Disclaimer: The wonderful people at Cascade 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.
North Shore and North Shore Prints
Cascade Yarns made in
220 yards/100 grams
Machine wash, tumble dry.
Where to purchase online
North Shore is a light/DK weight yarn made of 100% acrylic. It is machine washable which makes it great for gifts and baby items! See more on their website HERE.
When I first saw North Shore It reminded me a lot of Cascade’s Ultra Pima. It has a slight sheen and similar dense feel to it. It’s very soft and looks like it will have great drape when worked up.
North Shore is a 4 ply yarn with a smooth texture. Like I said, it’s a bit on the dense side and has a slight sheen. It has a medium twist that springs back when untwisted. This will translate into a fairly stretchy fabric that springs back as well.
Like I said, the yarn is dense. This means there’s not a lot of air trapped in the yarn so it doesn’t hold in much heat. You can use this to your advantage and I’ll explain more about that below.
How it Works up
North Shore was really easy to work with. it glided nicely over bamboo and aluminum needles and my aluminum crochet hooks. The only issue that I found was 1 silly knot. Normally, this is not a huge deal to me but it was in the skein of North Shore Prints. It was at the end of the skein with only a few yards left. If the stripe pattern in the project I was working was really important I would have thrown out that last few yards because the knot didn’t connect at the right place in the stripe pattern but I just went with it and it turned out fine. Other than that, the quality of this yarn is great. I had no splitting issues and the thickness was consistent through out.
I really enjoyed the stitch definition I got with North Shore. It made it really fun to swatch and play with different stitches. The finished fabric responded well to wet blocking as well as steam blocking. Throwing it in the wash seemed to work just as well too so that would be my preferred method for this yarn. It even got softer after washing.
Just as I thought, it has a very nice drape. Even the crochet stitches that tend to be stiff flopped over nicely because of the weight. I do recommend using the hook suggested or larger as a smaller hook will result in a fabric that is way to dense and stiff (unless, that’a what you’re going for of course).
North Shore also comes in Prints. This is a wonderfully long striped yarn that results in an almost fair isle look when stitched up. I made a little shawl because I wanted to see how it striped. Pattern coming soon!
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.
I think it held up really well. With each wash it got softer. I did start to see some fuzz start to develop but no pills. As always, to keep your items look fresh I recommend hand washing as much as you can and at the very least let it air dry rather than throwing in the dryer.
There are so many things I can picture made in North Shore so I was surprised there weren’t very many patterns out there. Baby items, hats, tops, shawls, skirts…
Again, the yarn is dense and you can use this to your advantage. Dense yarns tend to not hold onto much heat because there’s no air pockets in between the fibers. That means North Shore would be perfect for light weight tops and shawls for warmer months. If you are a person who tends to overheat easily but still want to make a nice cardigan for yourself this yarn would be a great substitute for you! Cotton is a good alternative too but with North Shore you wont have all the weight of the cotton.
Here are some patterns to try with North Shore
North Shore is a great option for light weight garments that wont overheat. It has a slight sheen and wonderful drape. It’s easy to care for so it would make for great gifts and baby items. 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 🙂