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Need advice selecting afghan yarn

Posted by lindarenee (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 29, 07 at 0:06

I haven’t crocheted for a very long time and am planning to try a simple single crochet afghan this winter. I thought the sc project would help me standardize my stitch size and technique before I do more complicated things. I need advice on selecting yarn. I want to use something SOFT and comfy that will hold up well to washings and not pill.
I enjoyed crocheting a few shawls when I was in my early 20’s. I’m 50 + now. The yarn selection has changed in the past 30+ years!
Any suggestions or advice on the yarn?

Thank you!!!!
Linda Renee

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RE: Need advice selecting afghan yarn

Hi Linda - It's my understanding that acrylic yarn is tough and that is what I use for kids and institutional things that will take a beating; mostly RH Super Saver and Caron One Pounder. I wash & dry after finishing and they do soften a lot. Tiny bit of soap and no fabric softener (allergies and smell).

The site below has zillions of free patterns. Go to the "Free Pattern Directory" to patterns other than afghans.

These and all patterns and pattern books will tell you what type(s) of yarn can be used. You might want to get some books at the library just to help you along.

Have fun searching.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crochet pattern central

RE: Need advice selecting afghan yarn

lion brand's "homespun" yarn works into a very soft fabric and is acrylic. it can be tossed into the washer and dryer and i haven't seen it pilling. its a yarn i like to knit with.

sometimes the craft stores have samples knitted/crocheted
for you to see what they yarn turns out like when worked.


RE: Need advice selecting afghan yarn

"homespun" is very nice and soft with a wide range of colors but more difficult to work with because of the "curls" for beginning crocheters - Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Soft Yarn are both softer than the Super Saver but I use Super Saver and Caron One Pounder all the time for afghans -- no complaints about softness or durability.

RE: Need advice selecting afghan yarn

Thank you, everyone, for your advice. This will make yarn shopping easier. I look forward to browsing through the patterns at the crochet pattern central site! Thanks,

RE: Need advice selecting afghan yarn

Caron Simply Soft is my favorite. Wish it came in more color choices. After you wash it and get the sizing off the yarn, it is almost liquid. But I always use fabric softener to cut the static electricity.

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