During my last trip to Michaels, I was fortunate enough to have gotten there just as the fall lines of yarn were being put out for shoppers. I may have purchased far more yarn than I planned to but hey, at least I can share what I bought with you here. One of the yarns I purchased was the new Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes and I’ve worked with this yarn quite a bit since purchasing it so I wanted to share my review of Sweet Snuggles Stripes with you.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with blanket yarns. My personal favourite blanket yarn is the Bernat Blanket. I love how quickly I can make a blanket with it (and amigurumi too) but, I struggle with it’s lack of stitch definition. Last summer I needed to make an obsence amount of baby blankets for baby shower gifts and using blanket yarn helped me pump out over a dozen blankets in just a few short months. (You can find my go-to baby shower blanket pattern HERE and a free amigurumi pattern using blanket yarn HERE).
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Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review, let’s go over the yarn label info so you can get an idea of what we’re talking about:
Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes:
- Current Number of Colourways Available: 14
- Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
- Ball Size: 200g
- Yardage: 87y/80m
- Suggested Hook Size: 11.5mm
- Suggested Needle Size: 12.5mm
- Crochet Gauge: 4 sc x 4 rows= 4″
- Knitting Gauge: 6 sts x 8 rows = 4″
Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Vs. Bernat Blanket
So when I saw that the Michael’s brand Loops & Threads had come out with a blanket yarn, I was drawn to it and had to check it out. The Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes yarn was on an endcap and there were so many pretty colour combos it was hard to choose. This self-striping yarn is incredibly soft and it felt like love at first squish. I didn’t love the yardage though. Each ball of Sweet Snuggles Stripes yarn has only 87 yards/80m to a ball. It’s a size 6, jumbo weight yarn (as with most blanket yarns) but the price tag is the same as a ball of Bernat Blanket. So here in Canada, Michaels sells a 300g ball of Bernat Blanket yarn for $11.97 and that 300g ball gets you 220 yards/201 meters of yarn (I didn’t even need to look at a label for that… that’s how often I’ve used this stuff lol). Sweet Snuggles Stripes is a 200g ball and it’s regular price is $11.99/ball for the 87 yards. I was fortunate enough to get it on sale for $6.99/ball. Sorry Sweet Snuggles Stripes, but Bernat beats you on value.
What Does it Feel Like?
This yarn is CRAZY soft. As I worked with it I wanted to just keep touching it. It kind of feels like chenille and velvet had a baby and made this yarn. I personally think it’s softer than Bernat Blanket yarn but the value of the Bernat Blanket can’t be beat on this one.
This is honestly what sold me on giving this yarn a try. My Aunt and I both use Bernat Blanket yarn alot and the colour changes in the Bernat Blanket yarn tends to become a topic of discussion anytime one of us is using the Bernat Blanket Stripes. The colour changes are ugly and tend to be two ends of yarn wrapped with some thread to hold them together. Not pretty. To be honest, I cut those parts out and just sew in my ends, which, I guess defeats the purpose of the self-striping yarn, but I buy self-striping yarn for the colour pallettes. The colour changes in this yarn are abrupt BUT they are clean. The colour stops and starts on the same strand and there are no ugly joins. I knew my Aunt would love that so I picked it up to show her.
The jags of colour in Sweet Snuggles Stripes are short. I tried a ridiculous amount of hook and stitch combinations to try to get an end of row colour change that would result in a project big enough to be used (I was aiming for a small blanket for my daughter) and just never found anything that worked. I ended up trying a mitered corner which, was very pretty but the colour changes happening all over the place made it look sloppy and I lost steam. Bernat Blanket yarn I’ve almost always been able to get at least 3 full rows of stitches in a lapghan size project before having to change rows. The more I worked with the yarn, the more frustrated I became and the more convinced I am that this yarn is better suited for knitting projects.
I bought 4 balls of this yarn to make a blanket for my daughter and after using up two full balls of the yarn, I doubt I’ll get a project big enough for her to use (she is 3). Since I cannot return the yarn, I may turn it into a comfy play mat for her to lay on in her room while she plays. It may make a fun and super-sized amigurumi as well but my need to control the colour changes makes me not overly ambitious to start something like that with this yarn right now.
Check out the video review of this Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes and see the swatch I made with this yarn:
At the time I did my video review, I mentioned that this yarn may be great if you were to have a solid coloured yarn to work into your project with the Sweet Snuggles Stripes. A solid coloured Sweet Snuggles yarn has since become available on the Michaels website. It has a bit more yardarge (109 yards) than the Sweet Snuggles Stripes so investing in a couple of those balls may make this yarn salvageable for me. I estimate that I’d probably need another 3 more balls to make something useable but that starts to make this a pricey blanket.
Overall, I really want to love this yarn because it is so soft and those clean colour changes are big plus. But when I can get a similar product with better yardage for the same price, it’s hard for me to say that I would be willing to make Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes part of the regular line up of yarns I would use. At the end of the day, value wins out for this yarn addict.
What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? Are you ok with mid-row colour changes? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.
While you’re here, you may like checking out some of my other reviews and free crochet patterns:
- Henley the Hound Free Crochet Dog Pattern
- Molly the Mermaid Free Pattern
- Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion Yarn Review
- Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Bobbin Yarn Review
- Lion Brand Mandala Watercolors Yarn Review