Let’s Talk About Yarn Options!

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As a self professed yarn addict there’s something important I want to talk about…

You can make an amazing piece of fiber art regardless of the type/brand/price of the yarn/fiber you’re using.  I’ve got quite the yarn stash and there is a lot of indie dyed expensive yarn but do you know what else there is a lot of? There is as much if not more big box low price point yarns!  My stash has everything from 100% acrylic yarn to merino silk blends and a little bit of everything in between.  And I’m here to tell you from my person experience you can make a gorgeous piece of wearable fiber art with any of these yarn types, so let’s dive into some of my FO’s to see exactly what it is I’m talking about.  

Lowest Price Point 

Here’s a couple items I’ve made out of the lowest price points in my collection, these yarns are all just as beautiful as any of the other yarns in my collection but because they are big box brands I’ve made these items for a 1/4 of the price of other items in my collection.  

Hot Toddy Hoodie by Knitatude

I made the size 2X with 10 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice in Midnight Blue, this 100% acrylic yarn makes the perfect sweatshirt style sweater, warm for those frosty days and low maintenance since the acrylic yarn means it’s machine washable!Total Cost of yarn for this sweater: $39.99

Static Sweater by By Stephanie Erin

I made the size 5 with 9 balls of We Crochet Palette in Clove Heather, this 100% Peruvian Highland Wool brings you into the world of fingering weight wool yarn at a budget friendly price point! Total Cost of yarn for this sweater: $38.61

Ridgeline Tank by Baahumble

I made the size 4 with 3 skeins of Bernat Softee Cotton in Feather Grey, this 60% acrylic 40% cotton blend is a perfect entry point for summer garments and is machine washable as well as dryer safe! Total Cost of yarn for this tank top: $32.13

Middle Of The Road

One of my favorite sweaters I’ve ever made used a middle of the road price point yarn, and I’ll be honest I’ve got another sweater’s quantity of that yarn on hand for another project. There are many different yarns that can be classified as middle of the road and these can be found at big box stores, online yarn stores, or at your Local Yarn Store.  

Amelia Sweater by LeRoo Crochet

I made the size XL with 5 skeins of Knit Picks CotLin Reflections in the color way Cirrus, this 70% Cotton 30% Linen yarn is probably my favorite spring/summer yarn and I’ve got at least 1 more sweater quantity in my stash waiting to be made into a FO! Total Cost of yarn for this sweater: $64.95

Summer Tee by Milly’s Knit Designs

I made the size 5 with 3 skeins of Berroco Ultra Wool DK in Forget Me Not and 2 skeins of Schoppel Wolle Edition 3 in Beach Cafe both of these yarns are 100% wool and work together to create a light and breezy summer sweater.  The Schoppel Wolle Edition 3 is a great sub for pricier self striping marled yarns!  Total Cost of yarn for this sweater: $63.75

The Pricey Stuff 

I’ll be honest I’ve got a love for indie dyed yarn and indie dyers in general, it never ceases to amaze me what the talented indie dyers in our community can do! The other thing I have a real passion for is small batch hand spun yarn, especially in the bigger yarn weights; there’s just something special about working with a yarn that you know another human being has put the time and love into to make it and get it into your hands for your crafting pleasure!

Katalina Pullover by LeRoo Crochet

I made the size 6 with 3 skeins of Forest Fiber Arts Kid Silk Mohair in color way Aurora and 5 skeins of Little Fox Yarn True Wash DK in color way Bluesette.  These yarns are both hand dyed by indie dyers and can be purchased directly through the dyers at https://shop.littlefoxyarn.com/ and https://forestfiberarts.com/ due to the nature of indie dyed yarn I would always recommend hand washing in cool water with a wool wash, my personal favorite wool wash is Eucalan https://forestfiberarts.com/.  Total Cost of yarn for this sweater: $219.00

Express Yourself Sweater by Laurel Gervitz for Knit Collage

The sweater I made is currently not available for purchase outside of the Fall 2021 Knit Along but they have some fantastic other options! For this sweater I made a size 6 with Knit Collage Serenity Yarn in color ways Coral Cabana, Surf’s Up Blue, and Electric Lime. Serenity is the only yarn from Knit Collage that is machine made, all of their other yarns are made by hand by a small all female team in India. Serenity is a boucle style yarn that is 85% merino and 15% nylon. Total Cost of yarn for this sweater: $198.00

As you can see here, each one of these FO’s is an amazing piece of art made by my two hands with a material costs all across the board!  Inclusivity is a passion of mine and I think it is critical that we highlight materials at varying budget levels as part of our inclusivity in the fiber world!

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