Red Heart Cutie Pie: A Detailed Yarn Review | KT and the Squid

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. The wonderful people at Red Heart 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.

 


 

Yarn Name

Cutie Pie


Manufacturer 

Red Heart Yarns


Yardage

326 yards/100 grams


Fiber Content

100% Polyester


Weight

DK/3/light (Ravelry has it listed as a worsted weight yarn)


Washing 

Machine wash warm, gentle cycle, tumble dry low, do not bleach, do not iron


Price Range

$5-$9


Where to purchase online

Amazon, Amazon Canada, Walmart

From the Yarn Company

“Soft and light in weight, this chenille yarn is perfect for all types of garments and accessories. Cutie Pie comes in a wide assortment of colors that are great for knit and crochet projects for everyone in the family.” See more on their website HERE.

Initial Thoughts

I tend to stay away from yarns like Cutie Pie. I’m not really sure why but I’m glad Red Heart sent it to me otherwise, I may have never tried it. When I picked up the skein my first reaction was, “Wow! That’s soft!” It reminds me of those socks people give you for Christmas presents (I love Christmas socks! 😉 ). It’s a chenille plied yarn so it’s fuzzy and squishy.  It’s the kind of texture you just want to cuddle up in. I also really like that it’s s light weight yarn.

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I had one concern with this yarn to start. It didn’t take much force to snap it and if you gently pick at the fuzz it comes almost right off (later I found this wasn’t an issue).

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How it Works up

I did have a few issues working with Cutie Pie. When I knit with it I used bamboo needles. They seemed to have a bit too much grab which left me with uneven stitches (you can see that in my washed swatch). When I switch to aluminum needles this was less of an issue.

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When I was crocheting with it I had a hard time seeing my stitches. It’s so fuzzy and fluffy all the stitches blend together so it might be tricky for beginners to work with. Sometimes when yarns are fuzzy they are hard to frog. I made sure to test this a few times and had no issues.

The swatches I made were soft and squishy. They had a nice drape and were light feeling at the same time.

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As I worked with it I found it looked really nice in a textured stitch. You might want to avoid really intricate stitches though for the reasons I stated above. You might have a hard time finding the stitches to work into.

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I found I didn’t need to do any blocking. I tried a little steam but it looked exactly the same. I do recommend washing before use because I think it’s needed for all finished items.

 

Durability

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.

Completely ignore my uneven stitches (that was all my fault!). The swatch looks and feels EXACTLY the same as it did before the first wash. No pilling, no fuzzing, no tearing. It looks great! I did try to pick at the swatches to see if the fuzz would come out. It was quite a bit more challenging once it was worked up so I don’t think it’s an issue to be worried about.

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Pattern Ideas

My gut is to make baby items with Cutie Pie because it’s so soft and durable but honestly I’d love something for myself in it. I think a big cozy sweater to wear during the Winter would be amazing! I could also see some perfectly cozy slippers or socks out of it or a blanket to cuddle on the couch.

Here are some patterns to try with Cutie Pie

Kiddo’s Crochet Cowl by Lorna Miser

Cutie Elephant Blankie by Michele Wilcox

Coral Cutie Hat & Booties by Cathy Payson

Conclusion

Soft is the one word that comes to mind when I think of Cutie Pie. It can be a little challenging to work with but with the right needles and stitch you can work around that. It holds up perfectly to washing and wearing which makes it perfect for babies and wearables.  You can also see more projects made with Cutie Pie by viewing it on Ravelry HERE.


I hope you enjoyed this yarn review! You can browse more reviews HERE. Do you know of a yarn you’d like to see reviewed? Feel free to contact me HERE let me know what yarn you’d like to see and I’ll try to get my hands on some 🙂

Katy

 

 

2 thoughts on “Red Heart Cutie Pie: A Detailed Yarn Review | KT and the Squid”

  1. I just used this for some baby items, and my experience was the same. Stitches were tough to see for my Chevron blanket, but the granny square lovey was beautiful. Glad to know they’ll hold up to washing as I was also concerned about that. Thanks for the great review!

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