Whether you choose to shop online or offline, it is important to know how to choose the best yarn for your project. For most people, making this choice is no easy feat. Nobody wants to purchase yarn and regret it.
When you waltz into your local craft store, you can get free expert advice from the store owner and other enthusiasts, but what do you do when you have to purchase online? How do you choose between worsted and super bulky, Acrylic and wool? If you like wearable art, you might be considering purchasing one of those novelty yarns that have flowers woven into the thread or those that closely resemble feathers or ribbons.
I love the different types of yarn for their versatility and their ability to make people creative. I like to see it, feel it, sniff it and weave it. You can enjoy this experience irrespective of where you are buying—be it online or offline. If like me, you are a lover of yarn you will benefit from the following top six buying tips.
1. Double Check The Patterns
Most people realize too late that the type of yarn they purchased won’t work with their desired patterns. This can be quite frustrating.
The best way to avoid falling into this problem is by carefully looking through most popularly used patterns and then deciding if the yarn you intend to purchase will match that pattern. If you find a yarn that has been woven into a record number of patterns, you can safely make the purchase.
It is risky to guess that a specific type of yarn will suit your desired pattern. Double check with existing patterns.
2. Yarn Weight
Weight, here, refers to the thickness of the yarn. It is very important to get the exact weight of the yarn before you conclude the purchase. In fact, most experts argue that it should be the first thing to consider when buying yarn. The thickness of different types of yarn range from super fine to super bulky, and it is the ultimate determinant of the number of stitches that will be required to complete a single inch.
Superfine are sometimes referred to as sock yarn, fingering yarn or baby yarn. This category of yarn is often used to make light items like socks, baby clothes and lace decorations. Super bulky yarn, on the other hand, is used to make scarves. This thick yarn is often preferred because it is faster to knit. Thicker yarns require fewer stitches per inch.
In between the super fine and the super bulky is the worsted weight yarn (also known as medium). These are often used to make sweaters and other fashion accessories like shawls, cloaks, pillows and bags, They come in different colors and textures. So you can be as creative as you want.
Silk yarn is one of the many types of yarn available. They are a bit light and perfect for clothing such as tank tops, baby clothing, socks, decoration trims and even bags. Clothes made from silk yarn last longer than most types and can be used for a wide range of accessories. If you haven’t used this before, give it a shot. The easiest and most exciting way to learn about yarn is to experiment with different types of yarn. Every craftsperson will tell you this: you’ll never know until you try.
3. Don’t Be Scared To Contact The Seller
If you have questions about the yarn, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most yarn sellers are often generous with information and expert advice. You are more likely to get the best service when you keep an open mind. Most retailers want you to patronize them in the future and so they will want to provide the best service possible.
Don’t forget that the seller might be a bit subjective. You might both have different opinions on texture, for instance. As much as you can, read the information leaflet attached to the yarn. Do your able best to make most of the decisions on your own.
4. Experiment With Caution
Experiments aren’t always bad. Sometimes, there is a new exciting discovery to be made. Stories abound of crafts people who bought a different kind of yarn and came up with an exciting and surprising accessory.
If you don’t like leaving things to serendipity, you might want to stick to well-known products like Darn Good Yarns. They make fabulous silk yarns.
This way, you won’t have to deal with the queasiness that sometimes comes with purchasing yarn you have never used. Reading the reviews of other customers can go a long way to help you determine how a type of yarn might feel or turn out. This leaves little or no room for disappointment when you eventually receive your pack of yarn.
Every seasons requires its own unique kind of apparel. When purchasing different types of yarn, think about the weather and the temperature. When you want to knit clothes and accessories for winter, bulky or super bulky yarn will be the best option. For summer, however, super fine yarn will be perfect.
Your budget will play a major role in determining how much yarn you can purchase and in what quantity. It is important to plan and fix a budget before you commence shopping. Resist the temptation to deviate from it. Buy as much yarn as your budget will allow and you’ll be happier for the wise decision.
Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes creative non-fiction and prose fiction. Her works have appeared in Romance Meets Life, Flash Fiction Press, MTLS, Saraba Magazine, Sentinel Magazine and others. Her first novel, Finding Love Again, was published by Ankara Press. She owns and manages Creative Writing News.