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Red Heart/made in the USA
86 yards/113 grams
Machine wash cool, tumble dry low
Where to purchase online
From the Yarn Company
“Made in the USA – 2 ply soft acrylic yarn with beautiful color effects. Each ply is dyed separately and then twisted together for a medley of gorgeous color. Bulky weight makes it perfect for quick projects.” See more on their website HERE.
I’m not normally a big fan of bulky yarns but the colors of Medley have me intrigued. They all have a fun tweed look to them so I was excited to see how it worked up.
Medley is a 2 ply yarn that is loosely spun. This makes me a bit worried it will fuzz then pill pretty quickly but using a smaller hook/needle might help prevent this. Also, the yarn is not round. It’s more oblong, which I like! This lets me know that when worked up it will probably lay flat which you might not expect from a bulky yarn.
The yarn has a slight sheen to it which also tells me it will drape nicely. That in combination with loose 2 ply will make for a lovely fabric that’s not too stiff.
How it Works up
I didn’t have issues working with the yarn. The thickness was consisted and I didn’t come across any knots. You might want to avoid sharp needles or hooks to prevent any splitting.
At first, my swatches seemed really dense and stiff. I tried steam blocking but didn’t see much change. Not really what I was expecting…I decided to throw them in the wash and when I pulled them out I loved the results! The swatches suddenly had the drape I was expecting. Now, that’s my kind of blocking 😉
I did notice the smallest amount of fuzz start to develop after the first wash but it wasn’t enough to bother me.
As far as stitch definition you wont get a lot BUT something I found very interesting with this yarn is how the color seemed to change with the stitch I used. When I knit stockinette it appeared lighter in color but in seed stitch it looked darker. I noticed the same effect with the crochet stitches I used. You could have a lot of fun playing with this (I know I did!).
I washed and dried a swatch a total of 5 times. In between each wash I rubbed the swatch together so it saw quite a bit of wear.
As I suspected it fuzzed and started to pill after just a few washes. Does this mean you should just throw it out? NO! Keep in mind I was really rough with this swatch. If you’re more gentile just in your washing it will hold up much better. I’d suggest hand washing when you can but if you must throw it in the wash try to lay it flat to dry.
I think Medley will be great for accessories such as cowls, scarves and hats. Surprisingly, I also think it would be great for a cozy sweater.
Here are some patterns to try with Medley
Medley was a bit of a pleasant surprise for me. Unlike you might think with bulky yarns, it has great drape and can actually be “light” feeling when stitched up. Its very affordable and when gently cared for will hold up nicely. It’s perfect for beginners and the unique colors add a lot of interest to finished items. You can also see more projects made with Medley by viewing it on Ravelry HERE.
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