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Best Sparkle Yarns

Go for full on with metallic threads and glitter effects with these fabulous sparkle yarns!

Best Sparkle Yarns - Glitter Yarns - Metallic Yarns
Published: December 4, 2021 at 9:00 am
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Sparkle yarns are great for adding that extra special something to your crochet and knitting projects! From subtle glitter yarns to metallic threads, there are some amazing yarns out there for you to try! Many sparkle yarns achieve that glittery effect by having an extra metallic strand (usually made from polyester or lurex) that is worked into the yarn twist. You will also sometimes get sparkle yarns that are purely metallic threads and normally quite fine, and while these can be quite tricky (but not impossible) to knit or crochet by themselves, they create amazing effects when worked together with a more standard yarn. Of course there's no limit to how creative you can get with these yarns, keep it subtle and just use them to add some sparkly edging to a project, or go full on and hook up some glittery garments!

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And if you're looking for some more interesting yarn inspiration, you can also check out our picks of the best novelty yarns or the best tinsel and eyelash yarns!

15 Best Sparkle Yarns

1. King Cole Cosmos Glitter Yarn

Our first sparkle yarn is a fantastic choice for those of you who love some shiny sparkles! The King Cole Cosmos is a brilliant metallic yarn, but with fabulous sequins arranged throughout. It's a metallic yarn that is essentially a thread weight yarn, so while it's a bit tricky to knit or crochet by itself it's a brilliant choice for working together with a thicker yarn (or using it for decorative fringing). It's available in variations of silver, gold and black tones, with some extra silver and gold options that feature fantastic multi-coloured sequins throughout. It's definitely one for your party projects!

Buy King Cole Cosmos Glitter Yarn on Amazon

King Cole Cosmos sparkle yarn

2. Lion Brand Bonbons Sparkle Yarn

If you fancy trying some sparkle yarns but want to keep things small-scale, then here's a fabulous option for you! The Lion Brand Bonbons yarns come as a pack of 8 mini balls in a range of brilliant colours. Each colour comes as a cute little 10g ball, with approximately 30m on each ball, giving you enough for some small projects like decorations or motifs. They're classed as a sport weight yarn (roughly the same as what we'd call a 4ply in the UK), and are made up of 96% acrylic fibres (the remaining 4% being metallic polyester), so it's easy to machine wash and care for. There are 2 different types of glittery bonbon colour packs available, as well as a few non-glittery ones too!

Buy Lion Brand Bonbons Sparkle Yarn on Amazon

Best Sparkle Yarns - Glitter Yarns - Metallic Yarns

3. Rainbow Brite Hand-dyed Sparkle Sock Yarn

If you think that all glitter yarns need to be 100% synthetic, then think again! There are plenty of lovely hand-dyed yarns that while using lurex to give that sparkly effect, are still composed mostly of natural fibres. This Rainbow Brite hand-dyed sparkle sock yarn by Megan White is made up of 90% superwash merino yarn (with 10% lurex), and comes in beautiful hand-dyed rainbow colours! Definitely one for your special shawls or socks!

Buy Rainbow Brite Hand-dyed Sparkle Sock Yarn on Etsy

Rainbow Brite Sparkle yarn hand dyed

4. Hoooked Glitter Ribbon XL Yarn

When you start delving deeper into the world of metallic yarns, you'll quickly notice that most tend to be finer threads or yarns. But if you're after some glitter yarns for a big and chunky project, then you can't beat the amazing Hoooked Ribbon XL yarn! Not only does this fab ribbon make supersize stitches with a fantastic sculptural strength (we've used it to make sparkly plant pot covers before), but all Hoooked Ribbon XL yarn is made from recycled t-shirt cotton, which combined with the 40% lurex in the 9 glitter versions makes it an eco-conscious choice for your sparkly stitches!

Buy Hoooked Glitter Ribbon XL Yarn on Amazon

Hoooked Glitter Robbon yarn

5. Rico Luxury Magic Mohair Sparkle Yarn

Here's another yarn that combines spectacular sparkles with fabulous fibres! The Luxury Magic Mohair yarn from Rico Designs is a brilliant blend of Polyester, Polyamide, Mohair and Wool, meaning you get a yarn that is strong, soft, fluffy and sparkly! It's made in a chainette structure (essentially where the strands are made into a mesh rather than spun), which not only makes it easy to work with (mohair can sometimes be tricky), but also that it works up at a lovely Aran weight.

Buy Rico Luxury Magic Mohair Sparkle Yarn from Lovecrafts.com

Rico Luxury MAgic Mohair Sparkle yarn

6. Stylecraft Cabaret DK Sparkle Yarn

We love the fabulous colour variegations in the Stylecraft Cabaret yarn, which combined with those fabulous sparkles certainly does make it a yarn that'll stand out! We particularly love the rainbow neon shades, but if you're after something more restrained there's 14 shades in the range including some fabulous monochrome and ombre colours. It's a 98% acrylic yarn which has a roving-style appearance (i.e. a very minimal twist), and works up at a Dk weight.

Buy Stylecraft Cabaret DK Sparkle Yarn from WoolWarehouse.co.uk

Stylecraft Cabaret Dk sparkle yarn

7. Sapphire Sparkle Fade 4ply Yarn

If you like idea of a hand-dyed sparkle yarn and enjoy making different colour effects with your knitting or crochet, then you'll love this Sapphire sparkle fade yarn kit by MammaBear yarns. The kit comes with five glittery 80g mini skeins in a gradient of colours made up of 75% super-wash merino wool, 15% nylon and 10% lurex. With those beautiful colours and superb sparkle we think it would be the perfect choice for your knitted or crocheted shawls!

Buy Sapphire Sparkle Fade 4ply Yarn on Etsy

Mamabear sparkle yarn fade mini skein set

8. Caron Simply Soft Party Glitter Yarn

Carons Simply Soft range of yarn is a popular choice for many people, as it provides a consistent and quality acrylic Aran yarn at an affordable price. And the Party range is no exception, adding in a metallic strand in tones that match the main colour to give you a stunning sparkle! It can be mixed and matched with the regular Caron Simply Soft yarns too, so it's easy to add a sparkly stripe or border to your projects.

Buy Caron Simply Soft Party Glitter Yarn on Amazon

Caron simply soft party sparkle yarn

9. West Yorkshire Spinners Signature Sparkle 4ply Yarn

We're big fans of West Yorkshire Spinners yarn and their Signature range is brilliant for all sorts of 4ply projects, so of course we absolutely LOVE the new Signature Sparkle additions! These 3 extra self-striping yarns bring a bit of extra sparkle to these festive colourways, but still maintaining those gorgeous Signature fibres of 75% Wool and 23% Nylon (plus that 2% Polyester for sparkles). Sparkly stripy Christmas socks - yes please!

Buy West Yorkshire Spinners Signature Sparkle 4ply Yarn on KnittingNetwork.co.uk

WYS Signature Sparkle yarn

10. James C Brett Twinkle DK Glitter Yarn

If you like your sparkle yarns in solid colours as well as being available at a very affordable price, then the James C. Brett Twinkle DK yarn is definitely one to add to your stash! These acrylic glittery yarns come in 19 funky shades and are a great yarn to add some sparkle into your everyday dk projects!

Buy James C Brett Twinkle DK Glitter Yarn from LoveCrafts.com

James C Brett Twinkle DK sparkle yarn

11. Yarn and Colors Glamour 4ply Sparkle Yarn

This metallic yarn is great as a stand-alone yarn or for using in conjunction with another yarn to add a glamorous sparkle to your knit or crochet projects! The Glamour 4ply yarn by Yarn and Colors is another chainette-style yarn, which helps to thicken up those threads to a 4ply weight. Available in 3 fabulous shiny colours - gold, silver and totally on-trend rosé!

Buy Yarn and Colors Glamour 4ply Sparkle Yarn from LoveCrafts.com

yarn and colors glamour sparkle yarn

12. King Cole Glitz DK Glitter Yarn

Here's another fabulous DK sparkle yarn that comes in a range of colours, plus a special self-striping Christmas colourway too! It's another acrylic yarn that features an extra strand (2%) of metallic polyester worked into the yarn twist, giving your stitches that stunning sparkle!

Buy King Cole Glitz DK Glitter Yarn on KnittingNetwork.co.uk

King Cole Glitz Sparkle yarn

13. Unique Yarns Mermaid Multicolour Metallic Thread Yarn

If you're looking for a metallic thread that has that extra special quality to it, then look no further than Unique yarns! Specialising in creating (as their name suggests) unique yarns, they make yarns unlike you'll find anywhere else. Their metallic thread is a great example, surprisingly the majority of it is made from natural fibres (cotton and viscose), with just 5% Lurex for that extra sparkle! You can work it up by itself on small knitting needles or crochet hooks, use it to compliment another yarn or even just use it as a funky embroidery thread. We love this mermaid colourway but they have plenty of other colour options too!

Buy Unique Yarns Mermaid Multicolour Metallic Thread Yarn on Etsy

Unique yarns sparkle yarn

14. Wool and the Gang Disco Down Yarn

Here's one more metallic yarn to add some glittery goodness into your knit or crochet projects! Made from 80% Viscose (which is essentially wood pulp - the same as paper) and 20% metallic polyester, the Disco Down yarn from Wool and the Gang is surprisingly soft and smooth to work with, and again is a brilliant yarn for using in conjunction with a thicker yarn.

Buy Disco Down Yarn from WoolandtheGang.com

Wool and the Gang disco down sparkle yarn

15. Hobbii Metallico Metallic Yarn

For our final sparkle yarn, we wanted to show you something slightly different. This Metallico yarn from Danish yarn company Hobbii has a satin shine and metallic appearance while also being a soft and comfortable Aran weight yarn. Made from 70% polyamide, 21% acrylic and 9% wool with a chainette structure, it's easy to knit or crochet with and would be fabulous for blingy accessories - imagine how fab a clutch bag would look made in this! And with 18 shades to choose from, you just know there's going to be one you'll fall in love with!

Buy Hobbii Metallico Metallic Yarn on Hobbii.com

Hobbii Metallico sparkle yarn
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We hope you’ve enjoyed our pick of the best sparkle yarns, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide, and for knitters check out our knitting for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks or the best knitting needles.

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Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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