People who are into knitting or crocheting are particularly interested in the kind of yarn available for them to use. There are no hard and fast rules for choosing the type of yarn for a specific crocheting project. It actually depends on what you use it for. The acrylic skein may not always make the best option, but expensive yarns may not be right for your budget. Know when you should spend on affordable yarn or when it is okay to splurge on the more pricey ones.
When to Use Affordable Yarn
- What you plan on making is a small item.
There is no need to worry about cheap or expensive yarn if you plan on using a scrap yarn for a small item. If you only need a small amount of yarn for a certain project, go ahead and utilize what is available, even if it’s not the best quality.
- You are not going to wear or use the item on your body.
If you intend to make something that you will not be wearing such as home décor or an organizer, your concern should be more of the right yarn color and thickness over quality. It’s not something that will be worn next to your skin, so grab an inexpensive one.
- The knitted or crocheted item is for kids.
There is no denying that kids are less careful when it comes to their clothing. When making a knitted garment or accessory for a kid you do want to make sure that it is comfortable and washes well but you don’t have to buy the most expensive yarn available. Chances are it will go through some kind of stress and then eventually be outgrown.
When to Buy Expensive Yarn
- You intend to keep the item for a long time.
Apparently, cheap yarn will not be as durable as the expensive one. If you plan on keeping your crocheted stuff for a long time, make sure that the quality will make it last. One example of a project that requires good quality yarn is an heirloom blanket that you plan to pass down to your family.
- You plan to use the item often.
With price comes durability, so yes, yarns that are costly are more durable. In making a dress that you will wear, for example, go for a yarn that is made of nylon, merino wool and a temper-moderating viscose.
- The item is meant as a gift.
If what you plan to make is intended as a gift to a friend or a loved one, you can’t be cheap with quality. Since the gift is customized anyway, you would rather splurge on the good stuff and that includes the use of an expensive, good-quality yarn.