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How Do You Choose the Yarn?

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

17 thoughts on “How Do You Choose the Yarn?

  • August 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm
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    I was excited to browse through your magazine. I almost enjoy reading new crochet magazines, looking at new patterns and what everyone else has to offer as much as I like attempting a new project. I love it! Just had to have my fix. I enjoyed reading your article, and I wanted to mention something else that I look for when choosing a yarn. I also try to determine if the finished project with the yarn in question will have a good drape, depending on the project in question, of course. I don’t think this would apply to pot holders and place mats.

  • August 24, 2015 at 9:05 am
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    Loved the article. That was how I used to select my yarn. Touching it is one of the most important things I have discovered. I am originally from Europe, we have different brands if yarn. When we moved to the USA, Pacific NorthWest, none of these familiar yarns were to be found. I had no clue what would be good yarn for my money or not.
    Then I became bed bound because of a neuro illness. On good days I want to be creative and make something. I had no idea how hard it would be to order yarn online, first of all I do not know the brands, second I can’t feel it. They write in their marketing blurb, super soft, but when you feel it it’s itchy and it sheds fibers like crazy.
    I had 3 projects lined up, I ordered what I thought was good yarn, checked in Ravelry to see what they used and all 3 projects are a flop. Wanted to crochet a shawllette for my daughter an saw a beautiful ombre blue angora yarn. It feel soft but it’s a total miss. 🙁 I could go on and on, I’m about to give up on my hobby. With all the extra cost for myself illness, I can’t afford to keep buying yarn that won’t work.

  • August 22, 2015 at 7:28 am
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    Depending on the pattern, I search for the perfect color combinations I can create, the texture and affordability. I think outside the box and making it unique.

  • August 21, 2015 at 1:14 am
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    Loved the talk about how you choose.Me it is budget and color.You have been bad you turned me onto a site that has cheap price yarn.Color range is not big but oh I love the fact I can try some yarns I have never played with because of price.And now I can buy a few and play and see if I like it or not.I still want to try Bernat Baby Blanket.And a few other thick yarns.But so love the fact I can feed a need to crochet and think beautiful thoughts of a happy place where there are no bills and no kids screaming.And helps me keep my hands off of smoking so much. This article is spot on.I look for color first and see if I can afford if not I move to another and squeeze it in.I just used some sport weight yarn and was amazed at how light it was.I did large Granny square blankets for a baby.And they will be more like receiving blanket weight.So thank you for giving me the turn on to the site and helping me enjoy the craft again.Love my Mom for teaching me!

  • August 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm
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    I check the clearance aisle first. You never know what you’ll find there. Then I choose by color, weight, and feel. If the yarn isn’t on sale and I don’t have a coupon, I take a picture of the band with my phone and check online girl a better price. Some craft stores are linked to Ebates, which gives you cash back on your purchase when you order online. Every little bit helps!

  • August 20, 2015 at 10:23 pm
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    I pick yard on three triggers – feel, color, price. If I don’t like the feel of the yarn, I won’t consider it. If I like the feel and the color isn’t to my liking, I will pass on it. If all of those are appealing, but the cost is too high, on I move. I set myself a budget every trip and try to stick to the budget. I usually stick to mid range priced yarns since the cheapy yarns are don’t feel great and since you have the yarn going through your hand – not going to work with them (even if they are on clearance like some where at my local Michaels this week).

    I also avoid 100% wool since I am allergic to it. I do use a lot of Simple Soft since it feels great, comes in some great colors, and is a great price, and as a crocheter still working on skills – it is great for practice. I rarely have a project in mind when I buy yarn. I find the project to fit the yarn.

    I have some yarn I picked up at the first “Little” Washington tent sale that I’m still looking for a project. (And still working on the skills to do a more difficult project.)

    Thanks for all you do and provide.

  • August 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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    Let’s be honest. Some of us have an obsession with yarn ;p I used to buy yarn in bulk online when there are really good sales, which is great for building a stash! I usually buy yarn when I have a project in mind now but sometimes if i end up being at the store for something else, I just happen to pass the yarn aisle and turn down it, even if its just to look. Sometimes just looking at the yarn sparks a few ideas to keep in mind for future projects. With having a family of 5 and running our own business is still new and getting off the ground, we are super tight on money. That being said, I haven’t been able to buy any yarn in a while. Thank God for my stash in the basement from over the years! I am usually all about cheap cheap cheap cheap prices! I love Red Heart Super Saver, but obviously that doesn’t work for all projects. This year, for the first time ever, stepped into our locally owned yarn shop! I was in yarn heaven over all the beautiful yarns, the colors were just to DYE for! THEN I looked at the price tag and my jaw dropped. After spending years never paying much for yarn, from the $2-$10 max…..some there were mostly around the $20 and up range! I of course couldn’t walk out empty handed so I ended up paying $25 for this gorgeous hank of yarn. I’m not sure what i’m going to use it for, want to make sure its something special to complement the cost lol. What can you make with just one skein of yarn?? Dang it. Should have grabbed two…….

    Thanks for the post Mikey!!

  • August 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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    I am the same when in a shop. However over here in the UK our shops are shamefully stocked compared to the US and Canada. I too have a husband who encourages my random projects from crochet to sewing to baking he also funds them too, but usually loves the outcome.

  • August 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm
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    i really liked this article. It depends on my income. I have bought expensive yarns and been sorry. Now, its color, texture, possible use, and then price.

  • August 20, 2015 at 7:29 pm
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    I’m with you on being thrifty, though, a couple of years ago my youngest daughter asked me to make a lap robe for her with a boucle yarn that she had purchased years ago. She wouldn’t tell me how much she paid for it, but admitted that it hadn’t even been on sale. Well, knitting (I know!) with it was incredible. So silky, so soft and it looked great even though my knitting skills are meager. Anyway, the yarn I buy has to be washable, have lovely colors and be affordable, especially if it’s for a yarn eating project like an afghan. I’ve bought a lot of yarn from the E-tent. If I don’t want to devote another room to my yarn I had better get busy crocheting.
    Loved your article, Mikey, and I love your videos demonstrating technique and patterns.

  • August 20, 2015 at 7:11 pm
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    My purchases of yarn are based on the same values of colour, quaiity but also availability.I decided in the fall of 2014 to complete a Doctor Who scarf for my husband’s boss, who was a die hard fan{that is obviously a lousy, complete understatement}.
    I balanced out my purchases every two weeks with how much i could afford and how far I could get in a two week time span. Little did I know, completing the scarf was like trying to put down a good book. Not gonna happen! I finished it in a week and yes, my purchase values went straight out with the dirty dish water. Oh well. A sacrafice well worth its weight in gold to see the expression when giving an item made from the heart. Every knot in the string, sore wrists, cross eyed eyes is worth it.

  • August 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm
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    Since picking up my hook over three years ago, I’ve learn to appreciate the value of what I’m purchasing in yarn. Yes, my husband and I are living on a very tight budget because we have no choice due to the economic woes but we keep our heads above water to survive. I look for decent sales and use coupons when available. As I am making this hobby more than a hobby my husband always makes sure I have the yarn I need whether its on sale or not. Thank you for encouraging me to continue crocheting and I appreciate all the knowledge you share with us.

  • August 20, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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    I liked the article. As for how I choose yarns personally – it all depends on the project. I tend to go cheaper (but still check for quality) if it is something for me but if it’s for a gift I am willing to part with more money and may not think about it as much. Also, if I see a good free pattern I may buy the particular brand mentioned in the pattern just as a “thank you” for the pattern.

  • August 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm
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    I always buy my yarn on sale [ tent sale] I have an idea what I want to make wth it but then usually make something different, It all depends on any new pattern I come across. The color attracts me first, or is it the price? then I’ll decide.

    • August 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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      Joanne Grift, I also buy yarn on sale (Tent sale and recently Caron from e-mail ad). When it is ship free is when I try to buy as we live in western KS and no yarn stores close by and Walmart is over 20 miles one way. I have favorite yarns that I know how well they work up and those are what I try to buy to make items for charity. Mikey, loved your article and all you do for us crocheters, you are fabulous and thank you for being there for all of us.
      Joann Phillips

  • August 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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    love it when you are so sown to earth. your honesty is so refreshing.feel like I’m talking to a good friend when I read your articles. I so enjoy all your tutoriols..I have done more crocheting and even step outside the box too. thank you for all you do for all of us, especially inexperienced crocheters like me.

  • August 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm
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    Good article. Over the years I have bought random yarns because I loved the color or texture, but found that was a bit of a waste. I try not to buy yarn unless I have an idea of what I’ll be making with it before I buy it. I try to buy when it’s on sale or with coupons or free shipping. And I stay away from YLS because they seem to look down on crocheters, but will splurge on some good stuff online for clothing items.

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