Every crocheter (and knitter) knows that collecting yarn is a big part of the thrill of being a fiber artist! With so many brands, colors, and weights of yarn out there, it can be hard to limit yourself.
I picked out a few of my favorite yarns to crochet with below, so you can try to make your choice a little easier! Have fun yarn shopping and if you have any questions about the yarns named in this list be sure to ask.
What Yarn Should I Choose?
Choosing a good yarn to crochet with can be tough when you are going yarn shopping for the first time. The three most common choices for yarns when someone is first learning to crochet are wool, acrylic, and cotton. Most yarns that fall into these categories are affordable and easy to find at craft stores, yarn stores, and online at places like Amazon, WeCrochet or Lionbrand.com.
I will break down the list below into the three yarn type categories I mentioned above Wool, Arcylic, and Cotton (all great for beginners FYI) for easy reference and to hopefully make your choice of yarn a simple one!
My Favorite Yarns for Crochet Patterns
I can’t wait to help you out a bit by telling you about my NINE FAVORITE and probably the best yarns to use for crochet patterns and other projects. If you have a yarn that is a must-use, please let me know about it in the Easy Crochet Facebook group. We are more than happy to help answer any questions about yarn that you’d like to use in an Easy Crochet project.
I hope you enjoy this list of my favorite yarns to crochet and design patterns with!
The Best Wool Yarn for Crochet Patterns
The list includes wool & wool blend yarns, which are all affordable to crochet big projects with.
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick – This 20% wool yarn is a great one to try because it is bulky and works up fast. I used it when I designed the Jane crochet blanket a couple of years ago, which is a quick project if you are looking for one. 😉 Take a look at the Jane.
Lion Brand Woolspun – This bulky 5 weight 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool fiber is one of the best yarns for crocheting with! It is easy to crochet with and has a wonderful texture. I have designed quite a few crochet patterns with Woolspun over the years like my chained ear warmer pattern and think you’d love it too!
The Best Acrylic Yarn for Crochet Patterns
This list includes some of the best yarns for crochet beginners such as Red Heart Soft and Vanna’s choice since they are both four weight yarns and easier to use than a thinner or thicker yarn when first learning to crochet.
Red Heart Soft Yarn – This fiber, as the name suggests, is a SOFT yarn that is easy to use to crochet patterns. You can pick from over 40 different colors that are a mix of solids and variegated looks. I used RHS to create my son’s favorite crochet blanket a few years ago, which you can find on the blog.
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – When it comes to this yarn, I am a little biased. I LOVE it. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It washes up beautifully and holds up to wear. I have three children, so when I make them something, this is my go-to yarn! If you’d like to see crochet patterns designed with Vanna’s Choice on the blog, be sure to check them out for some pattern inspiration.
Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn – This chunky weight #5 yarn is a favorite of mine from the Michaels brand Loops & Threads. It works up lovely and is available in a wide variety of colors. This yarn looks great in scarves, shawls and cowls. Take a look at the crocheted ombre cowl I designed using Charisma yarn, so you can see how beautiful this yarn looks worked up in a project.
Lion Brand Yarn Hometown – Chunky yarns are fantastic to work with, and this yarn is no exception! It is a 100% acrylic super bulky six yarn made in the USA. The name of each colorway is a city in the United States, which makes it even more special. If you’d like to see a pattern with this yarn used in it, then check out the Easy Crochet Chunky Throw Blanket on the blog.
Knit Picks + WeCrochet Brava – This affordable yarn is available in a wide assortment of colors as well as a speckle variety. It is perfect for blankets, hats, scarves or anything that you will want to be able to wash over and over again. I designed a Modern Granny Baby Blanket with this yarn, and it turned out to be a crocheter favorite yarn to use here on Easy Crochet!
The Best Cotton Yarn for Crochet Patterns
Lily’s Sugar N’ Cream Yarn – I tend to ALWAYS grab for this yarn whenever I am out yarn shopping because of the colors that are available and how inexpensive it is! You can create dishcloths, washcloths, and bags with it for such a low price. I designed a crocheted beach tote with this yarn, and we still use it years later.
Lion Brand Re-Up Yarn – This planet-friendly cotton yarn saves over 1,400 liters of water for every 70 grams! The colors it is available in are just as amazing and perfect for your next cotton project. If you’d like some inspiration, take a look at the spiked stitch crochet dishcloth that I designed with it for Easy Crochet.
I hope you enjoyed this list of my favorite yarns! If you’d like to find some patterns to use them with, then search through the Easy Crochet pattern archives!
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