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In this post, you will see the best yarn for blankets.
If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, you probably have a deep love affair with yarn.
Yarn is essential to both crafts as you can’t knit or crochet without it.
How Do I Choose My Yarn?
There are a variety of yarn types in the market and when choosing one you are going to create with there are some factors you need to consider.
When we are talking about yarn weight, it has nothing to do with the actual weight of the yarn but everything to do with how thick the yarn is.
There are eight yarn categories (0-7) and depending on where you live they have different names.
- In the US they are lace, fingerling, sock, sport, DK (double knitting), worsted, bulky, and super bulky.
- In the UK they are 1ply, 2ply, 3ply, 4ply, DK, Aran, chunky, and super chunky.
- In AUS they are 2ply, 3ply, 3ply, 5ply, 8ply, 10ply, 12ply, and 14ply.
The weight of the yarn determines what you can make with it and what needles or crochet hooks you are going to use with it.
The thicker the yarn the bigger the knitting needles or the hook you will need.
Learn everything about yarn weights here
And if you are making a winter sweater, it’s better to use thicker yarns like DK weight, worsted weights, and chunky weight yarns.
The other variety would be the fiber of the yarn.
There are many different fibers, including animal fibers like wool, alpaca wool, Peruvian wool, and mohair, plus natural fibers like silk and cotton and synthetic fibers like acrylic and nylon.
The fiber content is very important when you are choosing the yarn you are going to work with.
For example, if you are making a sweater wool-acrylic blends are the best yarn choice as the wool provides warmth and acrylic flexibility and durability.
Shop My Favorite Blanket Yarns
Yarn shopping is an amazing experience, especially if you can visit your local craft store and you can see the yarn up close.
Doing your yarn shopping online can also be great as there is a big variety of yarns you can choose from, looking from fiber to weight, to colors.
If you don’t know where to start take a look at this list of my favorite yarns.
1. Wool-Ease Thick And Quick by Lion Brand Yarns
This super bulky weight yarn is one of my absolute favorites, as it knits up quickly and the blend of the fibers is perfect for hats and garments.
It provides a lot of yardage all you need is a skein of yarn to make yourself a pair of mittens, plus it is machine washable.
2. Cascade Magnum by Cascade Yarns
A super soft super chunky yarn that knits up fast and it’s perfect for projects like coats and blankets.
3. Malabrigo Rios by Malabrigo
A beautiful hand-dyed yarn that comes in unique shades.
Plus it’s you can throw it in the washing machine!
4. Malabrigo Rasta by Malabrigo
A unique hand-dyed super chunky yarn that you can make cowls, scarves, and chunky socks with.
5. Crazy Sexy Wool by Wool And The Gang
A super bulky yarn (almost a jumbo yarn) that’s perfect for winter projects like sweaters and blankets.
This is a 100% Peruvian wool yarn.
6. Baby Cashmerino by Debbie Bliss
A wool, cashmere, and acrylic blend yarn that’s perfect for baby knits.
A super soft and cozy yarn that feels gentle against the skin.
7. Big Wool by Rowan
A warm yarn that’s ideal for winter projects and knits up fast.
8. Go For Faux by Lion Brand Yarns
A faux fur yarn perfect for soft and fluffy blankets, toys, and garments.
A synthetic yarn that creates a beautiful texture.
9. Hue & Me by Lion Brand Yarns
Lion Brand in collaboration with Two Of Wands created a beautiful collection of wool blend yarns ideal for garments and accessories.
10. Felted Tweed DK by Rowan
Felted Tweed is a vintage unique yarn that creates a felted look when it’s knitted up.
It creates a fantastic stitch definition on colorwork patterns.
11. Heritage Solids by Cascade Yarns
An excellent yarn choice if you want to make long-lasting socks in fun colors.
12. Softee Baby Solids by Bernat
A soft Bernat blanket yarn that’s perfect for projects like baby booties, baby blankets, and jackets.
13. Pipsqueak by Bernat
A bulky weight yarn that’s ideal for crochet blanket patterns.
14. Riot DK by King Cole
A colorful yarn that creates a pattern that’s perfect for making shawls and accessories.
15. Baby Alpaca by Cascade Yarns
A cozy yarn that creates chunky blankets, sweaters, scarves, and cowls.
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