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Top 10 Yarn Brands

Discover yarn companies our readers love in this roundup.

By: The Editors of AllFreeCrochet.com
Updated December 08, 2020
Top 10 Yarn Brands

Discover yarn brands our community loves!

Picking a yarn for your next crochet pattern can sometimes be stressful! The yarn aisle (or aisles, plural!) can be an exhilarating yet overwhelming place. There are many yarn brands to choose from, endless color options, and different weights, all at different price points.

Don't feel like a deer in headlights next time you visit the yarn store. In order to make the decision process easier, we've narrowed down our top 10 yarn brands. These are some of the best-selling crochet yarn brands out ther! From variety to quality, and from price to selection, yarns from these brands are worth perusing! In no order of importance, you can find our list of popular yarn brands below. 

Want to view our complete list of yarn brands? Browse the Crochet Companies category on our website.

Most Popular Yarn Brands

Yarnspirations: You can find free knit and crochet patterns on their website. Their parent company has MANY popular brands such as:

  1. Red Heart: Known as "America's Favorite Yarn" and one of the most trusted companies, Red Heart has a huge selection to choose from (in terms of both available yarn types and color options), and they can be found in most craft and yarn stores, as well as online. Plus, check out their website for free knit and crochet patterns. Some of their most popular yarns with our readers include Super Saver, Soft, With Love, and Scrubby.
  2. Bernat: Bernat has always been a popular yarn brand, but they seem to have exploded in popularity with the introduction of their Blanket yarns! Their baby yarns are popular as well, such as Baby Sport. Like many of our popular brands in this list, Bernat yarns are affordable. However they also offer a Premium line.
  3. Caron: Popular yarns include One Pound, Cotton, Simply Soft, and Cakes.
  4. Patons: most known for their sock yarn, this is the go-to yarn for working up those fabulous sock patterns.
  5. Lily Sugar'n Cream: Lily Sugar'n Cream yarns are great for sturdy kitchen knitting projects and functional bath crocheting projects.
  6. Aunt Lydia's: 100% mercerized cotton yarn in a variety of colors for your projects.

Yarnspirations

Lion Brand: A family owned and operated company since 1878, Lion Brand known for their quality yarns, helpful pattern support, and wide variety of yarns. Also, together with spokesperson Vanna White, Lion Brand is a supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, donating more than $1 million dollars based on the sales of their widely popular yarn lines, Vanna's Choice, Vanna's Choice Baby, and Vanna's Glamour. Readers also love Cobo, Basic Stitch, Mandala, Thick n Quick, and Homespun.

"I really like working with Lion Brand Basic Stitch. Small skeins, and can be pricey, but it feels great and works up wonderfully for clothing (ponchos/ cardigans)." - Cari H, AllFreeCrochet Community Member

Lion Brand

Premier: An international manufacturer that produces a wide variety of luxury yarns, as well as the popular Deborah Norville Collection™ and Isaac Mizrahi® CRAFT™ yarns. Sweet Rolls and Everyday Antipilling Worsted are two popular lines with our readers.

"Premier Everyday Antipilling Worsted. Best acrylic yarn to date that I like." - Joanne E., Member of the AllFreeCrochet Community on Facebook

Premier

Expression Fiber Arts: We take inspiration from the world around us and turn that into yarn colorways and blends for you, in the hopes that it brings more joy, more excitement, more color, more self-expression (the reason for our company name!) and more creativity into your life. 

Expression Fiber Arts

Darn Good Yarn: Made from recycled and Earth friendly materials, much of their yarn is created from the colorful remnants of the production of silk saris in Nepal and Northern India. Darn Good Yarn prides itself on providing you with fairly traded and child labor free yarns-- a great cause to support!

Darn Good Yarn

LoveCrafts: LoveCrafts has beautiful yarns that have been rising in popularity rapidly since the brand launched in 2012. Paintbox is one of their most popular lines, and it comes in acrylic, cotton, and wool blend.

LoveCrafts

Hobbii: This one stop shop for yarn lovers around the world is located in beautiful Copenhagen, Denmark, where all products are designed and all orders are packed and shipped from. They are devoted to becoming a favorite yarn shop through great customer service, free Scandinavian patterns, and weekly inspiration on Facebook and Instagram. Readers particularly love their Twirls, Twister, and Rainbow Cotton lines.

Hobbii

Michaels Loops and Threads: Our readers love the Michaels store-brand yarn! Loops and Threads comes in several weights and styles, with lines such as Impeccable, Charisma, and Barcelona Big!

Loops and Threads

Hobby Lobby: Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn is one of the most popular yarn brands with our readers! Like Red Heart, the yarn is affordable and sturdy. Other favorites from Hobby Lobby include I Love This Cotton, and Yarn Bee.

Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn

Willow Yarns: Willow Yarns was founded on the idea that stitchers love natural fiber-rich yarns without the high price tags; that stitchers are inspired by colors, patterns, and trends; and that stitchers are as passionate about yarn as they are.

Willow Yarns

Purl Soho: With its fresh approach to traditional fiber arts, Purl Soho is a much-loved resource for natural fibers, impeccable (mostly free!) patterns, and modern design.

Purl Soho

Honorable Mentions

We've listed the most popular yarn brands with our audience above, but there are so many wonderful yarns that our readers love, we couldn't just list 10! Here are several more yarn brands our readers recommend:

"Stylecraft Special DK! I make a lot of preemie items and this works best for me." - Nanny June, AllFreeCrochet Community Member

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Cestari Sheep Wool Company has the BEST yarns - Made in the USA, cotton grown in Virginia, sheep raised in the USA. Wool, cotton, and many blends. Hand kettle-dyed with non-toxic dyes too! I'll never go back to acrylic!

I use I love this yarn and it is possibly the best yarn I have ever laid my hands on. I've tried a lot of Red Heart yarns, but I guess they aren't for me. Everyone has different preferences so a list isn't exactly effective. What is effective is what you would prefer for your yarn.

I love Cascades, they are affordable and many weights and lines to choose from. I find i also choose the Hobby lobby brands as well for softnes and durability.

I use Red Heart super saver most of the time but I have a baby afghan pattern from Mary maxim that calls for Red Heart Baby Clouds, Bernat Baby Coordinates and Mary Maxim Baby Kashmere. I get these yarns for this pattern but my son will use other yarns in the various weight groups. I am not adventurous so stay with the suggested yarns.

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