The Best (& Worst) Hobby Lobby Yarn for Amigurumi

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Looking for the best Hobby Lobby Yarn for Amigurumi? I’ve tested ten different Hobby Lobby yarns to find only the best ones for crocheted and knitted toys.

I have been on the hunt for the best amigurumi yarns for years.

In the past, I’ve mostly purchased my yarn online or in local yarn shops. I’ve found lots of great yarns in those places, which you can read about here: Amigurumi Products and Yarn Reviews.

But, I’ve really wanted to find a yarn or two that are widely available at Hobby Lobby.

In my neck of the woods, I can easily find a Hobby Lobby store. In fact, in my town (which has a population of close to 100,000 people) this is the only dedicated craft store. All the others have slowly closed over the years.

I still love to purchase my yarn online, but sometimes it’s nice to run down to a local establishment and pick up a skein or two or ten (like I did).

There were so many gorgeous yarns to choose from, but would any of these Hobby Lobby yarns work well for amigurumi?

That’s what I decided to find out.

Hobby Lobby Yarn for Amigurumi

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Hobby Lobby Medium Weight Yarns

The backbone of my amigurumi yarns are medium weight fibers. I love worsted and aran weights for crocheted and knitted toys.

Hobby Lobby had a large selection of medium weight yarns and they came in so many gorgeous colors. But would they hold up to the rigorous demands of crocheting or knitting amigurumi toys?

They need to be able to withstand pulling, tugging and stretching. No wimpy yarns will do. These need to be workhorse yarns that don’t just look good, but hold up and feel good to the touch as well.

I tested eight different 4 Medium weight yarns to see which ones passed with flying colors and which ones failed the test.

Yarn Bee Yarn ID

  • Color: Dijon
  • Weight: 4 Medium
  • Fiber: 80% Acrylic & 20% Polyamide
  • Price: $3.84 (Sale)
  • Skein Weight: 5 oz
  • Yardage: 252 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 5.5 mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 5 mm

Pros: Yarn feels quite good in my hands. Soft, but not weak. A very strong yarn. Gorgeous color. There will be no holes in this yarn if you are doing a single crochet for amigurumi.

Cons: This doesn’t feel like a Medium weight yarn to me. It feels heavier like a Bulky weight. Although the color is beautiful, there are only twelve different colors to choose from. Would like to see more options.

Verdict: Very nice yarn. I would totally use this for amigurumi. But I would likely go up a little in crochet hook size to a 4 mm. My typical 3.5 mm hook felt a little too small for this particular yarn.

Lush Loft

  • Color: Blush
  • Weight: 4 Medium
  • Fiber: 100% Nylon
  • Price: $3.84 (Sale)
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 142 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 6 mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 5 mm

Pros: Absolutely beautiful color. Feels very good in my hands. The stitches slide off the hook in a wonderful way. Stretchy yarn, which I liked, but could be a negative for some people. Beautiful halo. Surprisingly strong yarn as well.

Cons: Very very difficult to actually see the stitches because of the halo (fuzziness) of this yarn. Would be very hard to work with when you need to count your stithces.

Verdict: Really bummed that this yarn has such poor stitch definition. I adore how it feels in my hand and I love the stretch in it. Would be really difficult to work with if you are trying to make amigurumi.

Comfy Classic

  • Color: Blush
  • Weight: 4 Medium
  • Fiber: 48% Viscose, 30% Polyester & 22% Nylon
  • Price: $2.79 (30% off sale)
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 150 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 6.5 mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 5.5 mm

Pros: Beautiful color. Nice stitch definition. Very strong yarn, no issues when closing the magic ring. Feels so good in my hands. Very stretchy, reminds me of soft pantyhose from back in the day.

Cons: A teeny tiny bit splitty. It didn’t happen much, but when it did split, it looks a bit like a snag in the yarn. Very stretchy, which could be a negative for some people.

Verdict: I am sort of on the fence about this yarn. If it wasn’t splitty I would would be absolutely in love with this yarn. I really like how stretchy it is and how nice it feels to work with. The problem would be if you split the stitch, the snag look would really bother me.

Studio 72

  • Color: Linen
  • Weight: 4 Medium
  • Fiber: 50% Acetate & 50% Acrylic
  • Price: $4.19 (30% off sale price)
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 145 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 5.5 mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 5 mm

Pros: Really pretty color. Soft to the touch. Nice, strong yarn. Very nice stitch definition.

Cons: This doesn’t really feel like a medium weight yarn to me. It feels more like a bulky. The yarn also feels a little stiff when working with it. I felt like my muscles were tiring out quickly.

Verdict: I don’t this would be a yarn that I would like working with. Although it really feels nice and the yarn is beautiful, I think it would be exhausting to use this yarn to make amigurumi. If I was going to use this yarn, I would likely go up to a 4 mm crochet hook size, it felt too small with the 3.5 mm hook.

Warm & Cozy

  • Color: Oat
  • Weight: 4 Medium
  • Fiber: 78% Acrylic, 13% Nylon & 9% Polyester
  • Price: $3.49 (30% off sale price)
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 317 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size:
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size:

Pros: Pretty color.

Cons: From the moment I pulled out the yarn from the center of the skein, I experienced frustration. This yarn is definitely not a good amigurumi yarn. I couldn’t even make a decent magic ring with it. When I frogged my stitches it got stuck. Felt like it might break as well.

Verdict: This is NOT an amigurumi yarn. I’m not really sure I would want to make anything with this yarn. It feels nice and the color is gorgeous, but that’s where my fondness ends. Would be an absolute nightmare to work with.

Alpaca Twist

  • Color: Blush
  • Weight: 4 Medium
  • Fiber: 90% Acrylic & 10% Alpaca
  • Price: $3.00 (30% off sale)
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 175 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 6.5 mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 5.5 mm

Pros: Well, well, well. What a surprise this yarn was. After working with the previous yarn, Warm & Cozy, my expectations were quite low. This yarn has a lovely feel and a beautiful halo. But what makes this one so nice is that it also has good stitch definition. It doesn’t have a lot of stretch to it, but it didn’t feel stiff.

It did feel a little bit heavier than the medium weight yarns I usually work with, so I would likely go up to a 4 mm hook, if I was working with this yarn.

It’s also a nice strong yarn and didn’t feel like it was going to come apart easily.

Cons: The only negative, and it’s not negligible, is that frogging this yarn isn’t fun. I work with mohair from time to time and it reminds me of that. When you frog a yarn with a natural animal fiber, it just takes time. You can’t just pull and expect the stitches to come undone quickly and simply.

Verdict: This is a yarn that I would use, especially if I knew the pattern well and wasn’t anticipating a lot of undoing/frogging my stitches. It comes in nine really pretty colors and the price is excellent for how much yarn you get.

Soft & Sleek Low-Pill Fiber

  • Color: Clay
  • Weight: 4 Medium
  • Fiber: 100% Low Pill Acrylic
  • Price: $2.79 (30% off sale)
  • Skein Weight: 5 oz
  • Yardage: 232 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 6 mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 5 mm

Pros: Really pretty color. Strong yarn that frogged easily. It felt a little heavy for a medium weight. Worked quite nicely. Beautiful stitch definition.

Cons: It felt a little stiff. I would worry when working with it if the toys would be difficult to shape. But that could be improved by going up to a size 4 mm for a crochet hook.

Verdict: I would like to experiment with this yarn more. For the price it is really nice. It comes in forty-six different colors and I love that the colors are modern. My only concern would be the stiffness in my hands.

Breathe Deep

  • Color: Ivory
  • Weight: 4 Medium
  • Fiber: 100% Polyester
  • Price: $2.79 (30% off sale)
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 216 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 4 mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 4.5 mm

Pros: I am a big fan of this yarn. Which I wasn’t expecting to be the case. This yarn feels a bit more like a cotton to me, but it feels wonderful to crochet with. It is a strong yarn and it also frogs beautifully. It doesn’t have super defined stitch definition, but I like that.

I was using the Ivory colored yarn and I could see it making a wonderful sheep amigurumi toy. There’s a lovely, subdued texture to the yarn. You are still easily able to see your stitches.

This yarn comes in twelve really beautiful colors. Each one is very on trend.

Breathe Deep yarn also felt much more like my typical medium weight yarn and I was able to use my 3.5 mm hook.

Cons: The only con, would be that for those who really like perfect stitch definition this has a slight halo and a bit of texture (which I like, but others may not). It could be difficult if you were working with super dark colored yarns.

There are only twelve colors. I would like to see this yarn in lots of different colors.

Verdict: I will definitely be using this yarn. I’m already thinking of a design using this exact color.

Hobby Lobby Light Weight Yarns for Amigurumij

The next weight yarn I was curious to experiment with were light weight yarns.

I found that Hobby Lobby didn’t seem to have as many of those to choose from at my local store.

But I put two different brands to the test to see how they worked for crocheting and knitting amigurumi.

Yarn Bee 44th Street

  • Colors: Olive & Shale
  • Weight: 3 Light
  • Fiber: 70% Acrylic & 30% Polyamide
  • Price: $2.57 (30% off sale)
  • Skein Weight: 3.5 oz
  • Yardage: 540 yards
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 4.5 mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 3.75

Pros: The colors are beautiful. Very soft.

Cons: I felt like I was knitting with yarn made from butterfly wings. It was so difficult to work with. It felt much lighter than a 3 weight yarn and it was very difficult to frog the stitches. I felt stressed using it, which is never a good sign.

Verdict: Probably not a yarn that I’m going to use to knit amigurumi clothing with. I had high hopes for this yarn and it definitely disappointed.

Sweet Minis

  • Color: Butterscotch Amber
  • Weight: 3 Light
  • Fiber: 100% Acrylic
  • Price: $3.00 (30% off sale)
  • Skein Weight: 4.2 oz
  • Yardage: 300 yards total (100 yards each)
  • Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 5mm
  • Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 4 mm

Pros: Gorgeous colors. I like that you get three different colors that coordinate together. Frogs easily. Feels more like a 3 weight yarn.

Cons: This yarn feels like it’s fraying while working with it. I also felt like it was the kind of yarn that if you dropped a stitch would slip down into oblivion and make you want to throw your project in a big huge fire.

Verdict: I really wanted to like this yarn, but it just felt flimsy. I would not use this yarn for knitting amigurumi clothes. It would always worry me that they might begin to unravel before I could even weave in my ends.

Hobby Lobby Yarns for Amigurumi

I hope you liked Hobby Lobby Yarns for Amigurumi. Testing these yarns was a real treat for me.

Finally, let me know if you have a Hobby Lobby yarn that you love for crocheting or knitting amigurumi toys.

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