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Oh, the Lion Brand Mandala color combinations!!! I adore the color combination lion brand put together for this line of yarn. They are gorgeous, inspiring, and names they choose are just enchanting. It’s hard not to enjoy squishing yarns in these beautiful colors, with names like Wood Nymph, Troll, Phoenix, and Siren. There are many things to appreciate about Lion Brand Mandala, but favorite is that I’m not weaving in a ton of ends from color changes.

The Details

Lion Brand Mandala yarn, is a dk or 3 weight yarn, with a suggested hook size of H-8/5.00mm, and a needle size 5/3.75mm. It is 100% acrylic, and it’s machine washable and dry able at the hottest temps. Each cake of yarn has a weight of 150g/5.3oz, and a length of 590yds/540m, to give you an idea of how much yarn that is, I used 4 cakes to make a women’s size small sweater, and 2 for a baby blanket.

The pricing on this yarn is pretty scattered. You can find it at WalmartAmazon, Joann’s, Micheals, and the Lion Brand website, it can range from $4 – $10, depending on sales. So, if you choose to work with this yarn I suggest that you do a little shopping around, and make sure you get a good price.

But how does it feel?

Lion Brand Mandala Yarn in Genie – Sara Sue Sweater Pattern by Wonderland in Knots

On the shelf, this yarn doesn’t seem as soft as you would hope. I know I was a bit concerned that I might end up with yarn burn on my fingers. However, I was thrilled to find that it was much softer than I expected, and the more you wash your finished project, the softer it will be. The downside to that is that the more you wash it, the more pills, not sure that the right word. It doesn’t pill into little balls more like it ends up with a soft hairy feel to it.

This yarn is easy and wonderful to work with, and creates few frustrations. There are some yarns out there that split horribly, tangling onto your hook and weakened your stitches, but this is not one of those yarns. It did split on me a few times, but they were few are far between. The texture of this yarn is just rough enough to ensure maintaining a consistent tension is easy.


I have made sweaters, jackets, blankets and a list of things still to try with this yarn. It makes beautiful clothing, it has great drape and softness. It can create light and breezy summer clothing, maybe stunning summer dress. For winter, I made 2 sweaters holding 2 strands, and they are so warm and soft. My wonderful mother-in-law loves the jacket I made her using 2 strands of this yarn and she compares to wearing a cozy blanket. She gets compliments on it everywhere she wears it.

It has so many possibilities, blankets, clothing, baby items, socks, scarves, hats, mittens, I could go on. The types of projects I wouldn’t suggest using this yarn for are: kitchen items (like washcloths, dish cloths, drying mats, etc.), bags, bottoms of slippers, really anything that will see hard, heavy, or rough treatment. I don’t suggest it for these project, because it will wear out quickly and just not be able to hold to that type of treatment.


This pic shows the color transitions in the colorway Centaur.

Now, I know everyone in asking about the color changes, and transitions between the colors. The colors are spread fairly evenly, but not exactly, some section will be longer than others. They don’t just stop and start, there is a nice transition between the different colors. The transition color is most often a combination of the 2 colors, in most of the color combos this transition color last for roughly 8-15 sts. However, in some color combos it will be a little longer.

Some self-striping yarn cakes can have very blunt color changes, and I don’t like the way those changes look in the middle of a row on most projects. I tend to cut and manipulate the yarn to make the color changes fall in the right places. Cutting and manipulating the changes defeats the purpose of self-striping yarn. I didn’t have that problem with the color changes in this yarn. I think the way Lion Brand has done the color transitions in this line of yarn, creates a color cohesive project without the need cut and manage the yarn.

Final Thoughts

I have had a hard time find things I don’t like about this yarn. From the color combinations to the transitions to the texture, it really is a very versatile, and inspiring yarn. I don’t think I am the only one enjoying this particular yarn. There are so many creative designs, that you may never get to the bottom of your to-do list. lol

I hope I have been able to answer all of your FAQs, and if I missed any please tell me in the comments. If you would like more information and about acrylic yarns, check out my post All About Acrylic Yarn. I love to hear your feedback and your thought on Lion Brand Mandala.



  1. Great review and description of the lion brand mandala yarn! I used to knit all the time, and I need to pick it up again, especially with a grandbaby coming. I will look for this brand when I head to Walmart for my supplies. Thank you again!

    1. Lion Brand Mandala, also has a baby mandala line that I will be reviewing soon. It should be up next week, if you are interested. I love making baby stuff, so cute and soft.

  2. Wow, that sounds like a great product! I am currently trying to work my way through all of my odd bits (decluttering), but I will be looking into Lion Brand Mandala next.

    Do you have anything that you have made that you can show us how it looks in real life? And how many different color choices are there for the Mandala yarns?

  3. This sounds like the almost-perfect yarn. Do you think this is a good yarn for beginners to use? Is there anything about it that would make it difficult? Do you know if it’s better for things like blankets, or sweaters? Or is ok for both? Sorry, so many questions! 🙂

    1. Don’t be sorry. I love questions.
      I think this yarn could work well for beginners, but I would normally suggest a thicker for beginners because it is easier to hold and see. However, for some a thinner yarn is easier to work with. It’s really about what works for you, everybody is different.
      I have used this yarn for both sweaters and blankets, and I think it works well for both. I think, if i had to pick a better use, it would be for sweaters and clothing, but it works well for blankets too.

  4. Hi Clare, its indeed good to know about the various makes of yarn. You have reviewed it so well that I could visualise and feel the yarn. Reminds me of the days when my wife used to make sweaters for my little kids! Keep up the good work in helping people choose the right yarn reading through your reviews.

  5. I love the way that you describe the colors! Would this yarn be appropriate to make an afghan or baby blanket? Also, could I ask you a question seeing that you much about yarn and I know next to nothing? How do you wash an afghan? Should it be dry cleaned or washed in the gentle cycle?

    1. I think that this yarn work well for afhgans and baby blankets.
      As far as washing afghans, it will depend on the yarn used, most are made with either acrylic, cotton or a cotton blend. Washing those is fairly easy, you’ll just wash in the washing machine, and then you can either lay it flat to dry or you can put it in a tumble dryer on low.
      There are other types of yarn, but they are more expensive and not normally use for big projects like afghans.

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