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New to Knitting & Crochet: What’s The Best Yarn For Beginners?

New to Knitting & Crochet: What’s The Best Yarn For Beginners?

At Deramores, we fully believe that there’s nothing more beautiful than mountains of yarn to craft with - but where does the beginner… begin?! With so many colourways, fibres, thicknesses and textures available, investing in the materials required to knit or hook up this season’s must haves, or try your hand at knitting or crochet for the very first time - can be a daunting prospect. It’s not as simple as just grabbing a few balls of wool in your favourite colour… not least because half of them aren’t wool at all!

Here, we take a closer look at what makes a yarn easy to work with, and share our top tips for choosing the best yarn for beginner knitters and crocheters alike - so you can kickstart your creative journey in the easiest way possible.

Best Yarns For Beginners

Best Yarn Fibre for Beginners to Knitting and Crochet:

If you’re totally new to the amazing world of knitting and crochet - welcome! Learning a new creative hobby is a fantastic way to broaden your skill set, and can provide a fun and fulfilling way to spend your spare time. However - as with learning anything new - it can feel perplexing to begin with… which is why selecting the best yarn for your first attempt at crochet or knitting is essential.

So, what is the best knitting or crochet yarn for beginners? It’s worth noting to begin with that yarn is available in a wide range of fibres, each with its own unique set of benefits. You can choose to work with plant fibres - like cotton and linen, synthetic fibres like acrylic and nylon, and of course, animal fibres like wool, silk – learn about the benefits of knitting & crocheting wool & silk yarns here - and angora. There are so many types of yarn for crochet and knitting out there, it can be tricky for the beginner to know where to start when investing in the essentials required to start their crafty journey.

At Deramores, we want to make finding the best yarn for knitting and crochet a whole lot easier for you to navigate, so you can spend less time fretting over yarn terminology, and more time getting stuck into your first project!

Experienced knitters and crocheters alike will tell you that when you’re first starting out, you’ll find it easier to work with a yarn that is elasticated, easy to handle… and forgiving of mistakes! This is why we recommend opting for a natural wool yarn at the beginning of your crochet or knitting journey. Why? Wool has so many features that will make learning all those stitches a whole lot less challenging than some other fibres out there...

A strong yet elasticated yarn, wool is durable enough to withstand plenty of tugging and stretching (and even unravelling and restarting - otherwise referred to as frogging) and is less likely to split or wear as you work it, than some other fibres. Its elasticity makes it a very kind fibre to work with when it comes to inconsistent stitch tension too - wool will conceal these beginners’ foibles better than its less stretchy counterparts, so you needn’t worry so much about having your morale knocked by a seriously wonky-looking swatch when you’re just learning the ropes.

We recommend wool over cotton, because whilst cotton can sometimes feel nicer on the fingertips to work with (especially in the warmer months!) it has little elasticity; so, if you are still perfecting the tightness of your crocheted or knitted stitches, cotton won’t leave much room for manoeuvre. It’s also not a fibre that will take too kindly to frogging either, and can become pretty unsightly after a rework or two.

Find out more about choosing the right type of wool yarn for your knitting and crochet crafts.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, it’s worth noting that some beginners prefer to learn with acrylic, as they can afford to be less anxious about making mistakes. Starting with affordable acrylics also means you’ll have the budget to invest in a few different colours at once, so that you can really enjoy some colourful beginner makes! When choosing your yarn, be aware that not all acrylic yarns will show a nice stitch definition – so you’ll want to opt for a thicker yarn, where possible, and stay vigilant to avoid splitting the yarn with your needle or hook.

It’s best to avoid fluffy wools like alpaca or cashmere - whilst these feel incredibly soft and smooth to work with, they can be tricky to create uniform stitches with, and their textured composition makes keeping a clear eye on stitch formation and count that little bit more challenging. We also recommend avoiding anything too slippery like silk or (again) cashmere… whilst they can feel luxurious to wear, these fibres are better suited to the more experienced knitter or crocheter, and can cause frustration to the beginner who is still mastering how best to handle and manipulate the yarn itself whilst they knit or crochet it up. The great thing about natural sheep’s wool is that its slightly rough texture makes it really easy to handle and work with.

Best Yarns For Beginners

Best Yarn Weight for Beginners to Knitting and Crochet:

The weight of the yarn is how we reference its thickness, and should also be an important consideration for the newbie knitter or crocheter. It’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by all the different names and labels when it comes to yarn thickness, but the general rule of thumb for selecting the best yarn for beginners, is to avoid anything too delicate. At the thinnest end of the spectrum, you’ll find yarns labelled as ‘lace,’ ‘cobweb,’ ‘fine’ or ‘superfine.’ These are typically referred to as fingering or sport weight yarns…. But as a beginner, you can set all these aside!

If you’re still learning the basics, your best bet is to opt for a chunkier yarn, in a beginner-friendly fibre. The thicker your yarn, the easier it is to see each stitch you’ve produced and, ultimately, the easier it is to clearly spot the loop you need to slip your hook or needle into next! Another benefit to knitting with chunky yarns is that whatever you knit up will be relatively fast to finish compared to projects you create with a fine yarn – because the chunkier the yarn, the less rows will be required to complete that sleeve, scarf or hat! And let’s face it… the quicker you whip up something beautiful, the quicker you can dive into your next exciting project. The thickness of the yarn itself also makes it easy to manipulate as it moves through your fingers – an important benefit as you get used to handling those hooks and needles.

If you’re keen to progress on from chunky yarns but still not ready to deal with anything too intricate, try working with a medium weight yarn, such as Aran yarn or DK yarn. Smooth, multi-plied yarns can deliver a nice stitch definition in your finished project; our Deramores Studio DK yarn is a fantastic choice for the beginner knitter or crocheter. A wonderfully soft, acrylic yarn developed with anti-pilling technology – so you won’t get any of those little fibre bobbles building up on your yarn! - it’s designed to deliver well-defined stitches whatever you knit or crochet up – and there’s a stunning selection of Bright shades to choose from (but more on colour selection, below!).

Best Yarns For Beginners

Best Colour Yarn for Beginners To Knitting And Crochet:

When choosing a colour to work with, you might find yourself overwhelmed with a rainbow of options and effects… but investing in a few light-coloured yarns at the very beginning of your knitting or crochet journey would definitely be a wise move.

Darker yarns are simply not beginner-friendly, because they make it really difficult to see the definition of your stitches. This means that mistakes are harder to spot and, as your skills develop and the tightness and neatness of your work improves, errors could easily go unnoticed until it’s too late to quickly pull them loose.

Opting for pastel colours, creams and any medium shades that take your fancy is a good idea - stay away from black, dark blues or dark browns, and also avoid variegated or self-striping yarns. Whilst these may look impressive, they can turn reading your stitches into a very confusing task!

It’s always worth remembering, of course, that this is your knitting or crochet journey and no-one else’s. So, whilst our tips are a great place to start when it comes to selecting the perfect yarn for beginners, ultimately the choice is yours, and the perfect yarn for you might not be the perfect yarn for everyone. Perfection is a matter of opinion, after all! Feel free to experiment with different fibres that feel good to you, and work with colourways that motivate you to finish that first project… so you can move onto the next!

Learning to knit or crochet can be so much fun - if you have decided to take up one of these fantastic hobbies, we’d love to know how you’re getting on, and which yarns you’d recommend to a fellow beginner!

Best Yarns For Beginners

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