Big Twist Premium

Big Twist Premium

Quick Facts

Big Twist Premium
Material: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 4/Worsted
Yardage: Solids 137yds, Ombre and Stripes 116yds

Final Verdict: 4.5/5
Aesthetics: 4/5
Difficulty: 5/5

Review

I noticed this yarn in Joanne’s while running in for something else. Like Red Heart, Nicole, Bernat, and other acrylic yarns, this brand comes in a variety of sizes and types. I’ll be reviewing them individually so that they can be compared to similar brands. The Premium version of this brand comes in a variety of colors and has a nice feel to it.

Aesthetics

This yarn feels sort of like felted wool, very similar to Bernat but a little softer. Although the website says it’s “super soft” I wouldn’t exactly say that. I would say that it is a comfortable yarn. The colors are very varied and bright. Their variegated options are also unusual and a little more modern than other brands.

Difficulty

This yarn is extremely easy to knit. Because of the way it’s twisted, it doesn’t split so you’re able to knit fairly quickly with this yarn. There were no weird spots, color issues, knots or tangles in this. It was a smooth and easy yarn to work with.

Final Thoughts

This yarn was very easy to work with and had a nice variety of colors suitable for many types of projects. It is soft but it is also sturdy so you can use it for garments or even household items. A fun, solid yarn all around.

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Bernat Satin

Bernat-Satin

Quick Facts

Bernat Satin
Material: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 4/Worsted
Yardage: 200

Final Verdict: 4/5
Aesthetics: 4/5
Difficulty 4/5

Review

I purchased a quite a bit of this yarn for a project as a low cost alternative to Simply Soft. This is a very soft and very bright yarn that is a good choice for colorful and snuggly projects but isn’t very sturdy which makes it largely unsuitable for anything that will get very heavy use.

Aesthetics

This yarn is bright and very soft. The colors really pop and the yarn itself has quite a bit of shine making it a very nice option for fun projects. The softness makes it an easy option to work with and the knit is smooth and easy.

There are a variety of colors available from candy colors to more subtle earthy shades. There are a few variegated options available but most of the colorways are solid letting you design your own look.

It is not tightly wound so it does tend towards a looser, fluffier stitch, there also can be a bit of flurry threads like the type you find with roving yarn

Difficulty

This yarn knit up fairly quickly but given that it is a soft yarn, it does split very easily however, the imperfections caused by this are easily hidden by just tugging on the work a bit.

Though the yarn was not hard to work with, there were a few knots in the yarn itself. I also tried this yarn on a rigid heddle and it did not make for a great choice. It is a bit too soft and loose for the loom.

Final Thoughts

Bernat Satin is a very pretty and soft yarn. It creates a nice solid fabric despite its softness and makes a nice addition to a stash. I wouldn’t recommend it for anything that would see a lot of hard wear and tear due to how easy it is to snag but this is a nice yarn for garments.

Joylve Baby Yarn

Joylve Baby Yarn

Quick Facts

Joylve Baby Yarn
Material: Cashmere 98%, Lamb Cashmere 2%
Weight: Fingering
Yardage: 230*

Final Verdict: 4.5/5
Aesthetics: 5/5
Difficulty: 4/5

Review

Joylve is a fingering weight yarn that can be found through many discount online retailers (I purchased mine through Amazon). It is a light weight yarn that comes in a variety of bright colors making it ideal for baby items. It is also very low priced, likely because it’s shipped from China. Despite how shady it may seem, this yarn turned out to be a solid purchase.

Aesthetics

Joylve is a fingering weight, cashmere yarn, according to the website. As I mentioned before, this did come from a Chinese retailer so the actual label is all in Chinese. Either way, this yarn is super soft and feels wonderful to work with. I was blown away with how nicely this worked up.

I did a few small testers in crochet, knitting, and Tunisian crochet and each option gave the yarn a different feel. Knitting created a light weight, smooth piece. Crochet, a very soft, almost bouncy piece of fabric. Tunisian style left me with a sturdy and heavier piece. Across all three styles, the yarn kept its bright colors and softness.

The packaging was dirty from travel but the yarn itself was clean, there were no weird chemical smells or anything of that nature, however, I would still suggest washing whatever you make with this before use.

Difficulty

This yarn was very smooth to work with. I did not encounter any tangles, weak spots, or knots of any kind. The only issue with it really is that it does split a bit when working but it is not as “slippery” as the sheen of it would have you think.

The splitting issue is more of a problem with crochet than knitting but once you start working on the piece it seems to get better.

Final Thoughts

This is a really great yarn for a really low price. We can’t really confirm if it is actually cashmere blend but it does feel very nice and holds up very well in various types of yarn craft. The color selection is very nice and it’s sturdy enough for even a beginner to be able to work with.

*The yardage is a guestimate. It is not listed on the website so we calculated it from the grams (50g) to get an approximate idea. If you do decide to use this yarn, it might be best to buy a skein or two more than you think you’ll need.