Bulky, Super Bulky and Jumbo yarns are the last categories to chat about.
They are a popular choice for many winter type garments for its warmth and how quickly it works up into your finished object.
In big box stores Bulky is labeled a category 5 yarn.
This yarn weight is a great choice for Winter garments and accessories such as sweaters, shawls, hats and scarves.
Bulky weight yarn typically comes in 100g skeins and roughly 100-140 yards per skein depending on the blend.
Fuzzywhatknots has a few select colorways available in Bulky weight. We hope to have more soon but due the the Covid-19 yarn shortages its been hard to come by. Check out what we currently have in stock here
Big box retailers also offer a variety of bulky weight yarns. Here are a few that I recommend.
Color Made Easy by Lionbrand is not a yarn that I have worked with personally but it is very popular.
With ample yardage and a wide variety of colors to choose from. It is on the higher end of the budget yarns. You can check it out here (Photo cred Lionbrand.com)
Red Heart Hygge is probably one of my favorite store bought yarn to work with!
70% acrylic and 30% nylon and it is so soft!
Hygge doesn’t have great stitch definition so I wouldn’t recommend it for cables or complicated patterns but its fantastic with simple stitch work!
You can check out the different colors available here (Photo cred Joann.com)
Some of my favorite Bulky Weight patterns include:
- 1 Hour Beanie by Jess Coppom
- Slip-Stitch Cap by Thea Colman
- Elemental Cowl by Knits N Knots
- Velvet Cardi by Ashlea Konecny
- Celtic Winters Ear Warmer by Megan Meyer
Super Bulky is a labeled as a category 6.
This yarn is very thick and works up in no time!
Typically this yarn comes in 100g skeins and roughly 40-100 yards per skein depending on the blend.
You can find a variety of super bulky budget yarns at many local craft stores. Check out some of my favorites.
Lionbrand Heartland Wool Ease Thick and Quick was one of the first bulky weight yarns I ever worked with. It has a good yardage and is a Wool/acrylic blend so you get that warmth of wool with the durability of acrylic.
Visit Lionbrand here to see this yarn. It’s also available at many big box retailers. (photo cred Lionbrand.com)
Bernat blanket yarn is another favorite of mine. Thick and squishy and super versatile with a wide variety of colors and applications.
This yarn is perfect for quick makes that will get rugged use such as blankets, cardigans, and there are many oversized amigurumi toy patterns for this yarn!
You can check the choices out here. (Photo cred Joann.com)
- Hudson Scarf by Alexandra Tavel
- Solitude Blanket by ChiWei Ranck
- Carleen Cardigan Vest by Simply Vintage Crochet
- Neon the GumBall Monster by Ira Rott
Jumbo yarn is a size 7 yarn in big box stores.
There are a plethora of blanket patterns as well as hats, scarf/cowl and sweater patterns designed for jumbo yarn.
It’s important to note that many big box stores sell Jumbo weight yarn that is much larger than something you would typically work with on knitting needles or with a crochet hook.
Oftentimes fingering knitting or arm knitting is what jumbo yarn is used for and there are many types available.
Some even are designed with the loops already in the yarn for easy, quick makes but the yardage is very low.
The options available for your yarnie craft are virtually endless.
This series acts as an introduction to all the yarns available.
Whether you are a newbie to the craft or a seasoned veteran we hope that you found it useful.
Next week’s post will be a Free Pattern so stay tuned!
*PLEASE NOTE ANY LINKS IN THIS BLOG ARE NOT IN ANYWAY GIVING ME A MONETARY KICKBACK. EXCLUSION BEING LINKS TO YARN I CARRY. THEY ARE THERE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF EDUCATING AND SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES. WE ARE YARN LOVING PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO SHARE YARN LOVE WITH OTHER PEOPLE
Teresa is the jack of all trades behind FuzzyWhatKnots Fibers. Teresa resides in Pennsylvania with her Husband, daughter and cat. When she’s not slinging yarn or splashing dye she enjoys a scenic hike or a good book
Katie is a highschool Senior who resides with her family and dogs in Georgia. She is bistitchual (both crochets and knits) and in her spare time does research and co-writes for FuzzyWhatKnots Blog