This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it.
The yarn: Cascade 220 Worsted
The project: Cables and Lace Hat by Lion Brand
What I liked: Doesn't split when knitting. Durable yet springy. I know this has a lot to do with the pattern I used but it was very stretchy when the project was finished without looking like it was being overstretched or anything like that.
What I didn't like: This yarn felt a bit scratchy during the knitting process. It felt fine once I tried the hat on but this is a concern for me since the person I made the hat for is undergoing chemo, doesn't have hair, and therefore might find it very uncomfortable to wear at this point in her life.
Affordability: I found it in a discount basket and probably paid about $5.00 or less for the skein. You can find it online for anywhere from $8-11 regular price.
Rating: Since I've developed a love for Cascade Yarns in general this five star rating might not count. But there's a reason you love certain yarns. It's the whole package: natural fiber, easy to knit with, fun color ways (I loved how the purple and black seemed so sassy in the skein), and comfortable when worn.
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Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky Sprinkles
Fisherman's Wool by Lion Brand
JoAnn's Sensations: Soles and More
Paton's Classic Wool
Patons North America Grace
Plymouth Yarns Galway (TM) Worsted
Red Heart and Sole
Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this yarn by any store or the company itself. Opinions are my own.