Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino: A Detailed Yarn Review | KT and the Squid

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. The wonderful people at Cloudborn Fibers 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

Superwash Merino


Manufacturer 

Cloudborn Fibers/Ethically sourced in Peru


Yardage

221 yards/ 100g


Fiber Content

100% Superwash Merino Wool


Weight

Fine/Sport/2, Light/DK/3, Medium/Worsted/4, Bulky/5


Washing 

Machine wash gentle, lay flat to dry.


Price Range

$13


Where to purchase online

Craftsy

Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist Yarn – $10.39

Retail Price: $13.00
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From the Yarn Company

“Your next stash staple is right here — and you can only find it on Craftsy. Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist is a sumptuous, 100% wool yarn that will give any project easy-care convenience and a soft, smooth hand. Versatile enough for accessories and garments galore, Merino Worsted Twist is ready to be your right-hand fiber for warm, wooly goodness.” See more on their website HERE.

Initial Thoughts

Cloudborn Fibers is a new exclusive line of yarn available only through Craftsy. I really like that they have a great selection of colors to choose from. It’s not a huge selection but the hues are rich and just gorgeous. I had a hard time picking just one.

My first thought when I saw the hank of Superwash Merino was the Sky Blue color was gorgeous (I’m a sucker for a good blue yarn). In the hank the yarn is so squishy you just have to squeeze it in your hand. It’s also extremely soft. That’s merino for ya, I guess 😉

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The yarn I was sent is their worsted yarn which is a 4 ply yarn. It’s a medium twist and has a lot of spring to it. From this I can tell the yarn is strong and will have a decent amount of stretch and spring back when worked up. The yarn is round and I can tell it has a lot of air in it. This means it will be really warm and cozy.

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How it Works up

I balled the whole hank and found only one weird fuzzy bit of yarn in the ball. It was the equivalent of finding a knot in the yarn which is fine. Other than, that the consistency of the yarn was very good.

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It was really nice to work with this yarn. No splitting or anything and it glided nicely off my bamboo needles and crochet hook.

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The finished swatches blocked really nicely. I soaked these in some warm water and a little soap. No dye was lost in the water. Then, I let them air dry with no pins. I also steam blocked the swatch I used for my durability test and it responded really well to it. You could really wet or steam block and it will turn out great.

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I think this yarn does really will with a stitch that has a texture to to. Cables, ribbing (adds wonderful stretch). The finished swatches are nice a squishy (it’s just the perfect word for this yarn). It drapes pretty well but no so much that it feels heavy at all. I did notice a small squeak to the fabric. If you’ve never used a yarn that does this you probably have no idea what I’m talking about but it is an actual very quiet squeak. I know this can drive some people nuts but me personally, I don’t mind.

Durability

I washed this swatch 5 times and rubbed it together in between each wash. I decided to throw it in the dryer once because I know that’s something I’d do by accident.

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I noticed quite a bit of fuzz develop but no pilling yet. The thing about wool you have to remember is it naturally stays clean so you really don’t need to wash it much. I would say this swatch is how a garment would look after a season of heavy wear or even a year if it were occasionally worn. In fact, as I was getting this swatch ready for photos I got chocolate on it (happens ALL the time!). I simply wiped it with a damp cloth and it came right out.

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Like I always say, if you want your finished items to keep looking great I suggest hand washing and I love Eucalan for my wool. It’s really easy to use and requires no rinsing.

Pattern Ideas

I could see so many things made from this yarn! It would make for perfectly cozy sweaters, cardigans, cowls, scarves, gloves, or socks. Obviously, this would not be the ideal yarn for warmer weather and I might avoid an entire sweater if you tend to easily overheat but something small like a cowl might be a good option.

When looking for a pattern I personally would look for something with great texture. Knit stitches with purl bumps and crochet stitches with lots of texture will look great! It has wonderful stitch definition and texture just highlights it’s squishiness (is that a word?).

Here’s some crochet patterns and kits to checkout.

Petite Basketweave Cowl Kit

The Mountain and the Moon Shawl Kit

Perfect Storm Hat and Cowl Kit

Cloaked in Clouds Poncho by Alexandra Tavel

Courie In by Littletheorem

Conclusion

Soft and squishy are words that comes to mind when I think of Cloudborn’s Superwash Merino. The color selection is rich and modern. Go for a pattern high in texture to keep warm and cozy! You can also see more Superwash Merino by viewing it on Craftsy 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

 

 
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