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Lion Brand Yarn: Homespun in Coral Reef

By: Caitlin Kavanaugh, Editor for

Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in Coral Reef
Gifted by: Lion Brand Yarn

Reviewed by Caitlin Kavanaugh, Editor of AllFreeKnitting


This bulky weight yarn is simply fantastic. Made from 98% acrylic fibers, this super soft yarn is completely machine washable and dryable--no need to worry about your homespun afghan felting when you throw it in the wash. It can be used with other needle sizes, but Lion Brand recommends a U.S. size 10. I have to say, it knits up quite well with this size.

Because this yarn is bulky, you can create large projects fairly fast. The wavy texture of the yarn makes it difficult to use in machine knitting, but it's perfect for afghans, home decor projects, and even prayer shawls. As always, Lion Brand kindly shares a free pattern on the inside label of the yarn. These patterns could be anything from afghans to prayer shawls, but that just adds to this yarn's appeal.

Another great thing to note about this yarn is its color. In the Coral Reef shade, you'll find hues of red, purple, blue, green, yellow and orange - all which melt effortlessly into one another to create a unified masterpiece. Because this yarn has so much texture and colors on its own, it works extremely well in simple knit patterns where basic knit or purl stitches are used.  

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I am working on a Homespun scarf. I appreciate the softness, washability, and color choice. Because of the poor stitch definition I have learned that very simple stitch patterns work best in Homespun. A simple spiral, or alternating rows of stockinette with rows of garter work well. HOWEVER, I am extremely unhappy with the fact that I just ran into the second set of knotted together pieces in the skein I am working with. The two knots were probably 2 feet apart. I wish I had seen the second in time to merely cut out the two feet eliminating one of the sets to later weave in. An occasional knot may be excusable but 2 before I am half way through the skein I find objectionable...... and their being only two feet apart is horrific.


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