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Erin's Picks: The Best Yarns, Knitting Needles, and Crochet Hooks

"Products personally tested, used by me, and recommended for you" -- Erin

These are the products I have personally tested, used, and recommend for you. At Yarn Supply, all the products we sell have to meet a minimum standard of quality, but these ERIN'S PICKS products are over and above the rest. Manufacturers can't pay to get this endorsement. You have to make a great product to get my seal of approval.



Baby Yarns

Bernat Baby Blanket YarnBaby Blanket YarnI have used the Bernat Baby Blanket to knit and crochet multiple baby afghans. This yarn has a chenille feel and is so cuddly and soft. Perfect for babies and toddlers, washes really nice. It also works up so fast, you have plenty of time to make more things!
Bernat Softee Baby YarnBernat Softee Baby YarnI knitted a newborn sized cardigan with the Softee Baby and it is beautiful! The colors are always a perfect blend. So soft against a baby’s skin.
Patons Beehive Baby Chunky YarnPatons Beehive Baby Chunky YarnI used the Beehive Chunky in the Quicker Clover, Vaster Violet and Lushest Lace colors to crochet an afghan for my youngest niece. This is the softest baby yarn! I wanted to keep crocheting and make a “my size” afghan. But I stopped and gave it to her for Christmas. I love her that much! Suggested projects with this yarn: Afghans, baby sweaters, hats, scarves.




Sock Yarns

Kroy Socks YarnKroy Socks YarnThe Kroy is my favorite! This is a bit thicker than most sock yarns, so it feels warmer. I’ve knitted socks, mittens and gloves with this yarn and have no complaints. Wears and washes wonderfully.




#0 Lace Weight Yarns

Elegant Athena YarnElegant Athena YarnThe Athena is so soft and luxurious. I hand-dyed a skein of the white and am knitting a shawl (for myself!). This will take me forever because the thread is so thin and I’m so slow! But it will be beautiful when it is done. Suggested projects with this yarn: Shawls, cowls, shrugs, wraps.




#1 Fingering Weight Yarns

Premier Wool Free Lace YarnPremier Wool Free Lace YarnThe Wool Free Lace is soft and has a bit of elasticity. I am crocheting a scarf with this and it has a nice thickness and is holding its shape fairly well for being such a thin yarn. It does not have a tight ply, but has not split when crocheting. Suggested projects with this yarn: Scarves, shawls, wraps, cowls.




#2 Sport Weight Yarns

Premier Cotton Fair YarnPremier Cotton Fair YarnCotton Fair has such a wonderful color lineup! I want to use them all! I used the Cloud Gazing double stranded to knit the Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. (I added 2 more sections and made it a shawl) This is such a nice yarn! Suggested projects with this yarn: Baby garments, lightweight summer shawls, wraps, sweaters.




#3 Light Worsted Weight Yarns

Elegant Angelic YarnElegant Angelic YarnI used the Angelic yarn to knit a short scarf (great to block out the cold winter wind). This was like working with silk, so soft! Feels very nice up against your skin. Suggested projects with this yarn: Shawls, scarves, fingerless mittens.
Bernat Cotton(ish) YarnBernat Cotton(ish) YarnI used the Cotton(ish) to knit a summer wrap. There was some splitting if I was not paying attention. Overall, it has a nice drape and feel and I would use it again. Maybe the color Cotton Field for a lightweight shawl. Suggested projects with this yarn: Shawl, cowl, baby garments, sweaters, market bag, hats.




#4 Worsted Weight Yarns

Patons Decor YarnPatons Decor YarnI am using the Décor yarns in greens and purples for an afghan from the Great American Afghan books. This is a great afghan yarn! The wool and acrylic blend is pretty thick for a worsted weight. I am pulling different squares from all three books to make it extra special for the person getting this afghan. I have been working on this gift for a couple of years. This will be gorgeous when completed! Suggested projects with this yarn: Afghan, hats, mittens, sweaters.
Premier Home Cotton YarnPremier Home Cotton YarnHome Cotton isn’t just for dishcloths! This is so soft and has some stretch, that you forget it’s mostly cotton. After washing it does hold its shape better than 100% cotton yarns. I am using this yarn to crochet all of the dishcloths in the Dishcloth of the Month book. I plan on making a summertime headband once I find a pattern I like. Suggested projects with this yarn: Dishcloths, baby garments, headbands.
Elegant Kaleidoscope YarnElegant Kaleidoscope YarnKaleidoscope has such awesome color combinations! I knit a pair of fingerless computer mitts with this and they are warm! This is a roving style yarn, so you really do not have to worry about the yarn untwisting. Suggested projects with this yarn: Mittens, felted slippers and bags, hats, scarves.
Deborah Norville Everyday YarnDeborah Norville Everyday YarnEveryday is just that, an every day yarn. I used this to knit a hat and mittens for my grandson and it is very soft and durable. This yarn is pretty and economical. Suggested projects with this yarn: afghans, garments for adults and babies!




#5 Chunky Weight Yarns

Patons Beehive Baby Chunky YarnPatons Beehive Baby Chunky YarnI used the Beehive Chunky in the Quicker Clover, Vaster Violet and Lushest Lace colors to crochet an afghan for my youngest niece. This is the softest baby yarn! I wanted to keep crocheting and make a “my size” afghan. But I stopped and gave it to her for Christmas. I love her that much! Suggested projects with this yarn: Afghans, baby sweaters, hats, scarves.
Bernat Dimensions YarnBernat Dimensions YarnI was not impressed when the Dimensions came in. I thought it looked “used”. Knitted up a sample for the Yarn Tasting and I fell in love. So soft and looks very classy, even in the stocking stitch. I will make something for myself with this yarn (if I can ever find the time). Suggested projects with this yarn: Scarves, cowls, shawls.
Downton Abbey Branson YarnDownton Abbey Branson YarnI am using the Branson from the Downton Abbey line to knit a cabled scarf. This yarn has a wonderful look, very elegant looking. It could be used for a man or woman’s item. It is plied very loosely, but I do not have a problem with splitting. I see a scarf for someone in the near future. Suggested projects with this yarn: Scarves, cowls, afghan.
Lion Brand Scarfie YarnLion Brand Scarfie YarnScarfie, all I can say is wow! This came in and I fell in love with all of the color combinations. Took a skein home and knitted a checkerboard style scarf. I love how the variation works. The only issue with the yarn, what to make next? Suggested projects with this yarn: Scarves, cowls, sweaters.
Lion Brand Unique YarnLion Brand Unique YarnThe color combinations of Unique can be misleading. Some of them look childish or gaudy, but once worked up, they turn out beautiful! I crocheted simple cowl and the striping is stunning. The yarn has a very nice feel. Soft and cool to the touch. Suggested projects with this yarn: Cowls, wraps, scarves, afghans.




#6 Bulky Weight Yarns

Bernat Blanket YarnBernat Blanket YarnI have used the Bernat Blanket & Baby Blanket to knit and crochet multiple baby shower gifts and my Shark sleeping bag. This yarn has a chenille feel and is so cuddly and soft. Perfect for babies and toddlers, washes really nice. It also works up so fast, you have plenty of time to make more things! Suggested projects with this yarn: Afghans, baskets, arm knitting.
Elegant Cuties YarnElegant Cuties YarnI was sent a skein of Cuties and thought it looked ugly. The yarn had a really nice feel, so I sucked it up and knitted a cowl. The end project turned out very well. This is one of my favorites to wear when it’s cold outside. Suggested projects with this yarn: Cowls, scarves, shawls
Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick YarnLion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick YarnI used the Homespun T&Q and the Lion Brand Speed hook to crochet an afghan in one week. I love how quickly this yarn works up. The afghan is so big and fluffy. One of my go-tos for a quick gift! Suggested projects with this yarn: Afghans, scarves, wraps, cowls, sweaters, arm knitting.




#7 Jumbo Weight Yarns

Bernat Mega Bulky YarnBernat Mega Bulky YarnThe Mega Bulky is an excellent yarn for arm knitting. It works up so fast and looks very elegant. A bit heavy, but so warm! Suggested projects with this yarn: Arm knitting, scarves, cowls, baskets




Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks and Other Tools

CloverClover Knitting NeedlesClover Bamboo sizes over 4 are great for all fibers. They hold the slippery acrylics and are smooth enough for wool and wool blends.
addi Turbo knitting Needlesaddi Turbo NeedlesThe addi Turbos seem to be made for knitting socks! These are especially smooth and the stitches seem to “fly off”, cutting down the amount of time to knit socks.
Susan Bates Crochet HooksSusan Bates Silvalume HooksSusan Bates Silvalume have a deep hook which is great for pulling the yarn through without splitting. The yarn does not fall off the hook.
Susan Bates Crochet HooksSusan Bates Luxite HooksThe Susan Bates Luxite are perfect for my super bulky projects. The white plastic is very smooth and warms up as you use it.
Lion Brand Speed HookLion Brand Speed HookThe Lion Speed Hook was used with the Homespun Thick & Quick (6 skeins!) for an afghan and I was able to get it done in one week. Just in time for a Christmas gift.
Boye Point ProtectorsBoye Point ProtectorsMy favorite point protectors are by Boye (7547). These stretch out to fit a larger needle and shrink back down for the smaller sizes.




Books and Patterns

Patons Step Books 4 and 7Patons Step Books 4 and 7I love the Patons Steps Books 4 & 7. These are my go to for mittens, gloves and socks (I add some of the more decorative stitches to my 2 at a time socks).