During my last trip to Michaels, I was fortunate enough to arrive just as they were putting out some of the new yarns for Fall 2020. I can’t resist a new yarn so I filled up my cart with lots of new yarny goodness. One of the yarns I picked up was Loops & Threads Flecks which actually launched in the spring of this year but I hadn’t really gotten a chacne to see it thanks to COVID-19 and being stuck at home. I figured I wouldn’t be the only one to have not had a chance to see it so I thought I’d share a review of the Loops & Threads Flecks yarn here for you.
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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 Flecks Yarn:
- Current Number of Colourways Available: 10
- Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 21% Polyester
- Weight: 4 (medium)
- Ball Size: 300g
- Yardage: 590 yd / 539 m
- Suggested Hook Size: 5 mm (H)
- Suggested Needle Size: 4.5mm (US 7)
- Crochet Gauge: 4 sc x 4 rows= 4″
- Knitting Gauge: 6 sts x 8 rows = 4″
When I picked up my Loops & Threads Flecks yarn, I was lucky enough to find it on sale for $5.99 Canadian ($11.99 regular price). $5.99 for 590 yards of worsted weight yarn? Sign me up! So I grabbed two balls of the Seafoam thinking that I could definitely find something to make with that kind of yardage and headed home.
In the skein, the yarn is silky soft and has a subtle sheen. The flecks are pretty and in different pastel colours. They all remind me of Easter to be honest. But, they’re great baby blanket colours. As far as value goes, the yardage is great and when you can get it on sale, like I did, it’s a pretty decent deal.
I started on a swatch with my new Loops & Threads Flecks yarn, thinking that I may use it to make a baby blanket for a friend that is expecting. The first thing I noticed about working with the yarn is the strand construction. The strand is made up of very thin, threads, plied together. Have you ever used Caron X Pantone yarn? This strand is constructed just like Caron X Pantone. Because of that, it has a tendency to split as you are working with it. I was able to get past that and started trying a few different stitch patterns that I had in mind for my blanket.
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No matter what I tried, I couldn’t find something I loved. The yellow flecks really took away from the stitch patterns and instead of working with the main colour of the yarn, it felt like it worked against it. After working with the yarn for a while, I started to notice how the colours for the flecks were apparently through the full strand and not just where the flecks where. I understand that they need to work the flecks in there somehow and having this strand of colour hidden in the plies is sometimes how it’s done, but in spots, the seaform green was overshadowed by the yellow. Now, this may not be something you’ll experience with all of this yarn but it was my experience with the ones I purchased. Every swatch looked more yellow than seafoam and in the end I decided to try a different yarn to make my baby blanket with.
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The Loops & Threads Flecks yarn was silky soft and could have made a decently sized baby blanket or lapghan had I been able to get past the colour clashing and the flecks. The flecks in yarn seemed much heavier in the swatch than in the skein which is part of why I think I just couldn’t get into working with this yarn. The main teal colour is normally one of my faves but all that yellow just didn’t do anything for me.
So, for now, my Loops & Threads Flecks yarn has been relegated to sit in my stash until I can decide what to do with it or eventually donate/gift it to someone.
What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? 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:
- Fair Isle Crochet Workshop Book Review
- Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Yarn Review
- Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion Yarn Review
- Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Bobbin Yarn Review
- Lion Brand Mandala Watercolors Yarn Review