Best Yarn For Crochet Afghans – Not all will withstand the test of time.
Have you ever spent, oh let’s say 60 hours crocheting a beautiful afghan? That’s being quite modest really. Some afghans take much longer to crochet than 60 hours. It’s a huge investment to say the least.
The last thing we want to do is spend that much time crocheting an heirloom that falls apart. So what’s the key to a crochet afghan that will withstand the test of time? It’s all in the yarn. Fiber content is what you really want to pay attention to and consider each of their pros and cons. Here’s a quick glimpse before we get into my top 5 yarns for crochet afghans that will last.
- Pro – Durable, doesn’t pill, affordable
- Con – Most are not the softest yarns out there
- Pro – Unique dye absorption (beautiful coloring)
- Con – Expensive, can pill
- Pro – Inexpensive, soft
- Con – Heavy, hard on the hands
6 Yarns to Make Crochet Afghans That Last
Caron One Pound yarn is an all around winner when it comes to crochet afghan planning. Each skein weighs one pound which is equal to 812 yards of acrylic yarn so you won’t need to buy as much – win. It comes in a variety of 39 different color choices – win. It’s made of (decently) soft acrylic fibers that withstand rubbing, washing and general wear – win.
Red Heart With Love takes the cake for the most color options. You won’t have many creative limitations when planning a colorful afghan with 46 colors to choose from. It is also available in “paints” which have a variegated color pattern. Red Heart With Love is the softest acrylic yarn on this list. It’s washable and resists rough wear.
Patons Classic Wool Worsted is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a higher quality, wool afghan. You’ll pay a little more for this quality but it’s worth it. Patons Classic Wool Worsted is available in a whopping 57 color options including a few tweeds. The best part? It’s produced at a massive level so there is no shortage of this yarn (like you may have experienced with other 100% wool yarns).
Bernat Blanket Yarn has two amazing things going for it: 1) between all varieties available, there are 109 colors to choose from and 2) it is ridiculously soft. This yarn is perfect for the itch-o-phobe. It’s durable, washable and dryer-friendly which is great for an acrylic. You’ll spend less time crocheting an afghan with Bernat Blanket because it is a chunky weight yarn. Most patterns work up twice as fast.
Bernat Super Value is another excellent choice if saving money is top priority. You’ll get the same durable yarn as you will with most of the others on this list at a fraction of the price. You won’t sacrifice with color choices either. Bernat Super Value is available in 90 different colors!
Cotton yarn isn’t always the first choice for afghans but it’s a great option for those who have allergies to animal fibers or for those who don’t care for scratchy yarn. Cotton is a great summer throw choice and Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream offers a fair price for their 190 different color options. It’s easy to find, cheap to buy and pretty nice to crochet with.
I consider myself one of the luckiest people alive – I get to play with yarn for a living! This career path has allowed me to experiment with nearly every yarn that is on the mass production market.
Not only am I a designer, but I’m a crochet instructor too and that means that a big part of my job is to relay these yarn experiences with you – good or bad. If I love it, you’ll hear me talk about it and see it featured in some of my designs. If I hate it, you’ll definitely hear about it. I don’t want you to order yarn that you hate! I have made a scarf with every single one of these yarns and I’m recommending them to you because I love to wear them and I think you’ll love the results too!
Bye for now!
ps. If you know of another yarn that’s perfect for afghans that last, leave a comment!
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