All About Yarn

The Magic Yarn Project uses more than a thousand skeins of yarn each month! In order to produce wigs that are ultra-soft, hypoallergenic, machine washable, easy for volunteers to style, and true to each character’s familiar colors, we ONLY accept yarns in certain brands and shades. See each section below for our accepted colorways.
 Due to hospital regulations, we can only accept NEW donated yarn! If you have old yarn that you would like to donate to a good cause, we love sharing donations with Project Linus.
***Please only donate yarn from SMOKE-FREE homes and pet-hair-free environments.***

Need a quick list?

Click here for a printable shopping list of our favorite yarns.
Approved Yarns For Wig "Hair"

 For all wigs except Jack Sparrow, Rainbow, and “beanie-style” Elsa and Rapunzel, the color and brand of the hair MUST match the color and brand of the beanie.

Anna

  • Lion Brand Heartland “Yosemite”
  • Caron Simply Soft Party “Snow Sparkle” Yarn (or other approved white yarn) for Anna’s white streak

Ariel

  • Caron Simply Soft “Harvest Red” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Really Red”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Red”
  • Caron Simply Soft Party Sparkle “Red” (for sparkle strands at a 1:3 ratio)
  • Red Heart With Love Metallic “Red” (for sparkle strands at a 1:3 ratio)

Aurora

  • Caron Simply Soft “Baby Sunshine” [preferred] or “Sunshine”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Butter”

Belle

  • Caron Simply Soft “Chocolate” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Chocolate”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Cocoa”

Captain Marvel

  • Caron Simply Soft “Sunshine” [preferred]
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Butter”

Elsa

  • Caron Simply Soft “White” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “White” (note that Red Heart Soft ESSENTIALS is too thick and is not approved)
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “White”
  • Caron Simply Soft Party Sparkle “Snow” (for sparkle strands at a 1:3 ratio)
  • Red Heart With Love Metallic “White” (for sparkle strands at a 1:3 ratio)

Jack Sparrow

Jack uses multiple hair colors, including black and additional “highlight” colors. As you purchase and cut your yarn, plan for at least half of all strands to be black. All colors on the same wig should come from the same brand/texture (e.g. Don’t mix Homespun and Hometown).

  • Lion Brand Homespun “Black,” “Barks,” “Desert Mountain”
  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick “Black,” “Obsidian,” “Charcoal,” “Barley,” “Granite,” “Graphite,” “Sequoia,” “Wood”
  • Lion Brand Hometown “Oakland Black,” “Little Rock Granite,” “El Paso Autumn,” “Santa Fe Tweed,” “Billings Chocolate,” “Chicago Charcoal”
  • I Love This Chunky “Cool Black,” “Heathered Brown,” “Mocha,” “Heathered Charcoal”

Jasmine

  • Caron Simply Soft “Black” 
  • Red Heart Soft or Red Heart Soft Essentials “Black”
  • Big Twist Rainbow Classic “Black” [preferred, when available]
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Black”
  • Caron Simply Soft Party Sparkle “Black” (for sparkle strands at a 1:3 ratio)
  • Red Heart With Love Metallic “Black” (for sparkle strands at a 1:3 ratio)

Merida

  • Lion Brand Homespun “Wild Fire”
  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick “Pumpkin”
  • Caron Simply Soft “Pumpkin,” I Love this Yarn “Burnt Pumpkin,” or Vanna’s Choice “Terracotta” (Note that these are thinner yarns that should not make up the majority of Merida’s hair. Use them as accents or paired with a bulky strand.)

Moana

Moana uses two hair colors, black and a “highlight” color. Both colors on the same wig should come from the same brand/texture (eg. Don’t mix Homespun and Hometown).

Black Yarns:

  • Lion Brand Homespun “Black”
  • Lion Brand Hometown USA “Oakland Black”
  • I Love This Chunky “Cool Black”

Highlight Yarns:

  • Lion Brand Homespun “Desert Mountain” or “Barley”
  • Lion Brand Hometown USA  “Billings Chocolate”
  • I Love This Chunky “Heathered Brown”
  • Yarn Bee Fireside “Honey Maple”

Rainbow

All striped/ombre Rainbow “hair” colors must be paired with a complementary solid beanie color in a matching brand/sheen.

The following colors are our favorites! Contact your Region Leader if you would like to use other colors.  

  • Caron Simply Soft “Baby Bright,” “Oceana,” “Peacock,” “Rainbow Bright,” “Teal Zeal,” “The Keys,” “Times Square”
  • Red Heart Super Saver “Bon Bon,” “Retro Stripe,” “Flamenco Stripe,” “Parrot Stripe,” “Polo Stripe,” “Grape Fizz,” “Banana Berry,” “Monet,” Macaw”
  • Red Heart Soft “Plummy,” “Bohemian,” Spyglass,” “Watercolors”

Rapunzel

  • Caron Simply Soft “Sunshine”
  • Caron Simply Soft “Baby Sunshine” (for highlights only, at a 1:3 ratio)
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Butter”

Wonder Woman

  • Caron Simply Soft “Black” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Black”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Black”
  • Caron Simply Soft Party Sparkle “Black” (for sparkle strands at a 1:3 ratio)
  • Red Heart With Love Metallic “Black” (for sparkle strands at a 1:3 ratio)

 


Average Yarn Needed per Wig

Wig Style      Average Ounces     Length Cut To

Anna                  7                              60”
Ariel                   6-7                           60”
Aurora                8                              40”
Belle                   8                              40”
Elsa                    8-9                           80”
Jack Sparrow     7-8                           30”
Jasmine              7                              80
Merida                10                             40”
Moana                 7                              40”
Captain Marvel    8                              40”
Rapunzel            10                             100”
Rainbow              6-7                           60”
Wonder Woman  8                              40″

**Refer to our winding board diagram here for instructions on how to wind and cut yarn**

Approved Yarns for Wig Beanies

Anna

  • For Anna wig with a tiara: Lion Brand Heartland “Yosemite”
  • For Maroon and Blue “beanie style” Anna wig: Red Heart Soft “Berry” and “Royal Blue,” Caron Simply Soft Party “Royal Blue Sparkle” and “Fuschia Sparkle,” Lion Brand Heartland “Isle Royale” and “Badlands,” or Red Heart with Love “Boysenberry” and “Peacock”

Ariel

  • Caron Simply Soft “Harvest Red” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Really Red”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Red”

Aurora

  • Caron Simply Soft “Baby Sunshine” [preferred] or “Sunshine”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Butter”

Belle

  • Caron SImply Soft “Chocolate” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Chocolate”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Cocoa”

Captain Marvel

Refer to the yarns listed in the pattern directions for Captain Marvel’s beanie on our Character Beanies page

Elsa (white beanie)

  • Caron Simply Soft “White” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “White”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “White”

Elsa (blue beanie)

Can be striped in different shades of light blue/turquoise and white yarn, or a solid light blue/turquoise color.

  • Caron Simply Soft “Robins Egg,” “Blue Mint,” and “White” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Turquoise” and “White”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Hot Turquoise,” “Aqua,” and “White”
  • Lion Brand Heartland “Pinnacles” 

Jack Sparrow

  • Caron Simply Soft “Autumn Red” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Wine”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Garnet”

Jasmine

  • Caron Simply Soft “Black” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Black”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Black”

Merida

  • Caron Simply Soft “Pumpkin” [strongly preferred]
  • I Love this Yarn “Burnt Pumpkin”
  • Vanna’s Choice “Terracotta” 

Moana

  • Caron Simply Soft “Black” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Black”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Black”

Rainbow

  • Caron Simply Soft “Blue Mint,” “Lavender Blue,” “Iris,” “Robins Egg,” “Cobalt Blue,” “Plum Wine,” “Purple,” “Soft Pink,” “Neon Pink,” “Fuchsia,” “Orchid,” “Strawberry,” “Limelight”
  • Red Heart Soft “Bohemian,” “Coral,” “Plummy,” “Lilac,” “Lavender,” “Deep Sea”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Aqua,” “Hot Turquoise,” Pale Aqua,” “Flamingo,” “Pink,” “Rosey,” “Hot Pink,” “Violet,” “Lilac,” “Hot Grape”

Rapunzel (yellow beanie)

  • Caron Simply Soft “Sunshine” [preferred]
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Butter”

Rapunzel (purple beanie)

  • Caron Simply Soft “Orchid,” “Grape,” or “Iris”
  • Red Heart Soft “Plummy”, “Lilac,” or “Lavender”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Lilac” or “Violet” 

Wonder Woman

  • Caron Simply Soft “Black” [preferred]
  • Red Heart Soft “Black”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Black”
Approved Yarns for Character Beanies

For a visual list of each character’s approved yarn options, pattern details, and more, visit our Character Beanies page here

Batman (Striped)

  • Caron Simply Soft “Black,” “Grey Heather,” and “Sunshine” or “Lemonade”
  • Red Heart Soft “Black,” “Heather Gray,” and “Lemon”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Black,” “Grey Beard,” and “Yellow”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Black,” “Fog,” and “Butter”

Batman (Solid Beanie)

  • Caron Simply Soft “Black” and “Sunshine” or “Lemonade”
  • Red Heart Soft “Black” and “Lemon”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Black” and “Yellow”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Black” and “Butter”

Captain America

  • Caron Simply Soft “Royal Blue,” “Harvest Red,” and “White”
  • Red Heart Soft “Royal Blue,” “Really Red,” and “White”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Bright Blue,” “Red,” and “White”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Royal,” “Red,” and “White”

Flash

  • Caron Simply Soft “Harvest Red” and “Sunshine” or “Lemonade”
  • Red Heart Soft “Really Red” and “Lemon”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Red” and “Butter”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Red” and “Yellow”

Green Lantern

  • Caron Simply Soft “Kelly Green” and “White”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Jelly Bean” and “White”

Hulk

  • Caron Simply Soft “Pistachio,” “White,” and “Black”
  • Red Heart Soft “Guacamole,” “White,” and “Black”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Light Sage,” “White,” and “Black”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Avocado Green,” “White,” and “Black”

Ironman

  • Caron Simply Soft “Autumn Red” and “Gold”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Cranberry” and “Sungold”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Garnet” and “Honey” or “Saffron”

Mickey Mouse

  • Caron Simply Soft “Harvest Red,” “Black,” and “White”
  • Red Heart Soft “Really Red,” “Black,” and “White”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Red,” “Black,” and “White”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Red,” “Black,” and “White”

Minnie Mouse

  • Caron Simply Soft “Watermelon” or “Soft Pink,” “Black,” and “White”
  • Red Heart Soft “Pink,” “Black,” and “White”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Pink” or “Soft Pink,” “Black,” and “White”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Pink” or “Hot Rose,” “Black,” and “White”

Paw Patrol – Chase

  • Caron Simply Soft “Royal Blue,” “Grey Heather,” and “Sunshine” or “Lemonade”
  • Red Heart Soft “Royal Blue,” “Heather Gray,” and “Lemon”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Royal,” “Grey Beard,” and “Yellow”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Bright Blue,” “Fog,” and “Butter”

Paw Patrol – Marshall

  • Caron Simply Soft “Harvest Red” and “Sunshine” or “Lemonade”
  • Red Heart Soft “Really Red” and “Lemon”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Red” and “Butter”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Red” and “Yellow”

Paw Patrol – Rocky

  • Caron Simply Soft “Pistachio,” “Grey Heather,” and “Soft Pink” or “Victorian Rose”
  • Red Heart Soft “Guacamole,” “Heather Gray,” and “Pink”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Mid Green,” “Grey Beard,” and “Rose Cheeks”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Avocado Green,” “Fog,” and “Pink”

PJ Masks – Catboy

  • Caron Simply Soft “Royal Blue” and “Blue Mint”
  • Red Heart Soft “Royal Blue” and “Turquoise”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Royal” and “Soft Blue”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

  • Red Heart Soft “Guacamole;” Caron Simply Soft “Pistachio;” I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Light Sage” or “Mid Green;” or Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Avocado Green” or “Olive”
    • Michelangelo: Red Heart Soft “Tangerine,” Caron Simply Soft “Neon Orange,” I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Desert Glaze,” or Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Hot Orange”
    • Leonardo: Red Heart Soft “Royal Blue,” Caron Simply Soft “Royal Blue,” I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Royal,” or Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Bright Blue”
    • Raphael: Red Heart Soft “Really Red,” Caron Simply Soft “Harvest Red,” I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Red,” or Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Red”
    • Donatello: Red Heart Soft “Lavender,” Caron Simply Soft “Purple” or “Iris,” or I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Grape,” or Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Violet” or “Hot Grape”

 Spider-Man

  • Caron Simply Soft “Harvest Red,” “Black,” and “White”
  • Red Heart Soft “Really Red,” “Black,” and “White”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Red,” “Black,” and “White”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Red,” “Black,” and “White”

Superman

  • Caron Simply Soft “Royal Blue,” “Harvest Red,” and “Sunshine” or “Lemonade”
  • Red Heart Soft “Royal Blue,” “Really Red,” and “Lemon”
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret “Bright Blue,” “Red,” and “Butter”
  • I Love This Yarn Super Soft “Royal,” “Red,” and “Yellow”

 

Yarn FAQs

 Why Be So Choosy About Yarn Fibers?

  • Many hospitals do not accept donations of products with animal fibers. The Magic Yarn Project only uses hypoallergenic, machine-washable, 100% acrylic yarn. Wool, alpaca, or homemade yarn blends are not approved.  
  • Cotton yarn is not stretchy enough to suit head sizes of children of various ages, and it is too scratchy for tender post-chemo children’s scalps. It also does not retain its shape or sizing well after machine washing. Cotton yarns are not approved, including for accessories. 
  • In order to produce the most beautiful, durable, and consistent wigs, we ask that all crocheted accessories are made with soft yarn. This includes all crocheted tiaras, snowflakes, starfish, flowers, ringlets, character beanie parts, etc. 

Not All Soft Yarn Is Created Equal

  • Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Soft are nearly identical in their thickness and sheen and make beautiful beanies. Based on its quality and wide availability, Caron Simply Soft is our preferred yarn for all beanies.
  • Yarn Bee Soft Secret and Loops and Threads Soft & Shiny are also beautifully soft and sleek, but they have a lot of stretch, so crocheters must be very conscious of their tension and hook size to be able to make sturdy and successful beanies from these brands. If you would like to use these brands, please work closely with your Region Leader for feedback and approval!
  • I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Soft Essentials, and Red Heart With Love are also soft yarns, but their thickness does not align as well with our standard yarns. Their gauge does not typically work up to match our beanie pattern, and beanies made with these often have too much stretch and gapping. They are not preferred.  

What About Yarns Outside of North America?

  • Generally speaking, all yarn used for The Magic Yarn Project must be 100% acrylic (no animal fibers), ultra soft, and ideally sleek/shiny with very little stretch.
  • For all beanies and accessories and most wig “hair,” we recommend a worsted weight (#4) yarn thickness. For Jack and Moana hair, we recommend a bulky (#5) yarn thickness.
  • Yarn color matching does not have to be exact, but it should be as close as possible to our North American approved yarns. Search for images of brand names online to compare colors carefully, or contact your Region Leader for advice. 
  • All crafters wishing to use non-approved yarn types, including international crafters, should work with their Region Leader to determine appropriate matches.
  • International crafters who would like to help us develop more information about preferred yarns outside North America should contact our Program Director, Laurie Campbell, at laurie@themagicyarnproject.com .  

Beanies

Tiaras

Snowflakes

Starfish