Different types of yarns and threads

After seeing the different types of knitting and crochet projects that my mum has made over the years and the problems that some types of yarn can cause I decided to write this article. Although I will stress that I am no expert, therefore I am passing on a few tips in the hope it will prevent beginners from having these problems.

I say this is for beginners although some of the more experienced, when using these yarns will still have similar problems. Because we are never too old to learn something new and as they continually, produce new products mistakes can and do happen.

Avoid using this yarn

Avoid knitting with this particular type if you are a beginner. Mum found that if you drop a stitch you have difficulty finding it.  Although nothing has come undone yet it could still cause a problem later on.

I have also seen many of these yarns in the second-hand shops; I wonder if other people had the same problems.

Also, avoid the yarns that have knots and bubbles because these could be difficult for the beginner. Some threads split easy and could result in less experienced adding extra stitches without realizing the problem.

Knitting and Crochet Crafts: Hard to use yarnCredit: TPhotos



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Types of Knitting and Crochet Threads

There are many different types of yarns, which you can use some these for both knitting and crochet. Some of these are cotton, silk and bamboo although I am only going to show my thoughts on the following:

Pros of using Wool yarn

You may have noticed that sheep do not get wet and do not feel the heat.  This is why wool is good for keeping off moisture.  It keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter.

Cons of using Wool yarn

Good wool products are often more expensive than acrylic yarns.

Some people will have problems with a skin irritation when wearing wool. 

It is best to hand wash wool garments and lay out flat to dry. Do not wash in washing machine.

Pros of using Acrylic yarn

Most Acrylic yarns are washing machine friendly, saving the owner a lot of extra time and care.

Acrylic yarns come in so many colours and many different types of patterned yarns for making scarves and other crafty ideas. They have also created many beautiful variegated shades of colours that look beautiful even for baby outfits, allowing more variety for baby clothes.

Most acrylic yarns are the best choice for beginner crochet and knitting and are lightweight and easy to handle.

Cons of using Acrylic yarns

To be honest I have not found many cons while knitting with acrylic yarns. Although some of the novelty type yarns are difficult to work with.  I will explain more about this later.

Novelty yarns come in a variety of patterns and styles created especially to make different type articles.   The ribbon yarn, ruffle yarn are two of the more difficult ones for beginners.

Pros of using Mohair yarns

In my opinion, Mohair always looks great and more stylish.

Cons of using Mohair yarns

Mohair is often more expensive, unless you can find and buy it when on special.

Like wool you need to take more care and wash by hand and lay out to dry.

Mohair can also cause skin irritations for the sensitive skin and be more difficult to knit with for beginners.

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Working with dark or light colours

When choosing between knitting with light and dark coloured yarns, you will find using light colours it is easier to see the stitches.  Although if you do use dark colours then I suggest you choose a pair of light coloured knitting needles that make it easier to see each stitch.

How to keep count of rows knitted

I think this is the hardest part when following a pattern.  We all think we can count to ten for instance, although if there are no interruptions while knitting you may remember how many rows you have done.

On the other hand, after a lengthy telephone call or a visit from the neighbour, you return and are not quite sure how many rows you have completed.

You can keep control by using a row counter on the end of your needles and once you finish the row you change the number.  Although I find the easiest way is to write it down at the end of each row.

If you are knitting small articles, you could knit the two booties or sleeves of a jumper at the same time. That way you will know that each one is exactly the same size.

Whatever you attempt to knit, the main thing is enjoying the process and the rewarding achievement of the finished garment.

Donating to Charities

We could all enjoy knitting more if we make novelty things and give them to charity, as there are so many people in need of warm clothes these days.

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Changing colors while knitting