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.

Premier Dream

Premier Dream

Quick Facts

Premier Dream
Material: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 4/Worsted
Yardage: 224*

Final Verdict: 4/5
Aesthetics: 3.5/5
Difficulty: 4.5/5

Review

Premier Dream is an inexpensive acrylic yarn that is both soft and sturdy. I picked this up to do a tapestry because I liked the shade of pink but it works very well for traditional knitting and crochet projects. It is a stellar basic yarn choice and the low price makes it perfect for completing a larger project. It was also very easy to work with.

Aesthetics

I picked up a few shades of this yarn. The color options were bright and attractive, however, there are few color options available. There are 17 total colors but five of them are stripes and a handful of them are just different shades of the same. Of the colors they do have, they are available in your basics, black, white, red, yellow, green etc.

Once worked with, the yarn holds its brightness, it does not pill and generally looks attractive. It is also very soft without becoming weak and prone to tangles. It would make great blankets and items that sit on the skin.

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It lost points because despite its hardiness, there is no “luxury” to this yarn. It’s inexpensive and looks it. This yarn is great for fun projects, children’s wear, funky hats, home goods, etc but it won’t look as nice in certain garments.

Difficulty

This yarn is very soft so I expected it to split and have issues with unraveling. I was VERY surprised to find that it was well made and easy to work with. I did not run into any tangles or weak spots in the yarn. This yarn can be worked quickly with very few mistakes.

A really solid beginner’s yarn.

Final Thoughts

Premier Dream isn’t a spectacular yarn but it is a very good yarn. It works up well and is a great option for larger projects, testing new techniques, clothing that will be seeing a lot of wear but still need to be comfy. All in all, it’s a nice solid yarn choice.

*The yardage on the package is listed as 224 yards but the website says 190. This MIGHT be because of a difference between the variegated version and the solid color. A few companies sell smaller skeins of variegated yarns but list them with solids. Just an FYI.

Simply Soft

Caron-SimplySoft

Quick Facts

Simply Soft
Material: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 4/Worsted
Yardage: 315 yds

Final Verdict: 3/5
Aesthetics: 3/5
Difficulty: 3/5

Review

Simply Soft is another yarn that tends to be absolutely everywhere. I picked it up when I first started knitting for two reasons, it was soft and it was inexpensive. Despite the massive color options available and the price, this yarn is just fairly, meh.

Aesthetics

On the shelf, this yarn tends to look really pretty. There are a wide variety of colors, even in brick and mortar stores making this yarn attractive for large projects that need a good deal of colors. There are 57 colorways in all ranging from soft pastels to deep, dark bolds. The wealth of colors is really one of the best points about this yarn.

However, once you start working with this yarn, that shine sort of disappears and it doesn’t look drastically different from your standard yarn types. It remains soft but it also gets a bit fuzzy as you work so your piece does not come out looking as clean as it should.

Caron Simply Soft worked

Difficulty

If you’re at least an advanced beginner than this yarn shouldn’t be too difficult to work with but it still isn’t the easiest to use. After a little bit, it starts to feel a bit uncomfortable as you work it. It’s a strange sensation, almost a little sticky.

This yarn also has a bit of a problem with splitting so you must be careful while working your stiches. I have never had an issue with knotting or weak spots with this yarn, however, a close friend of mine purchased three skeins that were full of knots. The upside is that the company replaced the yarn at no cost to her. Still, it is something to be wary of.

Final Thoughts

Simply Soft looks stunning on the shelf but when it comes to working, it fails to live up to expectations. Its low price make it a good choice for some projects and if you can deal with the flaws, you would likly end up making some really nice pieces. But you have to make it through the issues that the yarn has first. I would likely just skip purchasing this and go for a standard yarn.

Amazing Yarn

Lion Brand Amazing Yarn

Quick Facts

Amazing Yarn
Material: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic
Weight: 4/Worsted
Yardage: 147

Final Verdict: 3.5/5
Aesthetics: 3.5/5
Difficulty: 3/5

Review

So this is going to sound strange but I love this yarn. I have it in like four or five colors and have made quite a few projects with it. So why such a low score? Because even though I’m very fond of it, I realize it has some major flaws. As much as I like working with it, it’s limited color choices, higher price, issues with actually using it mean it’s not a yarn for everyone.

Aesthetics

This is a striping yarn, there are no solid color options for this yarn, at all. A lot of the color options are also very similar with maybe a few differences. So although there are 15 different colorways available, they can look a bit repetitive.

It stripes up really great and if you’re knitting especially, it gives nice smooth color transitions. It gives a really interesting transition if used with Tunisian crochet. The problem with it really is that skeins are very small so you have to tie in quite a bit for larger projects.

It has a very nice feel to it. It’s soft but it can get a bit irritating on sensitive areas like the neck with prolonged wear.

Lion Brand Amazing with Tunisian Crochet

Difficulty

Unless you’re a very confident knitter or crocheter, this yarn will likely give you a bit of trouble at first. It splits very easily while working and has very little give It isn’t suitable for working with large needles (for wide stitches) and although listed as a worsted weight yarn, is quite thin when actually working.

The yarn also tends to have issues when it comes to how it is spun. Throughout, there are parts where it’s just unraveling making these strange tufts that must be worked with care. Sometimes these fluffy areas show up in your final project, no matter how hard you try to avoid them.

Final Thoughts

As I said at the start, I really like this yarn but it’s not a great yarn. “Amazing” may have been a reach. It is perfect yarn for certain projects and if you can get a handle on working with it, it does become an enjoyable experience. I wouldn’t say completely skip  because the end result can turn out really wonderful. However, with the price, its issues and the size of the skeins, you might want to wait until you’re strong in your craft before giving it a go.

Boutique Unforgettable Yarn

Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable

Quick Facts

Boutique Unforgettable
Material: 100% Acrylic
Weight: 4/Worsted
Yardage: 270

Final Verdict: 4/5
Aesthetics: 4.5/5
Difficulty: 3/5

Review

Boutique Unforgettable is a roving type of yarn. It’s 100% acrylic and but with its bright colors and a super soft feel, it’s hard not to want to use this in every project ever. It’s one of the more expensive yarns at a little over $6 a skein but it does have a more luxurious feel without breaking the bank.

Aesthetics

This yarn is very eye catching. It’s hard not to notice the bold, rich colors, even from down an aisle! There are 15 available colorways that run the gamut from warm to cool shades and all of them have the same level of vibrancy. The first reason I didn’t give it a perfect score lies with the color choices. Although they all are very lovely, they don’t have any solid colors available. So you’re stuck with stripes.

I tried it with Tunisian crochet, normal crochet, and a bit of knitting. All three looked very nice, the colors stripped very well with smooth transitions. In the Tunisian project the stitches looked especially stunning and textured with this yarn.

Being a roving type of yarn, it is very soft. It feels lovely. No irritation at all. However, it lost a little bit of points here as well because it does tend to tuft up here and there.

This is a close up of a Tunisian crochet project using the Sunrise color. So pretty.
This is a close up of a Tunisian crochet project using the Sunrise color. So pretty.

Difficulty

This is not an easy yarn at all. It’s very slippery to work with (use wooden tools!) and splits like nobody’s business. Despite being weighted at a “4” it’s pretty thin feeling once you get to using it and tension is a little tricky to maintain.

Generally there are no problems in the yarn itself (knots, tangles, etc) but every now and then you’ll find those tufts throughout the yarn that must be carefully picked off. Also in some places the yarn is not as tightly wound.

Final Thoughts

This yarn is super pretty and feels so very nice however, it’s not for beginners. You can knit or crochet quickly with it but you must be careful. Despite the difficulty of working with it, it’s still a pretty solid yarn and the end results are worth it, in my opinion.

Peaches and Crème Cotton Yarn

Peaches and Creme Cotton Yarn

Quick Facts

Peaches and Crème Cotton Yarn
Material: 100% Cotton
Weight: 4/Worsted
Yardage: 120 yd skeins or 706 yd cones

Final Verdict: 4/5

Aesthetics: 3/5

Difficulty: 4/5

Review

Peaches and Crème Cotton is one of those ubiquitous yarns you end up with in your stash because it’s everywhere. It’s an inexpensive, worsted weight cotton yarn that comes in a wide variety of colors and stripes. You can find it in 120 yard skeins and 700 yard cones for big projects. It’s fairly easy to work with but ends up being pretty boring.

Aesthetics

This yarn is fairly soft in the way that cotton underwear is soft. It’s just, normal, but it’s very sturdy which makes it great for knitting or crocheting up washcloths, baby stuffies, and other things that see a lot of wear. It comes in a variety of colors, in various shades and even stripes but they all suffer from the same exact issue. None of them are very bold so everything looks like baby wear.

The major problem with this yarn when it comes to looks is that its pretty bland. It’s great for making light weight baby things (100% cotton so it’s washable) but when it comes to adult garments, it looks sort of like you’re just wearing a washcloth. Which really brought down the points for this one.

This is a rug I'm working on using two cones of Peaches and Creme hooked together.
This is a rug I’m working on using two cones of Peaches and Creme hooked together.

Difficulty

This yarn is pretty easy to work making it great for beginners. There’s very little slip to it and splitting is not generally a problem. The texture makes is really easy to hold and work with so if you’re trying to get a handle on how to do these things, this is a good starting place.

The biggest issue with this yarn is that there is no give. This isn’t really a problem as that’s just the way cotton is in general, it is not a stretchy fabric. It may be hard to work with if you tend to make tighter stitches.

Final Thoughts

This yarn can be very boring but as a general multipurpose yarn, it’s great. The wide variety of colors make it a solid go to for many projects and the low price means that even for large jobs, you won’t be breaking the bank. A nice, basic yarn.