Here’s a question I often asked the internet when I first started my crochet journey. What’s the best yarn for amigurumi? I never really found a conclusive answer and instead had to go by trial and error on many different yarn brands, wasting money on the way, to find out which really were the best yarns for amigurumi. Luckily enough for you guys, I’m about to run through the 4 very best yarns for amigurumi, in my opinion. Read on if you want to save yourself time, money and storage space and find out my personal favourite yarns that I use in every single amigurumi project I complete.
In fourth place...
The Women's Institute Premium Acrylic Yarn
This DK yarn is really lovely and works up very easily. It was the yarn I used as a complete newbie and the one I found easiest as the stitches are clearly defined and it didn’t have all that ‘fuzz’ that other acrylic yarns have.
The price is reasonable but it loses points and only gets fourth place as it’s really hard to get hold of! It’s a Hobbycraft exclusive yarn and so the usual large yarn retailers don’t carry it, disappointingly. The other thing that lets this otherwise perfect yarn down is the small range of colours. Compared to other yarns in my top 4, this one has the least available colour options and frankly, the selection is pitiful. For the absolute beginner I still recommend this yarn but you’ll have to forgive the poor colour choices!
Not many colour options and it’s difficult to get hold of but it scores fourth place as I still think it’s great for beginners.
In third place...
Robin Double Knit
Here’s a yarn that comes in plenty of colours and performs well overall. Plain and simply this yarn is great because it is cheap. I’d describe this yarn as a budget yarn and it is stocked in most yarn warehouses, craft shops and online crochet stores so is very easy to get hold of.
In terms of how well it works up, you can see from my photo it does have that acrylic ‘fuzz’ that I talked about earlier. Not only does this sometimes make your project look a bit untidy, it can also make it more challenging to work with as stitches are hidden in the fluff. On the other side of the coin though, if you are even a mildly experienced crocheter, you should have no problem finding stitches in the fuzziness and for some projects I really like the furry sort of effect Robin DK gives. This is how, despite it’s fuzzy tendencies, it squeezes a third place.
It’s really fuzzy but for such a great price, I can put up with it. The fluffiness is perfect for making furry animals, just not so great for lizards and snakes!
In second place...
Stylecraft Special DK
I’m sure we’ve all heard of this one! It’s banded around the crochet community A LOT and rightly so in my opinion. This yarn is great for so many crochet projects and none more so than amigurumi. There is a huge range of colours and even some with variations in them, something no other yarn in my 4 best yarns for amigurumi offers, to my knowledge.
Stylecraft is often the chosen yarn seen in amigurumi patterns online and personally I love using it in my projects so I can see why. It works up well and is widely and cheaply available. All big ticks for me!
The one thing that lets this yarn down, and the reason it has only achieved a second place for me is, it’s still acrylic so it does still create a fuzzy aura on your projects. Saying that, the fuzziness is minimal compared to the Robin DK but from my photos you can see it still isn’t quite as fuzz-free as my fourth place choice of the women’s institute yarn.
Second place but still a bit fuzzy around the edges, I love using Stylcraft special DK for my amigurumi animals.
Drumroll please! In first place...
Rico Ricorumi DK
A relative new kid on the block and the only cotton yarn in the running, Rico’s Ricorumi DK yarn, designed especially for amigurumi, swoops in and takes first place. This yarn is available in 60 gorgeous colours and is so lovely to work with. The stitches are extra defined with cotton yarn making it easy to spot mistakes as you’re working, and in general making the whole process of amigurumi a little easier.
As an added bonus, cotton is best for babies and small children as it doesn’t have fibres that can be swallowed or tangled around tiny fingers. Perfect if your amigurumi is destined for a very special small person in your life!
Even though it’s first place I still have one negative to mention about this yarn. It’s expensive! At around one UK pound (£1.00) for a 25g ball it is almost 3 times more expensive than the other yarns in my list. It all depends on your budget, but for me, I’m usually happy to pay a little extra for the ease of working with this yarn and overall quality of the finished project.
Best for baby and easy to work with, Ricorumi steals the prize!
And that’s it folks, my 4 very best yarns for amigurumi! This post is made entirely from my own opinions, I was not sponsored to make this post or to recommend any of these yarns. I just wanted to help some fellow amigurmi artists out. You are of course likely to have differing opinions on the yarns mentioned and may even have some more suggestions of YOUR top 4 yarns for amigurmi. Let me know in a comment, I love trying new yarns!
Happy amigurumi-ing friends!
Emily. (The Crochet Creature)