It is important to know that when selecting yarn, the yarn needs to match with the stitch patterns and garment shapes. That way your crochet or knitting project will be successful. It can be hard to choose yarn considering there are a lot of yarn selections in the market. Below are some tips to help you select the best yarn.
It is important you consider the weight and amount of yarn. The patterns will help you have an idea of the weight of yarn to use. However, if the weight is not given, it will not be easy to decide on the amount of yarn you need. The yarn amount is usually given as number of balls, yards, ounces or grams. The number of yards is considered more accurate.
You need to consider the fiber content when selecting yarns. Fibers have varying properties. A garment that has been knit in cotton will look different than one knit in wool. Cotton is heavier and can easily stretch out. Wool is lighter, warmer and retains shape much better. Bamboo and silk add more shine and drape. For a big project it is advisable you swatch a yarn to fit the recommended gauge. Choose a fabric that you like.
Yarn construction is another factor to consider. The outcome of the fabric can be affected by the construction of the yarn. For your project to have a similar look to the pattern picture, you need to select yarn that has a similar construction. The color of the yarn is of importance. It will affect the finishing of the object.
The yarn needs to match with the stitch. Choose yarn that can accentuate the effect you want. Yarn that is wilder will provide a pattern and shape that is easy to stitch. Plainer yarn will have accentuated details when it comes to shaping and texture. Use a solid coloured and smooth-plied yarn for more complex for stitch patters that are more complex. Your stitches will have a crisp look. Twisted and plied yarns provide a classic and sophisticated look. Single plies are usually relaxed and rustic.
It is possible you substitute one yarn for another. The safest option is using yarn that is specified on a pattern. You can consult as sales person in a yarn shop to get ideas on how to substitute yarn. Make sure you consider the actual yardage that is listed on the label, the weight and fiber. Knowing the characteristics of the yarn as the differences will have an impact on the finished pieces.
Keep in mind that if two yarns have similar gauge it does not necessarily mean that they can successfully substitute each other in a given pattern. Yarns of different characteristics in terms of color, fiber, drape and texture will affect the look and feel of the final garment. It is advisable you shop for yarn from reputable stores. Google and check out multiple stores and make comparisons. Choose a store that has a wide variety of yarn to choose from.