Yarn Review

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I have bought every kind of bulky/chunky yarn (some 5 ounce and all the 6 ounce) that I could find (Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Michael’s)  to arm knit scarves and now I know which one is my favorite and which ones are frustrating to use. With each kind of yarn you get a different looking scarf. In order for the scarves to hang and lay well you have to increase the number of stitches and/or loops depending on the yarn. I gave an overall rating (scale of 1-10, 10 being the best) of each yarn based on price, number of color choices (fair, good, excellent), how the scarf turned out (fair, good, excellent) and my experience using it. Once again, my horse modeled the scarves.

Six Ounce Yarn

Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky
$8/skein 

Color selection: fair
Scarf: excellent
Overall Rating: 6

My mom bought this yarn at Hobby Lobby and was the first kind I used to make a scarf. It is in the color Mushroom. It is good to work with and you can see the stitches well. However, this yarn really sheds. It sticks to everything. It does work well as two loops and as one loop. Below is the one loop, eight stitches scarf and here is the two loop ten to twelve stitches scarf.

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Lion Brand Homespun® Yarn
$7/skein 
Color selection: excellent
Scarf: good
Overall Rating: 4

This was my least favorite yarn to work with. It tangles and knots easily and it is difficult to see the stitches. However, it looks nice on (see here). It is in the color Meadow which coordinates with a lot of colors. Below is the one loop, ten stitches and here is the two loop, five stitches scarf. I think it would look best as two loops, ten stitches. However, if you are not interested in battling with yarn while trying to arm knit, I would not recommend starting with this kind because it will frustrate you.

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Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn
$3/skein 
Color selection: excellent
Scarf: good
Overall Rating: 7

This would be a great yarn to start with because it is really inexpensive compared to the other yarns I tried and it is easy to work with for the most part. It doesnt look as chunky as the other 6 ounce yarns I used but it says it is on the label so I decided to try it out. It got a little tangled but overall it was fine. I think the scarves made with this looked really good because you could see the stitches well. This is in the color New Denim Heather. I used this yarn and the green color below to make 4 two loop scarves and 2 one loop scarves using twelve to fourteen stitches on each.

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Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn

This is the same yarn in the color Dark Green.

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Lion Brand Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Yarn
$8/skein 
Color selection: excellent
Scarf: excellent
Overall Rating: 8

This is the yarn that I think works the best and looks the best. It is not too fuzzy (which means it won’t shed), it is easy to work with and it lays around your neck really well. I made three one-loop scarves from 2 skeins of the Eggplant color and I love the way they turned out. It is kind of expensive so that’s why it got an 8 not a 10. These scarves are definitely my favorite.

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Five Ounce Yarns

Yarn Bee First Love
$6/skein 
Color selection: good
Scarf: excellent
Overall Rating: 7

This is a multi colored yarn (Blueberry Hill) that was easy to work with and made a pretty good scarf. It did tangle but it was easy to work with for the most part. You can see the stitches really well. I would recommend doing two loop scarves with about fourteen stitches for this yarn and any 5 ounce yarn.

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The KnitSimple Book of Knitting Projects For Everyone Yarn
$6/kit
Color selection: n/a
Scarf: good
Overall Rating: 7

I really love how this scarf turned out. It looks very similar to the Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn green and blue scarves. I only had enough yarn to make one scarf, two loops and twelve stitches. It lays very well and it was easy to bind the ends together.

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