It is a super bulky yarn at 9 sts x 12 rows per 4 square inches. Available in 63 colors, the solids and multis are 100% acrylic, and the Tweeds are 94% acrylic and 6% Rayon (due to the tweed bits). I decided to try it out, as I had fallen in love with the Tampa Spice color, I thought it would be perfect for my birthday gal.
I wanted a Cowl pattern, and loved the look of the seed stitch cowl, free patterns on Ravelry. I cast on 18 stitches for my cowl and used #17 size needles, I wanted the cowl to be super squishy soft.
Pattern: Super Chunky Infinity Cowl by Hannah Hockley (knit end to end and then join, see link below on how to kitchner a seed stitch)
Chunky Knit Infinity/Eternity Cowl by Jayna Grassel (same as above but involves twisting the finished item before kitchnering the ends together))
See texture of yarn/stitch above. The snow was so bright that day, everything kept getting washed out.
Easy knit, turned out very nice, in the end I decided to not join it and keep it a scarf. I love a cowl, but if I don’t want to loop it twice around my neck, I find it awkward to let it hang. Is it just me? I figured the scarf had more style options.
I did find instructions thanks to Tricksy Knitter, on how to kitchner the ends together when using a seed stitch. She also has instructions for stocking net and knit kitcher. Tricksy also has a pleather of knitting knowledge and instruction on her website, I recommend it, go give it a look.
I was so impressed with the Hometown yarn, I couldn’t believe it was 100% Acrylic, it worked up fast, had good stitch definition and was a joy to knit with. I’ll add info later on how it survives the wash and dry test. Product Care Instructions: Machine wash. Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F. No bleach product may be used. A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting. I wonder if it will pill, I looked at the rating on Ravely and it gets a 4 out of 5 stars. I’m very impressed with it so far, and am making more projects with it. I haven’t found any Cons for this yarn yet. The price point is good. I bought mine at JoAnn’s for approx. $4.99 per skein but, I found it cheapest at Walmart for $2.97!
Solids: 5 oz. (142 g), 81 yd. (74 m)
Multis and Tweeds: 4 oz. (113 g), 64 yd. (59 m)
HomeTown USA Pros and Cons
Cheap (Wal-Mart the cheapest)
Lots of colors, multis and tweeds also (63 different) bright colors would be good for school color scarfs!
Good Stich definition
100% acrylic (for those who want super easy care or wool allergies)
Super Bulky, works up super fast
My usual go to bulky washable yarn is Wool Ease Chunky, and this is miles softer than that (wool ease chunky is 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool).
Fast to knit up a item
-100% Acrylic ,For those of you that want % of natural fiber in it for warmth, I’ll update on the warmth, as single digit temps are with us for a while
-Possible pilling? I’ll update on this later, after a good several wash & drying. *update* NO pilling, I did notice a small amount of shedding (fluffy), but I washed and dried until dry, I have been washing with jeans to give it the rough treatment. I’m truly impressed!
-fuzzies-If you must rip out a project this yarn will fuzz slightly, and shed.
I love this yarn, and have already bought more to knit with. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars. I cannot find anyone who does not like this yarn, except for the acrylic haters. *grin* I think this yarn slighly can fuzz when being ripped out due to the loose twist in it. That may also account for the softness, short fibers=softer feel, more natural fiber like?
Winter weather has been crazy this year! Seems like warm to cold temps. Coldest temps I’ve seen in a long time. What better to get everyone in a great knitting mood!
I wanted an easy shawl pattern to high light the handspun yarn. It was my first time that I spun a pound of fiber, I picked out an unlikely color (for me) because I tend to look at my stash and it is all blue. Pumpkin or persimmon colored Blue Faced Leicester fleece! I splurged on a pound and wanted to see how much yardage I would get from it.
I spun it up and plied it, It ended up giving me approximately 700-800 yards or so. It looked a little matt or dull to me, so my girlfriend suggested that I added a strand of something else. I picked out a spool of Sulky thread in the blendable colors, it did take 3 spools, I ran my plied yarn back through the wheel and loosely added the thread. The result gave it just enough dimension to make me happy.
Large enough to wrap around your body in the house, in a chilly office. Yet squishy enough to compress down around your neck over a coat, I am pleased with the result, nice and warm and comforting. I’m gifting this to a friend, so I’m glad to have it done.
The pattern started out to be the Boneyard shawl pattern by Stephen West, but when I started knitting it I was watching Netflix and ended up leaving the ribs out. So it ended up to be a plain shawl. It is closer to the Scrappy Prayer Shawl recipe by Cosette Cornelius-Bates
I kid that it is my Boneless shawl, easy, and quick.
Stich pattern: Most simple is stocking net stitch, except for edging, but you can use any pattern, just remember that you will be increasing on either side.
Think of all of the patterns you could insert! Texture, lace anything you can imagine, go super simple with a seed stitch or complex with cables and lace. Get adventurous, really going to get creative? Here is a link to some customizable knitting graph paper to print out. I love to look through this online pattern stitch library from the craftcookie
Yarn and Needles: Anything goes, handspun, recycled yarn, thick, thin, stash,(use your stash and make it stripy), you make the choice. Use a needle size large enough to give your shawl some drape and softness. Larger needles = lacier look.
odd (right side) rows knit or use your chosen pattern, even (wrong side) rows purl, except for knit the first and last two stitches of all purl rows, this gives a nice edge.
-cast on 5 stitches, place a marker on each side of the middle stitch
-knit row, (first row) increase on either side of marked stitch, (two increases) I like to use the lifted increase (tutorial here), but you can use your favorite, or even a yo (yarn over), if using a yarn over this gives a hole, which is very pretty.
-purl row, k2, purl across to last two stitches and knit those
-knit row, k2, place marker, increase in next 2 stitches, k1, increase in next 2 stitches, place marker, k2
now the two below rows you will repeat until you are about 4 – 5 rows away from being finished.
-k2, purl across, knit last two stitches
-k2, (marker here) inc1, knit stitch before marker and increase,slip marker, k1, slip marker, increase one, knit to one stitch before marker and increase, slip marker, k2
when you are 4-5 rows away from being done, (this way you can use up all of your yarn) knit all across both directions, I stopped increasing also.
Then bind off in a stretchy manner, I like the Russian Cast off (tutorial here)
Now go to town and create your own custom shawl!
If this helps you out, I’d love to see a photo of what your up to, send me a photo and I’ll include it here!!
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I was searching for the perfect cowl that I had in my mind to knit. Trawling on Ravelry, I wanted one, just the right size around, only once around my neck and not too tight, loose enough to pull up around my face and tall enough to get it around my ears during a windy dog walk, but able to squish it down into my collar of my coat and not be too thick and bulky. About a third of the way into the pattern I decided to make it long enough to pull up as a hood also. I finally just un-vented this one, as Elizabeth Zimmerman would say.
This is a simple stitch textured cowl/hood (you decide the length). Suitable for beginning knitters. Purl ridges make the cowl easy to scrunchy down or pull up. You can wear the ribbed end on top if you are wearing it as a cowl to make it snuggie around your neck or, wear the purl ridges on top if you are pulling it up as a hood. If you have any questions or find an error please let me know so I can correct it! I’ve added some tutorial links/videos for clarification.
Yarn/Yardage: I used some from my stash, Fisherman’s Wool from Lion Brand, it wasn’t a whole skein, approx. 375-400 yards for the hood and 275 for the cowl. Worsted weight yarn, After I knitted the first one, I decided this would be good for handspun also.
Gauge: 3 stitches/inch, don’t stress about this too much, cowl can be looser or tighter by a couple of inches.
Needles: Size 10 circular (29 inch) or size needed to get gauge
Size: Approx. 28-29 inches around
Length: 12-13 inches (see * repeats for longer option to allow for a hood or super snugly cowl, adds about 4-5 inches)
Cast on: 88 stitches, using a loose cast on, I used the knitted cast on. (see here for tutorial) Long tail cast on also good
Join to knit in the round, place marker
rows 1-10 are to make your purl ridges
1-Purl all around
2-Knit all around
repeat rows 1 & 2 six times
3-knit 4 rows
4-purl 2 rows (purl 4 rows for longer hood version)
(repeat rows 3 & three times for cowl and 4 four times for longer hood version)
Moss stitch section
5-k2,p2 all around
6-p2,k2 all around
repeat rows 5 & 6 four times
Purl Ridge section
7-Purl all around
8-Purl all around
9-Knit all around
10-purl all around
repeat row 9 & 10 two times (for a total of 16 rows) (*for hood or longer length repeat row 9 & 10 four times for a total of 32 rows)
Making a seed stich section below
11-k1,p1 all around
12-p1,k1 all around
repeat rows 11 and 12 six times
13-Purl all around
14-Knit all around
repeat rows 13 & 14 two times (*for hood/longer length repeat 4 times)
Ribbing area this is your last section
15-p1,k2 all around
repeat row 15 five rows
Cluster ribbing section
16-p1,yo,k2, with left needle lift yarn over up and over the 2 knitted stitches and slide the yarn over off of the needle) See video here for help
17-p1,k2 all around
repeat rows 16 & 17 two times, (*repeat 6 times if making the longer/hood cowl)
18-purl all around
repeat row 18 two times
19-bind off using a stretchy bind off, I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off, also the Russian Bind off is a good one or other technique to get a loose bind off. EZ sewn bind off link, Loose bind off link