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I don’t know about you, but I avoid a yarn store. Wait, what? But you are a crocheter, you say! Yes, I am. And I L.O.V.E. yarn, like, really love yarn. And so when I go into the yarn store or craft store or any store that sells yarn, my eyes get really big and really wide and I want to buy ALL the yarn.
I love it all and because of that exact reason I stay away from the yarn stores. Because I will buy a bunch of yarn and the will do nothing with the most of it because I had no idea what I actually wanted to do with the yarn, or had the skill to work with some particularly funky textured yarn.
So, where am I going here with this?
It is a good idea for your wallet and your sanity and happiness to get yarn for your learning projects that is not too expensive and is easy to work with. Trust me, there is nothing like uncooperative yarn to ruin your first attempts and make you feel like crochet is the most complicated craft out there. Which it is not. Crochet is light and easy and makes people who do it happy.
Alright, what is the best yarn for a beginner in crocheting then?
First, let’s pick a yarn that is not too thin or not too thick. The worsted weight yarn, as it’s called, is the kind of the yarn that is right in the middle of the thickness scale and the most common one to use. This is not the weight so thin that you think you are crocheting with a thread that constantly gets tangled up, neither is this a really bulky yarn where you feel like your finger is a better tool than an actual hook.
The worsted weight yarn (also numbered with a 4 on the label and named Medium) comes made out of different materials (as the other yarns do): wool, linen, alpaca, mohair, cotton, acrylic, etc.
Some of these materials are beginner-friendly and some are not. To give yourself the best chance to succeed with crochet, start with the yarn made out of acrylic, cotton or wool (or wool-acrylic blend). These yarns tend to keep together and not split into multiple strands (because that sometimes is really annoying).
Cotton yarns do have several strands that they are made of, but they don’t slip off your hook too easily and that is an advantage when you are just learning to wield your hook just right. Plus the items made out of cotton are more breathable, and if you are learning how to crochet in summer, cotton is so much more pleasant to work with! My favorite cotton yarns come from Lilly Cookies-n-cream and Caron Cotton Cakes.
Wool and Wool-blend Yarns
Wool or acrylic-wool blend yarns are all-natural and the items made from the wool are breathable and wick moisture. And of course, whatever you make from wool will be super soft and super warm. The downside of wool is that it tends to be more expensive. My favorite wool-blend yarns come from LionBrand.
Acrylic yarns are every beginner’s best and often first friend. They are inexpensive, take a beating of multiple crocheting, undoing, redoing, undoing, redoing, you get the gist.
They come in all kinds of amazing colors and are totally washable and durable. Worsted weight acrylic yarns usually come in the skeins that have a good length of yarn in it that seems to last you forever. My favorite acrylic yarns come from Red Heart company.
In the comments below, let me know what yarn you ended up getting for your project, what material, color and brand, I want to know!