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My yarn collection has gotten a little out of control lately, so I thought I’d sit down and finally organize my stash. After donating about half of it, I realized that there were certain yarns that I couldn’t part with – and then I went online and purchased more of it. I seriously have a problem, I know. That was when the idea came to me that I should share a listing of my favourite yarns and why I love them so much (along with corresponding free patterns to try) with my amazing followers – whom I predict are much like me and always looking to add to their stash!
Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky is one of my go to yarns for anything that I plan to make for children. Not only does it come in a huge range of colours, but its so incredibly soft, yet durable. I like that this yarn is acrylic and machine washable. Another benefit of acrylic yarn is that it is a great option for anyone with wool allergies – and when making things for children its always best to be on the safe side.
In my opinion, this is by far the best cotton yarn for making absorbent wash and dish cloths. Its an added bonus that the yarn is worsted weight and works up quickly. The colours are simply gorgeous and the quality is the best I have seen for a cotton yarn in this price range. I used this yarn in my Free Crochet Washcloth pattern and plan to post a knit dish towel pattern very soon using the same yarn (so check back soon for the free pattern)!
First of all, the colour palette for this yarn is to die for! I think I’m in love with every single colour that this yarn comes in. Mighty Stitch Bulky is 80% acrylic and 20% super wash wool, and luxuriously soft against your skin. That is why I love it for winter accessories like mittens, scarves and hats. Just try this yarn with my Chunky Cabled Knit Cowl Pattern and I know you will be hooked!
I love this light weight DK weight yarn for baby knitting and crochet because it is machine washable and incredibly soft – and since it is made up of nylon and acrylic, its great for sensitive skin. It is a lighter weight yarn, which makes it ideal for spring and summertime projects as well. You can try Cherub DK out with my Crochet Heirloom Baby Blanket pattern posted for free on this blog.
Another favourite of mine for amigurumi and toy making, Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight Yarn is an acrylic, nylon blend that is perfect for sensitive skin. I’m so happy with the durability of this yarn. The first time I worked with it, I made a stuffy for my daughter a couple of years ago that still looks as good as the day it was made (and she sleeps with it almost every night!). I have featured Berocco Comfort in the following free projects on this site: Free Crochet Bunny Pattern, Bobbles and Stripes Crochet Baby BlanketPattern, Baby Chick Crochet Pattern, and Free Crochet Puppy Pattern.
James C Brett Chunky with Merino is a really soft, snuggly, warm yarn that is my go to for thick winter knits. I love that it is machine washable and have made baby blankets like the Cozy and Free Baby Blanket with this yarn. To be honest, the thing that sold me on Chunky with Merino was the price when I first tried it out. I love Merino, but it can get very pricy for larger projects like blankets and throws, so I purchased a few skeins based on the price to see if this would be a decent option and I’ve been going back to it ever since!
This is the worsted weight version of #3 above (Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky Yarn), and I love it for all of the same reasons. The softness and colour palette is ideal for baby and children knitting/crochet. It is not as thick as the chunky version, which makes this yarn perfect for springtime projects as well as home decor. I’ve even knit up a pair leg warmers with Mighty Stitch and the drape and softness of the yarn was just perfect!
I’m a huge fan of Knit Picks if you haven’t already noticed from this list! Swish is truly a luxury to knit with as it is 100% superwash Merino Wool. I prefer this yarn for winter accessories and have really enjoyed making mittens and beanies like the Free Toddler Beanie Knitting Pattern with it.
And that is it for my list of my go to yarns! I’d love to hear from you on which yarns you love and why in the comments below!