Sunday, February 27, 2011

Yarn Review: Cascade 220

I think it is time to do a long overdue review on a yarn that I have grown to love. Cascade 220 is a worsted weight yarn, made of 100% peruvian wool that is durable, heavy, and, most delightful of all for a student like myself, it is reasonably priced! It may be cheap in price, but it's most definitely not cheap in quality.

A 100g skein[pictured above] is equal to ~220 yards. This is a great multipurpose yarn, as it holds up well, and comes in endless tones shades of each color. You can view their color swatch cards HERE, as there are far too many colors to post here. One of the great things about Cascade220 would be their color options. A lot of the knitting i do is done because i find it aesthetically pleasing - after all, first the pattern catches your eye, and then i typically choose not only a yarn that compliments but a color I like, or the recipient likes. So, for me, it is important to have a lot of options to choose from. In this department, cascade does no wrong. There are solids, heathers, quattros, etc. Pictured below is the heathered version of this yarn. If you have no project planned but would like to try this yarn, I would recommend making a heather your first pick, you will not be disappointed.

This is color 9451, Lake Chelan Heather. Gorgeous, right? And the others hold up to the same quality, just really beautiful.

If you are a fan of accessories, toys, or especially feltwork, this yarn is right for you. This is the best felting yarn i've come across so far, actually. I toss it in my washer[top loading, it's pretty old] and even the biggest projects will felt in a matter of minutes. I'm really looking forward to making an oversized felted bag out of this yarn in the future.
Another thing I wanted to quickly mention would be splitting. Splitting is not something I have experienced with cascade so far. It is easy to work with, makes a nice finished project, and I haven't even found a single knot in a skein yet!

All in all, I would give this yarn a 9/10. It is the yarn i turn to when i am unable to afford yarn but really "need" that one color [also known as kid-in-a-candy-store syndrome] for a project I don't really have time to begin.

If you are wondering what this looks like knit up, or are seeking some inspiration, check out the RAVELRY PROJECT PAGE. just to give you an idea of how much us knitters/crocheters love this yarn, it is in over 38000 stashes, and has been used in over 64 000 projects documented on ravelry. Impressive. plug in some words into the search bar to get more specific results, like 'red', or 'hat.

Wondering where to buy this yarn? If you live in NL, check out A Good Yarn, located in beautiful downtown St. John's, on Bates Hill. Jenny is a very genuine shop owner, who is always up for a spot of tea, and to help you with any questions you might have. She stocks some lovely popular, in demand yarns so if you're ever in the area, be sure to stop in for a cup and a KIP! Links to her facebook page, twitter, etc. are available on her website, as well has her hours of operation.

Online, check out They are always guaranteed to have a wide selection to choose from. :)

Happy Knitting!