Picking the Perfect Yarn for Your Crochet Project – Part 3

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You’ve been so attentive, thank you!

We’ve taken time to talk about weights, dye lots and gauge, all important factors in figuring out what yarn to use for your crochet project.

Now we’re going to talk about the best yarns for specific crochet projects. I know I won’t be able to spell out every crochet project, but what I’d like to do is talk about the most popular types of crochet projects and the yarns that best suit them.

But before we get into that, let’s ask a few questions to get us pointed in the right direction.

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What are you making?

Is your crochet project a hat or a sweater? Is the piece meant to be used or decorative? Knowing what you’re making is the first step in picking the right yarn for your crochet project.

If you’re making something that needs to be used with water, such as a dishcloth or washcloth, I don’t recommend using acrylic because it doesn’t hold or play with water nicely. I’d use cotton. But, if you’re making a bathing suit, I wouldn’t use 100% cotton, I’d use cotton blended with lycra or a smooth acrylic because you want the strength and memory of the synthetic to counter the stretch of the cotton. What you’re making will tell you, what yarn to use.

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Who are you making for?

If you’re making something for a baby, it’s probably a good idea to use a soft, lightweight acrylic or acrylic blend yarn. Why? Because acrylic is easy to care for and stands up to multiple washings. Because a lightweight yarn is easier to mold into small pieces so it’s not too bulky on the baby, and because acrylic does not stretch out of shape.

Using an acrylic blended with cotton or bamboo is also perfect because the cotton gives it breathability and the bamboo is soft and strong. I don’t usually suggest wool for babies because some people have allergies to wool and it can sometimes be scratchy. On the other hand, if you’re making something for an adult that can be cared for carefully, you can consider more expensive blends that may not need to be washed as often.

How will your piece be used?

Accessories are easy because they can be made with general purpose acrylic yarn with no problem. But if you’re making a skirt or top, you’ll need to carefully consider the style, shape and drape you’d like before picking your yarn.

Will your piece be used around the house? If you’re making an afghan, acrylic is best because it can take a lot of wear and tear and It’s machine washable. But if you’re making a washcloth, cotton is your friend.

By now I think you understand what I mean when I ask you to examine all the questions before jumping in and buying a ton of yarn. . . you can ignore everything I’ve told you and buy the yarn you want to buy, then decide what to make.

I’m a maker too, I know the feeling of just falling in love with a yarn and worrying about what to make with it later.

Finally, here’s a list of items and yarn content that I think work best for the items. Remember, this is my opinion based on my experiences.

Which yarn to use for your projects:


Yarn materials


Afghan, blankets, throws Acrylic blends, acrylic DK weights or heavier
High end afghans, blankets & throws for sale Wool blends, cotton blends, soft acrylics DK weights or heavier
Baby clothing & blankets Acrylic blends, cotton blends, bamboo blends DK weights or heavier
Scarves, hats, gloves Acrylic & Acrylic blends Any weight depends on style
Bathing Suits Cotton blends, Lycra blends Fingering weight
Rugs Cotton, Acrylic, Plarn (plastic yarn) Worsted weight or heavier
Lamp Shades Cotton, Cotton blends String to fingering weight
Socks Any material that works for your needs Any weight that works for your needs
Dresses Any material that works for your needs String to fingering (heavier can be used depending on style)
Sweaters Any material that works for your needs Any weight that works for the style


I could create an unbelievably long list, but I think this will get you started in the right direction. Here’s hoping this has helped with your yarn selection and putting more thought into which yarn you’ll use for your next crochet project. Happy Hooking!

In case you missed them here are the links to Part 1 & Part 2