Monday, September 26, 2011

Yarn Review: Martha Stewart Crafts Extrasoft Wool Blend



Yarn: Martha Stewart Crafts Extrasoft Wool Blend
Fiber Content: 65% Acrylic / 35% Wool
Weight: 4: Medium, Worsted Weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn
Gauge: Knit - 18 st x 25 rows on US Size 7 (4.5mm) Needles = 4 inches
             Crochet - 14 sc x 18 rows on a Size J-10 (6mm) Hook = 4 inches
Skein: 3.50 oz (100g) / 165 yds (150m)
Colorways: Bakery Box White, Petal Pink, Gerbera Daisy, Igloo, Winter Sky, Blue Corn, Sable, Lilac, Gray Pearl, Cobweb, Celery, Green Eucalyptus, Lemon Chiffon, and Buttermilk
Approx. Retail Price: $7.49/skein
Care: Machine wash and machine dry

Martha Stewart Crafts Extrasoft Wool Blend is exactly what the title states it is.  It's a premium acrylic/wool blend yarn which marries the softness and comfort of wool with the durability and sheen of acrylic.  This a smooth, moderately tight plied yarn with a soft halo.  It's got a light sheen, terrific stitch definition, and very soft hand, which makes it a pleasure to work with.  Because this yarn is able to be popped into the washer and dryer, it is absolutely terrific for mittens, hats, and garments that will see a lot of use and abuse.


Again because the Martha Stewart Crafts line is so new, I wanted to knit an actual project instead of a swatch on this yarn to get a feel for it's qualities.  I decided to knit up the Cruiser mittens by Cailyn Meyer.  I wanted to see how the yarn looked with cables, which really tells a lot about the stitch definition and the properties of the yarn.  Although I was not keen on the thumb gusset of this pattern, I did like the yarn pairing.  The mittens are super soft, warm, and will get a lot of use.  The cable definition was wonderful and the mittens have nice stretch and bounce despite the negative ease of the cabling.  This is a great quality to have for mittens as you want to be able to have flexibility in hand movements.


I really enjoyed working with this yarn.  I will definitely pick up some more to make the whole family mittens this year.  Given the slight-moderate stretch and bounce of this yarn, I think it would be suitable for cowls, fingerless mitts, gloves, and hats as well.  Although I do think this yarn would produce beautiful garments in addition to accessories, it only comes 165 yds/skein, so it may be cost-prohibitive to make larger garments.

It's already available at Jo-Ann Fabrics, so go take a peek for yourself! :)

Disclosure: Lion Brand Yarn sent KnitPurlGurl (1) Skein of Martha Stewart Crafts Extrasoft Wool Blend FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding review.  All opinions expressed in this review are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Lion Brand Yarn.  Individual results may vary.


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2 comments:

  1. I thought I loved this yarn. It was great to work with as I used it for a baby blanket. However, it smells really funny when washed (like a wet dog) and pills up immediately when dried in the dryer. This is a gift and I'm kind of embarrassed to give it but I worked so hard on it and I hope my pregnant friend will like it anyway...

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