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 Sateen Worsted
- 100% acrylic
- 100 grams, 3.53 ounces; 225 yards, 206 meters
- Colorway: Goldenrod
The project: Mudblood Cardigan from the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine.
What I liked: This yarn is really soft and lightweight. It is really warm despite how light it feels when you're wearing it. I think the fabric it creates when knit up is very pretty. It looks smooth, and has a subtle sheen to it. Gorgeous color choices available; the goldenrod color I used was exactly what I had been looking for for a selfish sweater project.
What I didn't like: I have a list for this section unfortunately. Firstly, it is so slippery and splitty that I could not knit at a normal pace. The stockinette in 98% of the sweater caused what I'll describe as an unraveling (of the strand of yarn) on the purled side so that when I was knitting, it was as though I had individual tiny strands for each loop instead of a solid loop of yarn. It was super easy to miss just a strand or two, not notice for a row, and then have to go back and fix it. When joining skeins, the yarn was so slippery that after I had woven ends, finished, and was pinning to block, I found a hole in the front with an inch and a half long end where it had just slipped out of its place. I was incredibly irritated. Seething, in fact. The stitch definition the yarn provides does more to exaggerate flaws than show off your beautiful pattern.
(A note: I did block this garment. I used a steam blocking technique that I read is effective for blocking acrylics. The tutorial said you can get rid of any minor flaws in the knitting. This did not work when I attempted to block, although it was a first attempt at stream blocking and will assume the final outcome of the sweater was due to my novice blocking rather than blaming the yarn.)
Affordability: I bought mine during a yarn sale on Craftsy.com for $3/skein.
Rating: I'm a diehard Cascade fan. I didn't realize this was an acrylic yarn until after I read the labels when it arrived in the mail (my fault. It's not the first time I've done that...). Honestly though, I'm going to have a hard time buying it again. This is the first and hopefully only time Cascade has/will let me down.
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this yarn by any store or the company itself. Opinions are my own.