Caron Simply Soft Yarn, 100-percent Acrylic, #4 Medium Weight, Worsted Reviews

Caron Simply Soft Yarn, 100-percent Acrylic, #4 Medium Weight, Worsted

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Extremely Soft Yarn

Jan 21, 2012 (Updated Feb 12, 2013)
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Pros:Very soft, nice sheen, finished product is attractive

Cons:My sharper bamboo needles split this year very easily, making it hard to work with

The Bottom Line: Nice pastels, very soft, but too easy to split the fibers


I've been knitting for many years, and for the past few I have been making baby booties for our local Pregnancy Resource Center (a crisis pregnancy center for those who need counseling).  They take in donations of baby items, and they allow low income mothers (or mothers-to-be) to take home what they can use.

Baby booties are always so much nicer when the yarn that is used is baby soft, and Caron Simply Soft Yarn is extremely soft.  That is what drew me to purchase this yarn, which was picked up at Walmart for around $4.00 for a 6 ounce skein that held just over 300 yards.  They are also available in 3 ounce skeins.

Caron Simply Soft is an medium weight acrylic yarn, and the label says to use size 8 needles, listing the gauge as 18 stitches being equal to four inches.  When purchasing yarn it is generally important to buy enough of the same type to finish your project, but the Caron Simply Soft does not have a dye lot so it's not quite so crucial if you find yourself a bit short before your knitting items are finished.

  These yarns can be a nice choice for knitting or crocheting baby items such as blankets, hats, sweaters and booties because they come in a nice variety of pastel colors.  When making booties for the resource center I try to use neutral colors like green and yellow, and the Caron colors are really attractive.

After making numerous booties out of one skein, I vowed never to purchase this yarn again.  As much as I liked the end result and the polished sheen of the yarn, it was one of the hardest I have ever knitted with.  I knit with bamboo needles, which have a tendency to split the twists in the yarn because bamboo needles can be more pointed.  I kept splitting this yarn as I was knitting with it, and it took me much longer to make a pair of booties than with other yarns.  It was also hard for me to find the start of the yarn by pulling it out from the center of the skein. 

We have a wonderful, privately owned yarn shop in our town and I am truly spoiled by the great selection of yarns that are available to me.  Although the yarns sold there are more expensive, they are so much more enjoyable for me to work with.  Caron Simply Soft is value priced, but I simply do not like knitting with them.  I do crochet some, and I did find this worked better for me than for knitting, but still there are other yarns on the market that I would prefer using.


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