A recent trending question on Google asks “What kind of yarn should I use to crochet?”
Choosing the right yarn to crochet with begins with the end in mind. What are you planning to make? And how is that item going to live out it’s life?
A sweater for baby suggests a different yarn than a sweater for yourself, or your teenager!
An afghan made for picnics and laying on the floor wants a different yarn than and afghan made to bring a new baby home from the hospital. Generally an acrylic based yarn is a good place to start, but there are a number of possibilities and options even in that category. Cottons and cotton blends are great for baby. Buy maybe llama or alpaca is what you want to create a sophisticated and elegant throw for the back of a designer sofa.
A beanie made for a North Dakota winter requires a different yarn than one made for a Pacific Northwest winter. Llama and alpaca have overall higher thermal value so are wonderful in a thick yarn for a super warm hat, and in a lighter weight makes a perfect cap during our blustery PNW fall and winter days.
Making a tote bag or a basket? There are a variety of choices, again, considering how the item is going to be used.
Did you want to crochet lace? Then crochet thread is going to be the direction to shop. But, then again, if you were wanting to make a lace rug, we’d look at larger yarns.
There are some people that believe that the direction of the twist of a yarn, whether clockwise or counter clockwise, determines if it is suitable for knit or crochet, but in my personal experience I have never met a yarn I could not crochet with. I personally do not believe in separating knitting yarn verses crochet yarn.
There are lots more examples for sure, but the overarching point of my answer to “What kind of yarn should I use to crochet?” is that there is no specific yarn that is best for crocheting, and you should choose the one that best suits the finished project; choose the best one that you can afford. It should make your hands happy to touch it for all of the hours it will take for you to crochet the project.
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