Wool for Yarn: What's in Your Hat?

How Expensive is Your Hat?

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.

9 thoughts on “How Expensive is Your Hat?

  • October 18, 2015 at 5:32 pm
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    Bang on Mikey. You may also be interested in knowing that if you hold the acrylic fiber yarn product near a heat source (sitting near the fire to warm up) it will melt as where the wool (or natural fibers) product will not. Naturally, if you get to close to the fire, it doesn’t matter which you have on, you’re going to get burned. I am a dedicated crafter of natural fibers only and I even spin wool into yarn myself and then knit or crochet items for myself and others. What I like most about doing my own spinning is that I can decide how thin or thick I want my yarn to be.

  • October 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm
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    Yes yes yes! Thanks so much for this, even though I’ve figured it out for myself not too long ago. It just validates me buying wool or wool blend yarns for my bulky winter projects (hats/scarves/cowls).

  • October 7, 2015 at 9:45 am
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    Good Information to have…Thank you. I also crochet for charity and some years may make a couple hundred hats so the cheaper yarn is the only way to go. Being down south , the weather is milder so acrylic works well.

  • October 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm
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    Bang on! When I first started crocheting I only bought acrylic yarn,( I always looked for the cheapest with a coupon) then I found out about cotton yarns. It wasn’t until I started knitting that I found out about other materials. I usually knit and crochet for family but I have to remember which person is allergic to wool and other animal fibers. If I am doing something for kids I look for machine washable wool blend or a super wash wool.

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:25 am
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    I agree totally….but as a newbie can you tell me how I learn how to change the yarn from one size to a larger, ex: a 4 worsted weight is used in a pattern but I want to use a 5 or 6 bulky or super bulky??

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:22 am
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    yes your right and to really get one of a kind item I will mix 100% wool with acrylic for trim and such! Kids hat I use Acrylic but line with felt to make it warmer just because kids tend to loose them. Other items depends who it maybe for love working with 100% wool but need to watch my pennies too 🙂

  • October 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm
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    Great Article! Makes me look at my yarn choices differently now.

  • October 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm
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    My materials choices depend on the destination. I do a lot of crocheting for charity where all the goods have to be “easy care” and “non-allergenic”. For those projects I always choose 100% acrylic on the “an acrylic hat is better than no hat theory”. For personal gifts and personal use I like blends or 100% natural fibers, although acrylics often provide a better color selection, so again I look at the purpose and the intended longevity of the item.

  • October 1, 2015 at 11:33 am
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    Right on the money as usual?

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