The Best Yarn and Projects for New Crocheters - Darn Good Yarn

The Best Yarn and Projects for New Crocheters

Here are our top 5 yarns and projects for beginner crocheters!

Are you new to crochet? If you're a beginner, welcome to the exciting world of crochet techniques and patterns! When you are just starting out on your journey to become a crochet master, the sheer number of things you can create with a hook and some yarn can be overwhelming! You can't wait to make all the cool patterns you've seen on Pinterest and Darn Good Yarn's website, but where do you start? We've compiled a list of our top 5 best yarns and projects for new crocheters in order to help you answer that question! 

Each of the patterns below is beginner friendly, and can be made with one of our upcycled, eco-friendly yarns! The majority of the yarns we have chosen to list are worsted weight or bulky yarns. These yarns are thicker in width and tend to be easier to use for new crocheters. 

Here are our top 5 picks!


1. The Bow Ear Warmer

Bow Ear Warmer in purple worn on a woman's head in front of a white background

Unless you live in a very warm climate, you probably have a use for a good DIY ear warmer! This ear warmer will add a cute accent to your winter ensemble and will help you stay cozy during the colder months! 

The pattern for this bow ear warmer was designed with one of our staff favorites, our  Speckled Tweed Recycled Silk Yarn. This recycled yarn features a soft texture and is available in 5 different colorways. It is pictured here in Royal Purple!


2. The Rainy Day Infinity Scarf

woman wearing Rainy Day Infinity Scarf in white and turquoise

This awesome scarf is made using simple chain stitches and can be worn during the winter, spring, and fall! This is the perfect project for beginners who want to improve and show off their new skills. 

The pattern for this infinity scarf was designed with our unique Banana Fiber Yarn! This yarn is made from fibers that are scraped from the bark of banana trees and is handspun by the women in our affiliate co-ops in India. The yarn is pictured above in the colorway Ikat Indigo. 


3. The Dragonfly Notions Pencil Pouch

Dragonfly Pencil Pouch in multicolored with colored pencils on a white background

We know that many of our readers have creative hobbies beyond just crocheting. As creative types, we tend to dabble in several different mediums! Do you like to color, draw, or write? What do you carry your pencils in when you're on the go? The Dragonfly Notions Pencil Pouch will help you keep track of your writing and drawing tools! They also make great gifts for kids in school!

The yarn used to make this pencil pouch is one of our most popular. Pictured above in the Watercolors colorway, our Recycled Silk Roving Worsted Weight Yarn is a soft, medium weight yarn that we promise you'll love! The pattern was designed by Lisa of @lisapinenotes on Instagram. 


4. The Sari Not Sorry Clutch

Woman's hand holding Sari Not Sorry Clutch  on a white chair on a black background

When you're beginning a journey to master a new creative skill, you should feel free to express yourself, and even make a few mistakes, without apology. Our Sari Not Sorry Clutch, designed by Reshma of @hellolavenderdesign on Instagram, celebrates this concept. 

This clutch makes the perfect fashion accessory to help you carry your essentials in style! 


5. The Mermaid Party Wine Sleeve

Mermaid Party Wine Sleeve on a wine bottle next to plant and candle on a wooden table in front of a blue wall

Whether you're a wine drinker or not, this crochet craft is a great home decor item! Use it to place on wine bottles, bottles of oil, perfume bottles, and more. This sleeve will regulate the temperature of the liquid inside any bottle it is placed on while giving it a fun pop of color!

Our Super Bulky Recycled Silk Yarn is ideal for this project!  Our thickest recycled silk yarn option, this yarn has a soft and fluffy feel! 

Yarn Bowl with blue Silk Yarn ball on a wooden surface

When you're first starting out in crochet, don't hesitate to invest in the right tools that will make your crocheting process easier. Our handmade wooden yarn bowls will keep your balls of yarn organized and tangle-free as you work! The curved slot on the side of each of these bowls allows the yarn to neatly unwind as you add it to your project.

That brings us to the end of our list! If you've recently learned to crochet, or if you've been honing your crochet skills for years, do you have some advice that you would like to give beginners in the craft? Share your tips in the comments below!


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