Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yarn Review: Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp Yarn

Yarn: Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp
Fiber Content: 65% Cotton, 35% Hemp
Weight: 4 Medium - Worsted Weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn
Gauge: Knit - 16 st x 22 rows on US Size 8 (5mm) Needles = 4 inches, Crochet - 12 sc x 14 rows on Size I-9 (5.5mm) Hook = 4 inches
Skein: 1.75 oz (50g), 66yds (60m)
Colorways: Flour Sack White, Pink Taffy, Blue Icing, Twilight Blue, Sour Cherry (The color of my i-Cord necklace), Oyster, Picnic Green, Clementine, Sugared Violet, Heather Flower, Slate, Black Licorice, Lemon Drop, Peacock
Approx. Retail Price: $5.49/skein
Care: Machine wash & dry

Alrighty knitters and crocheters - THIS is a yarn I knew exactly what to do with when I got it!  Ordinarily I'd use a cotton blend yarn for a washcloth/dishcloth, but I received the Sour Cherry colorway and I knew I didn't want a red washcloth.  BUT I knew how breathable cotton/hemp blends are and I had just enough in one skein to make a really cute i-cord necklace!  I used Nikol Rose's Knit Your Pearls pattern and knit up my i-cord necklace.

The yarn is a very smooth, moderately tight plied yarn.  It's a matte finish yarn with excellent color saturation.  It has no elastic qualities and no bounce.  A nice, middi point tipped needle is perfect with this yarn.  You wouldn't want to use a super pointy tip for this yarn as it may split the plies.  And a blunt tip would be difficult to knit up a yarn with no stretch to it.  This yarn is a 100% natural fiber with naturally breathable qualities.  As a plant-based fiber, there is no halo and the yarn has a moderately soft feel, which becomes softer after use and wash.  MSC Cotton Hemp has excellent stitch definition and performed well even when pushed to create i-cord (which one typically wants a yarn with some stretch in it).

I was very pleased with this yarn.  Unlike many of the Martha Stewart Crafts yarns, this yarn begs to be packaged in larger skeins.  Although it would make great dishcloths, I think it would equally make beautiful garments designed for cotton.

I am definitely making more i-cord necklaces!  I've just gotta go stock up on this yarn.  I really liked this yarn for this project specifically because cotton hemp blends are breathable and not as warm as a wool cowl.  Fall is an in-between time of year.  While cowls are perfect for winter, fall begs for the lighter i-cord necklace.  In fact, I am proclaiming Fall, 2011 to be the Season of the i-Cord Necklace!  Go forth and multiply!  (Well, I mean make a whole bunch of i-cord necklaces.. get your brains outta the gutter, people.)

Disclosure: Lion Brand Yarn sent KnitPurlGurl (1) skein of Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp Yarn 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 Yarns.  Individual results may vary.



  1. Cute necklace. It will be interesting to see how it wears after awhile.

  2. An excellent and helpful review, thanks!

  3. thanks for the review! I crochet baby hats and I'm always on the lookout for a good cotton blend - do you think this would do well in a baby hat?


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