How to Choose the Right Yarn to CrochetBy Rachel Choi – 15 Comments
Have you ever stood in the yarn section at the store not knowing which yarn to pick? If so, here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the right yarn for your project!
Color – Finding the right color is like an art. Pick colors that are going to match and that would look good for the project you’re making. When in doubt, just use the colors the designer chose, if you’re following a pattern.
Price – No one wants to over pay for yarn. But then again, you don’t want that cheap stuff either. Granted the cheap stuff can be useful for somethings, but if you’re crocheting a special gift for a special someone you’re going to want to purchase yarn that has better quality.
Quality – Who wants that crappy, itchy yarn? Certainly not me. If you’re going to take the time to crochet something, you might as well do it with good yarn. I’m not saying to go out and get the best thing there is, although you can. The point is to get yarn that is going to hold up and not irritate you skin.
Texture – Yarns can be soft, rough, furry, fluffy and just about any other adjective you can think of to describe a texture. Each yarn gives a different look when it’s crocheted, so try out different types to find what looks good for your project. Also remember that novelty yarns can be more difficult to crochet with.
Material – Just like there are different textures, there are so many different materials that yarn can be made out of. There is the typical acrylic, wool and cotton, then you can get fancy with the bamboo, mohair and recycled yarns. Keep in mind that some materials are easier to take care of and can be machine washed. You can check the yarn’s package for care instructions.
Weight – Weight measures the thickness of yarn. Smaller weights are better for crocheting lace and light, delicate items, while the higher numbered weights are great for thicker projects like blankets, bags or sweaters. If you’re working with a pattern it should tell you what weight of yarn you need.
Brand – Most avid crocheters have a favorite yarn brand. I know I do! It’s okay to opt for the brand you trust when choosing your yarn. After all, they are your favorite for a reason.
Do you have a tip for choosing the right yarn?