Updated: Nov 30, 2019
Bulky yarn can be lot of fun to work with. Whether you crochet, knit, weave, or do any other type of fiber arts, highly textured bulky yarn is a great way to add your own unique twists and show off your creativity.
I've had my eye on the Yarnspirations™ Bernat Mix Home for a while now. I don't like to spend a lot of money; especially for craft supplies. These are a bit more than I typically spend, and I wanted to see if they were worth the money.
The fashion yarn comes with a variety of bulky yarns mixed together in one skein. There are various color styles but each skein is a well matched mixture of textures that are somehow contrasting but also complimentary. I've tried a few different ones and each has had a similar mix.There's a weight 5 bulky boucle yarn, a bulky variation of eyelash yarn, something reminiscent of netted shoelaces, and a soft standard bulky yarn.
The Yarnspirations™ Bernat Mix Home yarn is considered weight 5 bulky yarn. Knitting needles and crochet hooks are recommended to be 8mm, or U.S. L/11.
The skein consists of 60% acrylic, 18% cotton, 13% nylon, 7% wool and 2% polyester, and is machine washable and dryable.
There are free patterns on the label- some had planned pooling blankets so the yarn changes consistently at the end of each row.
I bumped my crochet hook up to a "Q", as I'm writing my own pattern and wanted the contrasting texture of a lightweight blanket made with the bulky yarn. (Pattern coming soon- subscribe below for updates). The reason I held of on this yarn was because I figured I could just use any bulky yarns together to make my own "scrap ball", but having pre-measured lengths and a company that worked to find colors that work together really takes the guess work out of it.
I have to say, my first impression when working with it was pleasantly surprising. The various yarn were sewn together (some with a filler type material) for consistency in weight. There aren't big ugly knots like I expected. Everything flowed well together; almost seamlessly.
The yarn slid easily on the hook. Granted, I was using this Boye hook- a plastic crochet hook larger than recommended. I've worked with various boucle yarns, and having it thicker like this is a big advantage. The large hook helped, but between the texture and the color, it was a bit harder to keep track of stitches.
-Patterns on label
-Practically seamless flow
-Hard to track boucle stitch counts
-Higher price point
Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the flow from one style to the next. If you're planning on a pooled project and switch styles at each row, you could probably just use any yarn from your never-ending stash, and put a border around it to try to hides the knots and ends. If you're doing a project where you want lots of texture and color variation, I'd recommend this yarn, rather than creating your own. It's a huge time saver, and time is money! As long as you count or mark your stitches, the boucle won't be an issue. If anything, it would probably be easier with the right hook size.
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