Our yarn this week is Soft by Red Heart. I’m continually impressed by the range of high quality yarn produced by Red Heart and Soft is no exception. Made from 100% acrylic, it has 256yd [234m] in one ball. My favorite care instructions; machine wash and dry. Now, let’s really get into the meat of this yarn.
Soft yarn by Red Heart has a little bit of a shiny sheen to it. Nothing overly sparkly or anything, but a soft glow. I really love this effect; if you’re knitting a garment in a solid color, it adds a lot of depth to it. Even in the ball, the light highlights off the skein and makes it seem lighter in some places and darker in others.
Soft yarn is perfect for making a simple pattern in a plain color look more sophisticated. The way the light bounces off the yarn makes it look a little bit fancier with no additional work needed. I have mentioned before about using the right yarn for the right project. If your yarn is busy, use a plain pattern, if your yarn is plain use a textured pattern. I really think this yarn is an exception to that rule because in all senses of the word, this is a plain yarn, but it does well in either a plain pattern or a busy one. It accentuates any stitches very well, even the stockinette stitch.
The yarn really lives up to its name and is very soft. As I sit here fondling Red Heart’s Soft yarn, there are no bumps or imperfections on the surface. Since this yarn has so much depth, I expected it to be a little stiffer, but it’s very relaxed and fluid.
This is a perfect yarn for working on a garment where you don’t want a lot of stretch. I’ve tripped over that pitfall when working on market bags. You knit something up perfect, but once you put anything into it, the bag stretches down to the floor. I’d say if you were knitting any garments you wanted a bit of stretch in (a hat brim, fingerless mittens, etc.) I’d use a German Twisted Cast On, to add more stretch where you need it.
In summary, I don’t think there’s a project you couldn’t knit with Soft yarn. It lends itself very well to most things. Unless you’re looking for something to make an intentionally itchy sweater or some kind of hair shirt, you’re going to be pleased with your finished object knit up with Soft yarn!
Join me tomorrow as we explore a project knit up with Soft yarn!
This is part 1 of 2 in this series.
- Upgrade your seaming with Kitchener stitch - October 12, 2018
- Fair Isle, Flecks and Stripes yarns make the gift making season easy! - October 11, 2018
- How to do effortless Fair Isle knitting - October 10, 2018
- The one mitten pattern you’ll ever need - October 9, 2018
- Super Saver Chunky and Flecks! - October 8, 2018
- It’s not a wrap until it’s been blocked - August 24, 2018
- It’s a Wrap yarn enhances simple knit and purl stitches pattern - August 23, 2018
- Knitting with lace, the easy way - August 22, 2018
- Why you should knit with lace weight yarn - August 21, 2018
- Yarn Review: It’s a Wrap by Red Heart - August 20, 2018