What’s the best yarn to make amigurumis? let’s talk about it!
When I go to a yarn shop, my eyes always get crazy. First look at the skeins and then I go and caress them lightly. Irresistible!
This is the best way to know if you have the right skein in your hands, because I love to hug a soft and kind amigurumi.
After all, the color, touch and price of the skein, will make me decide which one is the best. Even though, there are some pros and cons to have in mind. That’s why I always look at the label. Some common yarns are:
I love 100% wool. It feels nice to work and I believe it gives you the best final result, with a great firm stitch.
The currently wool is soft and with a lot of variety colors, nothing compared the wool I used when I was a kid.
Wool is often blended with much softer fibers (angora, cashmere, silk) that gives them a delicious touch.
Some wool has tendency to felt, which means it is not machine washable. Search “super wash” on the label to avoid this problem.
This kind of yarn is the easiest to find. It has a huge variety of colors and it is more economic.
It is totally machine washable.
Watch out the different qualities because some of them can result rough and tough.
If you pretend that a child sleeps with one of your amigurumi, note that acrylic ones could make him or her sweat.
There are different cotton qualities, always very soft. Pima cotton is the fluffiest, I love it!
There is a good range of colors available. If you want a brighter touch, try the mercerized cotton.
If you work on a baby’s amigurumi, cotton is the best choice.
It is smooth and soft, and it dries quickly. So important on a baby’s toy, because it tends to go in their little mouths.
It is difficult to find a thick cotton yarn. That’s why amigurumis sometimes get smaller than we pretend. Working with two threads at the same time could be a good solution.
Amigurumis are small and don’t need a big amount of yarn to be done. That’s why I tend not to look at the stroke’s price, experimenting with different qualities and enjoying the craft!
I hope this post will be useful for you.
I would love to know about your opinion. What kind of yarn do you usually use? any favorite one?
Your experience will help all of us!