My Favorite Yarns

September 06, 2016

 Every fiber artist has their favorite materials! Crocheters and Knitters are not excluded...we too have our favorite yarns we like to work with. Today's post is dedicated to the ones I love to use! I've arranged this post by yarn company and then type of yarn. Hope you like my list!

Red Heart
Red Heart with Love. My favorite go-to worsted weight yarn. It has the strength of a # 4 medium yarn, but with the softness too. It comes in these colors and typically it's around $5 a skein which makes it more expensive than Super Saver (which I still use) but I just like the softness better.


Red Heart Soft. I just started working with this yarn. I am making a lot of baby items such as blankets and loveys so I wanted a soft yarn and I decided to try this. I really like it. It is a #3 yarn and I like the pastel colors the best. I can even crochet with 2 strands of yarn and make a nice thick but soft baby blanket.



Red Heart Baby Teri (discontinued). I was given some of this yarn and I've made baby blankets and hats with it both crocheting and loom knitting. I really like teri cloth anyways so this yarn is perfect for something soft for kids. Too bad it is discontinued and pretty hard to find.


 

Red Heart Boutique Fur. This is a fun yarn to work with when it comes to fur. I've used other brands, but this one is my favorite. It's a thicker fur yarn and so you don't have to double strand it when you crochet with it as with others that are really thin. If you plan to use this for accents, I recommend purchasing at least three balls because it does go fast. I needed two to embellish a hat I recently made.

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Lion Brand

Lion Brand Hometown USA. I enjoy chunky yarns and this is my favorite of them. It's a #6 super bulky and perfect for knitting, crocheting and arm knitting scarves and  afghans. It's also pretty soft as well and works good also for loom knitting, because you don't need but one strand of yarn to use it.


Lion Brand Homespun and Homespun Thick and Quick. I didn't warm up to either Homespun or the thick and quick until I found a pattern on YouTube where the host showed how to use this yarn. Both brands are chunky. Homespun is a #5 while the Thick and Quick is #6 super chunky.

The trick to working with both yarns successfully is two-fold: (a) use a larger hook size anywhere from a N size up to P; and (b) if you work stitches in the spaces and not through the stitches themselves, it will help you use this yarn without becoming stressed out. Of course you have to work through the stitch on the foundation chain, but once you're done on that, you can begin working in the chain spaces. I've made scarves and wraps and now it is one of my favorite yarns. Right now, I'm loom knitting with the Thick and Quick yarn finishing a scarf that's really coming out beautiful. Both yarns are soft to wear.



Lion Brand Heartland Thick and Quick. A soft super bulky yarn that's almost like Hometown USA but just a bit thinner. Comes in some very pretty colorways but it is a bit more expensive than Hometown USA.


Lion's Pride by Lion Brand - Woolspun. I saw Stephanie of All About Ami use this yarn to crochet a beautiful cowl and it got me wanting to try it. So, when I was at Michael's about a couple of weeks ago, I picked up some and I'm knitting a cowl with it now. It's 80% acrylic and 20% wool. So soft and creamy! I'm enjoying this yarn and plan to buy more!

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Loops & Threads

Loops & Threads Chunky Luxe Yarn. Sold at Michael's (at least that's the only place I've seen this yarn), this is a ginormous yarn! I knitted a cowl using us size 35 needles but it can handle us 50 needles or jumbo crochet hook. It is the softest yarn I've ever worked with. The only drawback is it can fray easily, you have to handle it gently and you have to hand wash and lay it flat to dry so you may want to be sure to keep that in mind when you go to use it.

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Big Twist

Big Twist Chunky.Sold at Joann's, it's a #5 bulky yarn that is really nice. I bought this when I did haven't enough money to get Red Heart with Love and this yarn is very comparable even though it's a #5 and RH with Love is #4. Made in Turkey and a quite soft yarn. Big Twist comes in other weights such as: chunky, and value. Very affordable.

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Bernat

Bernat Baby Blanket. When I was a Wal-mart a few months ago, I noticed Bernat Baby Blanket (little cosmos) yarn and so I was bought a skein. I had planned to try out making a granny square lovey blanket with it. It's a soft bulky yarn and really requires a large hook. I used a P crochet hook and the blanket came out fine, however I didn't like the way the blanket came out with variegated colorway (pictured left) so I've decided to buy some solid colors next time I make the blanket. I think that if I buy brown, baby blue, and a cream color and then make the blanket again, it'll turn out the way I envisioned it!


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Caron
Simply Soft. I LOVE Caron Simply Soft yarns. It's really soft and perfect for lacy crocheting. I've made several shawls and scarves with it. And, I was able to get away with using a larger hook (N) and loosely crochet for a really beautiful effect.



Jumbo Country/Easter Basket. One of my favorites of Caron's line is the jumbo Country Basket (bottom left) and Easter Basket yarns (top left). I crocheted a market bag, hat/scarf set, doilies, you name it! It is a very soft yarn #4 worsted weight but the variegated colorways looked better to me than the Bernat Blanket yarn I bought (above). This typically sells for $9.99 a ball but it gives you a lot of yarn to work with.


You got some favorite yarns you like to use? Why? What makes it special to you? Leave a comment below!

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