Yarn Spotlight Addition: Spring 2011

In the Spring 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet, Yarn Spotlight focuses on kid-friendly yarns. By "kid-friendly," we mean both yarns that are great for making kid garments and yarns that are great for kids who are learning to crochet. Here are three more yarns.


Shepherd Worsted
Lorna's Laces

amount: 113 g / 4oz/ 225 y / 206 m
content: 100% superwash wool
care: machine wash delicate, cool and dry low
color: Beverly  
hook: 7 / 4.5mm-J-10 / 6 mm

(This is the blue/green yarn at the center and outer edge at of the Ojo di Dios or God's eye at left; the yellow is Classic Elite's Seedling, reviewed in the issue.) This hand-dyed yarn has medium-length color changes that are fabulous for teaching crochet, because the stitches on the previous row will be a different color, making them easy to see. This three-ply yarn is sturdy, standing up to several pull-outs without fuzzing (ask me how I know). The resulting fabric is soft and pliable, great for a variety of garments. It's available in a staggering 96 multi colors (including Robot Overlord, Turtle Rodeo and Unicorn Parade) and 50 solid colors. If you like, you can crochet a solid-color sweater and let your little crocheter make multicolor pockets to sew on.

Perfect for: both teaching crochet and making garments of all types

Limbo superwash
Schoeller + Stahl (dist by Skacel)

amount: 50 g / 1.75 oz/ 136.75 y / 125 m
content: 100% superwash virgin wool
care: machine wash delicate, cool and dry low
color: jeans 4533
hook: E-4/ 3.5mm- 7/4.5mm

This superwash DK-weight 3-ply is sturdy and soft, just right for baby and kid garments worked at a medium gauge. Its pleasing palette of 40 colors lets you find just the right color for your project. It's fine for teaching how to crochet as well, particularly for children with agile fingers who can handle the finer weight.

Perfect for: Kids' garments of all kinds.

Manos Maxima
Manos del Uruguay

amount: 100 g / 3.5 oz/ 219 y / 200 m
content: 100% extrafine merino wool
care: machine wash warm, gentle; tumble dry low
colors: M2175 (shocking/pink); M2431 (acid / green); M2451 (helium / blue); M2431 (ion / turquoise); M2060 (highlighter/yellow); M2169 (speeding ticket/red)
hook: E-4 / 3.5mm – G-6/ 4.0 mm

This lofty single is sturdy enough to stand up to learning fingers. Since it's all wool, it's great for felting, which blurs less-expert stitches. Plus it's a lot of fun to felt. Young crocheters will love using this yarn to make toys, accessories, bags for their electronic gadgets. The new semisolid bright colors are super kid-friendly. In my house, our resident tween lit up when she saw this yarn and quickly spirited it away to make a batch of friendship bracelets—using all the colors. A grown-up who saw the yarn had a similar reaction—but I didn't let her take it.

Perfect for:  iPod cozies, bags, scarves, hats, hair accessories, whatever you can dream up.

Dive in and play.

Happy crocheting!



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