View Full Version : What's your favorite yarn?

08-03-2009, 08:55 PM
I have been working with Lion Brand's Boucle, and at first I hated it, but now that I've finished my first project with it, I have really started to see the light. I love the way it looks when it's finished, almost like it's been felted very lightly, and it feels absolutely marvelous. It's still not my favorite to knit with, but I suspect that'll change the more I work with it!

I'm also a big fan of Lion's Homespun. I'm using it to crochet a big afghan, and it's the warmest and most comfy yarn I've used so far. I just love the weight of it when it's sitting in my lap.

What is your favorite yarn you've ever worked with, and why? Share a pic, if you have one, of a project you've done in it!


08-03-2009, 09:57 PM
In my opinion, the choice of yarn always depends on what you want to do.

Some scarves or shawls are best done in pure wool, other in some silky blend,...
It depends on how it should be worn, or when.

I don't have any favourite yarn.

Jan in CA
08-03-2009, 11:23 PM
Personally I don't like LB Homespun or any boucle yarn. Knitting is a fun, but a lot of work and I want my stitches to show. If I were to use one of those I'd crochet. I like most any soft, smooth yarn so I can't really choose. I can't wear wool so I tend to stay with cotton and blends.

08-04-2009, 07:53 AM
I don't really have a favorite yarn. I will use whatever yarn I want for a project as long as it is very soft to the touch and will not scratch or irritate the skin. I have a lot of Lion Brand Microspun yarn as I love working with it. It is very soft and works well. I just recently got some mulberry silk for a song on eBay which I plan on using to make a knitted doily. I also have some Caron Simply Soft, some alpaca which I haven't figured out yet. Softness is the key for me and type or brand isn't .

08-04-2009, 08:48 AM
I don't really have a favorite, either. I like soft yarns over rough ones, and I tend to find mohair difficult to work with. Some boucles are better than others. Not having a favorite really makes yarn shopping difficult (or easy, depending on your perspective).

Sunshine's Mom
08-04-2009, 09:01 AM
Being specific - I like Superwash 100% Merino wool sock yarn either from Knit Picks or the Sock Pixie.

08-06-2009, 04:36 PM
My favorite...Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Baby. It is wonderful and feels so good in the hand.

08-06-2009, 06:23 PM



(swatch, current project: CALLUNA, by KnitPicks Design Team)

Debbie Bliss Luxury Donegal Tweed!
(in my queue, soon to be knit up!)

Kilcarra Donegal Yarn Aran Tweed Knitting Wool (from Ireland)


(but only in the NATURAL, undyed, cream color)


08-06-2009, 06:53 PM
Hm, I have to say I don't like merino quite much. It can be a pain.
The same goes for mmmmmm... unfortunately, it felts and pills so quickly...

08-06-2009, 07:18 PM
Hm, I have to say I don't like merino quite much. It can be a pain.
The same goes for mmmmmm... unfortunately, it felts and pills so quickly...

So true! It does pill! It will felt quickly! One of my sweater pieces almost got a bit 'felty' on me, just from swishing it around in the (by hand) wash and rinse water just prior to blocking!

But, I do so love the feel of knitting it, and the feel of wearing it.

I knit Malabrigo sweaters that ARE NOT going to be everyday sweaters. Just wear it to church, come home and take it off!
So the cream color is just perfect for that!

I made some Malagrigo bed jackets last year, and I've worn them to pieces! Needless to say, they are pilly all over the place. They look pretty pathetic!

I placed an order from KnitPicks this week, and got that 'pill remover' thingy. I hope it helps me to clean up my sweaters!

08-06-2009, 11:27 PM
It starts felting on the needles for me... really sad, it's such a wonderfully soft yarn...

08-10-2009, 10:18 AM
I use to LOVE Malabrigo and still have a lot of it. Now I like Knit Picks Pima Cottons.


08-10-2009, 10:56 AM
I don't have a lot of yarn experience, but I started a swatch for a poncho last night with Cascade 220 and thought to myself, "I love this yarn." Every time I have used it, I really enjoy it. I also like any Knit Picks yarn I have tried. Lion Homespun and other boucle, I avoid. I wanted to love it, but alas, I don't like that I can 't see my sts and that it unravels when cut.

01-21-2014, 06:44 AM
My favorite yarn is Caron Simply Soft, as its name suggest that it is so soft and cozy for sweaters. Rest, I have used Red Heart for socks and hats.

01-21-2014, 12:43 PM
My current favorite yarn is Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice (acrylic). I love that it is designed for all the colors to coordinate together, so I don't have to worry about what shade or color family I am picking up -- they all go together! It doesn't hurt that I can get it discounted at Michael's (close to home) and Joann's (close to work) and that I can toss it into the washer without having to think twice about it.

I don't have any pictures anything that I have made with it; I've been using it for the oddball pet snuggles (which I've been giving away). I started some leggings (not likely to finish) and an afghan (not very far into) with it and do not have pictures of those either.

I'm working on a scarf with Lion Brand Homespun using a simple 2x2 rib pattern and it's soft, fluffy and warm. It's not my favorite yarn -- I feel like I have to be careful not to tear or tangle it, even though I have no reason to think it will spontaneously rip apart -- but I do enjoy knitting simple patterns with it.

01-21-2014, 01:11 PM
I think it depends on what I'm making.. I love Caron Simply Soft for Baby Blankets. But for clothing items I like all different types of yarn. I knit a dress using Berroco Zen (bought it a long time ago at a discount) and to my surprise it came out really good. I also like Berroco Foliage because the way it changes color (started a project but put it away, oh no!) :eyes:

I like rayon yarns mixed with either bamboo, etc. It all depends.. Duh!

01-30-2014, 02:25 PM
I love Knit Picks Lace weight yarns that are 70% merino wool and 30 % silk. They are so easy to knit up and have such a nice shine to them thanks to that silk and the colors are so great.

01-31-2014, 05:11 AM
Wow, I REALLY feel like such a novice! Until I wandered into my LYS while Christmas shopping six weeks ago I never realized there were so many different kinds of yarn! Is there a tutorial somewhere that can help me learn more about yarn? Or find you all just learn through experience? :knitting:

01-31-2014, 12:06 PM
I think I love all yarns, because if I find any yarn for a good price, it becomes part of my stash. :teehee:

02-01-2014, 09:23 PM
I am very new to knitting so I don't have a favorite, yet.

I am currently knitting a scarf for my nephew using Lion Brand Homespun and it is turning out BEAUTIFULLY!!!! It is hard to work with, and I'm using all knit stitch it's okay if you don't see the stitches. I have another color in the same yarn that I will use for one of my daughters. You are absolutely right about the warmth of the material!

02-01-2014, 10:10 PM
My favorite yarn??
FREE!!:thumbsup: :cheering: :cheering:
Somebody else bought and gave it to me!!:cheering:

I really like the German finger sock wool or the Icelandic wool.