SMP Craft
12 Nov

How-To Tuesday: Choose the Best Yarn for Your Project

If you, like me, have ever had trouble selecting the best type of greens for your salad (iceberg? spinach? arugula? kale? some kind of mix?), then you probably also share my anxiety over choosing the best yarn for a project. What might seem like a trivial decision can have major effects on your finished product. I mean, there’s wool, cotton, linen, polyester—even alpaca! The list goes on, unlike the extent of my wisdom on the subject. Luckily there are others out there far more knowledgeable than I. (I’m still searching for a comprehensive salad decision making guide, FYI.)

Need step-by-step guidelines on choosing the best color, weight, and type of yarn for your project? Here’s a great place to start: Crochet Along : Yarn Selection Tips

The Lion Brand blog has lots of helpful tips including side-by-side photos comparing the end result of using different yarns: How To Choose the Best Yarn for Your Project : Understanding How Texture and Color Interact

And just because it’s the season of giving, here’s a page right out of one of our newest and bestselling craft books, The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting, detailing the pros and cons of using every type of yarn in your lace-knitting project: Choose the Best Yarn

The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting by Elizabeth Lovick

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with Molly Goodall, artist, designer, creator of the unique children’s clothing brand, Little Goodall, and author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear. Originally from North Carolina, Molly earned her BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in 1997, where she became focused on children’s wear. She then worked as a toy designer in New York before deciding "it would be more fun to be an artist" and moved to North Texas, where she, her husband, and son currently live.


Molly Goodall, author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear

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Little Monster


Perfect for any rambunctious little dude or dudette, this frighteningly cute hat, mittens, and booties set will have the neighbors forkin’ over the treats in no time. All measurements are given for sizes 6-12 months, 12-24 months, and 2-3 years. From Nuriya Khegay’s fun-packed Monster Knits for Little Monsters: 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat, Mitten, and Bootie Sets to Knit.

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