Hey there! Today, I’m super excited to share my second post dedicated to sharing my knowledge about crochet clothing. The series is called Crochet Basics, and you can check my first post about the best crochet hooks for crochet clothing. I will talk about all the little details I have learned along my path.

The Crochet Basics category is dedicated to crocheting clothing, choosing the right crochet hooks for the best final project, choosing the right yarn to match your vision, fitting your body, and caring about the final crocheted project, so it will stay in amazing conditions and size to make you happy for years!

So today let’s dive into the best yarn for your clothing project! How to choose the right ones, what to avoid…and much more!

Oh! And you can read the post or scroll down for the video ๐Ÿ™‚

There are so many variables that affect how your crochet clothing will come out and how long it will hold up in good shape, that it is crazy to talk about each detail, the post will become a huge thick book and you will get overwhelmed in the end. So, what I am trying to do here is to call your attention to the basics of life, maybe just a tiny little bit of physics, maybe something about the resistance of materials, but mostly to common sense ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think craft projects are made to experiment, to pick something new, try it out and decide how we like it, what we enjoy better. As these posts are dedicated to clothing, it is something you will wear, it is something that is supposed to be at least comfortable and execute some kind of “mission” -> to fit your body, and make you feel happy for as long as possible. So here are my years’ of observations, what is the best, what is to avoid. The post is as general as it can be and at the same time very specific, I want you to see the general ideas, and then you will know 100% how you want to experiment!

1 – COMPOSITION OF THE YARN

All my guides, crochet patterns, and ideas are dedicated exclusively to crochet with yarn from natural origin. Why?

โœ„ Good for the body

โœ„ Good for the planet

โœ„ Easy to control the outcome (wash/steam)

So what are those natural materials I want you to use:

๐Ÿงถ Cotton (mainly)

๐Ÿงถ Silk (sometimes)

๐Ÿงถ Linen (test it)

Let’s get into some details:

Cotton

Cotton. I would say it is the most stable fiber of all you can use. It is not “bouncy”, it is produced in a pretty similar manner from one brand to another. It is very difficult to get it wrong with cotton!

If you are new to crochet, it is so good to start with 100% mercerized cotton! It is very twisted cotton yarn, that passed the mercerisation process, to simplify, it is a chemical process to make this yarn more shiny, more durable, easy to crochet with, and a little heavier than your normal cotton yarn.

I do not have favorite brands here, I have crocheted with different kinds of cotton from different brands, some are shinier, and some are more resistible to washing machine. But nothing totally favorite yet ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are on a budget, and looking for some resistant yarn for less money, you can try this Daphne from Ice Yarns. The yarn is mercerized, but not very shiny, but (!) resisted very well machine washing, so, that’s why recommending :)!

SILK

I love silk, the outcome is so beautiful always! At least in my experience.

I heard different opinions however and I cannot completely guarantee that there is not a shitty silk yarn out there…

So in my opinion according to my experience:

Silk is an amazing yarn to crochet with. I crochet with very twisted silk yarn, with semi-twisted, with… well, many! All my perfect silk came from Colourmart. They sell yarn from different producers, so, I doubt I had the same silk from them every time, but that my garment came out perfectly with the Colourmart silk – it IS always!

No sponsoring here! Although I wish I was!

I, for the first time, bought some leftover silk from a Bulgarian company, that was going out of business, and the silk was fantastic, I wish I could buy silk from them over and over again. I have crocheted this skirt, this top, and another skirt I have not published on the blog yet.

Then I was into silk and I bought some Turkish yarn from eBay called silk, only to discover later that it was 100% viscose… Do not buy excessively cheap silk, it might be viscose or poly. (When burnt silk smells like burnt hair, viscose will smell like burnt paper and poly will melt, becoming plastic).

Then, I found an Indian silk company, silk was sold by kg and was pretty affordable, but! The color was not stabilized at all. And it was constantly running, very heavily to say the least.

Only then I found Colourmart, and happiness came into my life! lol! In the upcoming months I will be sharing more of my crochet clothing here on the blog.

Where to pay attention to when you are buying silk yarn:

โœ‚๏ธ Silk may be viscose or poly and not silk at all;

โœ‚๏ธ Silk may not be shiny, but not specified. Not shiny silk is called bourette silk, and it is dull (perfect for men’s clothing if you ask me). The companies do not like to specify that and sell it at the price of shiny silk. Bourette silk is a cheaper silk because it is made out of “leftovers” of shiny silk.

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LINEN

Linen can be confusing if you are starting out. Mostly lienen is very rude to the touch and it can be challenging to crochet with. Your fingers can hurt considerably only after several hours.

However, there is good linen to crochet with! I was lucky and my first linen to crochet with was one from Katia Yarns, but unfortunately they discontinued it. The new one I did not try (the new line was not good to me. I loved their previous yarn line (back in 2010), which is discontinued now.)

Since then I have not found any good linen for crochet clothing. But I had a very good experience with linen with cotton (50%/50%) from Colourmart and I also had linen with silk. It was very unusual looking but super pretty!

So, experiment! Try it out! But be careful, the yarn is tough for crochet clothing sometimes!

I have crocheted with different combinations of silk, cotton, and linen in a yarn. It was amazing! Definitely recommend trying it out!

I would say, if you are starting out to crochet your clothing, go for 100% mercerized cotton, it will be 100% success. (Do not forget to check my guide about washing your sample + garment, – VERY IMPORTANT step, do not miss it)

What about other fibers?

There are many, I agree. Sometimes they are very dependable on the brand, sometimes too different to handle for clothing depending on their twist. But let me make some notes on the ones I have tried:

Viscose

Avoid, avoid, avoid!! I cannot stress “avoid” enough! lol! It is “made out of wood” using a chemical process. So it IS from natural origin, but oh my!!!! This yarn is a nightmare in the crochet world! And, believe me, I have tried it mixed with cotton, with linen, and the same thing! Same outcome! You get it, crochet it, put it – it will stretch out (I came out in a mini dress, came back in a maxi!), you wash it, and it is perfect again. You put it on – and the same thing!

I excluded it from my crochet and knitting clothing for good. No company on this planet will make me try it again!

But I do love sewing with viscose fabric, lol! Only sewing!

Modal

Fancy word, that in the yarn world, they use it sometimes to describe viscose…

To my knowledge (I could be wrong, though), it is produced like viscose only using different chemicals. But also sometimes it can be produced from artificial material. SOOO, no control here. I had good and bad experiences with modal, different yarns feel differently. I have crocheted with shiny modal, I have crochet with very opaque modal, almost linen looking. So, it is a crazy world. Experiment, let me know if you find something fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wools

This is huge. I have crocheted from different wools. But mostly accessories, like a scarf (1, 2, 3, 4) or a hat.

I have made a dress, a sweater, and a top from Merino mixed with Nylon (discontinued yarn from Katia Yarns) – it was perfect and survived all my washing/steaming manipulations.

I have used 100% wool to crochet a skirt. Nice, a bit itchy.

Also, I have tried a discontinued alpaca for a sweater.

What can I say?! I have love/hate relationship with using wool for crochet. I love how it comes out. But I do not love wearing wool crochet sweater in a windy weather… It is super warm, but all the holes…

I want to keep crocheting accessories, it is very fun and you can test the yarn))! I might make some winter clothing, it will depend hugely on the place I will be leaving, on the weather conditions…

I would suggest:

โ‡ถ go for machine washable wool – easy to care

โ‡ถ check that the yarn is not very bouncy, or not bouncy at all, you will save time fitting it later ๐Ÿ™‚

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2 – Thickness of the yarn

Here I will suggest to pay a lot of attention. This step will determine if you are crocheting a blouse or a coat. Choosing a thick crochet hook with thick yarn will give you the outcome of a “denim” feeling, like your 100% cotton jeans for example. Check out the video below for more precise information.

3 – Twist of the yarn

The twistier the yarn is:

โœƒ easier to crochet

โœƒ sturdier the result

โœƒ longer life of your garment

Also, there are different styles of twist of the yarn. The one which is shown on the images (and in the video) is the most common one. There are yarns that have “twists” in the form of chains or cords. It is very nice for crocheting and I have made very pretty clothing using those. I could say that if I could only use chained/corded yarn I would!!!

There are also yarns (like Japanese Gima cotton) that look like threads have been glued to each other, it gives different effect on the final garment.

So there is a space to test and improvise!

In the next months, I will be sharing my finished crocheted garments from different yarns, so you can find the best view you want to achieve for yourself!

All of those above are observations I had crocheting during the past 14 years. You can change each variable and test what you love more! What will give the result you want?

Want a winter coat? Pick a thick crochet hook, thick wool yarn and will high tension (to avoid holes to keep warm in) crochet a coat.

Want a flowy blouse? Then have a look at silk. Need a crispy shirt – then mercerized cotton with a tiny hook, or linen can be your best friend!

Make it tighter using a smaller crochet hook -> the end result will be sturdier! Your mercerized cotton is too twisted and too sturdy for your taste? Then opt for a bigger crochet hook and you will get your flowy result.

And again, check out the video for more examples! Happy crocheting!

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