As you get further in your crochet crafting, you will begin to discover which yarn you like working with the best. There are several different blends and thicknesses, and different yarns are used for different projects based on the intended outcome of the project. For example, if you wanted to create a chunky, warm scarf, you would not use very thin cotton yarn. Rather, you might use a very thick wool yarn for added warmth.
However, if you are a beginner, you might still be unsure which yarn works best for specific projects and what will be the easiest to work with. Check out this guide to the best crochet yarn:
Which fiber type?
The first decision you are faced with is which fiber to use. There are several options including plant and animal fibers, such as baby alpaca yarn. But, here are the pros and cons of the three most common types of yarn fiber for beginners:
- Acrylic yarn: Overall, acrylic yarn is the most popular amongst true crochet enthusiasts. It offers several benefits including it is available in a variety of colors, it is easily available and is usually the cheapest option. This also happens to be the most acceptable fiber type for beginners. But, keep in mind, some of the cheaper acrylics might split apart. Therefore, avoid getting the absolute cheapest one and be careful when working with it.
- Wool yarn: If you are looking to just practice your crochet stitches, wool yarn is a great option for you. It unravels easily, therefore if you mess up it will only take you a few seconds to undo it. It is also very thick and durable so it is easily re-usable, even after a mistake. But, if you are sharing your crochet creation with others, be mindful that some people do have wool allergies.
- Cotton yarn: Compared to wool, cotton is a little bit harder to crochet with. A benefit to cotton is that it is much lighter, so if you are looking to crochet in the heat or just creating a lighter project, it is a great and durable alternative to wool yarn.
Other yarn tips to consider
- Yarn color: As a beginner, it is very important that you are able to see your stitches. They can be hard to learn and you might not catch onto your mistake right away, meaning you have to unravel your project to fix it. Therefore, dark yarn is not the best to practice or start out with because it can be very difficult to see your stitches.
- Washing details: Especially if you are selling your products, make note of the washing details. Different fiber types and different yarn thicknesses might have different washing instructions. If you neglect to follow the washing instructions, you could risk ruining your entire project.
- Ethics: If you have personal ethics regarding animals and the environment, look into sustainable, vegan, or organic yarn choices. There is a type of yarn for everyone, regardless of their personal convictions.