured yarn 🙂 

Love the Skein You’re In

When you take on an Amigurumi project that requires having to choose skin-coloured yarn, this can really be daunting task, even if you are an advanced Amigurumi Addict!

However, while researching this topic on how I can best recommend skin coloured yarn for my customers to use for their for Amigurumi (see blog post: ‘Why a Crochet Tanned Bum Is The New Black)  I have Donald Trump style over-confidence to say that you will never find the ‘perfect’ skin-coloured yarn, it just doesn’t exist. However, there are SO many shades of yarn available that will do the job and look amazing for your projects.

The best part of crocheting Amigurumi is that you have the freedom to make your creation whatever colours that you like, and it is simple as this that makes it unique!  The only limits you have with any of your Amigurumi projects, is only whatever limit you place on your own imagination.

Donald Trump Toy

Photo courtesy:

@TinunturudAlice – Etsy

Having a pattern to follow which gives you all the yarn colours, hook sizes and everything else you need to crochet, is really a godsend!  I am the BIGGEST fan-girl of Amigurumi designers who have the skill set and patience to crochet people, especially the extremely talented Amigurumi designer, Allison Hoffman, who not only designed the Baby Yoda pattern that went viral in 2020 along with the books AmiguruME AmigurumePETS and AmigurumeEATS, but also gifted my new favourite design, Matthew McConaughey Amigurumi pattern 🙂

No-one does it better than a celebrity to  endorse or promote a product or a spread the word, so here are four crocheted celebrities that rock the socks off four different skin-tone shades to use as a guide when planning your projects!

I hope these two posts helps to answer the question of what yarns I recommend for skin-coloured yarn 🙂

The ‘Blushed or Flushed’ look

 

This skin-coloured yarn, pictured here on infamous Joe ‘Tiger King’ Exotic, is for the maker looking for that pinkish or peach coloured hues for their chosen skin-coloured yarn. This pinkish/orange coloured skin tones are a popular choice for crocheting dolls, princesses or any character that you want to have that slightly embarrassed or ‘blushed’ toned colour in their face. Also, a popular option if you want your toy to have that ‘Just went for a quick around the prison yard’, flushed kind of look

Recommended Yarns for ‘Flushed or Blushed’

Yarn & Colors: ‘Must-Have’ – Peach 042 & Pearl 043

La Mia 100% Pastel Cotton: L056 – Pinkish Orange

Ricorumi 100% Cotton: 022 Powder

The ‘Blushed or Flushed’ look

This skin-coloured yarn, pictured here on infamous Joe ‘Tiger King’ Exotic, is for the maker looking for that pinkish or peach coloured hues for their chosen skin-coloured yarn. This pinkish/orange coloured skin tones are a popular choice for crocheting dolls, princesses or any character that you want to have that slightly embarrassed or ‘blushed’ toned colour in their face. Also, a popular option if you want your toy to have that ‘Just went for a quick around the prison yard’, flushed kind of look

Recommended Yarns for ‘Flushed or Blushed’

Yarn & Colors: ‘Must-Have’ – Peach 042 & Pearl 043

La Mia 100% Pastel Cotton: L056 – Pinkish Orange

Ricorumi 100% Cotton: 022 Powder

ed sheeran crochet doll

The ‘Pasty Pom’ Look

If you are searching for that pale, milky toned  skin-coloured yarn for your Amigurumi, then the Pasty Pom Look is the ideal colour palette for you to choose from. Think milky creams, off-whites and light ecru colour shades of yarn to achieve this look for your Amigurumi. Add some brightness to this skin colour by using bright orange or red tones for the hair and dark coloured clothes.

When you have completed your milky-toned Ginger Ninja, add a miniature  guitar and you will have your own very own Ed Sheeran!

Recommended Yarns for ‘The Pasty Pom’

Fiddlesticks ‘Finch’ 100% Cotton: 6202 – Ecru

Bellissimo ‘Orchard’ Cotton: 8171 – Ivory

Fiddlesticks ‘Wren’ 100% Cotton: W003 – Ivory

Yarn & Colors ‘Baby Fabulous’: 002 – Cream

 

ed sheeran crochet doll

The ‘Pasty Pom’ Look

If you are searching for that pale, milky toned  skin-coloured yarn for your Amigurumi, then the Pasty Pom Look is the ideal colour palette for you to choose from. Think milky creams, off-whites and light ecru colour shades of yarn to achieve this look for your Amigurumi. Add some brightness to this skin colour by using bright orange or red tones for the hair and dark coloured clothes.

When you have completed your milky-toned Ginger Ninja, add a miniature  guitar and you will have your own very own Ed Sheeran!

Recommended Yarns for ‘The Pasty Pom’

Fiddlesticks ‘Finch’ 100% Cotton: 6202 – Ecru

Bellissimo ‘Orchard’ Cotton: 8171 – Ivory

Fiddlesticks ‘Wren’ 100% Cotton: W003 – Ivory

Yarn & Colors ‘Baby Fabulous’: 002 – Cream

 

Amigurumi Matthew McConaughey Sitting

Photo courtesy of:

www.craftyiscool.com

The ‘Bronzed Aussie’

Ah, the quintessential look that all foreigners think Australians look like, but not many of us do, The Bronzed Aussie. Perfect choice for your Amigurumi if you are looking for that perfectly golden coloured, tanned skinned look. Suitable colour yarn choices to give your Amigurumi this bronzed look include shades of Jute, Dark Beiges and Caramel tones. Perfect range of tones to use for your Matthew McConaughey upgrade.

Recommended Yarns for ‘The Bronzed Aussie’

Yarn & Colors ‘Must-Have’: 009 – Limestone

Rico Design ‘Ricorumi’  055 – Beige

Bernat ‘Handicrafter’ – Jute

DMC Happy Cotton – 773 Sandcastle

 

Amigurumi Matthew McConaughey Sitting

Photo courtesy of:

www.craftyiscool.com

The ‘Bronzed Aussie’

Ah, the quintessential look that all foreigners think Australians look like, but not many of us do, The Bronzed Aussie. Perfect choice for your Amigurumi if you are looking for that perfectly golden coloured, tanned skinned look. Suitable colour yarn choices to give your Amigurumi this bronzed look include shades of Jute, Dark Beiges and Caramel tones. Perfect range of tones to use for your Matthew McConaughey upgrade.

Recommended Yarns for ‘The Bronzed Aussie’

Yarn & Colors ‘Must-Have’: 009 – Limestone

Rico Design ‘Ricorumi’  055 – Beige

Bernat ‘Handicrafter’ – Jute

DMC Happy Cotton – 773 Sandcastle

 

The ‘Obama’ Look.

Obama-fy your projects with The ‘Obama’ look with skin-coloured tones in Chocolates, Mahoganys or Dark brown yarn. ‘The Obama’ Look is inspired by the couple who need no further introduction, Barack and Michelle Obama.

the obama amigurumi

Photo courtesy of www.lovecrafts.com & www.etsy.com 

Dark skin colour yarn

Recommended Yarns for ‘The Obama’

Rico Design ‘Ricorumi’  057 – Chocolate

La Mia Mercerised Cotton: 228 – Dark Brown

Yarn Art ‘Jeans’: 070 – Dark Brown

 

The ‘Obama’ Look.

Obama-fy your projects with The ‘Obama’ look with skin-coloured tones in Chocolates, Mahoganys or Dark brown yarn. ‘The Obama’ Look is inspired by the couple who need no further introduction, Barack and Michelle Obama.

the obama amigurumi

Photo courtesy of www.lovecrafts.com & www.etsy.com 

Dark skin coloured yarns

Recommended Yarns for ‘The Obama’

Rico Design ‘Ricorumi’  057 – Chocolate

La Mia Mercerised Cotton: 228 – Dark Brown

Yarn Art ‘Jeans’: 070 – Dark Brown

 

Why A Tanned Crochet Bum Is The New Black

Why A Tanned Crochet Bum Is The New Black

Dark or light, black or white?

 

Skin is the largest organ in our body, it serves to protect our internal organs against the environment. One major factor that sets us apart is the colour of our skin. Genetics, UV exposure and Geography are just a few of the environmental factors that attribute to the skin colour you were born with and any changes to your skin colour throughout your life.

Alternatively, there are many ways people can artificially change the colour of their skin. Primarily these changes are only temporary and usually done to have that subtle ‘glow’ to the skin, before the start of any holiday where swimwear will be worn.

In extreme cases, a more permanent option to change the colour of your skin can be done by a visit to the doctor, who somehow changed the skin colour of one of the greatest celebrities of our generation. He was born an African American but died looking like Casper The Friendly Ghost.

michael jackson crochet doll

Problem Skein?

 

I received an email almost a month ago from a customer who was looking for recommendations on a particular yarn colour that they could buy for their new project. This is not an unusual request by any means for me, since I am the owner of a business that retails yarn and accessories. Talking about yarn colours is possibly my favourite part of the job.

However, I had never been happier to have the protection of a firewall and an internet connection to hide behind when I read this email because this question really stumped me. I would have preferred if the question were for me to explain in detail what goes into the process of mercerising cotton. The answer to that question is stuck in my brain, much like gum gets stuck to the bottom of your shoe.

No, this question was a one lined sentence and all that was written was ‘what yarn do you have that is the same colour as skin’.

Now, on the surface this is a remarkably simple question, however when you consider that there are approximately 7 billion people in the world, meaning there is an equal number of shades that make up the ‘skin colour’ palette. As you can appreciate, this simple question cannot be answered simply.

Dark or light, black or white?

 

Skin is the largest organ in our body, it serves to protect our internal organs against the environment. One major factor that sets us apart is the colour of our skin. Genetics, UV exposure and Geography are just a few of the environmental factors that attribute to the skin colour you were born with and any changes to your skin colour throughout your life.

Alternatively, there are many ways people can artificially change the colour of their skin. Primarily these changes are only temporary and usually done to have that subtle ‘glow’ to the skin, before the start of any holiday where swimwear will be worn.

In extreme cases, a more permanent option to change the colour of your skin can be done by a visit to the doctor, who somehow changed the skin colour of one of the greatest celebrities of our generation. He was born an African American but died looking like Casper The Friendly Ghost.

michael jackson crochet doll

Problem Skein?

I received an email almost a month ago from a customer who was looking for recommendations on a particular yarn colour that they could buy for their new project. This is not an unusual request by any means for me, since I am the owner of a business that retails yarn and accessories. Talking about yarn colours is possibly my favourite part of the job.

However, I had never been happier to have the protection of a firewall and an internet connection to hide behind when I read this email because this question really stumped me. I would have preferred if the question were for me to explain in detail what goes into the process of mercerising cotton. The answer to that question is stuck in my brain, much like gum gets stuck to the bottom of your shoe.

No, this question was a one lined sentence and all that was written was ‘what yarn do you have that is the same colour as skin’.

Now, on the surface this is a remarkably simple question, however when you consider that there are approximately 7 billion people in the world, meaning there is an equal number of shades that make up the ‘skin colour’ palette. As you can appreciate, this simple question cannot be answered simply.

Feel Confident In Your Own Skein

 

Whenever I begin a new project, I find it handy to keep a record of everything I plan to use for my project in a notepad, (unless copying patterns yarns and accessories, which I never have) If you are anything like me, I never used to do this, and trying to remember yarn brands and weights without a label is a nightmare!

There is no rule that if you purchase a pattern of a character from a designer, that you cannot make changes to it to give your own personalised touch. This can be achieved by changing the colour of their skin, their hair and even their clothes to add some of your own flavour!

So, the next time that you stumble across a crochet pattern which you saw in your Pinterest feed however when you tried to find the same skin colour that was used in the pattern and you gave up, then don’t.

If this pattern happens to be the Matthew McConaughey Amigurumi, wearing nothing more than a bongo drum and a smile, then press that download button.

Keep your partner happy and crochet him a pair of shorts, and keep yourself happy by adding some flavour and a golden tan, so he looks more like Matthew McConaughey in the Sahara, and less like that Dallas Buyers Club character.

matthew M standing toy
matthew M bum toy

Feel Confident In Your Own Skein

 

Whenever I begin a new project, I find it handy to keep a record of everything I plan to use for my project in a notepad, (unless copying patterns yarns and accessories, which I never have) If you are anything like me, I never used to do this, and trying to remember yarn brands and weights without a label is a nightmare!

There is no rule that if you purchase a pattern of a character from a designer, that you cannot make changes to it to give your own personalised touch. This can be achieved by changing the colour of their skin, their hair and even their clothes to add some of your own flavour!

So, the next time that you stumble across a crochet pattern which you saw in your Pinterest feed however when you tried to find the same skin colour that was used in the pattern and you gave up, then don’t.

If this pattern happens to be the Matthew McConaughey Amigurumi, wearing nothing more than a bongo drum and a smile, then press that download button.

Keep your partner happy and crochet him a pair of shorts, and keep yourself happy by adding some flavour and a golden tan, so he looks more like Matthew McConaughey in the Sahara, and less like that Dallas Buyers Club character.

Crochet Amigurumi Matthew McConaughey
matthew M bum toy

Tips for Flawless Skein

 

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind when you are making the choice of what skin coloured yarn to use for your Amigurumi projects.

 1-      Always remember, (before you drive yourself insane) that it is going to be difficult  to find skin coloured yarn which is exactly the same colour of a real life shade of skin-tone. It just isn’t going to happen. I am yet to find a lightish/whitish coloured yarn with a  multi-coloured shades of brown, freckled-like pattern, so I can crochet an Amigurumi Mini-Me. 

Remember you are crocheting a toy, not a life like replica;  so be kind to yourself, (especially when you realise that there is no skin coloured yarn in the world called ‘Matthew McConaughey’s Perfect Tan.’)

2-    If you don’t do this already, make a record and a plan what yarns and accessories you will use all for your projects, if they aren’t the same yarn is recommended in patterns. For example, if you are crocheting a doll from a downloaded pattern and plan to use cotton you have in your stash, it’s handy to make note of the weight/brand/ply. Even if you take a pic of the label and save it in your phone.

I know and appreciate  how frustrating it is when the yarn label mysteriously disappears (thanks children), and desperately do not want another unfinished WIP to add to the collection of other WIP’s that are still waiting to be finished since last year!!

If you are looking to mix your project up by using different blends of yarn for your characters, you could try a cotton blend for skin and pair with a mohair or furry blend for clothing & accessories. However, if you plan on  using a Mohair or furry blended yarn to crochet skin, just do not do it – ever. (Unless of course you are crocheting a Yeti).

Last but not least, this information is what a yarn store owner, (well, I can only speak for myself, so this is what I would ask) will want to know when asked to make any recommendation for a skin-coloured yarn.

3-       Be mindful of the colour choices of clothes and accessories that make for your person/doll once you have made the choice on which coloured yarn you will be using for the skin. For example, the perfect skin tone colour for a doll that is wearing a blue dress might not look like that same perfect skin-tone colour if it is wearing a yellow dress. Some lighter-toned yarns tend to pick up tones from the colours that they are paired with. Check out the post ‘How I cheat when choosing yarn colour combos… and get away with it’ for hints on how I choose my colours for my Amigurumi projects.

 

Tips for Flawless Skein

 

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind when you are making the choice of what skin coloured yarn to use for your Amigurumi projects.

 1-      Always remember, (before you drive yourself insane) that it is going to be difficult  to find skin coloured yarn which is exactly the same colour of a real life shade of skin-tone. It just isn’t going to happen. I am yet to find a lightish/whitish coloured yarn with a  multi-coloured shades of brown, freckled-like pattern, so I can crochet an Amigurumi Mini-Me.

Remember you are crocheting a toy, not a life like replica;  so be kind to yourself, (especially when you realise that there is no skin coloured yarn in the world called ‘Matthew McConaughey’s Perfect Tan.’)

2-    If you don’t do this already, make a record and a plan what yarns and accessories you will use all for your projects, if they aren’t the same yarn is recommended in patterns. For example, if you are crocheting a doll from a downloaded pattern and plan to use cotton you have in your stash, it’s handy to make note of the weight/brand/ply. Even if you take a pic of the label and save it in your phone.

I know and appreciate  how frustrating it is when the yarn label mysteriously disappears (thanks children), and desperately do not want another unfinished WIP to add to the collection of other WIP’s that are still waiting to be finished since last year!!

If you are looking to mix your project up by using different blends of yarn for your characters, you could try a cotton blend for skin and pair with a mohair or furry blend for clothing & accessories. However, if you plan on  using a Mohair or furry blended yarn to crochet skin, just do not do it – ever. (Unless of course you are crocheting a Yeti).

Last but not least, this information is what a yarn store owner, (well, I can only speak for myself, so this is what I would ask) will want to know when asked to make any recommendation for a skin-coloured yarn.

3-       Be mindful of the colour choices of clothes and accessories that make for your person/doll once you have made the choice on which coloured yarn you will be using for the skin. For example, the perfect skin tone colour for a doll that is wearing a blue dress might not look like that same perfect skin-tone colour if it is wearing a yellow dress. Some lighter-toned yarns tend to pick up tones from the colours that they are paired with. Check out the post ‘How I cheat when choosing yarn colour combos… and get away with it’ for hints on how I choose my colours for my Amigurumi projects.

Check out the next blog post, where I reveal my skin-coloured yarn choices in Part 2 of the ‘Skein-Coloured Yarn Series’

‘5 Celebs Who Rock The Skein They’re Crocheted In’

Check out the next blog post, where I reveal my skin-coloured yarn choices in Part 2 of the ‘Skein-Coloured Yarn Series’

‘5 Celebs Who Rock The Skein They’re Crocheted In’

How I cheat when choosing yarn colour combos… and get away with it

How I cheat when choosing yarn colour combos… and get away with it

How I cheat when choosing yarn colour combos…. and get away with it

You do not have to be a Sheldon Cooper type Theoretical Physicist or an Archibald prize winning artist to understand just how many colours there are in the world. According to a Google, there are an infinite number of colours. For yarn lovers, it may seem that at times when choosing yarn for projects – so many yarn brands produce a seemingly infinite number of yarn colours to pick from. So, with the choice of yarn colours being such a critical factor whether your project will look good or not, it is no wonder we can feel so much pressure on choosing the right yarn colours.

In Kindergarten, we were taught that there are three primary colours, Red, Yellow and Blue. Teachers also taught us that we make other colours by mixing these primary colours together and presto! We have a different colour! Yet, what we were not taught in kindergarten is how all the different colours should go together to look aesthetically pleasing. (I’m looking at every parent’s refrigerator door and can see all the paintings that have ever been bought home from school)

We have all seen bad colour choices in crochet. Social media has put all kinds of colours out there, and it is not polite or socially acceptable to comment how bad some of them are, and that is in most cases, due to bad colour combinations.

In crochet, if the colour section of the yarn is not spot on, good technique and fancy stitches will not matter. Furthermore, if makers sell their completed crochet projects online, yarn colour choice is the only impression that a buyer will notice when making a purchase, so makers must ensure the first impression counts.  It is essential in crocheting that makers have a basic understanding of which yarn colours match together.

The holy grail item in my crochet kit

My go-to tool that I always use when choosing colours for my crochet projects, is a called an ‘Artist’s Colour Wheel’. This circular piece of colourful cardboard, purchased from any art shop, is hands down the best $30.00 I have ever spent on any item in my crochet kit.

The wheel has the three primary colours, Red, Green and Blue, and beside them are the variations of the primary colours that lead from one primary colour to the other. The outer colours of the wheel are called the ‘pure colours’, then below are the tint, tone and shade of the pure colours. You can spin the wheel around to reflect what ever colour you choose to be your main colour of your project, then it all unravels from there.

Whenever I plan a new project, I always start with just one colour in mind that I want to have in my project.  For example, if I am making a blanket for a baby boy, my one colour could be blue. I would then move the wheel to have blue at the top of the wheel in the same position of where 12:00 would be on a clock.

There are many combinations that can be created together by using this wheel after you decide on the first colour, however I will explain the four colour schemes I use as a guide when choosing yarn colours.

1. Complimentary

This is using any two colours directly opposite each other on the wheel. Example, Blue and Orange. Simple but beautiful.

2. Split Complimentary

Using any colour with the two colours on each side of its compliment. Example, Blue with Red-Orange and Yellow Orange. This combination works, trust me.

3. Triad

Using three colours equally spaced from each other on the wheel. Example, Orange, Violent and Green. Sounds strange written as words on paper but looks exquisite when these colours are all united in one project.

4. Tetrad

For an explosion of colour in a project – the Tetrad colour scheme is a combination of four colours on the wheel that are two sets of complimentary colours. example Blue and Orange with Red and Green. This variation of colour scheme is harmonious, striking and you will be on a winner with using the Tedrad combination of colours.

Let me know by replying to this blog, or by Facebook Group – Aussie Yarn Addicts by Yarn Artistry and let me know if the colour wheel has been your saviour when choosing yarn colours. Alternatively, please share any other methods you find useful when you make your choice of yarn colour combos for your projects.

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