Over the past thirteen years that I have spent making sweaters, I have used a lot of yarns, and various different brands of yarn. When I also taken into account the hats that I have knit up, that opens up to more types of yarn used for making projects for kids. There is some yarn that knits up better than others.
When it comes to knitting projects for children, I prefer to use and work with Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. It is what I would consider standard 4-ply acrylic yarn. Depending on what craft stores you have in your area, the price of this yarn will vary. Where I am, I can easily find red heart yarn for $2.99 for a 7 oz solid or 5 oz multi skein of yarn. If my local craft store is having a sale on this particular yarn, I can get it for less expensive. I also like working with Caron one pound skeins of yarn.
These two brands fall within the guidelines for yarn that is specified for these projects because they are sturdy, warm, soft, and will hold up for a while even with how kids wear clothes. The fact that the two brands I have mentioned are also machine washable and dryable, so they have easy care instructions, and will hold up with many washing’s. Standardizing that yarn that is used for these projects also helps ensure a uniform sizing and gauge for knitting.
These yarns are easy to knit with, and I, personally have had few problems when knitting with them in terms of the yarn splitting, or being mill end type consistencies.
To anyone who is interesting in getting involved in the knit for kids project, or something similar, I highly recommend using the Red Heart Super Saver line of Yarn (economy, regular, and jumbo skeins), or Caron one pound skeins of yarn.
Here are some yarn combination ideas that I found online that I liked, and might have to use sometime for a sweater. If anyone else likes them, feel free to use any of them yourself, and feel free to check out the projects I have completed and use the combinations or patterns yourself.