Buying wool to crochet and knit- tips

If you like to knit, you can choose balls wool at a specialty store or you buy it at Zeeman, Wibra or Action. These last bulbs are fine for crocheting or knitting soft toys, but if you want to knit sweaters or cardigans, sometimes you better look further.

Knitting and Crochet

Do you like to knit and crochet? Then you too will regularly stand in front of the shelves full of wool and yarn. Which color do you take for that cuddly toy and which for that sweater you are going to knit?

Every time you see a new pattern, your heart is already beating faster and you can’t wait to get started.

Cheap wool or more expensive

Cheap wool from Zeeman, Wibra or Action is fine to use if you want to make a cuddly toy and my experience is also that these are very good to use for children’s sweaters, but if you knit or crochet a sweater for yourself, you better buy more expensive wool. This because especially with a cardigan for yourself, it often becomes very heavy, if you use cheap wool, it will hang very quickly. Making your cardigan twice as long.

The length conversion

Often it says in a pattern what colors and brand of wool is used. You can adopt this directly, but you can also look for other wool. I make a dream blanket or a cuddly toy then I make it with wl from Zeeman. I check how many balls they used in the pattern and see how long this ball is.

This same spring I will buy at the Zeeman. If I make a cardigan for myself I will buy more expensive wool. Purely because I have learned from experience that these sweaters stay nice longer.

Books and needles

If you need knitting needles you can also buy them at Zeeman, crochet needles I bought here, but later I bought more expensive needles, which are better positioned in my hand, this makes crocheting more pleasant, but that is entirely up to you. Online you can find a lot of nice crochet and knitting books, for beginners and advanced knitters alike.

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Getting started

If you are new to crocheting and knitting I would definitely recommend wool from a cheaper store, so you can first see if you like it at all and if so, you can always look at an (online) store that really specializes in wool and yarn.