Sashay Yarn – Guide To This Yarn Material & Best Uses

By Jodie Morgan

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Looking for a ruffled, unique yarn? Sashay fibers might be the perfect choice for you. I explore what sashay yarn is, and ways to use it for knitting.

Sashay yarn up close in red, open weave novelty yarn

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I reviewed, fact checked and updated this post on May 14, 2023.

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What Is Sashay Yarn?

Sashay yarn is a synthetic fiber sold at moderate prices. This fiber is a bit tricky to knit with, however, it’s colorful, unique, textured, and adds fun to any project. They’re flouncy and great for adding visual interest. It’s available in lots of colorways and metallics.

(It’s also called ruffle yarn because of how it looks like ruffles.) It has a very open textured unlike other shiny yarns.

Where It Comes From

This yarn material is made of 95% acrylic and 5% metallic polyester for a little shine. It’s a novelty yarn.(1)

How To Wash Sashay Yarn

Here are the care instructions for sashay fibers.

  • Hand wash with gentle detergent
  • Use cold water
  • Dry flat
  • Don’t bleach, tumble dry, or iron

Always check the yarn label for instructions specific to the yarn you’re using.

Does It Shrink When Washed?

It’ll melt if exposed to heat, so avoid machine washing or drying this fiber.

How To Soften Sashay Yarn

Washing it after you’ve finished knitting always helps!

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Sashay Yarn Pin

What Do You Use It For?

Wondering whether you should use it to make a project? Here’s why this fiber is used to make yarn. It’s often used for projects and things like scarves, hats, a purse, a vest, a shawl, bags, and home décor projects.

Keep it from becoming a tangled mess and wind the skein by hand first. Then place in a holder like a yarn bowl to keep it orderly. For more information on these handy yarn holders see here.

Where To Find It

Here’s where to find this yarn: at a yarn store or craft stores in your area, at big box stores like Michaels, Walmart and Joann, online brand shops, and on Etsy. Here are brands or manufacturers of sashay yarns to try: Red Heart.

What’s The Price Like? It’s moderately priced.

FAQS About Sashay Yarn

Is Sashay Yarn Safe For Babies?

No, it’s not safe for babies because it’s a holey fabric.

Is Sashay Yarn Ethical & Eco-Friendly?

It’s made of acrylic and polyester fibers, which use petroleum products in their manufacture.

What Can I Make With Leftover Sashay Yarn?

You can make trims or edging for other projects.

Is Sashay Yarn Itchy?

No, it’s not itchy because it’s a smooth, synthetic fiber. If there are metallics yarns then that may feel scratchy against the skin.

Is Sashay Yarn Good For Clothes?

No, it’s not good for clothes because it’s too holey.

Is Sashay Yarn Good For Winter? 

I wouldn’t recommend this yarn for winter projects as it isn’t as warm as animal fibers. If you wanted to jazz up a winter outfit, a scarf in this yarn would be great!

Is Sashay Yarn Good For Summer?

No, it’s not good for summer because it’s not breathable.

Do Sashay Yarns Pill?

No, they don’t pill.

Can You Dye Sashay Yarns?

No, you can’t.


Happy crocheting or knitting! Hope you enjoyed this article. Do you have questions? Please leave them below!


  1. Parkes, Clara. 2011. The Knitter’s Book of Yarn. Potter Craft.

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Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder) | Lives In: Regional Australia

Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in regional Australia. Taught by her mother and wonderful grandmother “Mama”, she fell in love with crafting from a young age. When she’s not knitting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online knitting community. Get to know Jodie and the team on our meet the team page.

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