I both knit and crochet with it, and it does tend to split. However, for the price and wide availability it's a bargain--it's really soft and great to work with since I'm allergic to wool. The people for whom I've made hats love the feel of it. But bottom line, if you can't deal with it, find other yarn--there's so much out there. I tried and tried to work with LB Homespun and can't do it, it's not for me. Others love it. Who knows why? Vive la difference.