Crochet thread is perfect for intricate crochet projects and is usually worked with a hook size of around 2mm. It can get a little bit confusing at times as it also falls into the same category as lace yarn (which is a term more widely used in the UK, and is more of a general term as it can be used for knitting too), but they’re both roughly the same thickness – usually when people call it crochet thread they’re referring to yarns made from cotton/sturdier fibres. Essentially though, it’s yarn that is thinner than sock/4ply weight yarn… think of it as a similar size as standard embroidery thread.
It’s also important to be aware that especially with yarns defined as crochet thread (or crochet cotton), there can be slight differences in thickness. Some crochet threads will use a special numbering system, where the larger the number, the finer the yarn. For example, a size 3 crochet thread is thicker than a size 20 crochet thread. Roughly speaking a size 3 thread would be closer to a 4ply yarn, whereas a size 10 crochet thread would be more like a lace weight yarn (and a size 20 is going to be incredibly fine). For this reason it’s super-important to do a test swatch when using crochet thread as well as checking the tension guideline on the ball bands/descriptions.
Crochet thread/lace weight yarn can be a bit tricky to use for some crocheters as it’s quite so fine, while others revel in the lightweight fabrics and delicate projects you can make with it. Here’s our pick of 10 fabulous crochet thread and lace yarns for you to try!
The Scheepjes Maxi Sweet Treat yarn is a gorgeous 100% Mercerised cotton lace yarn that has a beautiful sheen, smooth finish and an even uniform twist. Scheepjes specialise in producing yarn in a wide range of colours, and there’s a whopping 87 shades to choose from in the range. The Maxi Sweet Treat comes in handy 25g balls, but the same yarn is also available as Maxi Sugar Rush which comes as a 50g ball, as well as the 100g Maxi range.
The Petra range from DMC is a fantastic sturdy cotton crochet thread, and one that uses the crochet thread number system mentioned earlier to designate slight differences in thickness, including size 3, 5 and 8. It’s available in a range of fabulous colours, and DMC also produce many other fantastic crochet thread yarns such as their Babylo, Cebilia and Cordonnet ranges.
Hooking up a fab filet crochet garment or lacy shawl? Then you should definitely treat yourself to the West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite Lace yarn! Made from 80% Falkland wool and 20% Mulberry Silk, it’s a super-luxurious yarn with a fantastic softness and a generous 800m of yarn in each skein!
If you really want to push the boat out and take luxury to the next level, then how about hooking your lacy project with 100% cashmere wool! This fabulous lace yarn is made from unbleached and undyed yarn, and is as you’d expect – incredibly soft! Use this in a project for a friend or family member and they’ll be ever so impressed!
For those who like their crochet super-fine, super-silky and super-shiny, then this vegan silk lace yarn is right up your street! This fabulous thread is made from Rayon, a vegan alternative to traditional silk which is made from wood pulp fibres. And if gold’s not your colour of choice, there’s plenty more lovely shiny shades to choose from!
Here’s another brilliant 100% mercerised cotton yarn that is perfect for filet crochet and other intricate projects. The Rico Designs Essentials Crochet lace yarn is a size 10 crochet thread (so a proper lace weight yarn) and features 21 brilliant colours and a lovely lustre – as the name suggests, it’s an essential for any crocheter!
We’re big fans of the lovely linen yarn produced by Namolio! As well as being lightweight and breathable, because it’s made from sustainable fibres from flax plants it’s also eco-friendly! It’s a great choice for your intricate summer crochet projects!
Maybe you’re after a lace weight yarn but one that’s full of fluffiness? The the Rowan Kidsilk Haze Lacy yarn will fulfil all of your fluffy fibre dreams! Made from 70% Mohair and 30% Silk, it’s a super-lightweight yarn that not only works brilliantly by itself, but will also add some fluffy charm when worked together with a complimentary yarn.
If you’re after a yarny bargain with some impressive qualities, then you should check out the Lion Brand Amazing Lace yarn! Made from a blend of 70% acrylic and 30% Nylon, this surprisingly soft yarn comes in a range of fab colours and is machine washable at 30°…but the best part is, you get a huge 930 metres on a single yarn cake!
Here’s another fabulous fibre yarn that proves that you don’t have to just stick to cotton for lacy crochet projects! The gorgeous Scheepjes Alpaca Rhythm lace yarn is an 80% Alpaca/20% fine wool blend that creates a beautifully soft and warm yarn, and all those charming fibres will add a lovely level of texture to your completed crochet projects.
Looking for more yarny advice? Then you might be interested in our list of the best hand-dyed yarns or our pick of the best vegan yarns, or alternatively take a look at some of the best yarn packs and yarn bundles!