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Melaine 01-23-2012 07:40 AM

Cheap yarn/crocheting covers questions
I have crocheted since I was a little girl and use mostly cotton yarn and do easy stuff like wash cloths, scarves, purses, dolls, drink cozies, etc.

I'm interested in trying to make some covers or shorties (I don't even know all the terminology yet!) for new baby. I tried a pattern online last night and I think I will be able to do it, but I've never bought wool yarn.

Are there any inexpensive but decent wool yarns available at AC Moore or Michaels (that I can use a coupon with!) How do I know if I am looking at good yarn or not?

Any other tips for getting started? Thanks for any help at all!!

ETA: I was going to use this pattern:

But any other easy and cheap pattern recommendations would be VERY appreciated!

ACSNMama 01-23-2012 10:03 AM

Re: Cheap yarn/crocheting covers questions
Looks like a good pattern! I like the look of the longies! anyway, you can also find free patterns at

jmoon 01-23-2012 10:13 AM

Re: Cheap yarn/crocheting covers questions
I started out with Patons 100% wool yarn from Micheals! It is soft, cheap, and they have some really nice colors and colorways! It does pill, but I just shave every month or so. I just didn't want to do my practicing on expensive yarn!

carriek38 01-23-2012 10:20 AM

Re: Cheap yarn/crocheting covers questions
Yup, that tutorial is also posted somewhere here on this forum, & it has been invaluable in helping me learn how to construct soakers, shorties, longies, & skirties.

Like others, I started out with Paton's or Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool from the craft store, though you can get some inexpensive & somewhat softer/less pilly yarns for not much more money. I definitely recommend practicing w/ Paton's or the like (esp. since you can get the coupons) to start, though :goodvibes:.

Melaine 01-23-2012 11:51 AM

Re: Cheap yarn/crocheting covers questions
Perfect....thanks guys! I am sure my first efforts will be very experimental so the Patons sounds perfect. I wouldn't mind investing in better yarn after I have practiced some. Glad to hear this pattern is a good one to try. Thank you everyone!

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