Lion Brand Yarn 790-393 Homespun Yarn, Cream
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- Homespun is a uniquely textured yarn that works up quickly and easily; From shawls to sweaters to throws
- 98-Percent Acrylic, 2-Percent Polyester
- With solids, heathers, and beautiful self-striping "painterly" colors, Homespun comes in gorgeous shades you'll love
- Machine wash; Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F
- Chunky, Craft, Rug Yarn; 6-Ounce (170 g), 185 yd (169 m); Each skein measures approximately 10 by 3 by 3-Inch
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Homespun is a uniquely textured yarn that works up quickly and easily; From shawls to sweaters to throws, this yarn can't be beat for softness and sheer touch-ability; 98-Percent Acrylic, 2-Percent Polyester; With solids, heathers, and beautiful self-striping "painterly" colors, Homespun comes in gorgeous shades you'll love; Machine wash; Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F; No bleach product may be used; A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting; Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron; Weight Category: 5 Bulky: Chunky, Craft, Rug Yarn; 6-Ounce (170 g), 185 yd (169 m); Each skein measures approximately 10 by 3 by 3-Inch.
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1. Interesting texture, thick, and super soft
2. I'm OBSESSED with the colors. I can't get enough. They have 3 different types of colors; painterly, heathered, and multi-tweed. My favorite is the painterly colors (such as painted desert), which gradually change and are absolutely gorgeous!
3. I personally don't like complicated patterns. Because of the texture and the changing colors, I can make something extremely simple and it still comes out beautiful.
4. Because of the thickness and texture, you can't see knots or any type of yarn changes (or most mistakes).
1. It can be difficult to work with compared to more conventional yarns. It is best to have a larger hook. I am currently working with an L hook, but I have made scarves with a J hook just fine. Because it is so loosely wound, you will get little strands caught up on your hook often no matter what hook you use. I just got used to it, no big deal.
2. The yarn will change thickness throughout the skein sometimes (I think especially with the painterly colors). It is minimum and you can't tell on your product, but it is somewhat worrisome when you get to the thinner part of the skein. It always works out though. The worst that can happen is it gets too thin and you just have to cut off the bad stuff and knot it back up where it is good again. Like I said above, you shouldn't be able to see it.
3. It is difficult to see your stitches. You should only plan to do simple patterns with this yarn. When I first started working with it, I had the hardest time keeping my edge even while making scarves. I have since changed to a simple double crochet v-stitch which makes it so much easier to keep the stitches consistent. I just followed the youtube video "How to Crochet the Double Crochet V Stitch". It makes an interesting looking scarf or blanket and is honestly the easiest way to use this yarn that I have found.
Overall, this yarn is not perfect. However, it is the only yarn I use anymore. The colors are amazing and there is a huge selection of them (again, I suggest choosing a painterly color such as Painted Desert or Harvest). It is also pretty cheap here on amazon (some of the colors at least). Any skein under $5 is a pretty good deal. You can get it cheaper at craft stores if you watch for sales but it is normally a few bucks more without a sale.
I thought a blanket would be an easy item to start with...one stitch, all I had to do was count. This should have been easy, but this yarn is so loose that from time to time I can't see where I'm supposed to insert the hook and my count was always off. I think a more tightly woven yarn would have been much easier for me to work with.
That said, I absolutely love the soft feel of this yarn and it's going to make a very cozy blanket. (After ripping my blanket apart twice, I gave up on being a perfectionist and decided to become a good enoughist. It's my first ever blanket, after all. It won't be perfect anyway.)
My kids love the feel of this yarn so much that each of them has claimed ownership of the blanket if/when I complete it. I also seem to get a lot of snuggles when I'm crocheting. I think this has less to do with me and more to do with cozying up to the blanket, which resembles a scarf at this point.
I was hoping to move on to another project, but I think I'm going to be making blankets out of this yarn forever!
UPDATE: This is the worst yarn you can buy. I wish I could give it less than one star. It bunched, frayed, separated and caused me nothing but problems. The last few stitches, even knitting without any tension at all, the yarn broke which made my project a piece of trash. I will never buy this brand of yarn again. I knit hats for the homeless in my area and they deserve better than this.
UPDATE #2: I contacted Lion Brand yarn with the same review as above. Their customer service is AWESOME. Debbie contacted me and offered me a replacement. I knit hats for the homeless and she helped me pick something that would give me the most bang for my buck. I probably won't buy this TYPE of yarn again but I will definitely buy Lion Brand!
It did get easier to figure out as I worked with it, but if you are a novice, look for something that doesn't have the kinks in it. If you are experienced, however, this does make a lovely finished product.
My 5 year old grandson loved his blanket so much that I had to make him another. He used his blanket everyday for comfort and naps.I made the first one when he when he was born.
The second one I made was when he was 3 years old and he took it to daycare for naps.
I made a third one out of the leftover Homespun yarn which he used in the car, it was made using different shades of blue with some apple red color. I made him a bigger blanket to fit his new bed after growing out of his youth bed. Also using left over Homespun yarn to make him a hat and mittens.
I got this yarn to make a blanket for his new baby brother. No doubt I will make more...
Wish Lionbrand would make more pastel shades for babies. The colors I used where not typical for babies.