crochet · Knitting

5 Rules For Playing Yarn Chicken

Yarn Chicken is not a game for the faint hearted, but many of us knitters and crocheters find ourselves embroiled in a battle against the yarn towards the end of a project. It’s a game I’ve found myself playing a few times in the last couple of weeks, and I think I’ve finally figured out the rules so I thought I’d share.

1) Always play this game with your best yarn; preferably something hand dyed, or that is a one off. There’s no point playing it with stuff you can get more of on next day delivery, that’s just boring. If you are using a hard to find yarn, don’t ruin the game by desperately searching online and ordering more in advance; the suspense is an important part of the process.

2) To add excitement, this game is best played when you’re working to a deadline. Nothing enhances knitting into the early hours of the morning quite like potentially running out of yarn.

3) When you realise that you might be short of yarn, you need to weigh your project, work another row or round, weigh it again, weigh the remaining yarn and then do some fiddling with numbers to pretend you know what you’re doing. If you don’t get the answer you want, DO NOT under any circumstances accept it and give up. You need to work to the bitter end to prove that you were wrong all along. 

4) If you’ve done the calculations and it looks like you might run short, knit or crochet faster. This is a guaranteed way to make sure you finish before the yarn runs out.*

5) Yarn Chicken is a solitary game and requires every ounce of your concentration. Other people, pets, everything must be banished from the working area until the game is over. Agree a signal to let them know when they can return (a squeal of excitement or a sob of despair should suffice).

*disclaimer: this only works 50% of the time.

I do hope these rules help you to play the game properly, and if you have any more to add, please share! And for the non knitters and crocheters, you now know that yarn craft is not always a sedate and relaxing activity, and may begin to understand why your yarny friends and family seem a little frazzled at times.

Some you win…
And some you lose.

58 thoughts on “5 Rules For Playing Yarn Chicken

  1. Ah yes…I think I play a similar game actually, with beads, paint or watercolour pencils. Definitely not for the faint-hearted! πŸ˜ΈπŸ’•

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  2. I have to admit I haven’t yet played this game, but that’s because I tend to order way more yarn than I need, then have to find something to do with the rest, probably why I design so many motifs!! πŸ™‚

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  3. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Awesome! Thanks for the laugh! I’ve played (and lost πŸ˜‰) so many times that I now buy way too much. For a recent project I sooo overbought that I had- after the sweater- enough left for a blanket! 😝

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  4. Haha! Love me a game of yarn chicken! Its so super satisfying when you get there with like an inch or two of yarn left. But too many times you get so close to the end of the row but are just inches short!

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  5. Well today the heat has really got to me and I was feeling really down, and then I came across a post I had missed when I was on holiday. It made my day and I am now off to bed and still chuckling to myself. Hubby is wondering why and will not understand if I try to tell him so it will remain a secret lol.

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  6. I’ve definitely played this game too many times – and not just with yarn! I remember desperately searching through my thread box for something close to the right colour the night before my sister’s birthday in the hopes I could finish her cross stitched present on time! (I managed!)

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