This is my fourth review from the bundle of yarn that Red Heart sent me in March. (Bundle from Redheart) The first four were on Boutique Sassy Fabric (Boutique Sassy Fabric), Anne Geddes Yarn (Anne Geddes Baby Yarn), and one on the tote itself (Red Heart Tote Bag). Today I will be reviewing the Red Heart Reflective yarn that came with the bundle of skeins that were sent.
Red Heart Reflective Yarn is a basic 3-ply acrylic yarn with added reflective thread wrap that makes this yarn reflect light, aiding in nighttime visibility. I would like to take a minute right here to clarify a slight misconception I have come across with some people. The yarn does have an interwoven reflective strip that works well for reflection but it does not have the capability of glowing in the dark. As far as I can tell, Red Heart only claims that it is a Light Reflective yarn, not a glow in the dark yarn. Still upon showing it to a few of my friends and some crochet students there were a few that thought it was one and the same. So I wanted to take a minute to prevent any misunderstanding. As Red Heart states the reflective component shows up amazingly well in flash photography and this yarn is perfect for projects where you want to increase your outdoor visibility, such as early morning or evening workouts, or for a person who enjoys bicycling.
The yarn is a bully weight (5) and is recommended for machine washing in the cold, gentle cycle and low heat dying. Red Heart has it priced at $6.29 each for 3.5 ounces skeins.
When I first started looking through patterns trying to get some direction on what I wanted to make with this unusual yarn, I thought about headbands for early morning walks, or maybe hats for my grandchildren. I have five grandchildren and two skeins of yarn and could not decide who would receive the hats. Then after some thought and examination of several patterns I decided upon a scarf for my husband. We live in Illinois and our winters are cold, as I write this today it is 9 degrees outside. This yarn is of a bulky weight and I thought it would crochet into a nice warm scarf.
The pattern that I found that I liked was on Red Hearts web sight, however it was for a child. I added a few stitches to the foundation chain and followed the pattern sequence and added rows to the desired length. I started with a chain of 35 and used a J crochet hook. I have included the link for the original pattern for any who would enjoying trying this pattern. It is very easy and was crocheted in two afternoons. I ended the pattern by adding a single crochet edging on the scarf I give to my hubby.
I have copy the pattern from the Red Heart Yarn Web page or if your prefer I have included the link to the original pattern for easy download and printing.(http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/super-easy-scarf)
Red Heart Reflective Yarn Review
I really loved working with this yarn, it crochets beautifully and the end project crocheted into a soft, warm scarf that I am sure will help keep the winter winds from my hubby. Because of the heavy weight of the yarn, it crochets quickly, which is great for last minute projects.The yarn comes in nine colors, which I am hoping they increase as popularly of yarn does. The two colors that I used were Black and Peacock.
There are some things you might want to keep in mind when working with it. I discovered that I had crocheted a little slower so that I did not separate the reflective strip. Also, when you are sewing in the ends, make sure the yarn and the strip are thru the eye of the needle before weaving them in.
When I decided to crochet a project that would require four skeins of yarn, I knew I would have to purchase two additional skiens. This is when I discovered that not everyone in my area carries this particular yarn. I first went to JoAnn’s, then Hobby Lobby and ended up purchasing it at Walmart. Walmart is not my first choice for yarn needs, no coupons or sales, unfortunately.
In closing, I would like to say I really relished working with this yarn and will definitely be using it for future projects. I am just hoping it becomes more easily accessable in my area stores.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.
Super Easy Scraf
GAUGE: 18 sts = 5” in stitch pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
NOTE: Carry color not in use along side of work.
With A, ch 20.
Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook, [ch 1, skip 1, sc in next st] across – 18 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as ch-space here and throughout), turn, [sc in next ch-space, ch 1] across, sc in last ch-space – 18 sts.
Row 3: Change to B, ch 2, turn, [sc in next ch-space, ch 1] across, sc in last ch-space.
Repeat Rows 2-3, alternating colors every 2 rows until piece measures 60” from beginning, end with 2 rows of A. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.