Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. The wonderful people at Plymouth Yarns provided the yarn for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. These opinions are 100% mine and are not biased in any way.
Plymouth Yarns/ Made in Turkey
200 yards/100 grams
75% acrylic/25% wool
Where to purchase online
From the Yarn Company
“America’s Best Selling Yarn, found exclusively at local yarn shops. The Encore Worsted yarn continues to be the preferred yarn. Perfect for beginners and experienced knitters, this yarns offers a great value for the crafters that demand the highest quality yarns. Loved for the Machine Wash and Machine Dry, the extensive array of colors and proven dependability for decades.” See more on their website HERE.
Encore worsted in available in several colors. I was looking on their website and stopped counting at 100. So if you’re looking for a yarn with a variety of colors this yarn will be a good choice. It also comes in a variety of weights and colorways such as Tweed and Dynamo.
Upon first inspection you can tell there is a lot of air in the yarn. This is not a bad thing, it’s light and plump. This tells be whatever you make out of it will be warm and cozy. Feel can be very subjective but I thought it was pretty soft. I learned later it got even softer after washing.
Since Encore is 75% acrylic and 25% wool that makes me think it is strong. I tried to snap a strand of yarn but wasn’t able to. My husband was able to (he’s really strong 😉 ). The fiber content also worried me that it will pill pretty quick so I definitely wanted to test its durability.
If you pull the strands apart you’ll see it’s a 3-ply yarn with a medium twist. It’s makes the yarn round which will make for nice plump stitches when worked up. The 3-ply also aids in the yarn’s strength which makes it durable.
How it Works up
Overall, I enjoyed working with the yarn. I used bamboo needles and they seemed to have just the right amount of grab. Crocheting with it was just as easy. I had no issues with the yarn splitting and the thickness of it was consistent throughout. I went through 3 skeins of yarn and didn’t come across one knot which is why I would say Encore is a good quality yarn.
Here are some unblocked swatches.
I loved how the yarn responded to blocking. After working up a few swatches I was a little worried that the fabric was too dense and didn’t have any drape as you can see from the photo above. I thought I could go up a hook size to fix it but after I steamed blocked them just a little they completely changed! Just look at the difference in drape of the crocheted swatch.
Here are the blocked swatches.
I wouldn’t say Encore has a tone of drape but it does lay very nicely. The yarn is not dense. Like I said above it has a lot of air in it and when stitched up it has a fair amount of bounce to it. I could stretch the swatches out and they’d bounce back to shape. Also with the plumpness of the yarn you wont get a crisp stitch definition but what you will get is a soft, uniform fabric.
I wanted to try a stitch I thought would look fat and squishy so I played with some mock cables. How nice would this detail be in a sweater!? It’s perfectly squeezable!
After seeing how the stitches plumped up after blocking it makes me think this would be a great yarn to use for color work. First, they have a ton of colors to choose from. Second, blocking the finished item will help hide any tension issues you may have when carrying colors.
I made this cowl (find the pattern HERE). I just love how soft and squishy it is!
Encore Worsted is machine washable. I think it would make a great sweater or item that might see a lot of wear so I decided to wash a swatch a bunch of times and simulate some wear. I washed this swatch a total of 5 times. I threw it in my regular wash so keep in mind I may not have washed it on gentile every time.
Normally, I allow my handmades to air dry but because this was a durability test I decided to just throw it in the dryer to see what would happen. In between each wash I took the swatch and rubbed it on itself. I was NOT gentile with it! This is the kind of wear I’d expect to see after a season of wearing.
I was actually really impressed. I thought it would pill up almost immediately but it didn’t. After the first couple washes it looked almost the same as the unwashed swatches but felt much softer and it just got softer after every subsequent wash. If you look really close you can see the slightest pills starting to form but that’s nothing a sweater shaver can’t fix.
Plymouth Encore Worsted would be great for several items. Sweaters, scarves, cowls, mittens, slippers, hats… I tend to stay away from wool for baby items but the content is so low I think it would be fine. It’s also a great yarn for gifts since it’s machine washable.
Here are some patterns to try with Encore Worsted
If you are a knitter or crocheter that is just above the beginner level and looking to try a new yarn that wont break the bank this is the yarn for you! It’s easy to work with and is very forgiving with any tension inconsistencies you may have. In terms of durability it is great for the price. It’s perfect for everyday items that will just get softer with every wash. You can also see more projects made with Encore Worsted by viewing it on Ravelry HERE.
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