Last week, Knit Picks was giving away a free skein of Brava yarn (any weight) with purchase with a code provided in their newsletter. I take advantage of these moments whenever they come up, and I’ve never been disappointed.
I’ll try not to make this a love letter to Knit Picks (I admit it, I’m obsessed with everything they do and make) and focus on the yarn. Last time I participated, they were giving away a free hank of Biggo. I leapt on that without a plan and ended up making a cowl a couple months later. This time, I had a plan. I promised a coworker a baby Jayne hat, so I decided I’d be using Brava Worsted and take advantage of getting one of my needed skeins for free.
I would buy this yarn again in a heartbeat. Brava is 100% acrylic yarn, and it is oh so soft. What you can’t feel when you pick up the skein is how cushy the knit fabric is going to turn out. I frequently paused my knitting just to squish the fabric between my fingers. It’s so comfortable. I imagine this being great yarn for, say, mittens or slippers or even teddy bears.
The yarn did not split easily. I’m the type of knitter who, if a yarn is going to split, will split the yarn. It happens all the time, usually if I’m knitting too fast when not looking. While working on the hat last night, I tried to ignore my hands, let them do what they know how to do. I had no splits. The twist of the yarn is secure enough that my needle did not split it at all. I was pleasantly surprised with this.
The yarn is machine washable and can go in the dryer at low. I tested this this time. My stitches did loosen a little bit, but my project held it’s overall shape. Now, the hat is pretty much all stockinette, aside from the ribbing. I can’t guarantee how well, say, lace would hold up after going through the washer and dryer. In that case, I might just wash it and lay it flat to dry or re-block it if necessary.
The best part about this yarn? It’s affordable. I realize, one of my skeins was free, but a regular skein of Brava Worsted costs $2.99 for a skein. All of Knit Picks’ yarn is affordable like this. See why I’m obsessed? Quality product for a good price.
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this sounds wonderful, what does a skein weigh (50g)? Wish I could get some over here… 🙂
Yes, 50 grams for about 218 yards. It’s so nice!
Loving the baby Jayne hat. I’ve always wanted one of those, but it would be so much cuter on a baby!
Cute Hat! Admittedly I too am a KP nut 🙂 and yes I got my free skein. You get such great value on KP items and still super quality. I am a fangirl. I wont lie lol.
I adore this yarn for baby projects. It’s a dream to work with and it doesn’t break my bank account!
The yarn looks nice and soft. Your hat turned out adorable and I LOVE the colors. Hubby just picked up some yarn for me to make a scarf with those same colors.
I scored a skein of the bulky weight also! Love knit picks. But REALLY love this little Jayne hat, it’s pretty cunning 😉
That is gorgeous looking yarn!
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The hat is beautiful and colorful.
Baby Jayne hat!? Genius. #dies of cute*
I always wondered if Brava was good. I’ve never been disappointed with KnitPicks either but I usually don’t like shoppin for yarn online unless I’ve read a review or felt it already. Thanks for telling us about it!
Cute hat! Thanks for the review – I’m allergic to wool, so I’m always looking for soft acrylic yarn in nice, bright colors.
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