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Writing this yarn review, I am feeling all kinds of happy, as I am now an ambassador for Love Crochet. They currently have ‘The Big July Sale’ over on their website (running July 2018) and their lovely people have sent me some amazing yarn to make with and review.
The yarn I chose was Sirdar Beachcomber, it’s a DK weight yarn which comes in some beautiful, summer-inspired shades. It’s a soft and sensuous 100% cotton yarn, that has an amazing ‘slub’ which adds texture to your crochet (what a cool word – slub, it means the yarn has been purposely spun with thicker sections of yarn)
What does the Yarn Label Say?
Yarn Weight: DK
Blend: 100% Cotton
Hook: 4.00mm (F)
Ball Weight: 50g
Yarn length: 140m (153yrds)
Tension: 22 stitches, 28 rows to 10cm/4″
Care: do not iron, do not tumble dry, dry clean, machine wash at 40 on a wool wash? hmm might have to check that, its cotton!….(I’ve had a look on the Sirdar website, they state that you can machine wash at 40.)
Easy! Its gorgeous. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with the reoccurring slub, but I really do love it. I normally like to experiment with my hook sizes and my initial instinct was to use larger than the stated hook size, but after making some swatches, I realised it’s actually quite hard to keep track of your stitches, so I stuck to the recommended 4mm hook. It feels soft to the touch, and is surprisingly strong considering how thin it gets in places.
The colour range is gorgeous, there are 11 shades to choose from, all with a summer beach vibe, a few solid colours and the rest are variegated colour-ways, you have – Sunseeker, Sugared Coral, Driftwood, White Sands, Windward, Lavender Sky, Catch the Sun, Collecting Shells, Tidel Twist then White and Cream! There is something for everyone. I really struggled to pick a favourite, I finally decided on the shade sugared coral, you can buy it here from lovecrochet.com
(note: only 10 shades pictured above, catch the sun is missing)
Below is a swatch of Single Crochet (Double – UK) using a 4mm hook
Here is a swatch of Double Crochet (Treble – UK) using a 4mm hook
And this is my swatch of Double Crochet (Treble – UK) using a 7mm hook
For me the colour choice is a definite plus, as they are all gorgeous. There isn’t one that I wouldn’t love to use.
The feel of this yarn is so squishy! It is soft in ball form as well as when worked up, it has great drape too when using a Double Crochet stitch (Treble – UK).
The slub, I have to admit although I chose this yarn, I was a little apprehensive of my feelings, you see the thing I love about crochet is the regularity of stitches and the uniform stripes you can form. So I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like the effect the slub creates. Boy was I wrong! The teeny tiny, thin strands against the bulbus slub creates a really pretty effect. It’s fun watching your work grow, the colour changes differ between stitches, my Single Crochet (Double – UK) swatch almost has a planned pooling look to it.
I really do love this yarn, and can’t wait to pick up my hook to work with it, so finding any cons was quite tricky, but there is a little con. When frogging there was just a little bit of sticking, nothing major, you can actually frog quite a bit before it sticks. There I said it, now back to how gorgeous, soft and squishy it is!!!
You can purchase Sirdar Beachcomber here from love crochet.
So what will I make?
I’ve decided on my stitch pattern, settled on my hook size, and have a picture in my head. I’ll leave you for now to get on with designing a wearable garment with this Sirdar Beachcomber yarn.