Choose the correct yarn for your next amigurumi project like a boss. Not all yarns work well for toy making. In Amigurumi Yarn Recommendations I guide you through five simple steps that will enable you to choose the right yarn for the right project every time.
Truth bomb coming at you….there is no best yarn for crocheting amigurumi. Now that’s not to say there aren’t yarns that are better suited for crocheting toys, because there certainly are. Think of me as your friendly neighborhood crochet addict who loves sharing my amigurumi yarn recommendations.
Choosing the correct yarn for the project is one of the most important decisions you are going to make. I cannot stress that enough. The right yarn can make or break your project.
One mistake I see beginners regularly make is choosing yarns that don’t work for crocheting amigurumi. They become frustrated. They believe they aren’t cut out for toy making, when in reality they just chose the wrong yarn.
How to Choose Yarn for Amigurumi
- Choose your pattern.
- Select the weight of your yarn.
- Choose the fiber.
- Make an amigurumi swatch.
- Pick your colors.
Choose Your Pattern
There are so many different amazing amigurumi patterns out there in the world. If you need some inspiration check out my Amigurumi Directory that has photos and links to all my favorite designers. Getting excited about a new pattern is one of my favorite parts!
First of all choose a pattern that fits your skill level. Many pattern descriptions will specify the experience level needed to complete the project. But don’t be afraid to stretch yourself. One of the ways that I became more proficient in toymaking was by tackling projects that were just a little bit outside of my comfort zone.
Select the Weight of the Yarn
Next select the weight of your yarn. There is no right or wrong for this second step. Check the pattern to see what the designer recommends as a guide. You may feel most comfortable using the weight they suggest. I personally always go for worsted or aran weight yarns, which are listed as a Medium Number 4, according to the Craft Yarn Council.
But if you’re looking to make a teeny tiny or super sized amigurumi choose the appropriate yarn weight for your project goals. Expect that if you drastically change the weight of the yarn from the original pattern, your toy may turn out quite different. That can be a fun experiment but just be aware of that going forward.
Choose the Fiber
The next step in my amigurumi yarn recommendations is to choose your fiber. For example, early on I only used cotton yarns. I love the look of amigurumi made from cotton. The colors are so bright, the texture is perfect, and stitch definition is high. But I found that over time cotton was a trigger for the serious tendonitis I developed in my elbow. Because cotton is a less stretchy fiber it was causing continual pressure on my elbow joints. Due to that fact I switched to a stretchier fiber and my symptoms drastically improved. You can read more about my “crochet elbow” and how I eventually healed it here.
You may already have a favorite fiber. My go-to these days is a wool blend. Because one hundred percent wool is a bit pricey for my toys I stick to blends which contain natural and synthetic fibers. I have two favorite brands that I use for each and every project. I love their variety of colors and the prices.
My all time favorite is Berroco Vintage. It is a wool, acrylic, and nylon blend. The colors are simply gorgeous and they come in several heathered options as well. This yarn has a slight halo that gives the toys an itty bitty fuzzy texture that I love. It is also a very strong yarn for seaming. Below is the exact color I used for the body of my new piggy.
Similarly is my second favorite, Paintbox Wool Mix Aran. It comes in so many vibrant colors. It is also a very strong yarn, but in contrast it has less of a halo than the Berroco. Furthermore it is a very affordable option.
Likewise my favorite crochet hook to use with worsted and aran weight yarns is a 3.5 mm, size E. I have tried several but the best one I have found for amigurumi is the Furls brand which you can find below. The pointed end and thick metal construction enable it to be sturdy and precise all at the same time, which is important when crocheting toys.
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Make an Amigurumi Swatch
Next make an amigurumi swatch. This step is something I developed to test yarns. Not every yarn is suitable for making amigurumi. Some have a beautiful drape, that while perfect for garments, will be terrible for crocheting toys.
Most amigurumi patterns are crocheted in the round using a magic ring. To make your swatch crochet a portion of your pattern that is round, like the top of the head. Or use the first few rounds from my free pattern, The Bitty Bunnies.
- Make a magic ring.
- Round 1 – 6 sc in magic ring (6)
- Round 2 – inc each st (12)
- Round 3 – (1 sc, inc) repeat 6 times (18)
- Round 4 – (2 sc, inc) repeat 6 times (24)
- Round 5 – (3 sc, inc) repeat 6 times (30)
- Round 6 – (4 sc, inc) repeat 6 times (36)
The yarn you used should create a structured, firm bowl or dome. Consequently, it should not collapse or be floppy in any way. If it is, you may want to choose a different yarn for your amigurumi project.
Pick Your Colors
Finally, pick your colors. This is the most fun part for me. Choosing colors that make me happy is critical. If I love the colors then I am happy to work on my project for hours on end.
If you need any additional help in this area please check out my blog post all about how to choose colors for amigurumi projects.
Ultimately I decided I wanted my two piggies to match. They are both crocheted with the same colors and I absolutely adore how they turned out.
Amigurumi Yarn Recommendations
Above all, if you already have a yarn you love and have used for amigurumi projects, use it. I am a big believer in using what you have, being less wasteful, and exercising mindfulness about spending. These amigurumi yarn recommendations are for those who need a little help finding the perfect yarn for their projects.
To summarize, choose your pattern, yarn weight, and fiber first. Make a swatch if necessary. Finally choose colors that make your heart sing. Lastly hug your little toy and give him a little squeeze. Above all, be proud of what you have made and share it with the world or your family or maybe even just your dog.