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LB Woolease [Jul. 11th, 2006|11:18 pm]
Yarn Critiques
Brand of Yarn: Lion Brand Woolease solids
Yarn Content: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
Recommended Hook/Needle Size: J/10 (6.0 mm)
Hook/Needle Size Used: H/8 (5.0 mm)
Craft: Crochet
Experience at Craft: two to four years
Pros: Color selection, general availability, and value
Cons: Yarn splits too easily
Overall impression: I mostly use Woolease when I'm figuring out a pattern design for a more expensive wool brand. It has good color selection for playing with color patterns and will resemble most 100% worsted wool brands in texture and drape. The biggest issue I have is that the yarn splits too easily, making ease of crochet jarring and inconsistent. Hooks, especially, medium to small sized hooks, get caught up in the plies of the yarn and can pull the plied loops of fabric out of place. Overall, a good yarn to play and experiment with.

[User Picture]From: quincy134
2006-07-12 11:55 am (UTC)


I like that this yarn is realy washable. You don't have to worry about felting it. I find that with knitting (on say a US 8 needle), it's not terribly splitty (but I have never crocheted with it). However, it pills after medium wear. I agree that it's a good yarn for trying something out.
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[User Picture]From: perpet
2006-07-12 02:24 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that a lot of Lion Brand yarns split pretty easily. It's a definite disadvantage.

I have a sweater pattern that calls for Woolease, but I think I'll try to find a similar yarn by a different manufactuter.
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From: skamamawa
2006-07-12 02:53 pm (UTC)
Cascade 220
Brown Sheep Lambs Pride

are good alternatives. However, I've only felted Knitpicks so I don't know how it lasts in the long run.
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