Looking for the 10 best brands of crochet thread. We have them right here.

Best Brands of Crochet Thread

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In the world of thread craft, particularly knitting and crochet, there are two main types of of materials used: Yarns and Threads. While there are many brands of yarns on the market, there are relatively few brands of crochet thread.

Crochet thread is not sewing thread. Crochet thread is more like a fine yarn used for making delicate items, using crochet hooks or, to a lesser extent, knitting needles. For this article we will focus on crochet only. We will save knitting for another day.

 

As you may know, Lyn’s Crafts specializes crochet threads.  No blog about crochet threads would be complete without a discussion about the top brands of crochet threads available on the market today.

For this article we focused on crochet threads that are generally available; either carried by us, as in the case of Monaco Crochet thread, or are available via large market places such as amazon.

So what are the most popular brands of crochet thread on the market today?

Aunt Lydia’s

Aunt-Lydias-Crochet-Thread-Size-10
Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread

This Should come as no surprise. Aunt Lydia’s is the most popular brand of crochet thread on the market today.

Distributed by Coats and Clark under the Red Heart Brand, Aunt Lydia’s is made from 100% mercerized cotton, is available in 4 sizes and is made in India.

ImageProduct NameSizeNo of ColorsYardage
Aunt Lydias Crochet Thread Size 3 Warm BlueFashion 3316150
Aunt Lydias Classic Crochet Thread Size 10 French RoseClassic 101053300
AuntLydiasSize10MetallicMetallic 10105100
AuntLydiasSize10LargeClassic 10 Value1041000
AuntLydiasSize10JumboClassic 10 Jumbo1022730
AuntLydiasSize20Fine 20202400
AuntLydiasSize30Extra Fine 30302500

Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread is a first quality crochet thread, produced by a company with a long history of manufacturing high quality products, particularly threads. That said, they are also, so widely distributed that you can get them at very reasonable, often highly discounted prices, both locally and online. The color quality is excellent. The threads are soft and easy to work with, even for beginners.

They are machine washable in warm water, no bleach, and block well.

In addition to their quality, they are very economical. With yardage of 150 yards for size 3 and 300 yards for size 10, you do not need to purchase as many balls as you would if using other threads.  If you need even more yardage you can get either the large size at 1000 yards: available in white, back, red and natural, or jumbo size at 2730 yards in white or natural.

Size 10 Classic comes in 53 shades, 12 variegated and 41 solids. Size 3 comes in 16 colors all solids. The metallic comes in 5 shades. The size 20 and Size 30 are only available in white and natural.

The only real downside to Aunt Lydia’s is limited color choices for sizes other than size 10. With only 16 shades for size 3, 5 shades of metallic, and two very basic shades in the smaller sizes, you will have to look elsewhere for greater variety of colors.

Aunt Lydia’s a a high quality mercerized crochet thread, with generous yardage, and low prices. While it comes in a variety of popular sizes the number of available colors can be limited. That said, whether you are a beginner or have many years of experience, Aunt Lydia’s is always a good choice.


Lizbeth

Lizbeth Crochet Threads

Lizbeth is made from 100% Mercerized Egyptian cotton and is manufactured in China.

Lizbeth crochet thread is a high quality mercerized crochet thread. They are widely distributed so you can get them at very reasonable, often highly discounted prices, both locally and online. The color quality is excellent.

ImageProduct NameSizeNo of ColorsYardage
03 609 500Lizbeth3105120
20 621x 500Lizbeth 10216122
20 409twzx 500Lizbeth Twirlz10216122
20 626x 500Lizbeth 20216210
20 406twzx 500Lizbeth Twirlz2020210
20 168x 1000Lizbeth40206300
20 649x 1000Lizbeth 80206184

They are machine washable in warm water, no bleach, and block well.

One of the best features of the Lizbeth line is the variety of colors to choose from. As you can see from the chart above most of the thread lines have over well over 100 different shades for you to choose from. The means that the possibilities are endless.

Lizbeth has one of the largest selections of both solid and variegated colors available. For example, Aunt Lydia’s popular Classic Size 10 has 52 colors, Lizbeth Size 10 has 216 colors.

The only real downside to Lizbeth threads is the yardage. Designed primarily for tatting, which creates small, intricate designs, the balls are relatively small.

For more information on tatting, see our tatting blog post here.


DMC 

Another popular brand is DMC. A superior quality crochet thread made from combed cotton. DMC Cebelia is 100% colorfast and fade-resistant.

Image Product Name Size No of Colors Yardage
DMC Cordonnet Ecru 400x400 1 Perl 5 5 53
DMC Cordonnet WH 400x400 1 Perl 8 232 53
DMC Cordonnet Ecru 400x400 1 Perl 12 40 53
DMC Cordonnet Ecru 400x400 1 Cebelia 10 4 282
DMC Cordonnet WH 400x400 1 Cebelia 20 5 282
DMC Cordonnet WH 400x400 1 Cebelia 30 4 282
DMC Cordonnet Ecru 400x400 1 Cordonnet  20 2 472
DMC Cordonnet Ecru 400x400 1 Cordonnet  30 2 563
DMC Cordonnet Ecru 400x400 1 Cordonnet  40 2 472

During the manufacturing process, the thread is combed, singed by flame and then double mercerized. It is this double mercerizing that gives it its brilliance and strength. It is wound on a small core resulting in a compact ball with high yardage. 

  • -Machine wash and lay flat to dry.

Please note: DMC has discontinued many of the its thread lines in the US.

All Cebelia 10, 20 and 30 – Except colors: White, 5200, Ecru and Ivory will remain available in the US
DMC Tatting Thread size 80 – All colors discontinued in US Cordonnet Special 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 & 100


Thread Art

Cotton crochet thread for tablecloths, bedspreads, and well as home and fashion accessories. 100% mercerized 3 ply cotton. 50 gram balls. Available in 2 sizes: Size 3 and Size 10.

Available primarily from Amazon and Walmart, ThreadArt is a heavily discounted, locally available crochet thread. Similar in size to Monaco or Cannon Crochet thread.

50 gram balls, 100% mercerized cotton, 3ply, Size 10, 175 yd. Size 7 hook recommended


Cannon

Produced by the Manila Bay Thread Corporation, Cannon crochet thread is manufactured in the Philippines. Like Monaco, the Manila Bay Thread Corporation (MTBC) has a heavy emphasis on commercial/industrial products. They have a small line of consumer products including the Cannon Line of crochet thread.

Cannon is very similar to Monaco crochet thread. Both are size 8, and at 40 grams and 175 meters (191 yarns), the weight and yardage are about the same.

Similarly cannon is only sold in the Philippines. While you can order it online be very careful. We tried going to the Manila Bay Website only to find it was offline. Not a good omen, and one of main reasons we prefer to sell Monaco.

 

GOLO

Golo, another Asian thread brand, markets it’s threads by skill level for a particular size. For example, they have a size 6 thread that they state is for beginners, while they say that size 10 is a “hi-end” thread for experienced uesrs.

It is available in 5 sizes, ranging from size 1 to size 10, with yardage varying by size.

Golo crochet cotton is made of 100% long-Staple Cotton, which is Soft, Smooth Silky, Stronger ,More lustrous finish & Eco-friendly, does not come loose easily and does not fluff or kink . A ball of thread comes in at 1.4oz/40g and the length is about 250 yards. It is a bit shorter than Aunt Lydia’s, Artiste or Thread Art, but is longer than Lizbeth.

That said, being a bit less mainstream, means that Golo is a somewhat more expensive and tends to not be as heavily discounted as the more popular brands.

It is mainly available via Amazon.

 

Artiste

Artiste is a line of crochet thread created and sold by Hobby Lobby. It comes in a wide range of colors and is great for the finest crochet or knitting projects.

Being that it is marketed and sold by Hobby Lobby you can count on this thread to be heavily discounted with prices as low as $2.00 per ball. Even so that quality is pretty good. I have used these for many projects and find them pleasant to work with.

Sizes: 10 – 350 Yards

 

Monaco

Monaco Crochet Thread
Monaco Crochet Thread Size 8

 Monaco Crochet Thread is hands down, our best-selling crochet thread. It is manufactured and sold mainly in the Philippines. Oddly, the Monaco company seems perfectly content to only sell theirs threads in Asia. There are no wholesale distributors here in the US. That make Lyn’s Crafts one of the few places where you can buy Monaco Crochet Thread and have it shipped to you from the US.

There are some people who offer it on ebay, but I think we are only company with the full catalog of threads online.

If it that hard to get then how do you get it? In a word, connections. I am from the Philippines and have family that I trust to make the purchases and ship them to us. Importing from overseas is risky and so I don’t recommend that you try it yourself unless you have someone that you absolutely trust with your money.

Monaco thread is very high quality, with vibrant colors. It comes in size 8 only, is 50 grams, 174 meters (191 yards) per ball.

 

Dalia

Dalia Crochet Thread

Imported from Mexico, Dalia is 100% Mercerized cotton crochet thread available in size 5. Though not as popular as many of the other brands listed here, it is a good quality crochet thread that yields great results.

We have the size 5 in stock and can say from both personal experience and customer feedback, that the quality is very good.

Dalia size 5 comes in 4 oz balls, approximately 341 yards long.

Bernat – Handicrafter

Unlike all of the other crochet threads listed in this article, Bernat Handicrafter is not 100% mercerized cotton. Bernat is 100% acrylic. While the marketing literature states that it is perfect for all crochet projects, I prefer cotton for my projects. I find that the acrylic threads slip way more than cotton threads.

That said, Bernat definitely has a strong following. It is made by Spinrite, a Canadian company with a long history in the textile industry. Spinrite’s other brands include Caron, Lily Sugar N’ Cream and Patons.

 

Conclusion

As previously stated, there are relatively few brands of crochet thread. Most are imported, and while some brands are readily available in the US, many others are only available via imports like Lyn’s Crafts.

Thread quality is mostly good, yielding more to individual preference than to manufacturing quality.

What about other brands that I didn’t cover. I know there are some but the ones listed here represent most of the more popular items.

Do you have a favorite brand of crochet thread not list here? Let us know in the comments below.

In the meantime, thanks for taking the time to read our blog.

Thanks, Lyn

6 thoughts on “Looking for the 10 best brands of crochet thread. We have them right here.

  1. elizabeth ogilvie says:

    Thank you for this article, I appreciate it. And as a very recent purveyor of the GoLo threads, I can attest to the quality…BUT…there is a problem. Their sizing for threads is extremely unique. In fact, it is their own sizing which completely confuses anyone used to thread crochet. GoLo size 10 is actually much, much thinner, it may be Size 80 and suitable for Tatting more than Crochet. Their Size 8 is exactly what most (DMC, Lizbeth, Coats etc) label as Size 30. GoLo has a lot of dissatisfied customers and I can understand why, when you see the price. I would like to know more about the Omega thread quality. Can you expand on your comments, they seem a little “mild” as if the thread is almost “so-so”. Thanks again.

    • Marilyn Smith says:

      Thanks for the comment. As to your question about the Omega threads. Omega thread is among the top brands in Mexico and Brazil. The thread has a very rich sheen. Projects made with Omega thread yield an excellent stitch structure. Unlike some other mercerized threads Omega does not curl, twist or clump. The sizing follows the standard sizing for mercerized threads.

  2. I MANN says:

    i am looking for a very thin cotton thread to make crochet lace edgings. Fine thin thread. like the thread used in elisabeth hiddleson patterns. would you know of any? Would this Gogo be suitable?

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