My favorite yarns

My Favorite Yarns For Every Kind of Project!

by Shehla Ahmed

Do you have a favorite yarn? When you decide on a new project, do you immediately know which yarn you’re going to use? Is something that you always pick up a few extra skeins of because you know you’ll use it? When you’ve been knitting or crocheting for a while, it’s so easy to say YES to these questions. We all have our favorites. Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite yarns and what I like them for.

 

 

Of course, there are so many different yarns out there and I’m open to trying them all. These are just some yarns that I’ve found to work best for me and that I think are reliable.Ā PS. This post includes affiliate links to products I love, use and recommend! If you decide to buy something using my link, I’ll make a small commision at no extra cost to you that helps me support this blog! For more info, check out the disclosure.

 

My Favorite Yarns

 

To help you keep track of all your favorite yarns and make sense of the different yarn weights, I’ve created 2 free resources for you! Just click the images below to grab them

 

 

 

For Blankets:

 

I make a LOT of custom order baby blankets. So I need something that I can turn to time and time again, no matter what the design is. I need it to be washable (SUPER low maintenance), soft against a baby’s delicate skin, and affordable since I’ll be buying several skeins.

 

Yarn Bee Soft Secret

Number one on my list of favorite yarns is this Yarn Bee line! This is the best and all of the baby blankets I made as gifts or orders are made of this yarn. It’s super soft, it comes in just about every color, and it has a little bit of a sheen that catches the light beautifully. It makes the finished item look a little more special and high end. This is the yarn I used to make my Chevron Baby Blanket and the Bright Stars Blanket.

Chevron Baby Blanket

bright stars bobble blanket

What I love (and what my customers love) about it the most though, is that it washes so well. Here’s what my first customer had to say about it:

“My blankets washed at least four times week! Throw it in the quick wash, no delicate cycle needed! […] Our blanket has not lost shape or shrunken in anyway! I can easily throw it in the dryer and still comes out looking like new! Again, that’s a testament to her craftsmanship and how beautifully the blanket is made.”

She’s so sweet to say such nice things about my work, but I’m telling you, the materials you use matter and this yarn is what sold her on the second, third and fourth blanket she ordered! It’s a Hobby Lobby brand, so there’s no store near you, you can get it online and they’ll ship it. I get mine in bulk for blankets.

Bernat Blanket Yarn

This thick and fluffy line is one of the best yarns for quick blankets. It’s a super bulky yarn that works up quickly and you only need a skein or two to make a baby blanket. It’s also 100% polyester so it washes very easily and doesn’t require a ton of extra care. There are SO many colors to choose from and although you can pick it up at a Joann Fabrics, they don’t usually have very many colors in stock, so I like to get these online at Craftsy. It’s also cheaper there.

The last blanket I made was a rush order so I didn’t get pictures. But the red and white are for my next blanket pattern though, so you’ll see it in all its glory then!

Favorite Yarns For Toys:

For toys, I like to choose yarn more for their colors than anything else. I like working in worsted weight acrylic yarn for these types of projects. I look for yarn that’s soft, but not too soft. Usually, I want the yarn to add some support to the toy and make it a bit more durable. So my three favorite yarns for toys are all more or less the same to me. I really look at which one has the right color, especially if I’m doing a popular character. Each yarn has it’s own pros and cons, but for these three, what I love is that each line has a plethora of colors to choose from and it’s easy to look for just the right shade of orange.

I Love this Yarn

This is a bit softer and smoother than the other two. It’s very aptly named because I love this yarn! I used this to make my Snorlax Plushie, which you can get the pattern for here.

Crafter’s Secret

This tend to have brighter colors and it sometimes costs a little bit less than the other two. I used these to make my Articuno Pokemon, available here.

Red Heart Super Saver

Red Heart is everyone’s favorite and it’s just nice yarn for a lower price. It can be a little bit scratchy sometimes, but since I learned how to soften acrylic yarn, I haven’t had any problems with it. I used this to make my giraffe, Jeremy and that little bit of stiffness actually really helped hold the neck up straighter! Here’s the free pattern šŸ™‚

For Gloves:

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

You’re going to see how much I love KnitPicks yarn and Wool of the Andes is one of them. Whenever I make gloves or mittens, this is hands down one of my favorite yarns. I usually go for the sport weight yarn because it’s lighter/thinner but still incredibly warm and strong. It’s something I know will last for a few winters and I don’t have to worry about how it’s going to wear over time or with washings. I’ve made gloves in this for my sister (no pattern, I just winged it) and a few pairs for my mom and aunts using a pattern from this book. There are also a BUNCH of colors and at $2 a ball, you can’t go wrong.

 

For Hats:

Hats are a little bit of a difficult category but you can literally use ANYTHING to make a nice hat. That being said, I still gravitate towards the same two to make all my hats. I always have them on hand and I never need to worry about the quality or how it’s going to turn out because both these brands are already so amazing.

Knit Picks Brava

Brava is so so so beautiful! The stitch definition on this yarn is very pretty and there are so many colors; many of them are soft colors which are sometimes hard to find. They also have incredibly rich jewel tones that I love. It’s machine washable, so it’s easy to care for and it has this little bit of shine that makes your designs and stitches stand out a bit more. It’s not shimmery though, it just has a little something extra to it. I made my second Fairy Tale Slouchy beanie in this line. I usually get worsted weight because that’s what I love working in, but I also used the bulky weight to make my Mocha Ripple Throw.

Lion Brand Hometown USA

This is a super bulky yarn that’s so soft and just gorgeous! I don’t really know how to describe what I love about it, but it’s shiny and smooth and so warm. It’s acrylic which means it’s machine washable and easy to care for, but it doesn’t feel like acrylic; it feels like some kind of fancy merino and I can’t get enough of it. I used it to make my 1 Hour Knit Beanie and I have 4 new beanie patterns planned for the Fall/Winter with this yarn!

 

For Scarves:

I only have one for scarves because ever since I used this, I can’t imagine using anything else. Well, I can… but nothing is quite as luxurious.

Cloudborn Superwash Merino

So this IS merino and it’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever used. The description on Craftsy says it best:

Spun from 100% high-quality merino, this yarn is so smooth and luxurious you won’t believe it’s superwash! Great for accessories or garments that wear well and feel absolutely incredible, this sumptuous, bulky yarn is the perfect choice…

I originally bought this to make a blanket with and I had a few skeins of browns, creams, and black but once I made the first few rows, I decided I wanted it to save it for something special. It’s so warm and snuggly that I didn’t want to use it all up on one project! I ended up using it to make my Cookies and Cream Infinity scarf (available in my free ebook) and it’s just my favorite thing in the world. It’s so easy to work with as well; it doesn’t fluff up at you, the hook GLIDES through it, the stitches are thick and defined and the whole things feel like a cloud. It’s AMAZING. Definitely going to use the other weights now because these are some of my favorite yarns!

For Clothing:

I don’t often make clothing (it’s not my strongest area) but when I do, it’s usually lighter sweaters or tops for babies. For projects like that, I like to get softer colors that will wash well and will be soft enough to be worn by a baby. There are a lot of yarns that could work for that but my favorite yarns for this are jumbo skeins because they’re as convenient as they are good quality.

Lion Brand Pound of Love

This is super soft worsted weight yarn and it comes in a GIANT one pound skein that’s more than enough for your project. It’s closer to a sport weight than a worsted, but it’s so easy to work with and very easy on the hands. The colors are mostly pale baby colors but there are a few darker/deeper colors available. I’ve made a dress and a sweater with this yarn, but unfortunately I don’t have pictures since it was pre-blog and I wasn’t documenting projects then. The best part of using this was that they’re easy to match and I can find colors that work together without worrying about differences in texture, weight, or care instructions and one skein is enough for several baby items!

The next thing I make with this, I’ll have pictures!

Those are all my favorite yarns and some of the projects I love them for! Give some of these a try if you’re new to them, especially that merino. Trust me, it’s going to be your new favorite too. If you’re also interested in seeing my favorite tools and everything I use for knitting and crochet, check out this post here or fill out the box below to subscribe and get access to the resource library. The library contains loads of subscriber only freebies, including a checklist of all my tools! If you LOVE something I haven’t mentioned, let me know in the comments what your favorite yarns are and I can try them out.Ā 

I’ll see you guys soon šŸ™‚


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