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So many choices,
so many possibilities

I realize that not everyone knows every detail there is to know about yarn,
so I'm here to try and alleviate that feeling of
"There is too much to choose from, I don't know what to do!"

Below I have included photos & descriptions of the four types of yarn I typically use.
Yarn comes in many different weights and thicknesses which completely changes the way that your item feels like, as well as making the object larger or smaller.

Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn
Weight: size 4 (medium thickness)

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Worsted acrylic yarn might be exactly the type that you think of when you think of yarn in general, because it is considered the most versatile weight for crocheting and knitting. It is an all-purpose yarn that can be used for blankets, sweaters, stuffies, and many other items. It is a fully synthetic material, so there is no cotton or wool making up the fibers. It is typically less expensive than natural fiber yarns, and is also machine-washable and will not shrink in size.

Personal pros:
Can be used for almost a
nything; comes in tons of colors;
less expensive; durable; resistant to moths
Personal cons:

Not as soft as other yarn types for things like stuffed animals

Super Bulky Yarn
Weight: size 6 (thick)

Super bulky yarn is very thick, making it perfect for everything snuggly: blankets, scarves, hats, and super soft stuffed animals. Because of it's size it works up more quickly than less thick yarns, but also makes an item much larger than it would be if it were made with acrylic yarn.
I typically use Bernat Blanket bulky yarn which is made with 100% polyester. It is also machine washable and dryable (I highly recommend doing this on delicate settings and low heat.)

Personal pros:

Very soft and cuddly

Personal cons:
More expensive

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Comparing thickness:

acrylic yarn vs. bulky blanket yarn

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Wool Yarn
Weight: size 6 (thick)

Wool yarn is a great choice for winter garments because it is an insulator. It looks great for certain decorative pieces giving it a textured look (think pillows, baskets or wall hangings.) There are different types of wool including sheep and alpaca and is typically more expensive than other types of yarn due to the natural fibers. However, the feel of wool may not be everyone's cup of tea, and some people may experience skin irritation due to the scratchiness of the fibers.

Personal pros:
Great insulator; pretty textured look; very durable

Personal cons:

May be uncomfortable or cause skin irritation

 

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Cotton Yarn
Weight: size 4 (medium worsted)

Cotton yarn is pretty lightweight and soft, so it's perfect for summer clothing or accessories. It is a plant-based fiber that is a perfect vegan choice, as well as being machine washable and durable. It holds water really well so it's preferred for making wash cloths, rags, dish cloths or towels. Cotton yarn is also heat resistant so it's great for making pot holders. I typically use Lily Sugar'n Cream cotton yarn for my projects.

Personal pros:
Super absorbent for cleaning accessories; soft; will not shrink in washing machine from heat

Personal cons:
It will stretch, so it's not good for fitted garments;
colors may fade over time 

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I truly hope this helps some of your decision making!
If you're still super confused, just leave it up to me-that's my job anyway.

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