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There are so many different specialty yarns, but sometimes, the names can be confusing and not very revealing about the qualities of the yarn. Here are a couple of widely-used terms for certain specialty yarns:
Boucle yarn usually refers to a nubbly, loopy yarn because the name in French means "curl". Boucle yarns create a bumpy, very textured fabric, but are difficult to work with because the stitches are difficult to see when crocheting.
Chenille yarn is very lush and soft, almost suede-like, and creates a very soft fabric. The downside is that chenille can easily tear and shed.
Eyelash yarn is quite hairy and yields a fluffy or fuzzy fabric. It too can be very difficult to work with.