Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yarn Review: Martha Stewart Crafts Mambo Yarn

Yarn: Martha Stewart Crafts with Lion Brand Yarn Mambo
Fiber Content: 75% acrylic, 7% wool, 9% nylon, 6% viscose, 3% angora
Weight: 6 - Bulky
Gauge: 4 st x 6 rows on US Size 19 needles = 4x4" (Knitting) / 4 sc x 5 rows on Q-19 Hook = 4x4" (Crochet)
Skein: 5 yds / 5m , 25g
Colorways: Zebra, Purple Caterpillar, Okapi, Python, Crocodile, Cardinal, Flamingo
Approx. Retail Price: $5.49 USD
Care: Handwash, lay flat to dry

When  I first opened up this skein, I was a tad puzzled as to what I would do with 5 yds of bulky weight yarn which is essentially 4 pieces of roving yarn wound in crochet thread.  It wasn't until I visited the Lion Brand Yarn website and looked up the suggested patterns to go with this yarn that I realized it was meant for jewelry and crafts.  Ahhhhhh.. Okay, that made more sense.

Two Stitch Knit Necklace in Martha Stewart Crafts Mambo Yarn, Purple Caterpillar Colorway

So I knit up their suggested FREE pattern, Two Stitch Knit Necklace.  Now, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this yarn.  And the pattern calls for US Size 19 Knitting Needles!  But it knit up in 5 minutes and looks really cute!  I have oodles of re-purposed t-shirt scarves and necklaces, so this necklace was right up my alley.

The yarn was relatively soft to knit with.  It takes a bit of patience to knit with a bulky yarn that is wrapped in what I'd describe as crochet thread and requires an easy, loose hand.  It's got a soft halo and beautiful color saturation.  As one would expect, the stitch definition is not crisp with a craft yarn of this weight and construction.

All in all, this was a fun, quick little project and yarn to work with.  And Lion Brand Yarn also has crochet patterns to go with this yarn including a necklace, bracelet, trivet, and scarf pattern!  I think this will make the perfect fall accessory!

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



  1. to finish it, did you just knot it like the pattern said to?


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