Caron Simply Soft Light

Quick Facts

Caron Simply Soft Light
Material: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 3/Fingering/DK
Yardage: 330yds

Final Verdict: 3.5/5
Aesthetics: 3.5/5
Difficulty: 4/5

Review

I found this at AC Moore and picked up a few skeins for a project. Even though I’m not a fan of the worsted weight version of this yarn, there aren’t many options for lightweight yarn in the wild, especially not in solid colors at a lower price point. The yarn performed at pretty much the same rate as the worsted weight version but it was much softer.

Aesthetics

This yarn is very loosely spun and very soft. In my experience with it, it didn’t hold a shape very well. I was using it to make dragon scale gloves and the “scales” in this material were too soft and ended up almost formless. I worry that if using this for socks or something, they won’t be strong enough to stand up and slide into your shoe while you’re walking. When I triple-plyed it for another project, it looked much better. It is very soft and it comes in a few nice colors, however, there are only 14 colors available meaning this has limited appeal.

Difficulty

I found this yarn easy to work with. There was no splitting or any issues with it sliding from the needles or the hook. It held up really well to multiple uses (I took my originally gloves apart and used the yarn in other projects).

Final Thoughts

This yarn is very soft and easy to work but it doesn’t have the strength to hold up to more structured work. It does better than the worsted version of this yarn but there are much better light weight yarns on the market.

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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.