Yarn: Red Heart Stitch Nation Washable Ewe
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Wool
Amount/Skein: 3.5 oz/100 g, 183 yds or 167.3m
Gauge: Knit - 22 rows x 18 st = 4 in on size US8/5mm needles Crochet - 16 rows x 16 sc = 4 in. on size K10.5/6.5mm hook
Care: Machine Washable, gentle cycle. Lay flat to dry.
Available Colors: 14 Colors
Approx. Retail Price: $4.99/skein
Recently, I had the opportunity to review Red Heart Yarns' Stitch Nation Washable Ewe by Debbie Stoller. When Debbie Stoller and Red Heart Yarns introduced the Stitch Nation line a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing all three yarns and found them to be nice yarns for the price. One thing I did caution in that review was that all of the yarns were hand wash and that in itself may be a drawback for some knitters/crocheters. Well it seems Debbie Stoller and Red Heart decided that creating a low-priced, all natural, superwash yarn perfect for easy care garments and projects for children or pets was in order. And therefore, Washable Ewe was born.
I wanted to give Washable Ewe a good test drive. So I knit a lace neckwarmer, Spring Seeds Neckwarmer, and crocheted some home decor flowers, Pocket Full of Posies, out of the yarn. Here's what I found for each:
Knit: Spring Seeds Neckwarmer on US Size 9 circular needles
- Found the yarn to have soft (mild) halo - however the halo did not seem to hinder the lace stitch definition, but did soften the look.
- Initially I did not find the yarn to be overly soft, but not scratchy to work with. After washing, I found the yarn to be much softer, almost like when you buy clothing from the store that has been treated with sizing and once washed is much softer.
- For this project, I used the enclosed Soak Wash and let my project bathe in the Soak in a bin for 15 minutes. Then I gently squeezed out the excess water and pinned & blocked the project, allowing it to air dry on the blocking mats. The project kept the stitch definition and the yarn showed off the pattern beautifully.
Crochet: Pocket Full of Posies (a modified flower coaster pattern) on a J10/6.00mm hook
- Yarn does not have overly tight plies and occasionally the plies became loose when ripping back to correct errors.
- The yarn provided good stitch definition in sc, hdc, and dc stitches. Again, a soft halo is present.
- When crocheted up, the yarn did not feel overly stiff or scratchy.
- For this project, I washed the flowers in my washing machine on the gentle cycle. Since the flowers were small, I put them in a sock bag. I did not use fabric softener, but fabric softener could be used. I dried the flowers on a flat surface, allowing to air dry without blocking. The yarn did soften a tad more after washing, though not as much as the open knitted garment.
All in all, I found this yarn to be comparable in hand and halo to Cascade 220 Superwash. The colors are vibrant, but not too funky as to turn off knitters/crocheters. At less than $5/skein, I found this yarn to be a terrific buy. It's definitely not a high end yarn, but if I were to buy a similar yarn in a local yarn shop, it would cost me a few dollars more per skein (based on yardage). So Washable Ewe is a good cost savings, with a good quality yarn, available conveniently at JoAnn Fabrics or online. It's suitable for both knit or crochet projects and despite a slight halo, provides good stitch definition for lace projects! Though it's not a yarn with sheen, per se, I did find the colors to have "pop" when looking at the finished projects. I would most certainly purchase this yarn in the future especially for children's projects and even adult garments.
Be sure to check out all of the free patterns created for the new Washable Ewe yarn: Field of Dreams Blanket by Marianne Forrestal (crochet), Parisian Mitts by Linda Cyr (crochet), Dog-Eared Sweater by Lorna Miser (knit), Ski Skulls by Scarlet Taylor (knit), Flower Child by Darla Sims (crochet), Snuffle Pullover by Lorna Miser (knit), Sweetheart Stockings by Kathy Sasser (knit), and Nummy Bunny by Nancy Anderson (knit).
Disclosure: Red Heart Yarns (Coats & Clark) provided KnitPurlGurl with samples of their Washable Ewe yarn FREE for review. KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the above blog post. All opinions expressed in the above post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Coats & Clark, Red Heart Yarns, and/or Debbie Stoller.