Boa yarn is a unique type of yarn that has a slight fringe on it. It also has a very soft texture and feels much like feathers. It is mostly manufactured from nylon or polyester, and sometimes also contains silk. The fringes of this yarn vary in length and are often referred to as eyelashes.
Knitters and crocheters often use this product for making scarves. The texture of this material can create a finished product that looks something like a boa. Other popular uses for this acrylic yarn include sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, and socks. Nearly every item that can be produced with regular yarn can also be made using boa yarn.
Crafters may use any regular knitting or crochet pattern when creating items using this specialty yarn. They may want to consider using needles or hooks that are slightly larger than what is required in the pattern, as boa yarn has a much thicker texture than regular yarn. Rosewood crochet hooks and bamboo knitting needles work well, although many crafters prefer plastic instruments. Circular knitting needles made of a flexible plastic material are useful when knitting scarves or small afghan blocks, because turning the finished product is unnecessary.
Boa yarn can be found in many different colors. Most skeins of yarn will have product that has variegated color patterns. This is typical of this particular type of yarn and not a flaw. Most of the time a person does not need to worry about matching color or dye lots when working with this yarn. She should, however, check to make sure she is purchasing the same brand and shade for best results.
This novelty yarn does not usually have an itchy feel like wool yarn does. Boa yarn may shed a little bit from time to time, but this shedding is not normally excessive. Garments made with this type of yarn should be hand-washed in cool water, using a mild laundry detergent or a laundry soap designed for delicate clothing. The items can then be gently wrung out or hung up and allowed to drip dry. Ironing is usually not needed and, in fact, is not recommended.
Boa yarn can be a fun product to use to create a variety of items. Crafters do not need any special skill in order to use this yarn. People looking for fun and unique things to make, either as a gift or for their own personal use, might want to consider using this for their next project.