What is your favorite go-to, "ordinary" yarn?
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I insist I am not a shill for Caron and don't have any business with that company whatsoever. But I just love this yarn. I think it is my favorite acrylic or "ordinary" yarn. When I first knitted or crocheted with it I thought it was cotton because of the sheen and the strength and feel. I notice it does have a tendency to split but when it does it corrects itself nicely when I take out the needle or hook. It just has a very nice look to it and the projects seem so perfect when I'm done with them using this yarn.
want to add right now I am crocheting "Bunny Throw" red heart's pattern, filet crochet and I am using Caron Simply Soft in "Gold", not their Holiday colors but the regular colors and the color does look exactly as it listed online. I just left a review on Yarnspirations for this yarn I like it SO much.
I'm not talking favorite of all yarns, just favorite of regular acrylics or cheaper kinds (my fave regular wool brand is brown sheep, and luxury yarns too many to list which one is my most favorite!) but out of all the regular ordinary off the shelf yarn which is your favorite to work with?
I too love Caron Simply Soft. I also like Plymouth Encore. For 100% cotton, I love Knit Picks Dishie. I also like Hobby Lobby's I Like This Cotton.
I use a lot of the Red Heart brand when I'm making afghans. After it's washed, it's usually very soft, wears well and is also easy to knit and crochet with.
If I'm making sweaters, I use a lighter weight yarn than worsted as where I live it doesn't get real cold. So far, I haven't found a "favorite" brand, but have knitted with various brands and find them all pretty easy to use.
I really like Vanna's Choice.
I'm making everyone some outdoor warmth this year for Christmas in the form of scarves, hats, mitts, and hoods or wimples.
Since everyone wants machine wash, I'm mostly sticking to Lion Brand Heartland, which is acrylic. It looks good, feels very good, and the thing I like most about it is that it's heathered tones of the same color, which makes it come alive, visually. It's a good, basic yarn.
I'm supplementing it with a few other assorted yarns that coordinate, like Debora Norville's Everyday Yarn in multis, and some Caron Simply Soft Ombre yarn.
I like James c Brett especially the marble chunky and magi-knit. Easy on the hands and pocket, also machine washes really well
I love Mary Maxim's Starlette. Works up beautifully soft and pretty.
I usually use Red Heart, Caron. The cotton yarn for washcloths. Very rarely use anything else .
I have been very pleased with the results I've achieved with Loops and Threads Woolike. I prefer to work with very fine yarns and this yarn knits up beautifully and wears well with great stitch definition. I should add that the yardage is incredible and I have made up several lovely lace scarves using only one ball each, so it is great for economical gift giving. I also do a lot of baby items and my all time favorite is Beehive Baby yarn but I have a hard time finding it now. If anyone knows where it is available I would appreciate a heads up.
Red heart from Wal-mart. Aunt Lydia's crochet cotton sz 10,etc.
I, too, like Simply Soft. But my all time favorite go to when they need to wash it is Berroco Comfort! Comes in worsted, DK and Bulky (probably more) Lovely hand, washes well, and never pills.
I like Simply Soft except that it splits so much as I knit with it. Am going to crochet some of what I still have to see if that works better.
My favorite yarn that works up very well, and looks nice, is Lion Brand Wool Ease Worsted.
I like James C Brett marble chunky and Stylecraft Special DK, and Stylecraft special with wool worsted weight
Nicole yarns (AC Moore brand) such deliciously yummy colors/varigateds/baby OH MERCY I could buy them all
Caron- Simply soft
And these all are within my budget, I AM sure if I could afford the $$$$$$ pricier yarns I could LOVE them also. But unless I win LOTTO this is what I can use.
Red Heart super saver for afghans, ponchos, shawls. Peaches & Cream for dishcloths, towels, etc. MN