Yarn bombing, knit graffiti
-- or as it’s called in Europe,
yarnstorming -- has been taking hold all
over the world. From fiber artists who craft
covers for a water tower or bus to small
community groups who cover lampposts and
parking meters, embellishing the world with
yarn is a celebration of beauty and a sign
of hope and humor. This kind of work is
joyous, whimsical, and opens up what
knitting and crocheting can be. What can you
do, individually or in a group, to decorate
some part of your world with yarn? Yarn is
the new paint of our times.
Yarn Bomb a Chair!
We chose bright colors of Hometown
USA to turn a plain wood chair into an eye-popping work of art. This
chair is covered with stitch patterns and embellishments like pom-poms
and braided strips.
We used books like stitch
dictionaries as well as our online StitchFinder for
inspiration. Please note that we do not have stitch patterns for every
stitch pattern shown; however, all of the swatches shown do use one of
the techniques described below.
- Pom-poms. Use one of our pom-pom makers or make one by hand (click here
for a video) to add a touch of whimsy to any project.
- Crochet popcorn stitch.
There are so many variations o this classic textured stitch. You'll
notice on the chair that we've done several swatches using either
one or two strands of yarn to vary the scale of this fun textured
stitch. Click here for a basic version.
- Knit stripes. Whether you
use one color or 6, stripes are a fun way to brighten up your world!
Just change colors every few rows. Click here for tips on carrying the yarn along
the side, so you don't have to keep cutting your yarn.
- Tassels. Add just one or a
few for a touch of classic style. Click here for a basic pattern.
- Stranded knitting. With a
chart from a stitch book (you can also just create one for yourself
on graph paper), and using stranded knitting, we created this neat
two-color swatch. Click here for more information about stranded
- 3-color braid. We braided 3
different colors of Hometown USA together and then wrapped the braid
around the chair leg, for an easy no-knit-or-crochet embellishment!
- Knit single loop fringe. We
knit some loop fringe and wrapped it around and around for this fun
effect. Click here for the stitch pattern.
- Knit intarsia. Using a chart
from a stitch book, we made this stylish two-tone swatch. Click here for a blog post about this technique.
- Crochet stripes. Whether you
use double-crochet (as in our black & white swatch) or
single-crochet (as in the 3-color swatch), crochet stripes are a
great way to add interest to your pattern! It's as easy as switch
colors every row (or two or 3)!
- Wrapping. In several places
on the chair, we simply wrapped a single strand around neatly, gluing the yarn in place. Wrapping the legs or rungs is a fast
& easy way to make any chair stand out!
Yarn Bombing Patterns
Here are some examples of
craft projects that bring yarn bombing into
your own home, but the sky’s the limit
when it comes to what you can wrap in yarn!
Learn more about yarn
bombing on our blog, the Lion Brand Notebook