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The Best Yarns for Crochet Beginners (And the Worst Ones!)

Yarn is a crocheter’s best friend. Choosing, collecting, and storing yarn is basically a hobby within itself. In this guide, you’ll learn the best yarns for crochet beginners, which yarns to avoid, and some important characteristics of yarn to make crocheting even more fun.

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Learning to crochet is tricky enough. Don’t make the process harder by choosing the wrong yarn. But, with so many beautiful yarns on the market, how do you know which is best for the learning process? Here are some tips on how to avoid the wrong yarns and choose the best yarns for crochet when beginning your journey.

Yarns to Avoid When Learning Crochet

1 // Highly Textured Yarns

Textured yarns are super pretty but it’s really tough to see your stitches, especially as a beginner.

What To Use Instead: Look for a smooth yarn with the same even thickness throughout the skein.

2 // Dark Colored Yarn

Like textured yarn, yarn that is too dark makes it tough to see your stitches.

What To Use Instead: Look for a yarn with a neutral or pastel color that’s easy on the eyes. I recommend sage green, light tan, or medium brown.

3 // Yarn that is Too Thick or Too Thin

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Very thick yarn can be tough to manipulate because of its weight. And very thin yarn makes it tough to see stitches and is susceptible to tangles.

What To Use Instead: Look for a category 4 – worsted or category 5 – bulky weight yarn. Both are easy to find and work with.

4 // Single Ply Yarn

Single-ply yarn is often loosely spun, making it susceptible to splitting. It’s also very difficult to unravel if you’ve made a mistake.

What to Use Instead: Look for a yarn with a tighter twist and at least 2 plies (keep reading to learn more about plies!).

5 // Variegated Yarn

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Though very pretty, variegated yarn looks like a labyrinth to the untrained eye. It will be very tricky to learn crochet with a yarn like this, as the pattern is much too busy.

What To Use Instead: Find a solid colored yarn that is the same color throughout the skein.

What Are the Best Yarns for Crochet Beginners?

After hundreds of hours of teaching crochet, I’ve learned a thing or two about what yarn makes learning crochet a little easier. When looking for a yarn to learn crochet with, look for these features:

  • Worsted (category 4) or bulky (category 5). These yarns make it much easier to handle the yarn and see your stitches. Since you can see your stitches without holding the fabric too close to your face, you’re more likely to be relaxed and focused.
  • Smooth, plied yarn. Look for a yarn with a smooth texture throughout. You should be able to easily identify the individual strands. A plied yarn means that a single strand consists of several strands twisted together (often between 2-12 individual strands “plied” together). Plied yarn means you’ll have better stitch definition, thus being able to see your stitches better.
  • Gentle, solid color. By gentle color, I mean anything that is easy on the eyes. My students typically go for pastels, especially sage green or lilac, or neutrals like tan or medium gray. Also, be sure to choose a color that is solid throughout the skein. Choosing a gentle, solid color allows you to focus on your stitching and not on how hard it is to see and understand your crochet fabric.
  • Inexpensive. The beginning stages of crochet involve a lot of trial and error. That means you’ll likely unravel and re-crochet the same yarn over and over again. Go for an inexpensive yarn when learning so you don’t feel bad about the beating that yarn might take. Once you get the hang of things, it’ll be easy to transition to pricier yarn.

Notice that I did not mention yarn fiber in this list. If you’re able to find a yarn that meets all of the criteria mentioned above, it doesn’t really matter what the fiber is. Go with your preference between animal fibers, plant fibers, and acrylic fibers.

8 Yarns for Crochet Beginners

Now that you know what to look for, here are some recommendations of yarns that work well for crochet beginners.

1 // Paintbox Cotton Aran

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Buy Cotton Aran HERE

Specs: $3 per 93-yard skein. 100% cotton. Worsted weight.

Hook recommendation: 5mm

2 // WeCrochet Swish Worsted

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Buy Swish Worsted HERE

Specs: $6 per 110-yard skein. 100% superwash merino wool. Worsted weight.

Hook recommendation: 5.5mm

3 // Red Heart Soft Essentials

Buy Soft Essentials HERE

Specs: $7.49 per 131-yard skein. 100% acrylic. Bulky weight.

Hook recommendation: 6.5mm

4 // Lion Brand Hue + Me

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Buy Hue + Me HERE

Specs: $6.99 per 137-yard skein. 80% acrylic, 20% wool. Bulky weight.

Hook recommendation: 6.5mm

5 // Cascade 220

Buy Cascade 220 HERE.

Specs: $11.50 per 220-yard cake. 100% wool. DK weight.

Hook recommendation: 4.5mm

6 // Hobbii Amigo XL

Amigo XL Yarn Hobbii
Buy Amigo XL HERE

Specs: $3.95 per 109-yard skein. 100% acrylic. Worsted weight.

Hook recommendation: 5mm

7 // Lion Brand Pima Cotton

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Buy Pima Cotton HERE

Specs: $6.99 per 186-yard skein. 100% cotton. Worsted weight.

Hook recommendation: 5.5mm

8 // Big Twist Value

Buy Big Twist Value HERE

Specs: $3.99 per 380-yard skein. 100% acrylic. Worsted weight.

Hook recommendation: 5mm

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What Else Should I Know About Yarn?

There’s a world of knowledge about yarn that you can easily get lost in. If you really want to nerd out on yarn, you can learn more about different fibers and their origins, yarn dyeing processes, and how the number of plies impacts the crochet experience.

Some crocheters are here just to make it to the finish line and some like to be a bit more deliberate. Here, I’m sharing some basic knowledge about yarn that you may want to know, but you can always do further research on your own.

Yarn Fiber Basics

Fiber content refers to what the yarn is actually made of. Fibers fall into 3 main categories:

  • Animal fibers – wool, alpaca, cashmere, etc. Benefits: warm, elastic, breathable. Disadvantages: can be irritating to the skin, cost prohibitive, special care instructions, tough to find in big box stores.
  • Plant fibers – cotton, bamboo, linen, etc. Benefits: moisture-wicking, breathable, sustainable. Disadvantages: heavier fibers, inelastic, color can fade.
  • Synthetic fibers – acrylic, nylon, polyester, etc. Benefits: affordable, accessible, easy-care. Disadvantages: environmental impacts, pilling issues, wide variation in quality.

One yarn store may have dozens of yarns with different fiber contents, so pay close attention to the label, especially if you have allergies to any of the fibers present. Also, different fibers come with different care instructions.

Yarn Weights

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There are two kinds of weights associated with yarn. One weight is measured in grams and ounces. That speaks to how much the yarn in an individual skein/ball weights. The other kind of weight is how thick a single strand of yarn is. This weight is represented on a scale from 0 – lace weight to 7 – jumbo, placing every yarn into a category. Worsted and bulky weight yarns are considered the best yarns for crochet beginners because they fall right in the middle of the list.

The Craft Yarn Council is a magnificent resource for understanding yarn weights and their associated hook recommendations. Their handy guide on yarn weights also explains the different names of each category. For example, category 4 – worsted weight is also sometimes called “medium” or “aran”.

Yarn Put Up

Yarn put up describes the way the yarn is presented for purchase. Most often you’ll find yarn in the store in bullet skeins, twisted hanks, pull skeins, and donut balls. More and more yarns are being found in cones again, especially cotton yarns.

We makers have some pretty bad habits when it comes to using the right terms for put ups (I, for one, still call bullet skeins balls – I just can’t stop!). For the most part, it doesn’t really matter what you call the put up, but it’s nice to know the correct terms.

Yarn Plys

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A yarn ply is a single strand of yarn. Often, multiple strands of yarn are twisted together, or plied, to create a single strand of commercial yarn. Single-ply yarn exists as well and is very popular.

The yarn manufacturing process is very complex. With so many companies making yarn, individual companies may get creative with the way the yarn is constructed. Wool yarns are sometimes blended with nylon to add strength, making them perfect for socks. Mohair and silk are often plied together for a hazy, luxuriously soft yarn. When shopping for yarn, take a close look at the yarn label to understand the fiber content, and don’t be afraid to pull the plies apart (gently!) to better inspect the yarn.

Yarn plies are used to describe how many individual strands are in the yarn, but you might also come across yarn plies being used to describe yarn weights (dk, worsted, etc.). Some countries, the UK and Australia especially, still do this. If you’re ever confused on how a UK yarn ply relates to a US yarn weight, check out this table from Ravelry.

Yarn Storage and Finished Project Care

Caring for your yarn is imperative to ensure that your hard earned money doesn’t go to waste. When it comes to yarn, keep new yarn in the put up that it came in until you plan to use it. This ensures that the yarn doesn’t lose its elasticity. Keep yarn in a cool, dry place. If you’re partial to cotton, try keeping it out of the sun so it does not fade. Bookshelves and storage containers are great places to keep yarn. Avoid keeping yarn in plastic bags – this can encourage yarn to retain moisture and mildew.

One piece of information that you’ll find on 99% of yarn labels is care instructions. Some labels spell out the instructions in text, while others may have the instructions in symbols. Not familiar with care symbols? Check out this post from the Craft Yarn Council.

Care instructions vary, mainly based on fiber. Here is a great rundown of care instructions by fiber from Spruce Crafts via SigoniMacaroni.com:

  • Superwash wool can be hand or machine washed on the gentle cycle in cold water.
  • Regular wool must be washed by hand in cold water, or it will felt and shrink.
  • Cotton, linen and ramie yarn can be washed in the washing machine on a gentle cycle using either cold or warm water.
  • Acrylic and other synthetic yarns can be washed and dried in with your regular laundry as they do not shrink.
  • Unknown fiber content items should be hand washed in cold water and laid flat to dry.
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Yarn Q&A

What are the best yarns for crochet beginners?

An inexpensive, smooth, worsted or bulky weight yarn in a single color is the best choice for crochet beginners. Choose a fiber that you like (acrylic, wool, or cotton, typically) and a neutral or pastel color. I like to go for a sage gree 100% superwash merino wool, as it has great stitch definition, it’s easy to see your stitches, and the yarn is very smooth.

What weight of yarn is best for crochet blankets?

If you are a beginner crocheter, I recommend going with a category 4 – worsted or category 5 – bulky weight yarn to make blankets. Yarns like these are easy to find in the store and online, and they are easy to handle. Bulky weight yarns also work up very quickly so you can complete a blanket from start to finish in a weekend. If you are feeling more adventurous, try making a delicate blanket from fingering weight yarn, or a super cozy blanket from jumbo weight yarn.

What is the best quality acrylic yarn?

Acrylic yarn has come a long way. These days, you can easily find high-quality, luxuriously soft acrylic yarn in craft stores and online. Some recommendations to try would be We Crochet’s Brava, Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and Berrocco’s Comfort.

Can you use crochet yarn for knitting?

Technically, there’s no such thing as “crochet yarn”. The term crochet yarn is typically used to describe very fine cotton thread, mainly used by crocheters to make blankets and other heirloom projects. This yarn can be knitted, crocheted, and applied to any number of yarn and craft projects.

Is acrylic yarn safe?

Acrylic yarn is a synthetic, man-made material. While acrylic yarn is praised for its versatility, accessibility, and value, there is a downside to this popular fiber. Acrylic yarn is flammable and melts into plastic. This may give you pause when gifting items made for babies. Acrylic is also produced with harsh chemicals that can have an impact on our health and our environment. Learn more about acrylic yarns and alternatives in this article from The Creative Folk blog.

Have more questions? Drop them in the comments!

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136 Comments

  • Reply Lavonne

    Great day 1 information! Thank you for doing this.

    July 12, 2021 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Fran

    Bravo! Toni! Congrats! Great job on the first day of Crochet Academy. 👍😊

    July 12, 2021 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply Sheca

      Great information! It can be used as a reference for many projects to come! Thanks for day 1!

      July 12, 2021 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Dalia V

    Great post for yhe first day of Crochet Academy! Thank you so much for the information. Looking forward to the upcoming lessons!

    July 12, 2021 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply VANESSA Simpson

    What does dk mean in yarn type?

    July 12, 2021 at 3:56 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! DK stands for “double knitting”, and it’s a yarn weight in the category 3 – Light group.

      July 13, 2021 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Janny

    I think I committed the first yarn sin by purchasing Paintbox Simple DK 5yarn color Granite Grey 🙁 – All good though. I’ll just add it to another project. I think I was going to use it for the hat.

    July 12, 2021 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Stacy Cuevas

    Yes Toni this was a great first day of the academy. I’ve been crocheting for a few years now and it was a great refresher course. Right down to the nitty gritty as they say…laugh out loud…great job!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    July 12, 2021 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Janny

    This may be duplicated – buuuut – I think I committed a yarn sin 🙂 – I purchased Granite Grey Paintbox Simple DK – all is good though – I’ll just use it in another project. I think I got it to make the Marlo hat & scarf 🙂

    July 12, 2021 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply Elizabeth

      I can’t get away from Lion Brand’s charcoal! Doesn’t matter the product, I NEED it in that dark grey!

      July 12, 2021 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Asma Clementine

    Thank you so much for putting this all together, Toni! I was curious why my red heat super saver yarn says it can be washed but has to be laid flat to dry. I’m more curious though what would happen if I did dry it…would it shrink?

    July 12, 2021 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Asma! Glad the info was helpful. I’d recommend a little experiment with your yarn. Make a 6″ square and measure it, maybe even take a couple of photos. Then wash/dry it with your other clothes. See if there are any changes and if it can, in fact, be dried.

      July 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply Marit

      I guess I’ve been working with yarn for so long that I’ve never even looked at my super saver labels to see if they can be dried! I always dry mine on cool – and delicate if I can help it! (Let’s be honest, though, not always because my husband sometimes “helps” 😉)
      My best guess as to why it says lay flat is so that it pills less. I have a sweater I’ve made out of super saver that’s washed/dried pretty frequently and I’m pretty hard on that’s started to pill a fair amount, but the toys I’ve made from it (which I’m more careful about when I wash/ dry) still look very good.

      July 13, 2021 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Carol

    Thanks Toni, great information—easy to read and understand. Ordered the four kits. Can’t wait to get started! 🥰

    July 12, 2021 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply Debra

      I am learning so much, and this is the first week of classes. Thank you so much for your guidance and your excitement and the way you teach.

      July 16, 2021 at 4:15 am
  • Reply Cat

    Awesome!!! Great information!!

    July 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Anna

    I wish I had known about the best yarns for beginners when I learned crochet years ago! I think I broke every rule 😂

    Great info! I enjoyed reading about the different weights of yarn and fiber content.

    July 12, 2021 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Mayra

    Wow that was great information. I’ve been crocheting when I was little but I never knew the thickness or thinness of yarns. My mother just told me just get whatever yarn and she will usually check for me to learn and getting some practice of holding the yarn and how to use the hook and learning some stitch name and I will never question because mother knows what’s best👩‍👧. Thank you Toni. I feel like I was in summer camp of crochet 😇🧶.

    July 12, 2021 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Stacey Vassos

    Love the explanations. All those yarn labels are starting to make more sense to me now. Can’t wait for the next post!

    July 12, 2021 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Frances A

    Hi Toni, Enjoyed my first day. Even though I have been crocheting for a while I still like to learn new things and I did today so Thank you! Can’t wait for tomorrow!!!

    July 12, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply Hilary Dempsie

      Thank you Toni. I really enjoyed todays content. The light bulb has gone on after years of using wrong yarns and projects not turning out as they should. Sure I will return to this post many times.

      July 13, 2021 at 3:46 am
  • Reply Cheryl Jennings

    This is great Toni!! Can’t wait for the remaining content.

    July 12, 2021 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Gloria

    Great content Toni & the links are great, can’t wait for week 2!!

    July 12, 2021 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Nicole E Swanson

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge for free! What an incredible gift.

    July 12, 2021 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Ruth Freyer

    Thank you so much! You answered a lot of my questions! Great info!

    July 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Ruth

    Thank you so much! You answered a lot of my questions! Great info!

    July 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Diana Hayn-Williams

    Good information. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to learning more each day.

    July 12, 2021 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Briony Johnson

    It’s only day 1 and I’ve already learned a lot. Thank you Toni 🙂

    July 12, 2021 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Marina

    What a Great Introduction! I already learned some new things eben though i‘m crocheting for years! Thank you Toni! I am so looking forward for the next days and Weeks! Thank you so much for the crochet Academy!!

    July 12, 2021 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Monica

    Thanks for the info/reminder on acrylic yarn! It’s hard to avoid them but this is a good reminder why we should seriously consider other yarns.

    July 12, 2021 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Carly

    Great article! Looking forward to Day 2! And thank you for the the like comparing UK and USA yarn weights, that’s one think I’ve found confusing.

    July 12, 2021 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Charlene V Smith

    Wonderful and informative post!

    July 12, 2021 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Linda Johnson-Towles

    Great information. Thank you.

    July 12, 2021 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Joann Rayfield

    Hi Toni
    I signed up for the academy and got a Instagram. At 5:00 I did not see you. I read the blog. So will we that signed up see you or are we just reading. Pleas help. I really want to continue with this class. I enjoy you on YouTube

    July 12, 2021 at 5:17 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! Crochet Academy is a blog series, so the post that went up today is the only content you should expect. I will have a few YouTube videos, but there will not be one every day. Sorry for the confusion.

      July 12, 2021 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply Maria

    Hi Toni!

    Great post! This is a wonderful initial guide for beginning crocheters!

    I have one small comment about one of the links you provided about Acrylic yarn: https://www.thecreativefolk.com/is-acrylic-yarn-toxic%EF%BB%BF/ (I tried to comment on their site and wasn’t able to do so.)

    While most of their info is great–they did get something wrong that is important for yarn buyers to know: They say, “Bamboo Yarn – Bamboo is incredibly eco-friendly and is used to make such a wide range of natural products. It is now being used to make eco-friendly yarn, which is 100% bamboo. It is very soft and drapes really well.”

    This is INCORRECT, or rather, it is incorrect for the vast majority of yarn out there being marketed as “bamboo”. Real bamboo yarn should be similar to Linen yarn, and will have a somewhat rough and stiff hand. Most yarn out there marketed as Bamboo is actually Rayon/Viscose yarn made from Bamboo fibers–the chemical processing used to create rayon utterly negates the eco-benefits of using the bamboo (and the rayon from bamboo can’t be identified either chemically or via a microscope as having any difference from regular rayon). The properties lauded in “bamboo” yarns–such as softness, drape, and wonderful colors–are actually the properties of the Rayon. The US Federal Trade Commission is now actively prosecuting companies mislabeling their fibers as “bamboo” when the acceptable wording is “rayon from bamboo”. See https://www.ftc.gov/bamboo-textiles

    July 12, 2021 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply Cindy Arnold

      Good info. Thanks, I didn’t know the whole story behind bamboo yarns. I did know that many people find it very difficult to work with because it’s very unforgiving when you make mistakes. They really show. This is pertaining to the slinky chemical processed bamboo.

      July 12, 2021 at 8:46 pm
    • Reply Mia Meszaros

      Thanks for the info- very interestibg. I guess the one benefit of bamboo environmentally is that it is a renewable resource….Now I’m wondering about the environmental impacts of cotton processing.

      July 22, 2021 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Arlinda

    Thanks Toni, this information is great! The only question that I have, that you didn’t address, is why are some yarns of the same weight different diameters?

    July 12, 2021 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Great question! With there only being 8 yarn weights and thousands of yarns, the categories are a loose way to bunch some like yarns together. But, even within a yarn weight, there are bound to be yarns that are heavier or lighter than others. That’s why it’s so important to be intentional about yarn substitutions.

      July 12, 2021 at 5:37 pm
      • Reply Denise

        I loved this response Toni. Speaking of substitutions, what day will you address yarn substitutions?

        July 12, 2021 at 6:08 pm
        • Reply Toni L.

          We’ll have the yarn sub conversation in today’s post. Can’t wait for you to see it 🙂

          July 13, 2021 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Diane

    Extremely informative and would have saved me a ton of pain a few years ago:). I kept buying pretty yarn that was hard to work with but didn’t understand there were other options. I eventually figured it out, but I sure hope this helps others before they hit that pitfall! Thank you Toni—you rock!!

    July 12, 2021 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Deborah

    Excellent information! Way to go!

    July 12, 2021 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    This is so helpful!! Thank you, and I’m excited about the next one!

    July 12, 2021 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Carol

    Very informative! Good read!

    July 12, 2021 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Kris Allen

    Thanks for the tips! When I first started – and actually started successfully (still a newbie) – I started with the Home Dec yarn. I found anything too fluffy made it hard for me to find stitches. That was my greatest frustration. Seeing stitches. Ask me about the time I tried learning on dark blue Homespun and gave up for 20 years. LOL

    July 12, 2021 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Nicole T.

    I’m a knitter learning to crochet and all of these yarn “rules” apply to knitting too! Which is why I should have known better than to buy dark grey yarn for one of the CAL projects! Lol

    July 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Amy Princess

    Wow! So much GREAT information! I’ve been crocheting for years and I’ve already learned so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    July 12, 2021 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Dale

    Thank you, Toni. I am really excited to learn new tricks.

    July 12, 2021 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Jenna Brennan

    I’ve been crocheting for years and am still really excited to go back to basics and see if I can improve in any way.

    July 12, 2021 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Sophie McErlain

    Just what I was hoping for. Thx Toni.

    July 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Renee

    Great info. I’m new to crocheting and had no idea of the various yarn types and textures.
    Thank you

    July 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    Thanks so much Toni. Great first lesson. Very informative. Looking forward to the rest of the lessons.

    July 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Carol

    First day down! It was a perfect intro, thank you Toni!

    July 12, 2021 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Kathy

    Wow, all great information. thank you so much. iam so grateful that I found you, thank you, thank you

    July 12, 2021 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Susan Lentz

    Thank you for this information. It’s very helpful. Looking forward to what you have next!!!

    July 12, 2021 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Dede Starnes (TwinKnits)

    Day 1 – Nailed it! Thank you for making it simple and concise. I coach some makers in my community, and love to check my own knowledge and learn new tips. This will definitely help me be a better maker as well as an encourager and helper of others.

    July 12, 2021 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply Summer C

    Crazy informative! I can’t imagine how long it took to pile this together, Toni. I’m an experienced crocheter and still learned something new. Thank you!

    July 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Maria C

    Toni, Wonderful way to start the week!! Thank you so much for the Day 1 class. It was very informative. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the next blog!!

    July 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Tami

    Thank you.
    Even though I wish I knew this years ago but never too late. I’m excited

    July 12, 2021 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Janalyn Johnson

    CA Day 1 —- AWESOME info! and who knew there were so many ‘terms’ for the way yarn is put together for sale… I like HAKENSKEIN! As a beginner, I have been given yarn of all types. You are definitely right about not learning with the odd looking skinny yarns! Boy was that not a fun lesson.

    July 12, 2021 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Amy

    This was super helpful!

    July 12, 2021 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    Thank you!!!

    July 12, 2021 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Alison

    Thank you for a great first day of information, Toni. You’ve presented some key information in a way that’s very clear and digestible. I’ve been crocheting for a while now and I refer to how my yarn comes as the way it’s “organized” in a ball, skein, hank etc. Now I know to call it a “put up”. Teach me more of your ways:-).

    July 12, 2021 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Tara Lewis

    First off Yaaayyy!!! Second, thanks so much for creating such an awesome project!! This post is not only concise but packed with so many priceless gems of info, that I found myself taking notes. Im so guilty of keeping my WIPs and unused yarn in a plastic grocery bag (habit since 1985) … Please advise.

    July 12, 2021 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Melinda McMahon

    Thank you! This is awesome!

    July 12, 2021 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Mary A Coble

    Thanks for the info Toni. I appreciate the link to the Creative Folk blog regarding acrylic yarns. There are many OEKO-TEX certified acrylic yarns (e.g. Red Heart Super Saver and Bernat Blanket – check out the Yarnspirations website.) This certification ensures that the chemical impact is reduced. For those interested – check out GOTS certification as well for organic and fair trade brands.

    July 12, 2021 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Madison A

    Yay!!! Crochet Academy Day 1 on the books congratulations!! You should absolutely do a weekend Crochet retreat next!!

    July 12, 2021 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply Leticia

    YAY! Thank you Toni!
    I am so excited. I can already tell I am on my way to being a better crocheter.

    July 12, 2021 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Pamela

    Toni, thank you for spending time to put together this Academy for us! I enjoyed day one and excited for the rest of the sessions. Why do I want to buy all the things? Lol. The links take us to great sales too! I’m in trouble!

    July 12, 2021 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Suzanne Young

    That was sweet!! I learned a lot but did not memorize it, so I am sure I will refer to this often. Love that, thank you.

    July 12, 2021 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Roxanne

    Very interesting, and helpful to me, thank you!!

    July 12, 2021 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Leslie

    Hi Toni,
    This is really helpful information. I love the Red Heart Soft yarn. I knitted my first afghan with it recently. Sooo soft. But that was just a lucky choice. Your lists and explanations will make yarn selection much more systematic and therefore more likely result in successful projects. Looking forward to more great info!

    July 12, 2021 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Alek Felis

    Thank you so much, Toni! I’m so excited to start! As a knitter I’m feeling familiar with the yarn, but as a foreigner the english terms and symbols are very helpful for me.

    July 12, 2021 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply ReAnne Hancock

    I thank you Toni from the bottom of my heart!!! This first lesson was so informative. Never had any one to teach me about different weights and size of yarns. Really reading the labels is a mystery still and I’m going to reread your information again. Once again thank you Toni!

    July 12, 2021 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Kat McCrystal

    Congratulations on the launch of Crochet Academy! As usual, your content is intentional, easy to understand and high quality. Thank you for being you. I am looking forward to the future blogs.

    July 12, 2021 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply Donna O

    My mom taught me how to crochet, but nothing about yarn. I had my first “Ah ha” moment when you mentioned single ply yarn splitting and being difficult to undo. My beautiful red yarn ( from some foreign country) was difficult to work with, but made a beautiful sweater!! Thanks for the explanation!

    July 12, 2021 at 7:45 pm
  • Reply Lynn Mitmoen

    Thank you! Great info!

    July 12, 2021 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Toni all I need to say is that you are AMAZING!!!!!! I have been a knitter for ten years and a crocheter for only eight months and I have learned more about yarn in the last eight months (found you when I started crocheting) then I have in ten years. I love your yarn reviews on youtube, they really have taught me what to look for when purchasing yarn. I’m so glad you decided you make the Crochet Academy:) your knowledge about yarn and crocheting has been so inspiring to me. Keep it up!!!!:)

    July 12, 2021 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Lettie

    Wow I must say I’m gonna enjoy this journey,
    Thank you so much for the information and I love that references are there links and staff like…. Mmmmmmm God please bless Toni 10x more for me🥰🥰🥰🥰

    July 12, 2021 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Deanna David

    Thank you a Toni. This was great day one information. I’ve been crocheting for decades and never learned the differences in yarn and fibers. You make me feel like being a bit more adventurous when making yarn choices. Can’t wait for the next one.

    P.S. Thanks for recommending the Clover hooks. The tools really do make a difference! Now what do I do with all my Boye hooks. 😉

    July 12, 2021 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Jesika

    So much great information in this first lesson, Toni! Especially helpful is the explanation of the different yarn weights. I have been crocheting for a couple years now, and have been struggling with the whole “Aran” vs “Worsted” vs “Medium” thing, and now it’s so much clearer.

    Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience, and passion, Toni!!

    July 12, 2021 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Donna Bunger

    Great information for introduction. I like many others wish I’d known then what I know now.

    July 12, 2021 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Genevieve Whitworth

    Thank you so much!! I totally call bullet skein balls or just store yarn, lol. Thank you for the proper terms! I was self taught and totally started on homespun, lol. Wish I had found you 5 years ago, but now I get to learn/correct my problem area. You are a fountain of knowledge thank you so much🥰

    July 12, 2021 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Have been a super duper stoked for the academy to start! Day 1 lived up to, and went beyond my expectations! Have just started crocheting to help with my stress monsters related to breast cancer recovery. So this is so exciting and a wonderful diversion for me!
    Thanks a million Toni for sharing for abundant priceless wealth of knowledge and expertise with us! Your a Rock Star!

    July 12, 2021 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Cindy Arnold

    So nice to have this information about yarns altogether. You’re a good teacher. Thanks for sharing your talent.
    1) Have you ever used yarnsub.com and if so do you think it’s a good resource?
    2) Are you going to help us learn how to figure out yardage for patterns on our substituted yarns?
    I appreciate the lessons.
    Bless you!

    July 12, 2021 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Cindy! Great questions. Look out for today’s post for the answers 😉

      July 13, 2021 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Traci Owens

    Thanks for all the info!! I convinced bmy daughter to sign up as she has decided she would like to learn and we figured an outside person sharing info would be good!! This came at a great time! Thanks again, so much!

    July 12, 2021 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Sheila

    Thank you Toni! Great first post. So glad I joined. Looking forward to the coming weeks. This will be my first Crochet along.

    July 12, 2021 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Caroline S

    Thanks for including the Aussie info in here as well, it’s been great to learn more about yarn weights and then assimilate it to the ply weighting that I’m used to here in Oz.

    July 12, 2021 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Trésa

    Thank you for the generous content Toni, I am excited to learn.

    July 12, 2021 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Anita Whittico

    Thank you so much for this information! This is going to be a lot of fun learning and making things. Again Thank you!

    July 12, 2021 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Great first lesson! Looking forward to learning more — Thanks, Toni 🙂

    July 12, 2021 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Louise

    Thanks! I learned so much! This answered so many of my curious questions about yarns, how to wash, what are these weights… Thank you !!

    July 12, 2021 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Gail

    Thank you for sharing all this info! Looking forward to learning more!

    July 12, 2021 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Louise

    Thanks! I learned so much! This answered so many of my curious questions about yarns, how to wash, what are these weights. All good!

    July 12, 2021 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Calondra

    Hi Toni and crafters, I am so looking forward to learning more about crochet. This first blog was great, easy to digest and I learned a lot. For instance I’ve been crocheting for nearly 3 years and it just clicked that worsted = aran = medium yarn! Who knew, well I guess someone did, but no one put them all together. So much lost time trying to find worsted when I had it all along…lol..I look forward to learning more to hone my skills, etc. Congrats on a successful launch!

    July 12, 2021 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Cayley

    Thank you Toni for all this great info! I’ve been crocheting for years & never realized that yarn shouldn’t be kept in plastic bags (I’m going to take those out right now). I can’t wait to see what other info you share with us! I’m so glad I decided to join because I thought I knew all there was to know but apparently, I’ve still got more to learn!

    July 12, 2021 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Becky

    Thanks so much for the info! Great job on Day 1.

    July 12, 2021 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Charline Sherman

    Hi Toni,
    This is a wonderful series you are putting together. As a long time knitter I could have used this information years ago! I’m thrilled to have it now as I start my crochet journey.

    I am in Canada so some of the yarns are difficult to get in smaller quantities (shipping costs). Could you tell me if the Red Heart Soft and the Red Heart Soft Essentials are similar for learning purposes?

    Thank you and wishing you success and enjoyment on this venture. I am very excited to join you.

    July 12, 2021 at 10:45 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Charline – so glad to have you in Crochet Academy 🙂 Off the top of my head, I believe Soft is a worsted weight and Soft Essentials is a bulky weight. But otherwise, they are similar and both great to learn with.

      July 13, 2021 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Megsie

    Hi Toni,
    I am so excited about this class. I am new to your blog–I clicked on a link from the SQUAM newsletter–it made my day!

    I have several windows open tying to decide what my project(s) will be–and what colors I want! This is a helpful post! I made an afghan years ago with different weighted yarn and although I still love it, it still looks funny. This information is valuable to anyone. Thank you!

    July 12, 2021 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply Mary Beth

    I learned a lot about yarn. Thank you!

    July 12, 2021 at 10:58 pm
  • Reply Renee

    I’m Learning! I’m Learning! And it’s FUN!

    July 12, 2021 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    Fabulous day 1, I’m not a beginner but this info is great! I wish I would have known about those textured yarns. I threw away so many in frustration and now I won’t even bother with them.

    July 12, 2021 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Diana

    Thanks for all the information on the yarn weights! I love your YouTubes and I was always confused when you mentioned the yarn weights 🤷🏼‍♀️. NOW I get it!! Can’t wait for the next podcast! I’ve crocheted for awhile off and on but was “winging it” , Grandma just showed me the basics 😆🤗. Gotta Love Grandma 👵

    July 12, 2021 at 11:58 pm
  • Reply Sonia

    Thank you for this foundational information. I’m really looking forwards to the rest of the lessons!

    July 13, 2021 at 12:04 am
  • Reply Marie

    Great start with lots of really useful information. Thanks

    July 13, 2021 at 1:17 am
  • Reply Ivan

    Appreciate you doing this for us Toni! I’ve been knitting/crocheting for about a year now (picked up during quarantine) and have learned some new things! I have been taking a bit of a hiatus from knitting since I find it to be a bit harder 😅

    July 13, 2021 at 1:31 am
  • Reply Carol Anne Kayser

    Hi Toni

    A very informative session indeed! It is great to have all this info ready in one blog. I usually have to google various sites to read up on information needed which can be quite tedious at times.

    July 13, 2021 at 2:12 am
  • Reply natalie

    i just want to say thanks for all the info notebook with lots of notes made im few hours behind as im in the uk but great 1st day cant wait for todays lesson.

    July 13, 2021 at 2:43 am
  • Reply Andra

    Off to a great start! Thank you for doing this.

    July 13, 2021 at 4:47 am
  • Reply Nicole

    Thank you for the wonderful information! Highly appreciated and looking forward to more crochet academy!

    July 13, 2021 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Amber Q

    Excellent info regardless of your crochet skill level. Can’t wait to learn more as the days progress!

    July 13, 2021 at 7:47 am
  • Reply Vernita Francis

    Thank you love the breakdown of the different yarns…usually get caught up in the beautiful colors and forget about what you are doing…like a kid in a candy store…lol…thank you.

    July 13, 2021 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Lorrie U

    Love this. Always something to learn even if you’ve been crocheting for years.

    July 13, 2021 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Annika Karhu

    I have tons of Aran (4) but nothing in Worsted (5) weight yarn.

    Can I use it for the wrap and a scarf + hat, maybe even for the cardigan? So the wrap would be smaller and the hat narrower, which is ok because it’s about practice, but with the hat and scarf, would adding a multiple work? What about the hook size?

    July 13, 2021 at 9:31 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! Aran and worsted are in the same category (4). Aran is typically a little heavier than worsted. Are you saying you have a lot of Aran but not a lot of bulky (5)? The wrap uses worsted (4), so aran should work as well.

      July 14, 2021 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Carie

    Great information that is readily available! This is great for beginners and not so beginners who need reminders! Man, if I would have learned with this info, I would have avoided a lot of frustration and wrong yarn choices!

    July 13, 2021 at 10:39 am
  • Reply DD

    Thank you Toni for the fantastic information!!! <3

    July 13, 2021 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Cheryl Hardgrave

    This is wonderful. I’m so happy that I signed up. I have learned a few things already.

    July 13, 2021 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Jessica

    This is such an awesome resource! Thank you for putting this together:)

    July 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Liana

    There’s plenty of good information in this post. I’ve been crocheting for a really long time, so none of this info is new to me, but it can be helpful for us old-timers to remember what it was like to just be starting to learn our craft, and a bit of a refresher is always good. I’m hoping to turn crochet into a business myself, and I have very little idea where to begin. I think learning what and how to teach, and finding out what people struggle with is a good jumping-off point. Thanks!

    July 13, 2021 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Joan

    Hi Toni! This such a comprehensive resource! As a long-time knitter just learning crochet, I can’t thank you enough for your generosity in putting this course together. I’m so glad I found it and I’ve already learned a lot!

    July 13, 2021 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Janie

    Anyone else have a hell of a time finding the starting loose end of the yarn to begin their project and end up unraveling half the skein/ ball??

    July 13, 2021 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply msrobin

    Fantastic content! Thanks for the breakdown on plies. What are your thoughts on doubling strands of yarn (like two strands of DK or two strands of worsted) to make it heavier? Thanks in advance.

    July 13, 2021 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! I’m all for doubling yarn when you need to. It’s also a great way to use up some stash 🙂

      July 14, 2021 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Emilee Johnston

    Hi Toni,
    I absolutely loved this first post. I’ve been experimenting with different animal fibers and I’ve come to realize that I like wool. This would have been handy to have on hand when I was first learning how to crochet.

    July 14, 2021 at 1:37 am
  • Reply Aggie

    Good post! One other thing to bear in mind with acrylic yarns is micro-plastic. It’s hard when you’re broke to choose anything else but it also sucks to know that every ball you buy of it means more plastic for you to eat.

    July 14, 2021 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Terri Edwards-Kenion

    Love this! Trying to catch up!

    July 14, 2021 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Lise Duclos

    Catching up. So much GREAT information. You go girl!!

    July 14, 2021 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Vanessa

    Hi Toni.
    Thank you for the first lesson. Lots of Information. I got lost for a couple days. I thought I would find these lessons on your blog and I keep searching; then I checked my email.

    July 16, 2021 at 4:13 am
  • Reply Mira

    I’m a little behind, but great 1st day….informational!

    July 16, 2021 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Mia Meszaros

    TONI- Thanks for the all the info so far. I am a beginner crocheter but an intermediate knitter with a pretty big stash. I have almost enough Lion Brand Scarfie (a beautiful single ply yarn that looks handspun) for the throw, so thought I would try some practice crochet to check it out and see.
    Oh. my. goodness. No! First of all, my starting chain keeps twisting around and it’s hard to find the >>>>>>>s. Especially being a dark color…..Then, when I tried to unravel it, of course it sticks to itself like crazy.
    And I know I will be doing a lot of frogging.
    So people, listen to the teacher. She knows what she’s talking about.

    July 21, 2021 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Serina

    Toni,
    I am late to the party! I enjoyed this initial blog post for the 7 week tutorial! The is so much useful information. I am excited about learning more and getting started on my crochet journey.

    July 28, 2021 at 6:04 pm
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