Standard Yarns


Learn about the different types of yarn you can use for your crochet patterns. There are many to choose from, yet not all of them are listed. You can learn what your options are.

Worsted Weight Yarn
- This is a smooth yarn that is medium width which is used for a variety of crochet patterns. Worsted weight yarn is the most commonly used yarn type in crochet patterns. Worsted weight yarn is an easy yarn to work with for those who are just learning to crochet. The yarn is thick which makes it easy enough to work with and the stitches are easy to follow. Some patterns you can make with worsted weight yarn are sweaters, winter gear such as hats and scarves and afghans.

Plarn- Plarn is a type of yarn you don't hear very often and it doesn't sound like your typical yarn. Plarn is a great way to be creative by using plastic bags and turning it into a type of yarn. Those who like to save the environment, green crafter's, like to use this yarn in place of your typical yarn. Purses and bags are popular items that can be made using plarn. Instead of throwing your extra bags out, turn it into something useful like plarn.

Mercerized Cotton- Mercerized cotton is also referred to as pearl cotton. This is cotton yarn or fabric that has gone through many processes to increase luster. This type of cotton absorbs more water and dye than other yarns do. Mercerized cotton is stronger and smoother than most cottons as well. Doilies, bedspreads and purses can be made using mercerized cotton.

Wool- Wool comes from sheep as we all know and is popular among crochet patterns. Sweaters and scarves can be made of wool. Sometimes, depending on what type of wool yarn you use, it can be very itchy.

Sock Yarn
- This yarn is typically used to make socks. It's a thin, super fine yarn that allows you to wear the socks comfortably and keep your feet warm. When a pattern calls for sock yarn, that's what you should use. It is specifically designed just for socks.

Yarn Weights- There are different yarn weights used for each type of crochet pattern. These weights tell you what yarn is best used for that particular pattern. If a pattern calls for a lace weight yarn, it is most likely being used for a doily or something similarly delicate. Yarn weights go accordingly:

  • Super Bulky
  • Bulky
  • Medium
  • Light
  • Fine
  • Super Fine
  • Lace

Super bulky yarn is your thickest yarn and as you work your way down the list, the yarn becomes thinner and lighter until you get to lace, which is a zero weight, again, used for something like a doily.

Click here for a standard yarn weight system that is easy to understand and help you choose your yarns.


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Concerning Plarn, I have read several times that all plastic bags are bio degradable now and would not be a good thing to make anything with. One person said it turned into a fine material and had trouble removing it from the yarn she had stored in the plarn bag.


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