Red Heart Sweet Baby yarn knits up smoother than I expected. Also, I anticipated that it would tend to split and be difficult, but it turned out that was not the case.
This is a sport-weight, 100% acrylic yarn, lighter than 4-ply worsted. It comes in 3.5 oz skeins with 278 yards. It’s machine washable in warm water, tumble dry on low. It can also be dry cleaned. The feel is very soft- not at all scratchy.
It actually has two plies, one of a solid color, and the other is variegated. The color one I bought is called “Dream Girl, ” (color 7788) and the solid color is white, while the other strand changes through pink, white, lavender, white, pink, etc. There are six other blends available, leaning heavily toward blues. The complete list, and photo samples, can be seen at Red Heart Sweet Baby Yarn. I have to say that the yarn is much prettier than the official pictures on their site.
I bought this to use as one of the yarns in a poncho I’m making for a young girl. I’m using it as alternating rows of a crocheted puff stitch. In one of the photos you’ll see it in every other puff stitch row. (The bright pink is a different yarn, Red Heart Shimmer.)
One of the notable features of Sweet Baby yarn, in my mind, is that the sections of the variegation are much longer than in most variegated yarns. This means that you’ll get larger blocks of the same color. I wasn’t expecting this, and thought I’d get more frequent variation between the pink and lavender. Of course, exactly how this works up will depend on your pattern, gauge, and technique. You can see in the photo of the knitted swatch that the block is entirely pink. The free patterns which are printed on the wrappers, and are also available at the Red Heart web site, show that it works up into wide stripes of soft, heathery colors. The free patterns are two for baby sweaters, and a blanket.
When crocheting with this it can occasionally snag and be tricky to pull the hook through, but not to the point that I would call it difficult. I knit up the swatch just to test how easily it would split while using that technique, and found that it wasn’t any trouble at all, for knitting.
The package suggests that you knit this up with size 7 (4.5mm) needles. My swatch was knitted on size 5 needles. Personally, I would think that size 7 needles would make for a rather loose fabric. Suggested crochet hook size is I. I’m making the poncho with N, which is much larger, but the texture of the poncho is overall much different from what you’d make for a baby.
My swatch is 25 stitches by 20 rows, knitted in stockinette stitch on size 5 needles. It measures 4.75 inches by 3 inches. Of course, your tension may be different, but this can give you some idea. The package says that on size 7 needles an 18-stitch by 22 row swatch will measure 4x4 inches.
Overall, I’m pleased with the feel and workability of this yarn. It was surprising that the sections of color are so long, since that’s not the norm for ombre yarns. I’m not sure that’s a negative, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.
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