The Best Yarn to Up Your Knitting or Crocheting Game

Choosing the right color, texture and weight is important no matter how much or little experience you have with knitting and crocheting.

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Find the ideal ball of yarn for any creation.Getty Images

As every knitter and crochet expert knows—not every ball (or skein if you’re really in the know) of yarn is created equal. Lighter weights are best for smaller items like socks or gloves while heavier weights are better suited for scarves and sweaters. There’s the fiber—from wool to cotton and everything in between to consider—and of course, choosing the right color palette can make or break the style you’re going for. So whether you’re a master looking for some new inspiration or a novice in need of some guidance, here are great yarn options for projects on every level.

Lion Brand Yarn 525-209 Mandala Yarn, Gnome

Lion Brand Yarn 525-209 Mandala Yarn, Gnome
Over 16 color styles are available to choose from with names like “Genie” and “Thunderbird.”Amazon

One ball of this 100% acrylic yarn can create a small but stylish accessory such as a scarf or cap. But the best part of this line is the brilliant color scheme of each ball, available in a variety of palettes, from muted colors to jewels and even rainbow inspired tones. The colors are a perfect choice if you’re creating an item for a child. This yarn is a great weight for crocheting, and it’s machine washable and can go in the dryer too.

Knit Picks Wool of The Andes Worsted Weight Yarn (10 Balls - Neutral)

Knit Picks Wool of The Andes Worsted Weight Yarn (10 Balls - Neutral)
Recommended for US 6 to US 9 size needles and US I to US K hooks.Amazon

This is a great set if you’re working on neutral-toned projects—from pillows and blankets to unisex scarves and hats. It’s recommended for cable stitch patterns and textured stitches. You get 10 balls of worsted weight yarn made of 100 percent Peruvian Highland Wool. Each ball yields 110 yards—so, 1,100 yards in total. Just beware that your creations must be hand washed and laid flat to dry.

Bernat Bulk Buy Softee Chunky Ombre Yarn (6-Pack) Deep Waters 161129-29632

Bernat Bulk Buy Softee Chunky Ombre Yarn (6-Pack) Deep Waters 161129-29632
Six skeins of yarn in each package.Amazon

If you love a chunky sweater or heavy coat to keep you warm, this is the yarn to get those projects going. This premium, ultra soft acrylic yarn is meant to last so you’ll have your creations for many seasons to come in the color scheme of your choosing. The ombre color styles are available in neutrals, blues, bright primary colors and more. This yarn is machine washable and can be tumble dried but cannot be bleached, ironed or dry cleaned.

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