A Guide to Different Types of Yarn

So, you have started a new hobby and have gotten really into crocheting. Maybe you can make your first simple pattern, have mastered the art of making full-length trousers, or you just want to know everything there is to possibly know about crocheting before you embark on your new adventure.

Whatever the reason is, you are here and ready to learn about the different types of yarn that you can use to create your cozy masterpieces.

Read on to find out more about this magical material and which one would be the best fit.

Wool Yarn

Wool yarn is probably one of the most common yarns used for crocheting. There are four different types of wool yarn to choose from in terms of thickness: fine, medium, thick, and double coated. This type of yarn is usually chosen to make items for the winter season, as it can be very warm and durable. Some people are allergic or sensitive to wool, which is something to bear in mind if you create a gift.

There are also different types of wool to consider too. If you are looking for something soft, merino wool has made quite the name for itself, whereas alpaca wool is brilliant for those who love the outdoors as it stays breathable and warm when wet.

Cotton Yarn

Cotton yarn knitting wool is another popular material to use for crocheting. It is much more suited to sensitive skin types and is soft to the touch as well. This natural fiber can be spun into the most delicate and thin strings of yarn to use, or you can also get your hands on super chunky cotton yarn to make some dreamy soft knits. Another useful tip to know is that cotton can be dyed extremely easily, so if you cannot find the color you want, you can dye it instead! There are downsides, though. Cotton does hold water extremely well and can become slippery. It is also worth considering that it can stretch and sag when wet too, so take that into account when choosing what you are using it for.

Acrylic Yarn

Acrylic yarn is a cheap alternative to natural fibers because it is man-made. These synthetic fibers come in various colors, including tie-dye, sparkly, and other fun designs, and wash really easily. For those new to crocheting or knitting, acrylic yarn is a good beginner’s wool to practice with, and it is also really easy to get hold of at most good craft stores. When it comes to acrylic yarn, some things to consider is that it is also another fiber that holds water well and is also a good vessel for body odors and sweat. It is not very breathable, so we would not recommend making athletic leisurewear with it.

Whichever yarn you choose, be sure to look at the pros and cons of your choice before you begin your project to avoid disappointment after putting in all of the hard work!

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