What Is Your Favorite Yarn, Plus Book Giveaway!

Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans:  A collection of 10 of popular crocheted afghans patterns – GIVEAWAY!

Craft Tree: Crochet Afghans

When I crochet blankets, afghans, and throws, I always seem to run back to my old faithful acrylic yarns.  I like them because they are inexpensive and can go in the washer and dryer.

I want to try some new yarns for some upcoming projects, and I want to know what you all are using for your projects.  So tell me what yarns do you all like to use when you make your crochet blankets, afghans, and throws?  I need some new ideas!

I have two designs featured in Interweave’s Craft Tree: Crocheted Afghans – Seaside Throw and Mulled Spices Afghan, and I am giving away a copy of this paperback book.  Please leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite yarn to use to crochet your blankets, afghans, and throws by February 28, 2013.  On March 1, I will use a random number generator to select which commenter will receive the book.

I am excited to see what yarns you all are using so I can get some new choices.

R E M I N D E R:  Leave your comments by February 28, 2013.



32 thoughts on “What Is Your Favorite Yarn, Plus Book Giveaway!

  1. I tend to use acrylics/polysters for afghans because of washability. But….I am an experimenter. I will try anything bulky in any brand. I like bulky yarns because they work up fast and make for a beautiful, thick afghan that is sure to keep you warm. Wool, cashmere, acrylic….I like them all.

  2. I tend to use Caron One Pound and Lion Brand Pound of Love, I love to knit baby blankets and these yarns are soft and affordable (esp. if I have a coupon for A.C. Moore heh. My mom, who crochets, loves to use Red Heart Super Saver which is rougher on the hands but I hear that once washed it is very soft 🙂

  3. I stick with acrylics as I’m allergic to wools and the ease of being able to wash and dry acrylics is perfect for most of the charity work I do. I have several “go to” favorites depending on whats on sale at the time, lol. I love Caron Simply soft, Vanna’s Choice, and Bernat Waverly. I do work a lot with Red Heart Super Saver, but find that my hands tend to break out after making an entire afghan. Oh, I also love Lion brand Homespun for a bulky yarn. That’s it, my little “go to” list.

  4. I like the acrylics for the wash and dry aspect because I have cats and like to wash the afghan before I gift it. I pick up yarn on sale, but if I were to choose, Vanna’s Choice is nice to work with.

  5. I love to use Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” for afghan’s and throws. I also love to use bamboo, it is so very soft.

  6. Hello, time and time again I go back to Red Heart yarns. This is what I learned on and what my Mom has used for years to create hundreds, if not thousands, of beautiful and durable projects. Many of the other types of yarn I have are purchased from thrift and discount stores. I don’t have much money to spend on yarn, but from those purchases, I’ve had some wonderful successes making smaller crochet projects, hats and scarves mostly. For larger projects, I would definitely go with Red Heart, for price consideration as well as it is a very easy yarn to work with.

  7. I love soft mushy yarns for throws !! I Love This Yarn is wonderful for babies and I adore yummy Malabrigo for big kids 😉

  8. I like using soft acrylic yarns like Red Heart Soft and Vanna’s Choice. They are durable and washable, but prettier and softer than basic acrylic like Red Heart Super Saver.

  9. Being in Oz I usually have to use an aussie 8ply, as that is the only yarn that comes in a lot of colours. I get so jealous when I see the amount of colours you get in the US with Red Heart yarns. Anne

  10. I use lots of acrylic,one of my favourites for blankies and baby stuff is Robin Picasso DK.also James Brett DK Magiknit.

  11. I’m currently in the middle of two afghans, one made with King Cole Riot and the other with Nashua Granite. I wouldn’t call either my first choice for afghans, though. For economy, a good feel in the hand (essential!), and a wide range of color choices, I’d probably recommend either Berroco Vintage or Berroco Comfort.

  12. I love it all! I like acrylics for their ease of washing and like Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn. Wool acrylic blends are nice and Lionbrand’s Woolease is affordable.

  13. I like soft acrylics for ease of washing. Vanna’s Choice is the one I use most often, and my husband swears by it as well for his knitting. Doesn’t do weird things in the wash, and the color choices are not bad, either.

  14. I have no yarn I prefer. I like to crochet and knit with cotton very much. But for my last blanket I used yarn made of acrylic, lurex, kid-mohair, viscose, whool and nylon. It is warm, but very light. And it looks great 😉

  15. I tend to use Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” most of all. So much softer than RH SuperSaver, yet it has more body than Simply Soft.

    As Marsha mentioned above, if you want a plush thick throw, Light & Lofty is heavenly!! You just want to “cuddle” the stuff! LOL!

  16. I knit but my daughter crochets. She raids my stash for my Plymouth Encore and my Perfection both acrylic with a touch of wool. The Perfection uses Merino so even softer. Both wash and dry beautifully.

  17. My go to acrylic yarn is Knit Picks Brava. It comes in different weights, has lots of colors and it’s really soft and affordable.

  18. I’m very fond of Wool-ease. It comes in many colors, is easy to care for, and that bit of wool makes it extra warm. I live in maine where it gets very cold, and there’s a Wool-Ease afghan on my bed right now!

  19. For a wool blend I use Wool-Ease – which comes in worsted, thick, and bulky. But the truth is that I love the wash and use of acrylic and my current favorite is Vanna’s Choice yarn. I get mine at AC Moore because they carry quite a few of the colors. I’m making two afghans out of it right now.

  20. I have washed many wool afghans. I always keep in mind it is the agitation that shrinks or felts wool. Recently, I finished an afghan using Paton’s classic wool and Hobby Lobby’s love this Wool. But, I have also used Lionbrand’s Woolease which is washer and dryer safe. Homespun is an acrylic with a nice texture and is warm too.
    Nice book ; )

  21. I use my Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic worsted weight yarn 🙂 To me, it’s to die for! It’s **ALL** I use!

  22. My first favourite is an aran-weight cotton and my second choice is acrylic.

    Both are easy-care and durable … so I know they will actually get used !

  23. I’ve made what seems like a million throws and afghans over my various times at kniting and crochet. By far the one yarn I go back to over and over is a Red Heart yarn, Light and Lofty. It can be a pain to work with if you don’t choose the right size hook or needle but when you do, it’s my absolute fav for a smooshy and super comfy wrap or throw. It’s not heavy but it is open and will keep you warm regardless if it’s just a little chill in the air or if it’s FREEEEEEEZING outside. I’ve made many with other RH yarns too as well as Caron yarns, but the RHL&L is by far my favorite of them all. I hope you will give it a try and see how it works out for you.

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