Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Go To Yarn Brands

Honestly, when i started out crocheting, I never really thought about how many different types of yarn there is out there. Besides color, you have to take into consideration what its made out of. Wool, acrylic, chunky, sock yarn, it's all different. So when you're just starting out, don't worry about what type of yarn to get. If you get a different size than the pattern calls for, make it anyway, you might be pleasantly surprised with the result!

Walking into a craft store can be intimidating when you're first starting out. At least for me it was. You're familiar with the craft store, yes, but have you ever strayed near the yarn section before? If you're like me, the answer is no. So just get what speaks to YOU. Color, texture, whatever you think would look great for whatever you're going to make, get it. DON'T second guess yourself or you'll be there forever!

After I figured out what I like and don't like, the yarn section didn't seem so scary. I get SO excited thinking about going yarn shopping now. Mostly because I never know what I'll come home with. (;

So what are my personal favorites, you're asking? Ha, Okay. Well, as a beginner crocheter myself I'd have to say my yarn experience is limited to mainstream brands. Pretty much anything you can find in Michaels or Walmart. I have yet to work with the higher quality fibers but thats okay with me because I still make mistakes, and I'd rather not mess up something with $20 yarn! So if you're just starting out like me, take this into consideration. No, really!

My yarn choice mostly has to do with what I'm going to make. If I'm making a pot holder, dish towel, or wash cloth, I use Sugar and Cream. Its 100% cotton and it is SO soft and really absorbent. These are some of the best dish cloths I have. They hold up so well! 

 I have yet to try other brands of cotton, but I plan to once i get bored with these colors! (;

Simply Soft yarn from Caron is another favorite of mine. I use it for some crochet bracelets in my etsy shop and it would also be great for hats, bags, or a clutch. As the name states, it is super soft, that makes it perfect for babies heads and clothes!

Red Heart Super Saver is the ultimate cheapie yarn. It may be cheap, but it holds up fairly well and although it isnt amazingly soft, it works great for almost any project you have in mind. If you're just starting out and only want to get 1 or 2 skeins of yarn, I'd go with this brand or Sugar and Cream.

I've aimed to try many different brands and types of yarn, and so everything besides those 3 i listed above are really just whatever i feel like getting that day. (that's the fun of yarn shopping, being spontaneous!) I have tried other brands like Vanna's Choice, Impeccable, Lion Brand, and Loops and Threads. All of those are great choices too. I just picked up a bunch of new yarn too, so keep an eye out for whats coming up!

All of the brands above also have some amazing patterns on their site. Red Heart, Sugar and Cream, and Lion Brand are worth checking out.

Are you on pinterest? I've been addicted ever since i created my account last summer. So it was only natural of me to create a pinboard for my crochet patterns! 
Follow me there to keep up on what is on my to do list! I also have awesome pinboards for other crafts, organizing ideas, home decor, and style. There's some great stuff on there so if you haven't checked it out already you should!!

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