My number one absolute favourite yarn for crocheting is Stylecraft Special DK. It's probably no surprise as I talk about it quite a bit on my blog! I know that many other crocheters and knitters like this yarn too. As I make lots of blankets, I find this yarn to be perfect...it has a fantastic range of colours, washes really well, is fairly soft and best of all is really economical! I just love it.
Above are some things that I've made using Stylecraft Special DK. It's just perfect for blankets and cushions especially.
I've heard that there are going to be some new colours in this range this year and I'm really looking forward to that.
Another favourite of mine is Sirdar Snuggly DK. Again it has a great range of colours and it's very soft. It's a wee bit more expensive than Stylecraft but I think it's a really nice yarn to work with. It's especially good for making baby things and my mum, who knits a lot of baby clothes, uses this a lot.
Another little collage above showing things I've made with Sirdar Snuggly DK. They release new colours of this yarn quite a lot which is good, but unfortunately they have discontinued a really gorgeous yellow colour which I loved and used a lot in my projects. The shade was 'duckling' and I haven't been able to find another yellow as perfect as it was yet. So the search for the perfect yellow begins again!
Lastly is another Stylecraft yarn which is again a firm favourite. This is Weekender which is super chunky. It's really soft and has some nice colours too...I like the soft sort of vintage colours best...duck egg, dawn, petal and cream.
I made lots of hot water bottle cosies with this yarn last year, it's the perfect yarn for those as its thick and cosy. (The pattern for the hot water bottle cosy is by Cocorose Diaries, the link is in my side bar). I also made a cowl and a tea cosy.
So those are my 3 favourite yarns! They are all fairly inexpensive as its rare for me to buy pricey yarn...I do really like Debbie Bliss yarns, especially the cashmerino range, but I'm afraid the price puts me off and I'm more than happy with my Stylecraft and Sirdar really!
So what about you? Do you like the yarns above or do you prefer more luxurious yarns? Are there other good budget yarns you can recommend?