Have you ever wondered what kind of yarn is best for crocheting loveys and amigurumis? With so many yarns available for purchase, what type is best for making special creations for babies and children? Let’s discuss the possibilities!!
When I create a new design, I always make the lovey and the amigurumi at the same time, so I always use the same yarn for both prototypes. I think it looks nice, and I like that people can see both designs in the same yarn. In my beginnings, I was working only with cotton. And while it is a kind of yarn that I love, sometimes the worsted weight yarn made the work very complicated and it became tedious to work with. However, I have started doing some projects with Scheepjes Catona, a fingering weight cotton, and I love the final result! I used it for my Sweet Dreams Teddy Bear Mobile and it looks great. The stitch definition is very good and the shape is incredible.
So that brings us back to the Big Question – what type of yarn is best for crocheting amis and loveys? Every yarn has its own pros and cons – weight, colors, price, content, washability – that will help you determine which yarn is best for what you’re making.
One of the first things to consider is who is getting the creation. Most of my patterns are geared towards babies and small children. So the yarn needs to be soft and sturdy – and able to be laundered. I like to use super vivid and bright colors for my designs, so a wide variety of colors is also something I look for in a yarn. Yarn weight is also something I carefully think about. The only weight I would not recommend using is lace weight. It’s just too thin. But anything from a fingering weight all the way up to a super bulky yarn will work well!
One type of yarn I don’t like to use is wool. It’s pretty itchy, and not easy to wash. And if you’re making a project for a child, it will probably need to be washed on a regular basis! (Alpaca is a great alternative to wool, but it gets rather pricey.) Wool blends can be used instead of 100% wool. For example, Scheepjes Merino Soft would be a good yarn to use if you wanted a yarn with a mostly natural, wool content (DK weight, 50% Wool Superwash Merino/25% Microfiber/25% Acrylic). The Merino Soft can be machine washed, so it’s definitely more child-friendly than other wool yarns.
Dropping a hook size and yarn weight is also a lot of fun. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been working with a fingering weight cotton for some of my designs, and I love the way they are turning out. They are a bit smaller than my creations made with worsted weight, but the yarn is super soft and the detail is perfect.
Basically, when it comes to crocheting amigurumis and loveys, there is no perfect, right or wrong yarn. It’s a personal choice. I’ve told you what yarn I like best right now…what kind do you prefer? Drop a message in the comments and let me know!