Types of Crochet Yarn and their Different Uses

I’m going to cover briefly the 4 most common types of crochet yarn that are used in crocheting and their different uses. Firstly, I’ll start with crochet thread. It is a bit thicker than sewing thread and is used to crochet finer articles like doilies and table runners.

Secondly, there is the babyweight yarn as it is called in the U.S. or if you are in Australia, NZ or the UK you would call it 3 or 4 ply wool. And this yarn is for baby items. You will generally find that the texture of the babyweight yarn or 3 or 4 ply wool is softer than other yarns for obvious reasons which are that it is designed for babies.

Thirdly, there is the worsted weight yarn as it’s called in the U.S. In Australia, NZ or the UK it can be called double knitting or 8 ply wool. I just call it 8 ply. You use this type of yarn to make afghans, blankets, sweaters, scarves, gloves and any other item that would provide real warmth. This is typically the yarn that a beginner will use the most because it’s easy to work with and it crochets up fairly quickly.

And lastly, there is the chunky yarn or wool. Now, for demonstration purposes I have my pretty fancy chunky yarn here but they also come in the usual form, meaning without all this fluff and stuff, just like the 8 ply. Chunky yarn is great for whipping up scarves or sweaters in no time at all. The chunkier the yarn, the less time it takes to crochet something.

So, that is a quick overview of the most common yarns and their differences.


Types of Crochet Yarn and their Different Uses Video Tutorial

All the best,

Paula Daniele


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Review by Paula Daniele:

I have to say that Red Heart With Love Yarn is one of my favorite yarns to work with because it is such an ‘all-rounder’ yarn.

It’s a medium worsted weight yarn (category 4) and therefore I have been able to design and crochet anything from beanies to afghan squares, scarves, chemo caps and slippers.

Red Heart yarns are always such a pleasure to work with, I have never found any knots within yarn balls and the quality for the price is excellent.


About Paula

I'm the Crochet Designer, Teacher & Video Producer of Crochet Hooks You.

I taught myself how to crochet when I was a young girl and quickly picked up how to crochet the granny square and got hooked. Read More.


  1. Donna says:

    I am a beginner and also have taught myself …I am trying to make a baby blanket for my first
    grandchild who is due in august…I really want to have it finished by then…I get so far then it starts to look like a smile instead of straight i cant figure what i am doing wrong;;;;;;

  2. Sapna Banerjee says:

    Awesome post !!! this video tutorial is amazing. I also like red heart with love yarn. Anyways, I am looking for yarn for crocheting baby blanket. Can you tell me that babyweightyarn is good for making baby blanket…….

    • Paula says:

      Thank you, Sapna. Yes, baby weight yarn is good for making baby blankets.


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