Yarn Alternative For Crafting Happiness Patterns

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Why Choose Alternative Yarn To My Crochet Patterns


Today, I’m sharing with you a useful list of brands that offer great yarn alternatives to the yarn I recommend in my patterns.

Finding an ideal substitute yarn brand can be a bit tricky. 

Knowing that yarn plays a crucial role in the completion of a project, it’s pretty handy to know your possible alternatives if you ever find yourself in the following instances: 

  • Recommended yarn is not available in your country
  • Recommended yarn is not available in the colors needed
  • You have a similar yarn and don’t want to buy more yarn
  • Your client requested the item to be done using a certain type of yarn

I curated a bunch of patterns that require acrylic DK, Aran, and Super Bulky yarns. Read on to learn more!

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My Go-To Yarn Brands


I use Marriner Yarns most of the time because it has a wonderful quality yet is super affordable. Plus, it comes in a multitude of fun colors — very versatile!

Another brand that I often use is Deramores Yarn

I like it because it’s hard-wearing and is available in a multitude of beautiful shades. It’s an ideal choice for crocheting projects like blankets and garments.

Yarn Substitutes By Yarn Weight


Below you can find yarn alternatives to the yarn I recommend in my patterns grouped by yarn weight.

Scroll down to each section to see the alternative yarn brands you can use or click on each link to jump straight to the section you want.

Substitute Yarn To DK Yarn


What Is DK Yarn?

DK or Double Knitting yarn is one of the popular and most-used yarn weights by crocheters for amigurumi and garments.

In the US, it’s often referred to as “light yarn” or “light worsted”. And in Australia, this yarn is known as the “8-ply”.

Acrylic DK Alternative Yarn Brand List

Below you can see a list of DK yarn alternatives I recommend, read about each and pick your favorite brand.

BLOG PHOTO - Hayfield Bonus DK _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 280m (306yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 4mm
No. of Colors: 63

BLOG PHOTO - Scheepjes Colour Crafter _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 300m (328yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 4mm
No. of Colors: 40

BLOG PHOTO - Paintbox Simply DK _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 276m (302yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 4mm
No. of Colors: 63

BLOG PHOTO - Korbond Double-Knit _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 290m (317yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 4mm
No. of Colors: 29

BLOG PHOTO - Patons Fab DK _ Crafting Happiness

Material: Wool, Acrylic
Length: 274m (299 yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 4mm
No. of Colors: 44

BLOG PHOTO - Premier® Anti-Pilling Everyday® DK _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Anti-Pilling Acrylic
Length: 250m (273yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 4mm
No. of Colors: 80

Crafting Happiness Patterns That Use DK Yarn

Check out my patterns that use DK yarn listed below and pick one that you like:

Yarn Substitutes To Aran Yarn


What Is Aran Yarn?

Aran, also known as worsted weight yarn, is also a versatile yarn you can use to make a variety of projects including blankets and garments.

Australians often refer to Aran as “10-ply yarn”.

Acrylic Aran Alternative Yarn Brand List

Below you can find a list of Aran yarn substitutes I recommend as replacements for the yarns I use in my patterns. Read about each and pick the brand you like.

BLOG PHOTO - Caron Simply Soft _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 288m (315yds)
Ball weight: 170g (6oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5mm
No. of Colors: 37

BLOG PHOTO - Red Heart With Love Aran _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 333m (370yds)
Ball weight: 198g (7oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5mm
No. of Colors: 39

BLOG PHOTO - Red Heart Super Saver Economy Yarn _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 333m (364yds)
Ball weight: 198g (7oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5.5mm
No. of Colors: 25

BLOG PHOTO - Patons Canadiana _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 187m (205 yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5mm
No. of Colors: 35

BLOG PHOTO - Stylecraft Special Aran _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 196m (214yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5mm
No. of Colors: 45

BLOG PHOTO - Paintbox Simply Aran _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 184m (201yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5mm
No. of Colors: 63

BLOG PHOTO - Lion Brand Yarn Feels Like Butta Yarn _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% polyester
Length: 199 m (218yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5mm
No. of Colors: 24

BLOG PHOTO - Premier® Anti-Pilling Everyday™ Worsted _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 165m (180yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5mm
No. of Colors: 64

BLOG PHOTO - King Cole Big Value Aran _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 235m (257yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 5mm
No. of Colors: 12

Crafting Happiness Patterns That Use Aran Yarn

These are my patterns that use Aran yarn. Click on each and find the one you like:

Yarn Alternatives To Super Bulky Yarn


What Is Super Bulky Yarn?

Super Bulky yarn is perfect if you want a thick yarn that works up quickly. It creates warm and thick blankets and even garments.

In the UK, it’s better known as the Super Chunky yarn. In Australian terms, yarns with over 12 ply are often also considered Super Bulky.

Acrylic Super Bulky Alternative Yarn Brand List

Below you will find a list of yarn substitutes for the super bulky yarn I use in some of my patterns. Read the info on each yarn and pick the one that suits you.

BLOG PHOTO - Paintbox Yarns Simply Super Chunky _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 60m (66yds)
Ball weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 10mm
No. of Colors: 60

BLOG PHOTO - Stylecraft Special XL Super Chunky_ Crafting Happiness

Material: 100% Acrylic
Length: 136m (149yds)
Ball weight: 200g (7.1oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 10mm
No. of Colors: 20

BLOG PHOTO - Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick _ Crafting Happiness

Material: 86% Acrylic 10% Wool 4% Rayon
Length: 97m (106yds)
Ball weight: 170g (6oz)
Recommended Hook Size: 9mm
No. of Colors: 79

Crafting Happiness Patterns That Use Super Bulky Yarn

These are my patterns that use super bulky yarn. Click on each and find your favorite:

Final Thoughts


There are a lot of other yarn brand alternatives available in the market, with time, I will add some more options.

I hope you found this alternative crochet yarn list helpful. Don’t forget to Pin it and share it with your fellow crocheters!

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