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8 Types of Yarn for Scarves and Other Winter Projects

With cold weather just around the corner, now is a great time to start getting yarn for scarves and other winter favorites.
Written by Lauren Connally

With cold weather just around the corner, now is a great time to start getting yarn for scarves and other winter favorites.

I’ve included a mix of warm, bulky yarns as well as some lighter yarns for those of us that live in places with warmer winters. But even the lightest yarns can provide a good amount of warmth on a chilly day!

With cold weather just around the corner, now is a great time to start getting yarn for scarves and other winter favorites.

Sugarbush Chill

Sugarbush Chill is my go-to for large, soft, and squishy scarves and tops. This is a 100% merino wool and while it’s about as bulky as wool yarn gets, it’s lightweight and doesn’t feel too heavy for knitted tops.

Unlike other similar yarns, this one isn’t prone to tearing and holds up really well to frequent wear. It’s a little pricy compared to other bulky yarns, but well worth the extra money!

Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Fire Pink
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Fire Pink
Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool fine fibers which make it the softest wool available; Ball Size: 3.5 oz / 100g, 52yrds/48m
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Capri Blue
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Capri Blue
Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool fine fibers which make it the softest wool available; Ball Size: 3. 5 oz / 100g, 52yrds/48m
$15.96
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Arctic Sky
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Arctic Sky
Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool fine fibers which make it the softest wool available; Ball Size: 3. 5 oz / 100g, 52yrds/48m
$14.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Yarn, Seafoam
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Yarn, Seafoam
Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool fine fibers which make it the softest wool available; Ball Size: 3.5 oz / 100g, 52yrds/48m
$14.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Lazuli
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Lazuli
Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool fine fibers which make it the softest wool available; Ball Size: 3.5 oz / 100g, 52yrds/48m
$14.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Yarn, Polar Berry
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Yarn, Polar Berry
Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool fine fibers which make it the softest wool available; Ball Size: 3. 5 oz / 100g, 52yrds/48m
$14.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Riel Rose
Sugar Bush Yarn Chill Extra Bulky Weight, Riel Rose
Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool fine fibers which make it the softest wool available; Ball Size: 3.5 oz / 100g, 52yrds/48m

Favorite projects with Sugarbush Chill:

Sugarbush Nanaimo

Sugarbush Nanaimo is a super soft blend of baby alpaca wool and mulberry silk. It’s lightweight and easy to knit into gloves, hats, and more. I haven’t personally tried this in larger garments, but accessories held up well enough.

This also makes a great scarf if you’re looking for something a bit lighter. As much as I love warm, bulky scarves, it rarely gets cold enough in the southern US to justify larger scarves. This makes a perfect project for Texas winters!

Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball Of Yarn, One Size
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball Of Yarn, One Size
Ball size: 1.75 oz/50 gr, 164 yds/150 m; Content: 80Percent baby alpaca, 20Percent mulberry silk
$9.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball of Yarn, One Size, Petroglyph Grey
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball of Yarn, One Size, Petroglyph Grey
Ball size: 1.75 oz/50 gr, 164 yds./150 m; Content: 80Percent baby alpaca, 20Percent mulberry silk
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball Of Yarn, One Size, Harbour City Blue
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball Of Yarn, One Size, Harbour City Blue
Ball size: 1.75 oz/50 gr, 164 yds/150 m; Content: 80% baby alpaca, 20% mulberry silk; Gauge: 28 stitches = 4 inch
$9.90
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball of Yarn, One Size, Mint
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball of Yarn, One Size, Mint
Ball size: 1.75 oz/50 gr, 164 yds./150 m; Content: 80Percent baby alpaca, 20Percent mulberry silk
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball Of Yarn, One Size, Raspberry
Sugar Bush Yarn Nanaimo Ball Of Yarn, One Size, Raspberry
Ball size: 1.75 oz/50 gr, 164 yds/150 m; Content: 80% baby alpaca, 20% mulberry silk; Gauge: 28 stitches = 4 inch
$9.90

Sugarbush Nanaimo Patterns:

Sugarbush Glaze

Sugarbush glaze is a bulky weight cotton, acrylic, and metallized polyester blend. It’s not the most comfortable blend, but works great for projects intended to go over clothes—shawls, jackets, cardigans, and loosely-worn scarves.

This glitzy blend makes for unique projects that stand out.

Sugar Bush Yarn Glaze Bulky Weight, Autumn Leaves
Sugar Bush Yarn Glaze Bulky Weight, Autumn Leaves
Fiber: 42Percent Cotton, 41Percent Acrylic, 11Percent nylon, 6Percent metallized polyester
$9.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Glaze Bulky Weight, Blazing Sky
Sugar Bush Yarn Glaze Bulky Weight, Blazing Sky
Fiber: 42Percent Cotton, 41Percent Acrylic, 11Percent nylon, 6Percent metallized polyester
$9.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Glaze Bulky Weight, Candy Floss
Sugar Bush Yarn Glaze Bulky Weight, Candy Floss
Fiber: 42Percent Cotton, 41Percent Acrylic, 11Percent nylon, 6Percent metallized polyester
$9.95
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Sugar Bush Yarn Glaze Bulky Weight, Mystic Moon
Sugar Bush Yarn Glaze Bulky Weight, Mystic Moon
Fiber: 42Percent Cotton, 41Percent Acrylic, 11Percent nylon, 6Percent metallized polyester
$9.59

Sugarbush Glaze Patterns:

Knit Picks Tuff Puff

If you like quick and easy knits, Knit Picks Tuff Puff is another super bulky yarn that will let you knit up scarves and hats in just a few hours. This soft yarn is 100% wool and comes in 44-yard skeins—perfect for hats!

I can’t attest to durability as I’ve only knitted accessories, but I’ve seen a lot of patterns for bulky sweaters.

Knit Picks Tuff Puff Super Bulky 100% Wool - 100 Gram Skein (Eggplant)
Knit Picks Tuff Puff Super Bulky 100% Wool - 100 Gram Skein (Eggplant)
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: For best results, hand wash and dry flat
$10.99
Knit Picks Tuff Puff Super Bulky 100% Wool - 100 Gram Skein (Eggplant)
Knit Picks Tuff Puff Super Bulky 100% Wool - 100 Gram Skein (Eggplant)
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: For best results, hand wash and dry flat
$10.99
Knit Picks Tuff Puff 100% Wool Super Bulky Yarn - 100 Gram Skein (Mint)
Knit Picks Tuff Puff 100% Wool Super Bulky Yarn - 100 Gram Skein (Mint)
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: For best results, hand wash and dry flat
$10.99
Knit Picks Tuff Puff Super Bulky 100% Wool - 100 Gram Skein (White)
Knit Picks Tuff Puff Super Bulky 100% Wool - 100 Gram Skein (White)
CARE INSTRUCTIONS: For best results, hand wash and dry flat
$10.99

Knit Pick Bulky Patterns

BAE by Living Dreams Yarn

This superfine merino yarn is perfect for next-to-skin winter projects—scarves, wraps, legwarmers, boot cuff liners, and more. It’s super soft and smooth enough that you shouldn’t have issues with snags and splitting yarn.

My only complaint about this one was the inconsistent dye. While you can almost always expect slight variations from lot to lot, this one went from light, muted colors to a few skeins from a lot that had some very bright splotches.

Aside from that, this is probably one of my favorite yarns. And in the event that you do get some crazy variation, it’s still worth turning into a hat or other accessory that you can make with a single skein.

Red Heart Hygge Yarn

Red Heart’s Hygge yarns are some of my favorites for making gloves and hats. This twisted yarn is soft, easy to work with, and makes very comfy gloves. I have a hard time finding good yarn for gloves that won’t irritate skin—this one is perfect!

If you love Hygge but aren’t a fan of how fuzzy it is, Hygge Charm offers a smoother yarn with a bit of metallic shimmer.

I normally avoid yarn with any sort of metallic additions, as they tend to be pretty scratchy. But Hygge Charm doesn’t sacrifice any comfort for a little extra glitz!

RED HEART Hygge yarn, 5oz, Snow 5 Fl Oz
RED HEART Hygge yarn, 5oz, Snow 5 Fl Oz
Extremely soft and drapey, despite its quick-to-stitch bulky size; Beautiful muted colors makes it a perfect home décor or apparel yarn to cozy up with!
$9.64
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RED HEART Hygge yarn, 5oz, Sterling 5 Fl Oz
RED HEART Hygge yarn, 5oz, Sterling 5 Fl Oz
Extremely soft and drapey, despite its quick-to-stitch bulky size; Beautiful muted colors makes it a perfect home décor or apparel yarn to cozy up with
$8.45
RED HEART Hygge yarn, 5oz, Violet 5 Fl Oz
RED HEART Hygge yarn, 5oz, Violet 5 Fl Oz
Extremely soft and drapey, despite its quick-to-stitch bulky size; Beautiful muted colors makes it a perfect home décor or apparel yarn to cozy up with!
$14.56
RED HEART Hygge yarn, 5oz, Forest 5 Fl Oz
RED HEART Hygge yarn, 5oz, Forest 5 Fl Oz
Extremely soft and drapey, despite its quick-to-stitch bulky size; Beautiful muted colors makes it a perfect home décor or apparel yarn to cozy up with!
$14.93
RED HEART Hygge Charm yarn, Meteor
RED HEART Hygge Charm yarn, Meteor
97Percent acrylic 3Percent other fibers
$10.00

Hygge Charm Patterns

Red Heart Irresistible Yarn

This mega-thick, acrylic/wool blend is incredibly soft and perfect for instant gratification—you can easily knit up warm scarves and cowls in just an hour.

Some colors seem to be more prone to shedding than others—many of the reviews indicate shedding issues, but I’ve never personally had this problem.

Red Heart Irresistible E848.7952 Yarn, Enchanting
Red Heart Irresistible E848.7952 Yarn, Enchanting
Fast and easy yarn to work with; 90Percent Acrylic, 10Percent wool; size 7 Jumbo worsted; Hand wash only, lay flat to dry
$14.69
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Red Heart Irresistible Yarn-Silver
Red Heart Irresistible Yarn-Silver
Fast and easy yarn to work with; 90Percent acrylic, 10Percent wool; size 7 jumbo worsted; Handle wash only, lay flat to dry
$12.00
Red Heart Irresistible E848.7931 Yarn, Tiramisu
Red Heart Irresistible E848.7931 Yarn, Tiramisu
Fast and easy yarn to work with; 90Percent Acrylic, 10Percent wool; size 7 Jumbo worsted; Hand wash only, lay flat to dry
$22.99
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Red Heart Irresistible E848.7110 Yarn, Aran
Red Heart Irresistible E848.7110 Yarn, Aran
Fast and easy yarn to work with; 90Percent Acrylic, 10Percent wool; size 7 Jumbo worsted; Hand wash only, lay flat to dry
$13.81
Red Heart Irresistible Yarn-Burgundy
Red Heart Irresistible Yarn-Burgundy
Fast and easy yarn to work with; 90Percent acrylic, 10Percent wool; size 7 jumbo worsted; Handle wash only, lay flat to dry
$39.75

Patterns with Red Heart Irresistible Yarn

Sugar Bush Motley Yarn

This is quite possibly my favorite yarn, despite many unhappy reviews.

I rarely recommend this one to hobbyists new to knitting, as it’s a little difficult to work with. It’s uneven, with parts of it ranging from fingering to worsted weight and it comes in a hank which you have to be very careful about unwinding.

If you can get past those two things and adjust your gauge accordingly, this yarn makes amazing projects. The colors are unique and I haven’t ever found another yarn with coloring quite like this. The variation in color and weight is part of what makes it look so great in finished projects.

I highly recommend this to experienced knitters who are looking for something a little different. I think you’ll love this as long as you know what to expect beforehand. Beginners—approach with caution!

Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Prism Pink
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Prism Pink
Fiber: 60Percent super Fine alpaca, 40Percent merino; Weight: double knitting weight; Gauge: 22 sts per 4 inch on us 6 (4.00 mm)
$15.99
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Gold Dust
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Gold Dust
Fiber: 60Percent super Fine alpaca, 40Percent merino; Weight: double knitting weight; Gauge: 22 sts per 4 inch on us 6 (4.00 mm)
$14.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Flashy Fuchsia
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Flashy Fuchsia
Fiber: 60Percent super Fine alpaca, 40Percent merino; Weight: double knitting weight; Gauge: 22 sts per 4 inch on us 6 (4.00 mm)
$14.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Flecks of Forest
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Flecks of Forest
Fiber: 60Percent super Fine alpaca, 40Percent merino; Weight: double knitting weight; Gauge: 22 sts per 4 inch on us 6 (4.00 mm)
$14.95
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Pepper Teal
Sugar Bush Yarn Motley Yarn, Pepper Teal
Fiber: 60Percent super Fine alpaca, 40Percent merino; Weight: double knitting weight; Gauge: 22 sts per 4 inch on us 6 (4. 00 mm)
$14.95
With cold weather just around the corner, now is a great time to start getting yarn for scarves and other winter favorites.

That wraps up our favorite yarns for winter projects! If you’re looking for more on knitting, check out some of our other posts on our favorite knitting supplies, resources, and yarn:

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  • Alpaca: Taken from alpacas, this yarn is warmer than wool, so this type of yarn is best for small winter projects. Doesn’t block as well as wool does but it is rather soft.

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