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My Favorite Acrylic Yarn
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Caron Simply Soft Review
Caron Simply Soft is my favorite light worsted acrylic yarn for several reasons: low cost, luxurious hand, and colorful palette.
Simply Soft is available in most craft stores, larger Wal-Mart stores, and online. If I run out of a color, I can quickly and easily get more unless a color is discontinued. Just recently, Simply Soft went on sale at Michael's for $2.99 a skein, so I bought the lovely watermelon pink you see at the right.
I often buy fabric, yarn, and clothing by feel. Yes, it is important that things look good; however, it is more important that they feel good. I can sometimes be seen touching and squeezing yarn in a craft store (rather like the housewives in the old Charmin commercials who couldn't resist the softness of Charmin tissue.) Simply Soft is as soft as my favorite (and more expensive) bamboo blend yarn. If you associate acrylic with a scratchy feeling, give this yarn a try. It really is soft.
Simply Soft has a slight luster, so colors look vibrant. The color selection includes warm and cool tones as well as neutrals. I personally consider a yarn to have a wide color range if it contains enough colors to make a Dr. Who scarf, and this yarn passes that test. (See below for colors and pattern links.)
I recommend this yarn with just one note: The label calls this a worsted weight yarn. It is, however, not as substantial as Red Heart worsted or Wool Ease worsted. The soft texture of the yarn makes it feel lighter. I use it as a DK or sport weight yarn with needles no larger than size 7 (U.S.)
Here's What I Used for One Project:
This scarf is made with Caron Simply Soft in autumn maize color with gold jump rings.
An Original Design in Caron Simply Soft
Because this yarn has such lovely colors, I sometimes buy a skein just to play with the colors. The picture to the right is a small shawl or large scarf in watermelon with peacock accents. I may make another in two pastel or neutral colors to further test the design.
Choosing Colors for a Dr. Who Scarf in Caron Simply Soft
Because this yarn icomes in so many colors, I plan to use Simply Soft for my next Dr. Who classic scarf. I made my first scarf from the odd and ends I had on hand, since I knit it during an ice storm and couldn't get to a store to buy more yarn. The next scarf (all that garter stitich is good "therapy knitting") will be closer to the authentic colors from the television scarf.
- purple: Plum Perfect
- brick: Autumn Red
- olive: Forest Floor
- charcoal: Charcoal Heather
- beige: Bone
- toffee: Chocolate
- mustard: Sunshine