Yarn! Glorious YARN! Any maker that works with yarns develops a bit of an obsession. There is SO MUCH variety in colors, textures, fiber content, and thickness (weight)! If you are like me, you like to just walk down the yarn aisles and touch them ALL! But how do you choose?!
The Best Crochet Yarns:
- Lion Brand Pound of Love (Best “Economy” Size)
- I Love This Yarn (Best Acrylic)
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Best Wool Blend)
- I Love This Cotton (Best Cotton)
- Baby Bee (Best for Baby)
- Bernat Blanket (Best Bulky/Blanket)
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Continue reading for more details about why I chose these yarns and convenient links to the places you can find these yarns! As I could, I provided multiple locations to purchase so that you can find the best deal!
Best “Economy” Size Yarn for Crochet
When it comes to buying a large skein of yarn for a project, I always choose Lion Brand Pound of Love (available on Amazon or at Michael’s). This giant skein is great for MANY projects including lighter-weight blankets, clothing, hats, etc. It is an acrylic yarn, which means it holds up to wear and tear well, and it is easy to care for.
The main reason I choose this yarn over some other popular brands that come in large skeins (Red Heart and Caron and the most common) is that it is really soft. It doesn’t have the rough, stiff feel that some of the other acrylic yarns can have. It also tends to be on the lighter side of the worsted weight (size 4) yarns, which makes it have a nice drape to it when worked.
This yarn is super easy to work with and does not tend to split like some of the other “economy” yarns. I have used it for baby blankets and baby clothes with good results and have not had any sensitivity issues, which is nice since it is not a “baby” yarn.
I appreciate the wide variety of colors offered in Pound of Love. The colors are also very rich.
I always purchase my Pound of Love yarn at Michael’s because they usually have a 40% off coupon that I can use too! That results in a LOT of yarn for very little money! I love it!
If I am not going to buy a large skein of yarn, but I want acrylic, I will head to Hobby Lobby for I Love This Yarn. Hobby Lobby appears to be the only place to find this particular brand. It is not available on Amazon.
I LOVE this acrylic yarn because it is SUPER soft! It is the PERFECT yarn to make scarves! I love the flexibility of the yarn and the weight. It is what I would consider a “medium” worsted weight (size 4) yarn. Right in the middle, not the lighter or heavier side of worsted weight.
I Love This Yarn also comes in a CRAZY amount of colors and styles. Pretty much any color you can think of. It also comes in gradient, stonewashed, print, metallic, ombre…Basically, if you want a certain color, you’ll probably find it in this brand!
I Love This Yarn is not the least expensive yarn on the market, but I definitely believe you get what you pay for on this one! For me, it is worth the little bit extra I am paying to get the benefits of this yarn.
So overall, super soft, super high quality, and super selection! Makes it a win in my book!
Best Wool Blend
When looking for a wool blend, I go with Lion Brand Wool-Ease, available on Amazon and at Micheal’s. Wool blends are nice because you avoid the scratchiness that wool sometimes has, but you get the benefit of the warmth and feel of wool. This is also available in super bulky (weight 6) at both Amazon and Micheal’s.
This yarn is high quality (as all of the Lion Brand yarn I have used) and holds up well to wear. It is easy to care for being machine washable and dryable. I always appreciate this for myself, but especially when giving a gift to someone. I like to tell them that they can just wash it like normal, and it doesn’t need “special” care.
Between the worsted weight and the super bulky weight, you will find a huge variety of colors and styles of the yarn including gradients and prints.
This yarn results in very nice, heavy, warm projects; perfect for winter clothing (hats, scarves, sweaters) and for heavy blankets!
As with acrylic yarns, I have to go with Hobby Lobby for my cotton pick! I Love This Cotton yarn is an awesome option! It is also available in certain colors on Amazon, but this is pretty limited and at this time seems to be quite a bit more expensive than going straight from Hobby Lobby.
As with I Love This Yarn, I Love This Cotton is very soft and comfortable. It results in a nice drape and a beautiful finish. It is also very “breathable” as cotton should be! This makes it very nice for lighter weight clothing. It is also great for babies because it is a natural fiber and is soft.
It is available in a wide variety of colors and styles making it nice for any of the projects that you want cotton yarn for! Just keep in mind that cotton does not offer the same “stretch” as other types of yarn.
Best for Baby
For specifically marketed baby yarns, I AGAIN head to Hobby Lobby for Baby Bee yarns. This yarn is available in a bunch of different styles, textures, and weights. My personal favorite for baby blankets specifically is Baby Bee Baby Lou Lou, but all of them are amazing!
The yarns are all super soft for babies’ sensitive skin. They are all acrylic or acrylic blends which are nice for babies because of potential allergies or sensitivities to things like wool.
Between the different lines of Baby Bee yarns, there is SO much variety! You will find yarn for ANY project you want to make for a baby, from lightweight clothing to heavy, cozy warm blankets!
PLEASE, just buy some of this yarn! You will fall in love like I did!
If you are looking for the best bulky yarns, you are going to want to check out Bernat Blanket yarns, available on Amazon or at Micheal’s. Just looking at this yarn, you KNOW it is going to be amazing! SO soft and fuzzy!
This yarn is super bulky (weight 6), which is always nice for a warm blanket. It makes for a nice heavy blanket that also works up quickly because you are using the think yarn with a nice big hook.
It is available in a wide variety of colors, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding the colors you want for your blanket!
This yarn is safe to machine wash and dry, which again, I LOVE! Especially because I have dogs, so blankets tend to get hairy and dirty with the dogs rubbing against me while I am covered with them!
There are thousands of yarns to choose from, but this wraps up the list of my “Best” picks! There are other types such as luxury yarns like silk and cashmere which are AMAZING, but that will be for another post. This one covers what you will likely use the most for your projects!3