Every year I sit down to organize my ever-growing yarn collection, and donate as much as I can to make room for more. I’ve noticed that there is a trend when it comes to which yarn lines I choose not to part with. There are a few that I continuously turn to because I just love them so much! In this article, I share a listing of my go-to yarn lines, why I love them so much (along with corresponding free patterns to try) , and where to buy yarn online.
Below, you’ll find a listing of my top yarn lines. I’ve linked to each one so that you can purchase them online. If you’re Canadian, like me, then you’ll be happy to know that all of these can be shipped to Canada for a low rate (or free if you spend a minimum dollar value).
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Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky is one of my yarn lines of choice for anything that I make for children. Not only does it come in a huge range of colours, but it’s incredibly soft, and at the same time 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. When making things for children its always best to be on the safe side.
In my opinion, this is by far the best affordable cotton yarn for making absorbent dish towels and washcloths. I also love that Dishie is a worsted weigh yarn, which means it works up quick! The colours are gorgeous, and the quality is the best I have seen for a cotton yarn. I used this yarn in my Free Crochet Washcloth Pattern and Knit Dish Towel Pattern. Both of these patterns are beginner friendly, so be sure to check them out!
First of all, the colour palette of this line 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. As a result, it is luxuriously soft against the skin and warm too! I love Mighty Stitch for winter accessories like mittens, scarves and hats. If you’d like to try out this yarn, you can knit up my Chunky Cabled Knit Cowl.
I love this DK weight yarn for baby knitting and crochet because it is machine washable and incredibly soft. Also, the fibre content of Cherub is nylon and acrylic, which means it is great for sensitive skin. This is a lighter weight yarn, making 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 great choice for amigurumi and toy making is Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight Yarn. This 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 that still looks as good as the day it was made (and she sleeps with it almost every night!). You can try out Berocco Comfort with 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 costly for larger projects like blankets and throws. I purchased a few skeins to try it out, and I’ve been going back to it ever since!
Knit Picks Brava is another awesome and affordable worsted weight yarn. At only $2.49 USD per 100 gram skein, this yarn is a great option for large projects that require a lot of yardage. It is 100% acrylic, which also makes it a great option for people with wool allergies. I used Brava to make my Faded Beginner Friendly Throw (photo below), as well as my Bobble Stitch Knit Blanket.
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 my Buffalo Plaid Hat with it.
And that is it for my list of my go to yarns! I’d love to hear from you on which yarn lines you love, and why in the comments below!