By Steve Valentino
Crochet is derived from the French word croc or croche, meaning hook. It describes the process of creating fabric from a length of cord, yarn, or thread with a specific type of a hook known as the crochet hook.
Crochet yarn is a special kind of yarn which is used specifically for the purpose of crocheting. Crochet yarns are by nature very soft. Although different kinds of yarn are used by different people for crocheting, a very popular and widely appreciated variety used for crocheting is Cebelia, a 100% cotton crochet yarn. Cebelia is a superior 100% cotton, three-cord, tightly twisted thread. It is designed to be used wherever sized cotton is recommended. Generally, it is wound on a small core resulting in a compact ball with high yardage. This kind of yarn is mercerized twice, giving it strength as well as shine. Cebelia yarn is designed for making tablecloths, napkins, table runners, cushion covers, curtains and many other items.
Cebelia yarn is popular all over the world with crochet lovers for its texture, sheen and high quality. It is also quite economical for those who are involved with making crocheted things regularly. A ball of cebelia yarn of about 282 yards is available for as little as $4 to $6. The price varies with the color. The white colored yarn is generally more expensive than the colored yarn. Cebelia yarn is widely available in art and craft shops as well as many departmental stores. In many shops, it is available in different sizes, ranging from 50g balls to 250g balls, in three different thicknesses and in a range of about twenty six colors.
Other popular brands of crochet yarn include Baroque, Senso, Cordonnet, Manuel and Flora threads, among others. These are also quite popular and have relatively similar prices.