Yarn is one of the most commonly used textiles for arts and crafts and it’s usually made of cotton, wool or acrylic. The strands are twisted together to form a string. It can be used for knitting, quilting, crocheting and sewing. If you plan to use yarn for the very first time, you’ll need to familiarize yourself first with the different types, colors, sizes, and fibers available. Here’s a quick guide on how to choose yarn online for knitting.
If you want to knit a sweater, you need to decide on a pattern that’s suitable for the kind of yarn you picked. But we would recommend that you first pick a pattern you like and choose a yarn specified in the pattern.
Gauge is listed at the top of the pattern and it’s given in the form of number of rows and stitches. It also tells you what needle and stitch pattern has been used for determining the gauge.
You can also check whether the yarns you like have a sample of the outcome of a knitting project so you can see what they’ll look like at the end of your project. Many shops often have samples available for you to check.
Yarn Color and Texture
When it comes to color, you’ll probably get good outcomes in colorful yarns for sweaters and similar projects. Go for simple patterns because they require minimal knitting effort. Besides, when you go for variegated yarns, a tricky stitch work won’t come out nice anyway. A variegated yarn in one color with shades from dark to light or light to dark will have the appearance of watercolor, which is great.
Now for texture, it really depends on what you’re going for. If you prefer a softer appearance you can go for soft single plies. Plied and twisted yarns look classic and elegant, while single plies are more laidback and country.
When it comes to color and textures, you just need to remember that if you go for wilder yarns, you need to keep the shape and pattern simple. If you go for plain yarn, keep the texture and shape more elaborate.
If you are opting for silk or cotton yarns, choose patterns that don’t rely on rib for fit. They should hang straight so that the drape of the yarn will be emphasized. Now if you want a ribbed border, go for an elastic fiber yarn so that the ribbing can pull in instead of hanging straight.
Knitting may seem difficult at first but all you really need to get started is yarn and knitting needles. Just make sure you pick the right knitting yarn and go for medium worsted weight yarn to start with. If you’re unsure what that is, here’s a guide to help you read labels. For needles, you can initially get medium sized wood or bamboo needles, which are best for beginners.
You’ll learn the best techniques and styles to use as you go on with your knitting project. Take your time and have fun knitting!