Hobby Lobby is so confident of customer approval that they named it “I Love This Yarn.” It pretty much lives up to that claim, I will admit.
This is a 100% acrylic, 4-ply knitting worsted yarn. That much sounds just the same as the Red Heart Yarn I reviewed earlier. But this yarn is much, much softer to the feel.
It is machine washable and dryable. The skeins are 7 ounces, 355 yards. It does have dye lots so you need to be sure to buy as much yarn as you need to finish a project in order to be sure the colors match.
The real advantage of this brand is the way it feels. It has a soft and cuddly texture, unlike the Red Heart which is a little bit scratchy. That means that an afghan made of this would drape nicely. It also might mean that a sweater might tend to be a little droopy if your tension tends to be a bit loose when you knit.
After working with the yarn for a while I think that it tends to split a little more easily than some, but not so much that it is a real problem. You just need to pay attention. The smoother finish on the fibers means that they don’t adhere as tightly to the other fibers as in a rougher yarn.
Probably the biggest drawback is that the color selection is limited. The colors they have are very nice, but there is not a large range of choices.
In order to get a color I needed to match the decor of the person the afghan in the picture is being made for I had to mix one skein of this with the Red Heart. I could get away with that in the way I just used this in the edging, but you would not be able to mix the two in a garment where you wanted the fibers to all look and act the same. Even though it is 4-ply it is a little bit thinner.
The skein wrapper has a free pattern on the back. The skein I bought has a pretty shawl pattern that might actually be worth trying.
This would be a good yarn for afghans or garments that are going to touch skin because it is so soft. It might not be a good yarn for young knitters or crocheters because it does split quite easily. And it’s acrylic, so it is not a yarn for really high-quality projects.