Fiber Content and Texture of Yarn

Duration: 4:18

With so many different types of yarn available, it’s hard to know which one is the right one for your project. In this video, Mister Domestic discusses a few different types of yarn and what to look for when you’re picking out yarn for your next crochet masterpiece.

When Mister Domestic was first learning to crochet, he found the yarn possibilities a little overwhelming. He crocheted with acrylic-based yarns only for the first couple of years, as he knew that yarn well and was comfortable with how it held up in different projects. After some time, however, he was ready to branch out and try new yarns.

Mister Domestic explores the three main types of yarn:

  • Animal-based
  • Plant-based
  • Synthetic

He has the same color for each of these yarns, in order for you to see how they each take the color differently. For animal fibers, you’ll find yarn made of mohair, alpaca, silk, and wool. Wool especially is great for outerwear like hats, mittens and sweaters. Plant-based fibers like cotton, hemp, and bamboo can be luxurious, especially when combined with other fibers. Cotton yarns in particular can be used for dishcloths and towels. Synthetic yarns include acrylic, nylon, and other plastic materials. Mister Domestic notes that not all acrylics are the same. Some are softer than others, and it’s important to take some time to figure out which one will work best for you.

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