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How to Choose the Right Yarn for Your Project

There are certain crucial things you need to get right when succeeding at your crochet project and one of them is selecting the right yarn. You can find so many different options on the market and if you are a beginner to this craft, it can be quite difficult to choose the best yarn for the project in terms of colour, weight, fibre, texture etc.

Not every yarn type is suitable for every project.

The type of fibre used in the yarn will have a big impact on its characteristics. If you are a beginner, acrylic yarn is easy to work with and it is also affordable. You can find this in so many different colours and you can complete small projects such as hats, blankets and scarves using this. If you are creating warm weather clothes, cotton yarn is a good option. It is durable and breathable. And because it doesn’t stretch and can last a long time, it is great for making dishcloths as well or any other project that needs more stability. Bamboo yarn is also breathable and has moisture wicking properties. You can use it for lightweight projects such as baby blankets. If you are planning to make cosy clothing such as mittens, sweaters and hats, wool yarn can be a good option with its warmth and softness. But there are different types of wool so you need to familiarise yourself with them to get a better idea. There are also yarn blends that have the best features of different fibres.

You can also select yarn fibres that are grown in your country and support the community.

For example, you can find chunky yarn where fibres are grown in Australia along with its processing. This is a tactile yarn that can be used for so many creative projects. The texture of your project and its overall look will be determined by the yarn weight. You will come across thin and thick yards and the weight classes will begin from lace to super bulky. Lace weight is best for delicate projects like doilies. And you can use sock weight for lightweight sweaters and socks. If your project is a blanket or a lightweight cardigan, sport weight is recommended. This is also best for baby garments. You can also create blankets from worsted weight yarn and for heavy blankets aran weight is recommended. For warm winter clothing and blankets, you can go with bulky weight to super bulky weight.

Your personal preferences will come into play when it comes to choosing colour.

Before you start your project, learn more about colour theory so that you can create visually appealing projects. If you are crocheting a gift, the preferences of the recipient have to be considered. Then you will find that certain patterns look more appealing when they are done in self-stripping yarn or solid colours and this is something you will learn with practice. If you want to maintain consistency in colour, you need to make sure that you purchase yarn from the same dye lot so there are no subtle differences.

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