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Hawthorne Fingering Yarn Review: Hand-Paint Speckle

Two hanks of We Crochet Hawthorne Fingering Weight Yarn with a Furls Crochet hook with a text overlay indicating this is a Hawthorne Fingering Yarn Review.
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I was recently sent some Hawthorne Fingering Hand-Paint Speckle yarn’s newest colourways from We Crochet (crochet.com) to try out and I decided to share with you my experience working with it in this Hawthorne Fingering Hand-Paint Speckle Yarn Review

This yarn was provided to me free of charge but all opinions are my own.

Hawthorne Fingering Hand-Paint Speckle Yarn is, like the name suggests a fingering weight, size 1 yarn. Hawthorne Fingering Hand-Paint Speckle yarn is a 80% Fine Superwash HighlandWool, 20% Polyamide (Nylon) blend. It currently comes in a 100g hank which contains 357 yards of yarn. It’s machine washable and dryable, which is a feature that I always appreciate in a yarn!

Keep in mind that when ordering that because the speckles are hand-painted, the colours may vary from skein to skein. So, as with hand-dyed/indie dyed yarn, if you get two skeins that have noticeable colour differences, alternate using the skeins every row or every few rows so your project looks more cohesive.

Crochet swatch made with Hawthorne Fingering yarn in panel tone with a furls crochet hook on top.
Swatch done in Hawthorne Fingering Hand-Paint Speckle in Panel Tone Speckle.
Alpha Series Hook by Furls Crochet

The recommended hook sizes for this yarn is 2.25mm – 3.5mm (2.25mm – 3.25mm needle for all you knitters out there). You can definitely get away with a bigger hook with this yarn. I am currently working with it using a 4.5mm hook and love the look of it. It has great stitch definition. The crochet gauge information on the label (using the recommended hook sizes) is as follows:

  • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 SCs = 4″
Crochet swatch made with panel tone speckle yarn which is part of this Yarn Review
Crochet swatch created with Hawthorne Fingering yarn in Panel Tone Speckle

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We Crochet Hawthorne Fingering Weight Hand Speckle Yarns in Cobbler Speckle and Pantone Speckle

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Hawthorne Fingering Hand-Paint Speckle Yarn Colours

I was sent two colours to try, Panel Tone and Cobbler Speckle. The Panel Tone and Cobbler Speckle are two of the latest colourways and they are absolutely beautiful. In the past, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with variegated or speckled yarns. I love the way it looks in the hank or skein but then I can never find a project that works with the yarn in a way that appeals to me. I’ve bought many pretty multi-coloured yarns with good intentions, only to get frustrated and abandon the project or gift the yarn to someone else. But this yarn has definitely made me reconsider. Working up the swatches, the neutral/subtle base colour really helps highlight the speckles and they look so pretty, even in the small swatches that I did. I even decided to start a design with one and I haven’t been able to put it down. Currently on the We Crochet website, there are 15 different colourways available in this yarn.

Crochet Swatch with an alpha series crochet hook laid on top of it.
Crochet swatch worked in Hawthorned Fingering Berry Speckle
Alpha Series Hook from Furls Crochet

Of the two colourways I was sent, the Cobbler Speckle is my favourite. I want to keep calling it berry cobbler because that’s what it reminds me of. It makes me think of spring time and fresh berries and the first warm breeze of the spring season. Yes, a yarn made me feel all that and I loved it, ok?! Honestly, it’s absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to see the finished project in all it’s berry speckled glory.

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Crochet swatch created in Hawthorne Fingering Weight Cobbler Speckle
Crochet swatch worked up in the Cobbler Speckle colourway of Hawthorne Fingering Yarn from We Crochet

Hawthorne Fingering Yarn Review: What Does it Feel Like?

Let’s chat about how this yarn feels. I hear from a lot of people that they are hesitant to order yarn online because they want to be able to touch the yarn. I get it. I’m a serial yarn squisher and have definitely put off some online orders just because I wasn’t sure if I would like how it felt.

I was honestly surprised by how soft this yarn felt. I’ve worked with some highland wool blends before that were quite scratchy so I was surprised to find that this yarn was soft. I definitley will wear this in a project next to bare skin and do not anticipate my sensitive skin to be irriated by it. This yarn has been really enjoyable to work with. I’m working on a design with it currently and haven’t had any issues with it feeling scratchy, irritating my skin or being unpleasant. In fact, I can’t wait to use it!

Have you tried Hawthorne Fingering Hand-Paint Speckle yarn yet? What did you think? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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