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Best Yarns for Beginners

May 11th, 2011

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Whether you’re a beginner yarncrafter or you’re teaching someone else, it’s important for you to select a great yarn. There are so many different types of yarn out there, and the selection can be difficult! Three of our all-time favorite beginner yarns are Vanna’s Choice, Wool-Ease, and Cotton-Ease. Here’s why:

  • Texture. These three yarns have great smooth textures, making it super easy to see your stitches.
  • Color. Working with a color that you love is incredibly inspiring. In just these three yarn lines, there are 129 shades! Remember that solids and lighter colors will make it easier to see your stitches.
  • Thickness. All of these yarns are worsted weight, which means that they’re a medium thickness that will work up quickly without being bulky.
  • Easy care. It’s a great idea to save your first project. Not only is it a fantastic accomplishment, but it can also be a helpful reminder of both your strengths and weaknesses. The easy machine wash and dry care of these yarns will make sure that your first project always looks brand new.

Once you’ve gotten the basics down with yarns like these, you can explore new textures, colors effects, and more with complete confidence! And remember, these yarns aren’t just for beginners; they’re classics that are perfect for an incredible variety of projects.

What yarn did you use for your first yarncrafting project? Share your story in the comments!

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  • Pat

    My first project was a long late 60’s vest. It was made out of a 4 ply worst weight in the color aran. It was bought in a store on the east side around Bellevue hospital. My friends and I all made one. Next project was a man’s scarf for my fiance,also worsted.. I fully agree with your instruction a good worsted(#4) in a light to medium color. I’ve said this to several people who were trying to learn. Hook size is also important. I would say H to K is a good starter hook and an easy project.

  • http://profiles.google.com/juli1961 Juli Williams

    When learning to knit, use a light colored worsted weight yarn and size 10 (6 mm) or 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles. Those are large enough that a beginner can see the stitches and it works up more quickly than a size 8 so its more rewarding.

  • http://profiles.google.com/juli1961 Juli Williams

    When learning to knit, use a light colored worsted weight yarn and size 10 (6 mm) or 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles. Those are large enough that a beginner can see the stitches and it works up more quickly than a size 8 so its more rewarding.

  • http://lifeadorned.blogspot.com jenn (life adorned)

    yep, my first project was a scarf crocheted with wool-ease! great starting yarn.

  • http://twitter.com/artlikebread Art,LikeBread (Cami)

    I crocheted a thin, red scarf with one pom pom on each corner. It was a one ball project. I used worsted acrylic but I can’t for the life of me remember which brand!

  • Knittingnana60

    My first project was dishcloths. They were made of good old Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn and probably 10 or 10.5 needles back in the 1950’s. My grandmother let me pick out the colors for the dishcloths and it was a great way to learn, because the dishcloths became Christmas presents that year.

  • tess

     I like to use Thick & Quick yarn to teach newcomers because you can really see and feel the stitches.  I taught a few adults how to make a scarf.

  • Shopgirl_4450

    eI love your  advice.  I’m  a  beginner  and I will   use this tip for my next project

  • JessicaElisabeth

     A Doily but it was a little difficult to learn on :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Karmacrochet Patricia Ivanisevic

    I think for me was baby yarn I have no idea, I was making a little sweater for Barbie and I was 5 years old at the time.  That was long long time ago :)

    I agree with you when I teach somebody I use Vanna’s Choice or Wool Ease and a little project

  • Angie-w

     I have no idea what my first yarn was – 64 years ago!  LOL!  My first projects were rugs for my dollhouse that my uncle was building me for my fifth birthday…..my mom kept them, and I still have them today…..a little ‘holey’, and I’m not sure I cast off the same number of stitches I started out with!  But they worked, and by the time I was ten, I was making my own sweaters…

    I have been teaching my oldest granddaughter to knit, and will begin my younger one (5) this summer……and I so agree that the smoother yarns, in light colors, worsted weights, are the easiest….and scarves are the best way to go for being able to see the all-important progress!

  • Jilliebean46

    I used Homespun and crocheted a 6′ x 8′ afghan for one of my patients. I knew how to knit already, but that was the first crochet project, turned out great, no mistakes! He loved it!!!

  • kaplan

    First project was a very long, very wide scarf, a present for my mom.  Used an alpaca yarn and learned my first knitting lesson: alpaca is HOT & HEAVY – lol!  Needless to say, my mom couldn’t wear the scarf, except on the absolute coldest days; but that experience gave me some good insight into choosing the right yarn for the right project.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1814553812 Debi Rieser Dame

    I learned to crochet when I was 6 (55 years ago).  I made a doily out of size 10  ecru crochet cotton thread using a size 7 hook.  I STILL love to make things out of cotton thread, even tho I’ve made afghans, baby blankets and love crocheting and knitting baby clothes.  It’s a darned shame that today’s moms don’t want these classic designs….

  • Odinswulf

    I learned to knit three years ago on a snowy weekend in March with cotton worsted yarn from WalMart and size 8 needles, and several knitting books from the library. Took me about twenty hours that weekend to be able to make fairly even rows of knit stitches to make a scarf, and it was an odd shade of orange but that was the only color they had in stock that wasn’t a pale pastel. I have been knitting for several hours a week ever since. It keeps my old hands nimble. I don’t recommend 100% cotton for beginners because it isn’t as forgiving of variations in tension as acrylic or wool.

    When I learned to crochet a few months ago, I used Wool Ease Thick and Quick with a P hook. Much better choice for my old hands and old eyes.

    I also used Wool Ease Thick and Quick the first time I knit a sock. I got the directions off the band on the Wool Ease Thick and Quick that I used to learn to crochet, and it was easier to learn to do short rows and follow a sock pattern with larger yarn. The Thick and Quick yarn makes nice socks for lounging around the house on the rare occasions when I have time to lounge around.

  • Baskar

    I used wool ease to teach my daughter how to knit. Using a size 10 needle really helped her see the different stitches I was talking about. Her scarf came out beautiful.

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  • elizabeth

    my first project was a short sleeve top in turquoise 44 years ago it was done in Lister Bel air yarn
    the stitch was small shells.I went on and did my wedding dress and 3 bridesmaids. am still
    crocheting and teach to raise funds for our local hospice. Live to crochet.

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