The Art Of Crochet

Different Types Of Yarn/Wool – What To Use And Not To Use For Beginners

close up photography of colorful yarns

If you haven’t guessed already, we’re loving crochet! We’re only in the beginner phase, and we’ve got a ton of yarn that we’re using to create a blanket as a Christmas present. We wanted to explore some types of yarn/wool you should and shouldn’t be using when starting out as a beginner.

This is not a complete list—a massive shout-out to Toni Lipsky of TL Yarn Crafts for her list of yarns. Her YouTube channel is amazing and has some fantastic tips. Also, this is NOT SPONSORED in any way.

Yarn You Shouldn’t Use As A Crochet Beginner

As a beginner, we understand how tempting it is to use yarn that is harder to use in your crochet. Examples of yarn that you should avoid include:

  • Crochet cotton – it is too thin to use for a beginner and requires a lot of patience.
  • Fluffy – yarn that is too fluffy is cute, but it is very hard to handle.
  • Feathery – another yarn that is hard to handle is
  • Single ply – this stuff is loosely spun and is, according to Toni, known for splitting.
  • Dark colours – This is a rule we don’t follow as our blanket has several shades of blue, two of which are dark. But Toni suggests not using dark colours as a beginner. However, we’ll leave it up to you to decide.

What To Use

There are many types of yarn you should be using a crochet beginner:

  • Any 8-ply yarn – This type is perfect for beginners as you won’t be fighting to keep the fibres from splitting.
  • Multiple colours – some of our favourite yarn comes in multiple colours. For example, you can buy Mandala, which comes in cakes with vibrant colours.


There are a ton of fibres out there. Be sure to consult Toni’s website or her YouTube channel for more information on this, but some basic fibres include:

  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • Acrylic
  • Bamboo
  • Marino Wool
  • Cashmere
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C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She prides herself as a truth seeker and will do (almost) anything for coffee or Coke No Sugar. Oh! And food!

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