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.

Premier Ever Soft

Premier Ever Soft

Quick Facts

Premier Ever Soft

Final Verdict: 4.5/5

Aesthetics: 5/5

Difficulty: 4/5

Review

I picked up the Premier Ever Soft yarn on a whim because of the low price and I was tired of Red Heart and Caron. Despite it’s very low price, this yarn delivered. There are a lot of colors to choose from, it’s super soft and fairly easy to work with.

Aesthetics

What drew me to the yarn to begin with was the look of it. There were many solid colors on display and the yarn had a bit of a sheen to it as well. Not OMG SHINY! But a little bit to catch the light. This yarn has 36 solid colors and 9 multi colored options giving a lot of variety to choose from.

It is also very soft but at the same time, a very sturdy yarn that can maintain daily wear. I used it to make a hat that my daughter wore every day, nearly 24 hours straight and it maintained its form. It also didn’t pill or develop little fuzzies. The fabric it created was almost wool like in texture despite being fully acrylic.

This hat was actually knit double stranded. You can find this pattern on Raverly: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/enderman-hat
This hat was actually knit double stranded. You can find this pattern on Raverly: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/enderman-hat

Difficulty

All in all, this yarn was easy to knit up. It didn’t split while knitting so it worked very well for quick knitting. The reason it did not get a perfect score is that it’s a bit slippery to cast on and in the first few rows giving you a higher chance of stitches slipping off the needle. Once you get into a project, it’s not so much of an issue but the first few rows you have to be careful. The second issue is that these are not very large skeins of yarn (158 yards) which means that if you are working on a large project, you’ll have to join which can be a bother for some people. Finally, it does split a little bit while crocheting (weird, no splits while knitting but has this issue on the hook) so you do have to be a little more careful when working in that style.

**Working tip! To help with the slipping in the beginning, use wooden needles as they grip yarn a bit better than metal or plastic.

Final Thoughts

The flaws with this yarn are few and really, they can be easily worked around, I would go so far as to say they were “nit picking”. With the wide range of available colors, its sturdiness, and the general ease it can be worked with this is a good option for yarncrafters working on a variety of projects. The small skeins are less of an issue due the low price keeping this an affordable option even for large projects.

Studio Samples By Nicole (Various)

Studio Samples Basic Fashion Nicole
Different types of Studio Samples, Fashion and Basic yarns by Nicole

Quick Facts

Studio Samples By Nicole

(in store only)

Final Verdict: 3/5

Aesthetics: 4.5/5

Difficulty: 2/5

Review

The Studio Samples by Nicole are 68ish yard skeins of various types of yarn. We are also including Nicole Basic and Fashion Yarns, which are 220 yards. The reason I’ve decided to review them separately from the main Studio By Nicole Yarn is because they tend to be a mixed lot that is not always available in full skeins. Instead, these are small samples thrown into a bin and are likely to attract thrifty shoppers as they are only a dollar a piece. However, buy at your own risk.

Aesthetics

This yarn is really pretty. In all of its weights, yarn types and styles, this yarn has some great colors and feels lovely. Very soft, vibrant, rich colors, and when the piece is finished, it looks very nice. The Fashion and Basic lines also include versions of many popular novelty yarns in a variety of colors.  Which is why it pains me that such an affordable yarn with so much promise sort of falls to pieces when working. Literally.

Difficulty

For as lovely as this yarn looks, once you start working with it, you’ll find it has a lot of problems. The issues differ by style.

The shiner yarn, which come in solid and striped colors splits very easily making quick knitting nearly impossible. There’s also a wealth of color issues such as mis-dyed areas or not quite right spots when it comes to the “glitter” yarns, these often have mistakes in the winding that cause the glitter to bunch up making yards of it unusable. These larger skeins also are not always continuous strands. Instead, stuffed inside the main skein there are cut pieces.

Once a project is done, it’s still not safe. The yarn is wound poorly and unravels from odd spots in the piece even after a project is complete.

Final Thoughts

This yarn is really inexpensive and if it didn’t have so many issues, a few skeins of this and you could make yourself a nice project for really cheap but there’s a reason the Studio Samples, Fashion, and Basic yarns are all bundled for a dollar. The look of them is great but the quality of them is junk.

Grab a few if you would like, they’re great as testers for new stitch techniques or testing how a novelty yarn will look with a project, scrap yarn, filling, or craft projects but do not plan on making anything that will see substantial use.

Bernat Soft Boucle

Bernat-newSoftBoucle

Quick Facts

Bernat Soft Boucle

Final Verdict: 4/5

Aesthetics: 4/5

Difficulty: 3/5

Review

Bernat Soft Boucle is a Super Bulky weight yarn (6) boucle yarn. This 100% acrylic yarn is made from soft fibers wound around a thread core. The boucle type of yarn is very common and there are a few different brand options out there. Bernat’s is affordable and comes in a fairly good sized skein, however, it’s a tough starter.

Aesthetics

This yarn is very soft. Despite the core being thread, the “furry” exterior is a dream. It feels very nice against even sensitive areas such as the neck. Despite not being a traditional twist, the yarn isn’t frayed. Where this yarn loses points are with the color options available. There are only 14 colors available and out of those only five of them are solid in basic shades. The rest are variegated. I haven’t worked with all the colors but the one I tested did not stripe or have any pattern.

The lack of colors available makes it not as desirable as some of the other brands that make similar yarn.

Difficulty

This yarn is a little tricky to get started with. Unlike traditional yarn, it has very little give. This can make it a little difficult to work out your tension as you knit or crochet. Of course, once you have it down, it goes fairly smoothly.

Bernat Soft Boucle in Moss Shades

It does not work easily on smaller needles so you’re stuck with working on large needles or hooks (in case you wanted to make a super dense fabric) so it is unsuitable for projects that do not call for bulky yarn.

The yarn itself had very few flaws. A few ticks here and there but nothing that needed to be cut out or would show in the final product. Because of the make of the yarn, it is very forgiving when it comes to joins and minor flaws. Just remember to pull the ends from the center or else you’ll find yourself with a knotted mess.

Final Thoughts

Over all, this yarn is very pretty and makes for some uber-comfy projects. It does take some practice to get used to and is certainly not the best yarn for people who are just starting however, if you have at least a few projects under your belt, working out the issues with this yarn should be no problem.