Hi! I'm very new to crocheting and unfortuanetly I'm not able to go to the store so I'm hoping someone here can give me advice on picking yarn online. I'm looking for something to make amirugumis and a scarf like this:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-ribbon-scarf
It says it needs 4ply fingering yarn 60% alpaca, 20% nylon, and 20%merino.
If I find a 4ply fingering yarn can I use that or should it be the same makeup as the yarn they used?
What yarn will be the best value for making amirugumis? It'd be great to find one kind that I know is a safe choice and won't be needing to buy another kind for another amirugumi.
The whole yarn chosing thing is very overwhelming to me and doing in online makes it so much harder! Can anyone give me some tips or what to look for in the yarn that will give me an idea of what it will feel like?
Also I prefer to avoid yarns from animal sources like wool and merino unless its from a small family farm, so is there any type of chart that shows what plant based yarn could be an substituted? I tried searching online but didn't find any.
I'm sorry my questions don't really go together but I'm so confused about so many things regarding yarn, I just tried to get my main questions out of the way. Basically it involves yarn I probably have a question about it so feel free to throw in any tips or advice you may have.
Thank you for your time!