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Hi everyone! So, for my very first yarn review, Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek low-pill yarn was chosen. This yarn has very quickly become my go-to favorite yarn. It’s so soft, I can’t help holding it and rubbing it on my face (I can’t be the only one that tests yarn softness with their cheek, right?). My family loves this yarn too. My 5-year-old has been choosing the color mixed berry lately, for all the projects I make for her. She also demanded I use the same to make the dogs new sweater too.Lol.
Lets start with the details
Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek, has a net weight of 5oz. or 257 yards in each skein. It is made of 100% low pill acrylic, and has a yarn weight of 4 or worsted weight. The recommended knitting needle size is 8/5mm, with a gauge of 18 stitch x 23 rows = 4″. The recommended crochet hook size is a J/6mm, with a gauge of 12sc x 15 rows = 4″.
On the label the wash and care instructions are: machine wash cold, dry flat, do not iron, do not bleach, and do not dry clean. I have washed all my projects made with this yarn in the washing machine with cold water, and I have put them in the dryer on a normal cycle, and I haven’t had any negative results.
I have found, over my years as a yarn crafter, that the majority affordably priced soft worsted weight yarns tend to be on the thin side, except for this yarn and Red Heart Soft. For example, Caron Simply Soft and Yarn Bee’s Soft Secret are really soft worsted weight yarns, but they are on the thin side compared to Red Heart Super Saver or Vanna’s Choice.
The thickness of Red Heart Super Saver or Vanna’s Choice is what I would normally prefer over Caron Simply Soft, but I use Caron Simply Soft for most projects because of the softness. Red Heart Super Saver and Vanna’s Choice are too scratchy for me. They have a tendency to almost leave a yarn burn behind on my finger.
I was so happy to find Yarn Bee’s Soft & Sleek, because it has the thickness and warmth similar to Vanna’s Choice, but it is much softer and squishier (is that a word?) in texture.
The only yarn, I know of, that is really similar in texture is Red Heart’s Soft. I have really enjoyed using Red Heart soft, but it’s major drawback is that the more you wash it, the more it pills and almost thins over time, Yarn Bee’s Soft & Sleek does not have those same problems.
Now, I know everyone is wondering is this really low pill yarn, or is it just saying that? Yes, it really is low pill yarn. I have washed and washed and washed, the cardigan I made my daughter out of this gorgeous yarn and it still looks absolutely, amazing. Almost no pilling, no thinning, not stretching and possibly looks better than right after I finished it.
I was very, happily surprised by how well this yarn has held up to the rough and tumble of a 5-year-old. To the the left is a picture of two beanies, a purple one that is adult sized and just finished moments before pictures, and a red one that has been washed, worn, and abused by an 8-year old for over a month. That poor red hat has been covered in mud, candy, and been washed at least say at least 5 times. Both hats are made of Yarn Bee’s Soft& Sleek, and I really think that the red hat really shows what they mean by low pill.
I know that we all hate yarn splitting. I normally have the worst trouble with yarn splitting when crocheting. I have used Soft & Sleek to create several different projects and I am happy to say that I have had minimal splitting issues with this yarn.
The most trouble I get with splitting is when crocheting small tight stitches in my appliques or amigurmis. Personally, prefer to use this yarn to crochet, rather than knit. I am newer to knitting than to crochet, and I have an easier time with my tension when crocheting. The colors, especially in the striped and variegated colors, have a beautiful way of blending and highlighting your stitches and textures, this has caused me problems when knitting.
While knitting the splitting hasn’t been to big of an issue, unless I get moving a little to fast and don’t pay attention. I think everyone runs into that problem once in while though, I know I do. I do have a tendency to make my stitches too tight when knitting, not just with this yarn. Not everyone is going to have this issues, but for those of us that do, I find that this yarn can almost highlight my tension mistakes when knitting.
The one drawback I will give about this yarn is that the smaller and tighter your stitches become the more soft and squishy texture you lose. I don’t like using it for appliques, amigurumi (stuffed toys), washcloths or any pattern in need of small tight stitches. It is, however, perfect for sweaters, hats, blankets, scarves and oh so much more. Another downside is that it is only available at Hobby Lobby, online and in stores.
I have used this yarn for several projects so far, a crochet and knit cardigans, hats, blankets, scarves, an amigurumi and a knit dog sweater just to name a few. My favorite of all of them so far, has to be the knit copycat CC beanies I made for almost everyone in my family. It’s so soft and warm, with great elasticity and the colors and striping come out so stunning.
My Final Thoughts
I hope all of you enjoy using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek as much as I selected. It really is a pleasure to work with and cuddle into the finished projects. It has so many fantastic possibilities. I selected yet to receive a complaint from anyone about the yarn being scratchy, pilling or losing its shape. I really hope you give it a try.
I would love to see all the wonderful project everyone is or has worked up using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek. Please comment, share and help me inspire another yarn crafters, with the Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek love.