Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yarn Review: Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool Blend







Fiber Content: 75% Wool, 25% Acrylic
Weight: 6 - Bulky
Gauge: 6 st x 8 rows on US Size 17 Needles = 4x4" (knitting) / 6 sc x 7 rows on Size Q-19 Hook = 4x4"
Skein: 28 yds / 26m , 100g
Colorways: Snowdrift, Siamese Cat, Autumn Leaf, Red Dahlia, Birdie Brown, Ballpoint Blue, Seedling Green
Approx. Retail Price: $11.99 USD
Care: Handwash, lay flat to dry

Martha Stewart Crafts Lofty Wool Blend by Lion Brand Yarn is a wool roving yarn that is wrapped in an acrylic thread.  It's a super bulky yarn that lends itself to quick home decor and accessory knitting.  A slight - moderately soft yarn, it's got a light halo and good stitch definition.  Available in 7 traditional colors, this yarn will fit into most interior decors and wardrobes.


While not a good choice for a garment such as a sweater or shawl, it's a good choice for an accent accessory such as a cowl or a sturdy home decor project such as an afghan or pillow.  -Making this yarn a must for holiday quick knits and gift giving.  I whipped up a long cowl for my DD in about 15 minutes.  I found that it worked up quickly and held structure well.  TIP: Because it's a bulky yarn, I actually used a small crochet hook to weave my ends through in the back because I didn't have any tapestry needles that the yarn would fit into.

I will say, in full disclosure, that a tight cowl around the neck may be a tad scratchy and too structured.  I also found the price point to be a tad pricey for 28 yds.  Understanding that this is a predominately wool yarn and a bulky yarn at that, I know how they arrived at their price point, but wonder if it will fair well in large craft retail stores.

If you are looking for a predominately natural fiber yarn and a quit knit, this is a good staple yarn.  It works up well, provides good stitch definition, and is available in 7 traditional colors.  Pick up a skein and give it a whirl.

Disclosure: Lion Brand Yarn provided KnitPurlGurl with (1) skein of Martha Stewart Crafts with Lion Brand Yarn Lofty Wool Blend FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding blog post.  All opinions expressed in the above post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Lion Brand Yarn.


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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review. I have yet to see it in stores, but I love bulky yarns and hope to try it soon. One tip for working in big ends is to split it into two or even three pieces to work with your needle. The Siamese Cat color is pretty. I happened to see it on the LB website.

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  2. LazyTcrochet - Thanks for the tip!!! The Siamese Cat Color is really nice! I think the yarns will hit the bigger retailers by the end of Sept.

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  3. Love that pumpkin color. I wanted to do my cowl project in that color yarn, but they didn't have it in the store when I went to buy my supplies. It is funny because when I was reading through your review on the description, I was thinking it might work for a cowl and then you recommended that. I thought to myself, "Wow, great minds think alike". LOL Thanks for the review. I guess as Martha would say, "It's a good thing."

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  4. Love that pumpkin color. That is the color I wanted to do for the cowl I'm working on, but they didn't have it. It was funny because I was thinking this yarn sounded like a cowl yarn when I was reading your review and then I got to the part where you offer that as a suggestion. I thought, "Great minds think alike." LOL

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  5. That is truly an adorable scarf and perfect for the season. I'm going to have to locate that yarn and knit one for my daughter.

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