The first time I realized there were yarn materials other than acrylic I jumped for joy! I started to sell crochet pieces but they didn’t’ always work up well with acrylic yarns. Since acrylic was the most readily available material I thought I didn’t have a choice.
Then I found a local yarn shop and everything changed. A whole new world of yarn opened up! I could barely contain my joy, although I had to hold tightly to my wallet!
If you are selling crochet and want to stand out from the crowd, here are 10 materials to consider. The main reason to vary your crochet material is because of drape and feel. No one likes a scratchy or stiff piece, unless it’s not meant to be worn. Simple pieces like scarves and gloves will always feel much better when made with softer materials.
The Yarn Materials List
Cashmere is one of the softest yarn materials you can use in a project. I know it costs a lot more than acrylic, but for good reason. It’s a natural fiber that is rare and soft. When you make a piece in cashmere you need create an impeccable piece that will sell for a higher price. There’s no getting around the price, but there are variations (click Cashmere Yarn for options). Using cashmere does not mean breaking the bank.
If you’ve never touched a baby alpaca, I suggest you take a trip to your yarn & wool show! Baby alpaca is such a soft and warm yarn material I know you’ll fall in love. It’s perfect for many clothing items you crochet and a super treat for accessories. Using baby alpaca will help your crochet items stand out from the crowd because your customers will rave about their pieces. (click Baby Alpaca Yarn for options). Baby alpaca prices have a large range so shop wisely.
Just like the other yarns mentioned, silk is super yummy to work with. It’s not good for all clothing projects so you do need to be selective. However, it’s a wonderful choice for colorful drapey projects. Just like Merino, there are many levels when it comes to silk yarn so choose in the middle range then work your way up or down to see what works. (click Silk Yarn for options). Recycled silk sari yarns are a wonderful yarn material for skirts!
Angora yarn with it’s “halo fluffiness” is heavenly. Yes, it’s a price and very sensitive yarn, so I would not recommend this if you’re a beginner. However, if you’ve been crocheting (or knitting) for awhile and have a pretty good grasp on the pattern you’re working on, go for it! Angora is so soft you’ll want to sleep with the skeins! It comes from the Angora rabbit and is to die for (click Angora Yarn for options).
Some people get confused between Angora & Mohair, they are not the same. Mohair comes from the Angora Goat. Yes, like it’s friends above, it’s silky soft and truly a luxury. Also like it’s friends above, it’s a bit pricier than acrylic, but I think you’re starting to get that idea. Mohair isn’t as pricey as some of the other yarns and may be readily available. (click Mohair Yarn for options)
It blows my mind sometimes to think that so many people opt for acrylic before cotton. Cotton and cotton blends are some of the best yarn materials for home goods, baby items and summer creating. It’s a natural, breathable yarn that can be rough (for towels & rugs) or silky soft. Take a look at cotton the next time you’re shopping, you may be pleasantly excited! (click Cotton Yarn for options)
Used to be everyone called all yarn ‘wool’ but times have changed. However, what hasn’t changed is the use of wools as yarn materials. There is a wide range of wool so you’d definitely need to do some trial and error research, but it would certainly be worth it. Soft wool that’s not cashmere can be just as soft and welcome for accessory or clothing projects. (click Soft Wool Yarn for options)
Last but certainly not least are the nylon blends. Nylon is not a natural fiber like the ones listed above, but in it’s yarn form is can be very versatile. Not all crochet or knitting projects can be made in natural fiber yarns, so nylon is an option to consider along with acrylic. (click Nylon Yarn for options)
Yarn Materials Points to Consider
These yarns are not only soft, but they elevate your work to another level. However, here are a few things I’d like for you to consider:
- Some people have allergies to natural fibers so be clear in your descriptions we outlining your yarn materials
- Buying yarn is like buying a car: you’ll pay more up front for the quality, but in the end you’ll also get more. I talk about yarn materials and delivering quality a lot because I think it’s important if you want to stand out in the marketplace.
- Varying your yarn materials shows an understanding of different needs. Knowing that a pot holder is better in cotton and a bathing suit in a cotton blend gives you credibility.
- Not all yarns are created equal. I mentioned it before but I want to mention it again, test your yarn choices to see which yarns work best for your needs. It’s also a great way to know which yarn materials work for your projects.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a favorite yarn material that I didn’t mention? What do you make primarily and what material is your staple? From one ‘yarnie’ to another, I’d love to hear your experience with different yarn materials.