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Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes - Poseidon
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes – Poseidon

There are some yarns that as soon as you pick them up, you know that they may be not all that you are hoping. That was my feeling about Lion Brands Wool-Ease cakes, but I was pleasantly surprised to find much I actually enjoy working with this yarn. So, without further ado let’s get into the Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes yarn review.

Label Info

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes are self-striping cakes of a light dk weight 80% acrylic/ 20% wool blend that comes in 7 beautiful colorways. Each cake is 5.3oz/150g, or 590yds/540m, which makes these cake a little smaller than I would prefer. I am 1/3 of the through my c2c and have already finished three cakes, not quite what I was hoping for.

  • suggested needle size: 5/3.75mm
  • suggested hook size: H-8/5mm
  • Machine wash – lay flat to dry

Texture

When I picked up one these yarn cakes for the first time, I was surprised how much I like the texture. I have a slight allergy to wool that causes my entire body to itch when I work with it, and I was fully expecting that to happen. To my happy, happy surprise I have now gone through three full cakes and have had no issues at all.

It doesn’t feel itchy or scratchy, although you will come across stray long hairs that haven’t want to incorporate or have worked themselves entirely free. I usually can feel these hairs, and they are what cause that scratchy, itchy feeling, but the hairs I have found working with Lion Brand Wool-Eases Cakes have all been long, soft, and very manageable.

Washability

I was interested in finding out how this would come out after being washed. After washing some yarns get softer, and some get scratchier. It can be frustrating to have a project you spent weeks or months working on, get washed, and come out scratchy and uncomfortable.

Two crocheted squares showing the difference between before and after washing.
left – unwashed right – washed

I was pleasantly surprised that after washing, according to label directions, the little C2C square I made came out with nearly the same texture and beautiful stitch definition.

The picture shows two C2C squares, the one on the left that is a solid mint green has not been washed. The square with the yellow-green corner has been washed, and I love how it came out.

Uses

I am currently using the colorway Poseidon to create a beautiful C2C, and I love it. I think the yarn would be great for a lot of uses, especially items intended to keep you warm like sweaters, mitten, hats, jumpers, blankets. The list could go on and on.

I would say that there are some places where I think Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes would not work out well. Such as items that would need to soak up water, breathe well, toys, or things that will see heavy abuse.

Where to find…

The colors are stunning!!
The colors are stunning!

Lion Brand does a reasonably good job of making its products as widely available as possible, and so I was surprised at how few retailers are carrying Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes. I have had some trouble finding in a store near me. Currently, it seems only my local Joann’s is carrying on there shelves.

Just like in stores, I was surprised how few online retailers are carrying it as well. There are a few though that are, such as LionBrand.com at $8.49, Walmart in a three pack for $10.67, Joann’s for $8.99, and Amazon for $12.77.

Final Thoughts

I have enjoyed working with yarn, and I will be picking up more for future projects. I would definitely say this yarn is Yarn Walk Approved! lol. I hope that you will give this yarn a chance I think it would make some very stunning fall sweaters.

If you give this yarn a chance I would love to hear your thoughts and see your projects, please share them with me below in the comments sections, on Facebook, on my Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you!

If you enjoyed this post, you might like some of my other yarns reviews such as Yarn Bee’s Sugarwheel Cotton, or Lion Brands Mandala yarn.

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4 Comments

  1. It’s good to know in advance how a yarn will come out from the wash, also how well it knits up. For those that work for a living using yarn its very useful to know what’s it’s like to work with.

    These days allergies are on the rise so knowing someone who gets irritated skin from some types of yarn is unaffected by this one is good to know. It can become expensive to make up an order to find its unsuitable.

    I used to crochet a lot and still know many who continue to knit and crochet and sell it online. so will share this post.

    1. Thank you for sharing. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed reading my post and found the information helpful. It is my goal to help fellow yarn/fiber artists be able to make better and more informed yarn choices for their projects. 

  2. Hello there!!

    Amazing thing you have choosen for the article. I thouth about some yummy cakes first😆. but it os not like that as far I came to know later. Good to know about your Lion Brand Wool-Ease Cakes. Good to hear about the texture of C2C that you made does not change after washing. This is good and such things are so comfprtable to use. 

    Hope you can earn some money from your shared affiliate links. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Hi there, 

    I did not know how to get yarn from yarn earlier. I was curious about the subject. I’m happy to know about this how a yarn will come out from the wash. That was my feeling about Lion Brands Wool-Ease cakes. However, after reading your article, knowing about Lion Brands Wool-Ease cakes, It became my favorite. Hopefully, many people will benefit from using it. 

    Thank you for the great post. 🙂 

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