Monday, October 3, 2011

Yarn Review: Martha Stewart Crafts Merino Yarn




Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
Weight: 4 (Medium) - Worsted Weight, Afghan, Aran Weight
Gauge: Knit - 18 st x 25 rows on US Size 7 (4.5mm) Needles = 4 inches
             Crochet - 4 sc x 18 rows on J-10 (6mm) Hook = 4 inches
Skein: 1.75 oz. (50 g), 120 yds (110m)
Colorways: Milk Glass Pink, Igloo, Poppy, Pewter, Artemisia, Peacock, Buttermilk
Approx. Retail Price: $7.49/skein
Care: Hand wash and dry flat

Martha Stewart Crafts Merino Yarn is a 100% Merino, worsted wt yarn.  Matte in finish, this yarn has a soft to moderate halo and is plied on the looser side of moderate, giving it a little stretch. A moderately soft yarn with very good stitch definition, this yarn is ideal for quick and warm accessories such as mittens, gloves, hats, cowls, and scarves.  


I decided to test knit this yarn by knitting up a pair of fingerless mitts.  I used the Fishtail Wrist Warmers pattern by Lisabee Designs.  A quick and simple project, these mitts knit up in a jiff.  The yarn provided really nice lace and rib detail on the mitts.  The mitts are warm, soft, and have sufficient stretch to be comfortable.  Like a lot of the new natural fiber yarns in the Martha Stewart Crafts line, I wish this yarn came packaged in larger skeins.  But at 120 yds, I was able to knit up these mitts and have about 20% of the yarn left over.  - So I imagine one could knit a pair of small adult mittens out of a skein.


I think this yarn is a good addition to the Martha Stewart Crafts line.  I enjoyed working with it and felt that it performed as well as several worsted weight merinos available in yarn shops.  Martha Stewart Crafts Merino Yarn is already in stores.  Pop on over to Jo-Ann's and take a peek for yourself.  You've still got time to knit up those mitts, hats, or slippers for the upcoming holiday season!!

Disclosure: Lion Brand Yarn provided KnitPurlGurl with (1) skein of Martha Stewart Crafts Merino Yarn FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding post.  All opinions in the above post 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 saw this yarn at AC Moore the other day and wondered about it. I may get a skein, jam my hooks in it and see what happens. :D

    Great looking mitts!

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  2. I wonder how the yarn holds up to washing and drying. Can it really be tumbled dry in the machine?

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