What is the best yarn for beginner crocheters?

Yarn Variety Visual - Night Owl Designer

So you are trying to learn to crochet!  You are so excited that you went to the store and bought the most beautiful yarn, and now you are sitting down to start working on your first project.  You probably have a have a video pulled up online, have a friend teaching you or bought some sort of beginners guide to crocheting.

If you are like me, you probably didn’t nail it on the first go.  THAT’S OKAY! The first time I tried to learn, I couldn’t get past the basic foundation chain.  I tried, got stuck, undid everything, tried to start again, got stuck, undid everything, and so on and so forth until I was so frustrated that I threw the yarn and hook off my lap and hid my shameful, mangled mess away in a drawer.

It was about a year until I built up the courage to try again, and what do you know, I did it (again after a lot of trying, getting stuck, undoing everything and starting over)!  I decided to try making a simple square to get the hang of the entire crochet process start-to-finish: foundation chain, rows, turning work, fastening off and weaving in yarn tails.  When I was finished, I had my very own… misshapen blob. It had uneven rows and wildly varied tension leaving random gaps between stitches… but… I finished it, and I was proud!

If you identify with this experience, or you find yourself wondering if the yarn you are trying to learn to crochet with is causing you problems, then you’ve come to the right place! But this still begs the question, “What is the best yarn for beginner crocheters?”

Simple Answer: Start with a Basic, Light/Bright Colored, Medium/Worsted Weight Yarn.

1. Start with a Basic Yarn.

One of the biggest things my failed attempts to learn to crochet taught me, was when learning something new with crocheting, don’t start with a yarn you intend to use on a specific project.  Start with a basic, inexpensive yarn, like Red Heart Super Saver or, my personal favorite, Big Twist Sincerely yarn. Some yarns are harder to work with than others, especially when you are learning.  So avoid fancier, frilly or loosely spun yarns, because if you are constantly having to pull out stitches and start over, the yarn can get tangled and you might even have to rip it apart if fibers start naturally weaving together. I usually keep basic yarn on hand at all times for learning new techniques.

Recommended Yarn for Beginner Crocheters - Night Owl Designer

2. Pick a Light/Bright Colored Yarn.

The second part of this tip is to choose a light/bright colored yarn.  The darker the color of the yarn, the harder it is to see the stitches.  It’s important to be able to identify the anatomy of your stitches for three main reasons:

  1. So you place your hook in the right opening,
  2. So you don’t unintentionally drop or add stitches in your rows,
  3. And because it helps you learn to identify and count stitches.
Beginner Yarn vs Intermediate Yarn Visual Comparison - Night Owl Designer
Top Yarn: Beginner Yarn | Bottom Yarn: Intermediate Yarn

3. Use a Medium Weight Yarn.

The last thing to note about this tip is the weight of the yarn.  Yarn weight refers to the thickness of the yarn, and medium weight is pretty common and easy to work with.  When looking for a medium weight yarn, it is common to see it referred to with a number “4” or the word “worsted” on yarn labels.  So number 4, medium and/or worsted weight yarns are typically recommended for beginners.

Example of Label Identification for Medium Weight Yarn - Night Owl Designer
Circled element of the label shows that this is MEDIUM Weight Yarn.