The rise of the great-value, budget yarn

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Since the 40s and 50s, acrylic fibres have provided an alternative to natural fibres and made cheap and value yarns accessible to everyone who knits, crochets or works with yarn.

While natural fibres, such as wool or alpaca, are still very much sought after and natural fibres undoubtedly produce some beautiful yarns, these qualities and textures are being recreated by man-made fibres and turned into extremely affordable yarns that are now more popular than ever before.

Is acrylic yarn better than natural yarn?

There are advantages and disadvantages to natural and man made materials, but just because low cost or budget yarns are inexpensive, it certainly doesn’t mean they are lacking in any quality.

Natural fibres can sometimes illicit allergic or irritated reactions, while acrylic yarn is generally hypoallergenic (especially good for babies). Acrylic is lovely and warm, as well as being lightweight and washable. It is also extremely colour-fast and…