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    Standout Hooded Cardigan Review & Giveaway

    Woman wearing the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern
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    Thanks to our friends at Annie’s Craft Store, I have at copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan pattern to giveaway to one lucky winner. Before we get to the giveaway, I’ll let you know a bit more about the pattern you can enter to win.

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    This crochet cardigan pattern was designed by Margaret Hubert. It is a long and cozy looking sweater, made in a solid colour to become a fall and winter wardobe staple.

    Materials used in the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern:

    • Yarn: This pattern uses Premier Yarns Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn.
    • Hooks: 5.5mm and 5.0 mm crochet hooks
    • Tapestry Needle
    • 6 – 1 1/2″ buttons

    Sizes Included:

    The pattern incluses the following sizes:

    • Small (47.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Medium (53.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Large (57.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Extra Large (62.5″ Bust measurement)
    • 2XL (66.5″ Bust measurement)

    The Standout Hooded Cardigan pattern is rated as an intermediate level crochet pattern. The pattern is created useing simple stitches and was very straight forward. Diagrams of the garment pieces are included to show the measurements of each piece which is helpful.

    If you want to purchase a copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern by Margaret Hubert, you can check it out HERE.

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    Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern by Margaret Hubert to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    This pattern giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, December 11th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • Product Reviews

    We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn Review

    4 Cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn and a Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook
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    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Stroll Gradient Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn also from We Crochet, earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now. Last week we chatted about Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn and this week’s yarn, Stroll Gradient Yarn is also a fingering weight yarn.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Stroll Gradient Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 15. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 458 yd / 419 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold and Tumble Dry Low
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    The vibrant, bold colours of the We Crochet Stroll Gradient is what caught my attention in my first impressions upon opening the box. Stroll Gradient yarn is a gradient yarn with long colour changes. There are 15 different colourways available and they have some really fun names. I got to check out Pet Rock, Camper Van, BFF and FOMO. This is a sock yarn so it is thinner than the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight yarn or the Hawthorne Hand Paint Speckle Yarns that I’ve tried previously. I’d probably say this is a light fingering weight yarn.

    4 Cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn and some Clover Tunisian Crochet Hooks
    Moving from left to right (from the top-left): Pet Rock, Camper Van, BFF and FOMO

    According to the We Crochet website, due to the long colour change, you would need 2 cakes of this yarn to make a pair of identical socks. If you don’t mind weaving in ends and you had the right pattern, you could possibly split the colours up and get away with one cake. There are lots of free patterns listed on Ravelry that use betwee 300 – 400 yards of yarns. It just depends on how much work you want to put into it and how you want the socks to turn out.

    The yarn is really soft to the touch and I bet wearing a pair of socks made with this would be dreamy. I’ll level with you. I’ve been scared to try crochet socks but I’m definitely willing to try it to make a pair in the Camper Van colourway I got to try. I don’t know what it is about this colour way that I’m so drawn to but I just love it and really want a pair of socks made with it.

    Two cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient next to hands holding Furls Odyssey Crochet Hooks

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    Crocheting with We Crochet Stroll Gradient

    I chose the Camper Van and BFF colourways to do my crochet swatches for testing out the yarn. For the Camper Van sample, I did the basic stitches, starting with single crochet, moving to half double crochet, double crochet and then some tunisian stitches up top. For the BFF sample, I did some tunisian knit stitch and a few rows of Tunisian garter stitch up top.

    Crochet swatch of Camper Van
    Tunisian crochet swatch sample done in BFF colourway of We Crochet Stroll Gradient
    Tunisian Crochet Swatch in BFF

    The samples did take quite a bit of time due to the fact that the yarn is so thin. Once I got a few rows into my swatches, things sped up a bit. The yarn did split a little bit as I was working with it but nothing crazy or overly frustrating. It’s worth mentioning that the colours are not solid. They have a bit of a tonal variation through the colours (at least in the colours I used).

    This yarn would be great to pair with a solid coloured yarn for shawls or on it’s own for socks. I’d personally like to try holding two strands of the same yarn doubled for a project to see how that turns out. I enjoyed the yarn, loved the colours and the name of the colours but I think if it came down to it and I had to choose, I’d go with Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight or one of the Hawthorne fingering weights instead just because the yarn is a little plumper and works up a bit faster than the stroll gradient.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Stroll Gradient Yarn yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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  • Product Reviews

    Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern Review and Giveaway!

    image of the Cascading Blocks Throw draped over a couch.
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    Thanks to our friends at Annie’s Catalogue, I have at copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw pattern to giveaway to one lucky winner. Before we get to the giveaway, I’ll let you know a bit more about the pattern you can enter to win.

    This crochet throw pattern was designed by Rena V. Stevens. It is a gorgeous throw pattern that will easily become an heirloom piece because it just has that timeless look. This design uses the crochet staple granny square in a unique qay which produces a fun, chevron edge to the blanket. The finished blanket size is 49″ wide x 72″ long (excluding the fringe).

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    Materials used in the Cascading Blocks Throw Blanket Pattern:

    • Premier Basix Worsted Weight Acrulic Yarn
      • 6 skeins in the main colour and 3 skeins in the accent colour
    • Size J/6mm Crochet Hook (or whatever size needed to obtain gauge)
    • Size Q/16mm crochet hook
    • Tapestry Needle
    • 20 Stitch Markers

    The pattern is rated as an intermediate level pattern.

    A diagram is included with the pattern to assist with assembling your blanket to ensure you get your granny square placement correct.

    If you want to purchase a copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern by Rena V. Stevens, you can check it out HERE.

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    Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern by Rena V. Stevens to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    This pattern giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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  • Product Reviews

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn Review

    Two hanks of Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn in a flat lay with Furls Crochet Hooks
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    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn also from We Crochet, earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 7. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 423 yd / 385 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.5 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.25mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold and Tumble Dry Low
    • Other Yarn Weights Available?: Yes! Also available in Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight. Check it out HERE.
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    Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn cakes in a flat lay with crochet hooks

    The Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn has been, as the name suggested, hand painted. The We Crochet site says Muse Hand Painted Fingering is “meticulously dye by Japanese artisans, who blend and apply colors by hand to achieve a range of colors and chromatic explosions. Precis districution of color minimizes the streaking and pooling you might see in other hand-painted yarns.” The colours I am checking out in my review ar ethe Impulse and Exquisite colourways of this yarn. I was immediately drawn to the Impulse colour and Equisite is the absolute perfect match for it. After reading on the site about how the colours are dyed I couldn’t wait to start hooking this up to see how it worked up.

    The yarn in the hanks is gorgeous and soft. Hanking it up on my swift was fun (yes, I am aware that I am a total yarn geek right now) because seeing the beautiful colours in the Impulse hank unwind was stunning. It seriously got me really excited to work with it. In the hank, the yarn looks like a small piece or watercolour art. This yarn was giving me some serious build up to the make.

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn cakes in a flat lay with crochet hooks

    Crocheting with Muse Hand Painted Fingering was a lot of fun. I loved watching the ways the colour changed as I stitched up my sample. The colour changes were really gradual, with the colours blending together in a really beautiful way. By the time my brain registered that a colour change was even happening, I was in the next colour and watching it blend into the next.

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering has a tighter ply so I didn’t experience any issues with splittling while I worked with it. For my sample in the Impulse, I did the three basic stitches as I normally do (single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet) and then I transitioned into some tunisian crochet. I did a few rows of Tunisian Simple Stitch and Tunisian Knit Stitch. Just when I thought that the yarn couldn’t look more beautiful it upped it’s game and looked stunning in the tunisian stitches. The colours blended even nicer in the tunisian stitches and is seriously making me consider making a sweater in this yarn for myself.

    Bright multicoloured yarn in a crochet swatch

    The Exquisite yarn was beautiful and had variations between black, grey and the occassional speck of white. It’s harder to capture a good picture of this swatch due to how dark it is but it makes a fantastic contract to the Impulse which is this gorgeous explosion of colours. Working the two into a project together would no doubt be stunning. For my swatch with the exquisite I did some of the basic stitches and then tried some Thicket Stitch to see how the yarn did with a simple, textured stitch. In person, it’s really pretty and spread over a larger sample, I think you’d be able to pick up that texture much more easily.

    Black Yarn in a crochet swatch

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    Shortly after starting this review it was brought to my attention that you can get Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn in an Aran/Heavy Worsted weight (find it HERE). I obviously ran over to the We Crochet site to check it out and found out that there are 15 different colourways of this in the worsted weight version. You don’t get as much yardage but now that I’ve fallen in love with the fingering weight Muse I’m drooling over a couple of the worsted weight Muse colours that I’m definitely adding to my wish list.

    Crochet swatches using hand painted yarn from We Crochet

    This yarn can be used for a wide variety of projects like socks, tops, shawls and accessories. The Impulse colours remind me of a gorgeous sweater that I saw in a movie once and I would seriously wear a sweater made with this everyday. Those that know me in real life, will attest that I tend to wear a mix of blacks, greys and blues so it would probably surprise my family to see me sporting something with so much colour but I’d absolutely do it without hesitation. It would be too beautiful not to be worn. Muse Hand Painted Fingering may be close to taking the the place of my beloved Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn as my favourite fingering weight yarn but shhh.. don’t tell Hawthorne.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Muse Hand Paint Fingering yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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    Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn

    Two hanks of Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight yarn in blue and green
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    I have a new yarn to share with you all this week from our friends at We Crochet (crochet.com). It’s called Preciosa Tonal Worsted and it is currently available on the We Crochet website in worsted weight but you can get this same yarn in bare fingering weight yarn as well. Today we’ll just be talking about the Preciosa Tonal Worsted. While shooting the video for this yarn review, my husband (who kindly edits all my videos) made the connection between the pronouciation of this yarn and a clip from Harry Potter (my fave!). He even put something about it in the video so now I’ll never forget how to say Preciosa.

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    Before we get into the review, let’s go over the basic info on Preciosa Tonal Worsted so we have a better idea of what we’re chatting about.

    We Crochet Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 12. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 273 yd / 250m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5.5 – 6.5 mm (I – K)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4.5 – 5.5mm (US 7 – 9)
    • Crochet Gauge: 11 – 14 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 4.25 – 5 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand wash and lay flat to dry.
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    Two hanks of Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn

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    I have two different colourways of Preciosa Tonal Worsted to review: Cacti (the green one) and Summer Sky (the blue one). The colours in person are bright and beautiful. It’s hard not to fall in love with them. I had a small heartbreak moment when I realized after starting my video review of this yarn that I had accidentally cut through my yarn when I opened the box my yarn arrived in. Blue is my favourite colour and when I realized that the Summer Sky hank had been cut through and left me with a lot of yarn lengths only two arm lengths long, I cried a little inside. It got put on a time out until I figure out something with short rows to use it with or a small project to use the remainder of the intact yarn on.

    Working with Preciosa Tonal was pleasant I thoroughly enjoyed how subtle the colours changes in this yarn happened. I honestly didn’t even notice the yarn changing as I worked. It wasn’t until I stepped away and took a look at my swatch did I notice the colour changes. I loved how they looked and they weren’t abrupt or in your face. They just create this pretty, soft colour change that was great.

    This yarn is very soft and looks like a squishy cloud. I’ve squished this yarn in the hanks more times than I can could. Even my husband who isn’t into yarn or crochet has gone out of his way to give this yarn a squish and comment on how nice it is.

    Preciosa Tonal Worsted in Cacti worked up in a crochet swatch
    Preciosa Tonal Worsted in Cacti worked up in a crochet swatch

    As with most roving yarns, there was a little bit of a halo/fuzz factor but it was really minimal. Because it’s a roving yarn, there were no issues with splitting and despite being a roving yarn, this yarn has great stitch definition. I don’t tend to use a lot of roving yarns because as a designer, I do a lot of frogging (ripping the work out) which isn’t eay or fun with roving yarns. The yarn gets tangled and then I get frustrated. I didn’t have that issue with this yarn when I used it in the tunisian part of my sample. I ended up doing this tunisian sample twice and both times there were no issues with having to rip it out. I suspect this is because you aren’t wrapping the stitches in the same way as normal crochet stitches. So I may be giving roving yarns a second chance at love with me by using them for tunisian crochet.

    My husband is in love with the Cacti colour of the yarn and is begging me to make him something with it so I’ll likely be whipping something up with this yarn in tunisian crochet. What would you like to see made with it?

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Preciosa Tonal Worsted yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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    Gloss Fingering Weight Yarn Review

    Two hanks of We Crochet Gloss Fingering Yarn with some crochet accessories and the We Crochet Magazine.
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    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Gloss Fingering Weight Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    Before we get into it, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Gloss Fingering Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 18. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 220 yd / 201 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.5 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.25mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
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    Two hanks of yarn with some crochet hooks and accessories

    I have the Harvest and Captain colourways of Gloss Fingering yarn to check out and they are GOR-GEOUS. This yarn is aptly named Gloss because it has a beautiful, yet subtle sheen to it and paired with the gorgeously bold colours, it’s just beautiful. There are 18 different colours available in this yarn and I would use every single one of them in my wardrobe. A top made in the Masala, Navy and Zinc colourways? YES PLEASE!

    The yarn is put up in hanks and first impressions upon picking one up was that it felt soft yet sturdy. I had expected it to be a bit softer because of the silk content. I’ve been surprised before by yarns so I grabbed my hooks and got started.

    Crocheting with Gloss Fingering Weight

    Crocheting with Gloss Fingering Weight was a smooth ride from start to finish. The yarn strand has a nice tight ply so it wasn’t prone to splitting while I worked with it. Once I started to work this yarn up, I noticed that it felt softer to the touch than it did in the hank. The sheen in the swatches was subtle and gave a nice depth to the colour. Stitch definition was good and the drape in my tunisian sample was great. I’m a bit of a tight crocheter and think the drape in my basic crochet swatch would be better if I went up a hook size or two from the one I selected for my sample. I really liked the tunisian crochet sample swatch with this yarn but I think I want to do another one with cables as I bet cables would look fab in this yarn.

    Gloss fingering yarn in harvest worked up in a crochet swatch

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    The colourway Captain did leave some colour transfer on my hands that wasn’t great. I didn’t have anything like that happen with the Harvest colourway however. I think this likely happened due to how dark the Captain colourway is dyed. It washed off my hands easily enough and I know to wash this separately to ensure any bleeding colours don’t affect my other laundry. Since this yarn requires that things be hand washed, this isn’t a big deal since I do hand wash items on their own anyways.

    Gloss fingering yarn worked up in a tunisian crochet swatch

    This wasn’t my favourite We Crochet yarn but it was still a lovely yarn to work with. Honestly, I’ve tried so many great yarns from We Crochet it’s hard to choose a favourite. Gloss Fingering is a yarn that I’d probably indulge in if I wanted to make something that was a bit of a luxury item or as a gift for someone. It would be great for shawls, garments or acccessories.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Gloss Fingering Weight yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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    Twill Worsted Weight Yarn Review

    A crochet swatch made of Twill Worsted Weight Yarn, a hank of Twill Worsted Weight and crochet accessories in a flat lay
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    I have a new yarn to share with you all this week from our friends at We Crochet (crochet.com). It’s called Twill and it is currently available on the We Crochet website in both fingering and worsted weights but today I am reviewing specifically the Twill Worsted Weight Yarn.

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

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    Arguably, worsted weight yarn is one of the most readily available and heavily used yarn weights in crochet. There are so many different worsted weight yarns out there, it can make your head spin. But, not all worsted weight yarns are created equal. A slight change in the fibre content, the way the yarn strand is structured or how it is treated can make a big difference. Let’s get the details on the yarn before we take it for a test stitch and see what makes Twill different.

    We Crochet Twill Worsted Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 16. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 149 yd / 136m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5.5 – 6.5 mm (I – K)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4 – 5.5mm (US 6 – 9)
    • Crochet Gauge: 11 – 14 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 4.5 – 5 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low.
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    Hanks of Twill Worsted Weight in Purple and Yellow with two crochet hooks

    First Impressions

    The first thing I noticed about Twill Worsted Weight is that the ply in the yarn strand is really well defined. It kind of looks like a little rope. The strand is dense and has a nice little bit of a sheen to it. It feels like a sturdy, durable yarn. The way the yarn strand is constructed, it isn’t prone to splitting. The colours I have to work with are the Gold Rush and Black Cherry Heather. The colours are bold and gorgeous together. I could barely wait to cake these up and get to work. It looks and feels luxurious as soon as you pick it up out of the box.

    Stitch Definition and The Resulting Fabric in Crochet Swatching

    The stitch definition with this yarn is beautiful and it works up into a nice crocheted fabric. I used a 5.5 mm Furls Odyssey crochet hook to do my swatches here. The resulting fabric is thick and I imagine it would make something warm and lush. I decided to do something a little differently than I have in previous reviews. Rather than try the same three basic stitches (SC, HDC and DC) in both colours of yarn, I decided to try doing a crochet cable on the Black Cherry Heather swatch.

    The cable in this Black Cherry Heather swatch is chunky and has great dimension in this piece, even though the colour is so dark. I really like how it turned out and may try doing something with cables with the Gold Rush Twill since the cable will be a bit more noticeable for photographing.

    Black Cherry Heather Twill crocheted in a cable swatch

    The Gold Rush swatch I decided to add some tunisian crochet to the top of the swatch. On this swatch, I did a few rows of single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet using a 5.5mm crochet hook. I ended my swatch with a few rows of the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) to see how it would look. I used an 8.0 mm Clover Takumi tunisian crochet hook and I loved the look and the drape of the yarn using the tunisian technique. It really got the creative wheels turning and I’m going to see what I can do for a 1 skein project using this yarn and possibly tunisian crochet.

    crochet swatch of twill worsted weight in gold rush

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    The yardage in these hanks is only 149 yards so it would be a bit of a splurge purchase to make garment from Twill yarn but I bet it would be beautiful. I’d personally use Twill yarn for 1 to 2 hank projects in order to be able to use a great quality, sumptuous yarn like this but still be budget friendly. If you’re wanting to stretch your yardage further, you could try using this yarn for knitting or tunisian crochet since they (generally) use less yarn than basic crochet. Of course, there are exceptions to that but that is why I say generally. A hat or earwarmer made with this yarn in tunisian stitches would be so squishy and warm!

    Caked up yarn and crochet accessories in a flat lay

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    Simply Wool Worsted Twist Review

    Two hanks of Simply Wool Worsted Twist in a flay lay with crochet accessories
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    I’ve been really eyeing a lot of those twisted yarns that I’ve been seeing come out this fall and I was particularly eyeing the Simply Wool Worsted Twist from We Crochet. I’m always interested in more natural yarns and eco-friendlier yarns and I’m a bit obsessed with the natural colours. There is a set of brown tones that come from sheep and alpacas that I seriously melt over and you can find some of those tones in the Simply Wool Worsted. But when the Simply Wool Worsted Twist came out? I was a goner. I knew I was going to have to try some.

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    So I know a lot of people shy away from natural yarns because they aren’t machine washable. I myself, am typically among that crowd. I have young kids and I hate doing laundry (it NEVER ends. Seriously. There is ALWAYS laundry) so handwashables aren’t my favourite thing. However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t use them. I’ll make exceptions for natural yarns or yarns that I love and are not availablein superwash. There’s just something about using a natural yarn that feels special and I’m willing to put in the extra care for something like that.

    We Crochet Simply Wool Worsted Twist Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 4 twist colourways and 8 natural colours in the non-twist. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Eco Wool
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 218 yd / 199 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5.5 – 6.5 mm (I – K)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4 – 5.5mm (US 6 – 9)
    • Crochet Gauge: 11 – 14 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 4.5 – 5 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand Wash & Lay Flat to Dry
    Close up of the texture of the yarn being reviewed

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    So, as I stated in the breakdown above, the Simply Wool Worsted comes in a total of 12 colours – 8 solid colours and 4 twisted. The twisted colourways are made by twisting two of the solid colourways together. I got the Wilbur Twist (Wilbur & Wanda) and the Wallace Twist (Wallace & Wanda). It’s a silly thing but I love the names of the yarns. Wanda is a creamy white colour, present in both of these colourways. Wallace is a rich brown colour while Wilbur is a lighter grey colour.

    How Does it Feel?

    Upon pulling the yarn out of the box, I honestly was surprised at how soft this yarn felt. It definitely has a bit of a rougher texture but to be honest, I expected it to be rougher. I’m not particularly sensitive to yarn or the itching it can cause some people. I’ve had multiple people touch this yarn and sample it and the consensus was that the yarn has a slightly rough/scratchy texture but surprisingly soft particularly when I tell them that it’s 100% eco-wool. No one found it unbearably scratchy or unpleasant and all would consider using it in a wearable project. I totally feel like a scientist right now lol.

    Two hanks of Simply Wool Worsted Twist in shades of brown and white


    What’s it Like to Work With?

    The yarn was really pleasant to work with. I didn’t experience any splitting and there was zero irritation to my hands when working with it. Stitch definition was decent despite the colour twist in the yarn. The lighter coloured yarn had a bit better stitch definition just due to the fact that the darker colour made stitchces a bit more difficult to see. The colours work up beautifully and creat a nice heathered/marled effect that would be gorgeous in a larger piece.

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    Simply Wool Worsted Twist in a Crochet Swatch

    Below are each colourway I received in a crochet swatch. For my reviews, I like to do the three basic stitches in a swatch to give an idea of how the different stitches may affect how the yarn works up. I start with a few rows of single crochet stitches, followed by a few rows of half double crochet stitches and then some double crochet stitches. I did these swatches with a 5.5mm crochet hook

    Simply Wool Twist worked up in a crochet swatch

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    Stroll Tonal Mini Pack Yarn Review

    Mini hanks of yarn from the Stroll Tonal Mini Pack being reviewed
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    I had the opportunity this week to try an new yarn from We Crochet & Knit Picks called Stroll Tonal Mini Packs. I see lots of indie dyers selling mini skein or mini hank sets of yarn and now you can get them from We Crochet as well. As always, I wanted to share my experiences with you so I decided to share my review of the Stroll Tonal Mini Pack.

    This yarn was sent to me free of charge from We Crochet in exchange for my honest review.

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    On the We Crochet website, the Stroll Tonal Mini Packs are available in 10 different colour packs. Each pack contains 5 differently coloured mini hanks. The colour combos they have available are beautiful and it’s truly hard to pick a favourite set of colours. Some of my favourites were the Moody Blues, Spring Fields, Coastal and Sunset.

    Close up image of the Stroll Tonal Mini Pack yarn

    Each Stroll Tonal Mini Pack contains 100g of fingering weight yarn. That’s 5 – 20g hanks of yarn per hank. The yardarge for the whole package is 462 yards/ 422 meters. Basic math tells me that there is approximately 92.4 yards per hank in the pack. The fibre content is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. The recommended hook sizes for this yarn are in the B – E (2.25 – 3.5mm) range. The yarn in the Stroll Tonal Mini Packs is machine washable and dryable which I love because if something is handwash and lay flat to dry, it just won’t get as much use at my house.

    We Crochet Stroll Tonal Mini Packs:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 10. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Package Size: 100g – 5 – 20 g hanks per package
    • Yardage: 460 yd / 422 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm(B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.25mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    Close up image of a fingering weight yarn cake from the pack of yarn being reviewed

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    I’m reviewing the Sunset mini pack and that pack contains the following colourways: Poppy Field, Heartfelt, Wine Tasting, Cordial and Pansy. The tones in each colour varies in intensity. For example, the tones used in the Heartfelt (red) and Cordial (purpley red) have subtle tone variations but the Wine Tasting (lighter purple and red) and the Pansy (darker purple and light purple) have much bolder tonal variations. The colours overall are vibrant and work very well together so I couldn’t wait to work them up.

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    Other than noticing the colours, my first observation was noticing how plump the yarn was for a fingering weight. yarn. I thought it was DK at first until I double checked the label. The yarn is really soft and pleasant. It has a nice, tight ply so it isn’t prone to splitting.

    This yarn was incredibly soft and lovely to work with. The tonal variations throughout the yarn were beautiful. I started a project with this yarn shortly after doing my swatch for this review and I LOVE how the colours are working up together. It really creates a wonderfully cohesive project in terms of colours. I really enjoyed this yarn and would absolutely use it again in a heartbeat. I can’t wait to share the pattern I am working on for you all with this yarn.

    Two mini hanks of yarn in a flat lay with a furls odyssey crochet hook, scissors and a coffee.

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    Rhichard Devrieze Yarns Sirocco Yarn Review

    Sirocco Yarn in Blue Bunting and Opal Oz from Rhichard Debrieze Yarns
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    This week I have the opportunity to review a yarn from a local indie dyer Rhichard Devrieze Yarns. I met Rhichard at a local yarn event and was fortunate enough to be provided with some of his Sirocco yarn to review and design with.

    This yarn has been provided to me free of charge from Rhichard Devrieze Yarns but all opinions are my own.

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    More About Rhichard Devrieze Yarns

    Rhichard Devrieze Yarns based out of Ontario and currently carries yarn on 4 different bases: Fynn (worsted weight), Peppino (fingering weight), Sirocco (DK) and Thede (fingering weight). You can find his work on his site: rhichard.com. There is an impressive amount of colourways available and it was truly difficult for me to make a selection. Every time I thought I was close to picking a colour or two, I’d find another one that I liked.

    Two hanks of sirocco yarn from Rhichard Devrieze yarns on top of a book with a coffee and some crochet accessories.

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    I ended up with the colourways Oz Opal and Indigo Bunting. I love blues and the Indigo Bunting is a bright, solid blue colour so I was drawn to it immediately. When I saw it was named after a bird I like, the decision was made for me. Rhichard has a lot of really gorgeous stippled yarns and I knew I was going to have to use one of those in a design. The Oz Opal colour way drew my eye and it has some of same blue as the Indigo Bunting in it so I thought they’d pair nicely. The Oz Opal has shades of pink, yellow, purple, blue and green and everything about this colourway appealed to me. I’m one of those weirdos people that lets the yarn “speak” to them and Oz told me to bring it home so I did.

    Sirocco Yarn Label Info

    Each 110g hank of Sirocco yarn contains 267 yards/244 meters of DK weight yarn. The yarn is made of 100% superwash merino wool. The label indicates that a 5 – 7 US/3.5mm – 4.5mm knitting needle would be appropriate for this yarn. I’ll probably be using a crochet hook from this range up to possibly a 5mm hook with this yarn for my project.

    Swatching, Working with the Yarn & Thoughts

    Hand Dyed yarn crochet swatch.

    I did the above pictured swatch with a 4.0mm Furls crochet hook and it turned out beautifully. I used the Opal Oz colourway and the I really like the way the colours worked up, particularly in the double crochet section. I will likely go up a hook size or two from the 4.0mm I used for the swatch as I’d like to have a bit more fluidity in my fabric for what I have in mind. The yarn strand was tightly plied so I didn’t experience any splitting at all and the stitch definition is absolutely beautiful. Overall the yarn was an absolute pleasure to work with and I won’t hesitate to check out any of Rhichard’s other yarns in future.

    close up image of crochet swatch done in opal oz sirocco yarn from Rhichard Devrieze Yarns



    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with these yarns and I can’t wait to start my design! I have so many ideas for them that it’s going to be hard to decide I think. If you have any suggestions or requests for a pattern you’d like to see using these two yarns together, y’all know I’d love to hear it! Let me know in the comment section below.

    Sirroco yarn from Rhichard Devrieze Yarns in Opal Oz worked up in a crochet swatch.
    Sirroco yarn from Rhichard Devrieze Yarns in Opal Oz worked up in a crochet swatch.

    Find Rhichard Debrieze Yarns Online

    Thank you to Rhichard of Rhichard Devrieze Yarns for supplying these beauties and the opportunity to design with them. If you would like to check out Rhichard’s yarns, here’s where you can find Rhichard Devrieze Yarns online:

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