How do I know what yarn to use?
Yarn weight refers to the thickness of the yarn strand and is a good place to start when choosing your project. A heavier yarn will make a thicker, bulkier project and a finer weight is best for lightweight garments and accessories.
What yarn should I use for a blanket?
What is the best yarn for a blanket? Use a medium-weight or bulky yarn to knit or crochet a blanket. Wool yarn is warm, while cotton and synthetic yarn will result in a blanket with a lighter feel.
What’s wrong with acrylic yarn?
Many acrylic yarns actually contain carcinogens that can be absorbed through the skin when the yarns are worn. Natural yarns contain no such harmful chemicals. (Although in some cases, wool and cotton yarns do cause adverse skin reactions due to personal allergies.)
Can acrylic yarn be washed?
Acrylic and other synthetic yarns can be washed and dried with your regular laundry because they don’t shrink.
Why is acrylic yarn so expensive?
Acrylic yarns have plastic components, so they melt and burn fast. Since acrylic has plastic components, they have a significant level of toxicity. Choosing your yarns depends on your preference. You may want to use yarns made of natural fiber but they are too expensive.
Can you mix cotton and acrylic yarn?
One way to minimize problems with two different yarns is to mix them in both warp and weft, and mix them frequently. If you alternate an acrylic with a cotton, one-and-one, for example, the yarns help each other reach a kind of compromise in the amount of shrinkage.
What size yarn should I use?
Yarn Weight (Thickness)
|Yarn Weight||US Needle Size||Knitting Stitches Per Inch, in Stockinette Stitch|
|Fine or sport-weight||3–6||5–6|
|Light worsted or DK (double-knitting)||5–7||5–5 1/2|
|Medium- or worsted-weight, afghan, Aran||7–9||4–5|
|Bulky or chunky||10–11||3–3 1/2|
How do I choose the right yarn?
Choosing the Right Yarn for a Pattern
Patterns almost always will tell you the brand, weight, and color as well as the size crochet hook or knitting needle used. If you want to use a different brand, try to stick to the same type of material and weight of yarn used in the pattern.