And if you didn’t sing that in your head, I’m judging you.
I thought I’d just share a few of the yarns I love the most. Note: this is not a sponsored post in any way, literally just a list of yarns that I love, because I remember when I first started crocheting, all these thousands of yarns were a bit overwhelming.
Stylecraft Special DK: Stylecraft Special is a firm favourite. It comes in a wonderful selection of colours (with three more joining the collection next month) so you can make almost anything. It’s 100% Acrylic, can go through the washing machine and tumble dryer, and is wonderfully soft. I have also only ever had one incident of a large portion of the yarn being unwound which, if you go though as much of it as I do, is a huge advantage, as some yarns are really bad for this. I also must say that the rest of the Stylecraft range I’ve used I’ve always been happy with, and I do like Stylecraft as a company; they do charity donations of yarn every year. Basically, if you’re after a good 100% acrylic DK, this is your yarn.
Caron Simply Soft: Caron Simply Soft (and Paints) is an Aran weight yarn (side note: how do you all say “aran”? Like Aaron or Iran or something completely different? Leave a comment and let me know!) that is wonderfully soft, and has this beautiful sheen to it. It’s not exactly sparkly, but is so smooth that the light plays on it so nicely. Again this is another 100% Acrylic. At first glance it seems a little pricey but the Simply Soft comes in pull skeins (another reason why I adore this yarn!) of 170g, so it makes sense to be a bit more expensive than some other aran acrylics.
Cascade Ultra Pima & Cascade Ultra Pima Paints: If you need a beautiful 100% cotton yarn, this is where you need to be looking. The Paints collection is just breath taking. The colours in each colour way are just perfect. Looking at the individual colours in Pima, they are perfect. I just want to wrap myself up in all of these lovely shades and be happy (disability – solved!). Both of these are 100g and 200m. Love. Them. All.
King Cole Riot: ” Riot” is a great description of these yarns. Although “King Cole BOOM” would be accurate too. These acrylic wool blends (30% wool, 70% acrylic) are the most amazing colours. The names grab you as much as the colours; “The Deep”, ” Spark”, “Wicked”, ” Magic” to name just a few. These yarns are the type of yarns you could just put on display to look at if you didn’t want to work with them. Riot comes in DK and Chunky, and they’re both lovely to work with.
Drops Big Delight: I love this yarn for scarves and cowls. This is a 100% wool, Aran yarn, that is physically as warm as the colours make you feel. The colour changes in this are beautifully phased, and it’s lovely to work with. Now I want to squish some of it…..
Patons Fab Big & Patons Fab Big Colour: Back to a 100% acrylic here, these 200g balls are super chunky and oh so squishy. The colours in the both Fab Big and Fab Big Colour are awesome and so fantastic when worked up. You need a snuggly ear warmer? This yarn. A warm cowl? This yarn. The quintessential winter pom pom hat? This. Yarn.
And finally for this post….
Drops Merino Extra Fine: I love working with this DK yarn. Its 100% wool and comes in 50g balls, making it really good for portable projects. The balance of colours in the range between rich and muted is lovely, and all together they make for a wonderful pallet. It’s very soft, very warm and very snuggly. Brilliant for blanket squares, hats, fingerless gloves and so many other things (yes those are the three things I have made with it, you caught me).
I consider myself very lucky to have been able to work with so many yarns in the time I’ve been crocheting and knitting, and these are just some of the yarns I’ve enjoyed working with. I really love the idea of passing around recommended yarns to each other via this, so please think about leaving your favourite yarn in a comment below!