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What's the Difference Between Crochet Thread and Yarn?

What's the Difference Between Crochet Thread and Yarn?

Today, we're diving into a topic that often leaves beginners scratching their heads: What's the difference between crochet thread and yarn? And how do you make sense of all those sizes?

Don't worry; we've got you covered. 

Crochet Thread vs. Yarn: The Basics

What is Crochet Thread?

Crochet thread is a fine, thin type of fiber that's perfect for delicate and intricate projects like doilies, lace, and tiny amigurumi (those adorable stuffed animals you've seen). At ThreadArt.com, we offer cotton crochet thread in size 10 and size 3, which are excellent choices for projects that require a finer touch.

What is Yarn?

On the other hand, yarn is thicker and comes in a variety of textures and materials, including cotton, wool, and acrylic. It's your go-to for larger projects like blankets, scarves, and hats. We offer cotton crochet yarn in size 4 worsted medium weight, which is a versatile size for many different projects.

Understanding Sizes: 

Crochet Thread Sizes

When it comes to crochet thread, the size numbers can be a bit confusing. You'd think that the larger the number, the thicker the thread, right? Nope! It's actually the opposite.

  • Size 10: This is a finer thread suitable for projects that require a lot of detail.
  • Size 3: This is a bit thicker than size 10 and is great for projects like tablecloths or lighter apparel.

Yarn Sizes

Yarn sizes are a bit more straightforward. They usually range from 0 (lace weight) to 7 (jumbo). 

When we say yarn sizes range from 0 (lace weight) to 7 (jumbo), what we mean is that there's a standardized system to categorize yarn thickness. The system starts at 0, which is the thinnest type of yarn, often used for intricate lacework. As the numbers go up, the yarn gets thicker. For example, a size 4 yarn, like the worsted medium weight we offer, is right in the middle and is incredibly versatile. When you get to size 7, you're looking at jumbo yarn, which is super thick and best for projects like chunky blankets or large scarves. This numbering system helps you easily identify the right yarn for your project, making your crafting journey a whole lot smoother!

  • Size 4 Worsted Medium Weight: This is the most commonly used yarn size and is ideal for a wide range of projects, from sweaters to blankets.

How to Choose Between Thread and Yarn

By Project Type

  • For intricate, delicate work: Go for crochet thread.
  • For larger, cozier projects: Yarn is your best friend.

Wrapping It Up

So there you have it! The main difference between crochet thread and yarn boils down to thickness and project suitability. Remember, at ThreadArt.com, we offer cotton crochet thread in sizes 10 and 3, and cotton crochet yarn in size 4 worsted medium weight, to cover all your crafting needs.

Happy crocheting, everyone! 🧶

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