As crafters, we all know the benefits of completing a project using a single brand of yarn: consistency, consistency, consistency! Using the same line of yarn for a project ensures that your fibers have the same content make-up (100% acrylic or a 50/50 cotton & bamboo combo, for example). It also means that the thickness or weight of yarn used for your project will be the same throughout the entire finished object.
But let’s get real for a second: sometimes the yarn you’re using just doesn’t come in enough colors, or at least not in the colors you need.
I’ve found this to be especially true when making amigurui. Sometimes, it’s just necessary to mix and match yarns in order to get the effect you want!
To help you out, I’ve created a handy little chart that compares yarn colors across seven different lines of yarn:
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (includes colors from Vanna’s Choice and Vanna’s Choice Multi yarns)
- Caron Simply Soft (includes colors from Simply Soft, Soft Collection, Brites, or Heathers yarns)
- Loops & Thread Impeccable
- Red Heart Super Saver
- Red Heart With Love
- Red Heart Soft
- Stylecraft Special DK
- Note: this is the only yarn included in the chart that is a DK yarn, not a worsted-weight yarn. I’ve included it here because I often want to compare SSDK colors with LBVC’s colors when making graphghans–sometimes I make them with the DK yarn, sometimes with the worsted-weight yarn!
This chart also groups like colors together. For example, there is an entire page of skin tone colored yarns, which is very helpful when making dolls! There are also pages that compare hair colors (also helpful when making dolls) and pages that compare whole families of colors (whites/greys, pinks/reds, purples, blues, and greens).
The purpose of this chart is to help take the guesswork out of comparing similar yarns.
Note: it is entirely possible that some of these colors have been discontinued or are no longer available. I will try to keep this chart up to date, but as you can imagine that is quite an undertaking. When in doubt, I encourage you to look up the specific yarn online.