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What Is Acrylic Yarn?

What Is Acrylic Yarn?

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Acrylic yarn is made from man-made or synthetic fibres. It is made entirely of acrylic fibre, which means it contains no natural animal hair or cotton. Acrylic, like other yarns, is formed into a continuous piece and wrapped into a ball, or skein, for use in knitting, crochet, rug making, and other craft projects. Acrylic yarns, unlike natural fibre yarns such as cotton, silk, bamboo, and wool, are twisted into long lengths rather than spun.

If you've been knitting and crocheting with yarn for a while, you've probably noticed that yarns are made from a variety of materials. Wool, cotton, nylon, acrylic, bamboo fibre, banana fibre, and silk are among the materials used. Each material has a benefit that may be better or worse than its counterpart. Sometimes, some projects may require the desired properties of one type of yarn over the other. The type of yarn you use in your project completely depends on the purpose of your project.

Benefits Of Using Acrylic Yarn

Despite the fact that acrylic yarn is not sheared from the back of a four-legged creature, it nevertheless has several advantages – not to mention strengths – that are worth considering when choosing a fibre for your knitting project.

One significant advantage of using acrylic yarn is that people who are allergic to wool or natural materials can still wear and craft their favourite projects. It's also a low-cost material that's great for beginners to practise with and create simple, long-lasting project items.

Acrylic yarn is available in a range of colours ranging from sombre to bright, natural to multi-coloured. There are tones for every taste and project. Fun, bright yarn colours make excellent, long-lasting children’s crocheted or knitted sweaters. Rustic, rugged blankets can be made with neutral or natural colours like browns and greys.

Additionally, acrylic fibres are extremely durable, making them perfect for any project that demands a long-lasting yarn. Although it lacks the warmth of alpaca or sheep wool, it will certainly keep you warm on a cold winter day.

Many acrylic yarns are machine washable and will not shed or shrink if washed with your other clothes.

The fibres take years to degrade naturally because they are made from petroleum. If properly cared for, a blanket made of acrylic yarn can endure decades.

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Disadvantages of Acrylic Yarn

Acrylic yarn, like many synthetic materials and fibres, is not environmentally friendly. Acrylic yarns are a good choice for a beginner project, but they can be dangerous when used around areas of extreme heat such as a fireplace. Acrylic yarns also hold more water than natural fibres due to the nature of the synthetic fibre and the twisting process. Acrylic yarn clothing is less breathable and can sometimes retain sweat and body odour.


Acrylic knitting yarn is light, soft, and inexpensive. In the end however, it is, of course, a matter of personal preference, but acrylic yarn, in our opinion, has applications and should not be overlooked. We wish you the best of luck with your acrylic adventures, and if you have any questions or want to share your finished product with us, please contact us via the "contact us" page or in the comments box below.

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