Have you seen Red Heart’s NEW It’s a Wrap yarn? Read this independent review to see if this new yarn is a good fit for you!
Red Heart’s It’s a Wrap Yarn Review
There’s a new, superfine yarn on the menu these days and, if you know me, you know that I couldn’t wait to run my fingers through it so I could tell you all about it. And I do mean allll about it.
Let me start off by saying that Red Heart did not supply the yarn for this review. I bought these cakes with my own money – and spent way too much on shipping, but I digress – and I have been in no way compensated for this review. I just like trying new yarn and talking about it. 😉
I must say that these yarn cakes are much smaller than they appear in photos. Kinda like the side-view mirror on your car; distorting the image making you think things are closer than they appear. If you’ve seen Mandala at your local Walmart, you’ll know the size of them. Here’s a side-by-side comparison.
It makes sense though, being that the yarn is a super fine/size 1 yarn; the thinnest yarn on the market. The cakes, while small, contain a whopping 1100 yards of glorious, vibrant colors. Aren’t these colors just beautiful!? See all the available colors here.
I love that this yarn is a 50/50 acrylic/cotton blend. This will help with the stretching while allowing a nice, soft texture. The recommended crochet hook size is a D/3.25mm and 2.75mm for knitting needles.
When washing a project made using this yarn you’ll want to machine wash and lay flat to dry. Don’t bleach it, iron it, or dry clean it. Which is great for me since I tend to neglect my dry clean items anyway. – shrug –
Where to buy
As yet, I have not seen this yarn in-store at any retailer. I have found it online on Red Heart, Herrschners and Knitting Warehouse, while Michaels has a page for It’s a Wrap, but none in stock – yet. I am also a frugalista, so I shopped around a bit before purchasing. I found that the cheapest “regular” price is on Herrschners while Knitting Warehouse has it on “sale” for $1 cheaper than anyone else. (I’m thinking this might not be a “sale” so much as their signature price break?)
Paying attention to the shipping costs will do you best, especially when Red Heart offers free shipping on $25+ or $35+ orders, which they do frequently.
What to make with It’s a Wrap yarn
This yarn would be perfect for a flowy, lightweight wrap, shawl or scarf; one cake should be enough to complete such a project. That being said, working with very thin yarn makes me feel as if I’m making little to no headway. I personally am a very results-driven crocheter, so seeing measurable progress over a short period of time always hits my sweet spot. This size yarn simply does not satisfy that – no matter the brand.
I’m going to try doubling up the yarn by using two strands, and offset the colors a bit so that the colors transition nicely in a staggering effect. I have no idea how this is going to turn out, but when I get my project completed I will be sure to share a photo!
I give this yarn a 4.5 out of 5 stars. While I have an aversion to superfine yarn in general, I do love the feel of this yarn. I love the colors of this yarn. I love the texture and the amount of yarn in each cake and would definitely buy again if using a pattern calling for size 1/superfine yarn.
When you try this yarn – or see it in stores! – let me know what you think!
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