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Cascade Avalon: A Detailed Yarn Review | KT and the Squid

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

Avalon


Manufacturer 

Cascade Yarns


Yardage

175 yards/ 100g


Fiber Content

50% cotton/50% acrylic


Weight

Medium/Worsted/4


Washing 

Machine wash, tumble dry low.


Price Range

$6-7


Where to purchase online

Craftsy, Amazon

Basic Description

Avalon is a worsted weight cotton/acrylic blend. It’s machine washable, durable and great for a wide range of projects. See more on their website HERE.

Initial Thoughts

Cascade’s Avalon come in several lovely colors. I love that is a blend of cotton and acrylic. It feels like it will be nice and cool for summery projects but wont have all that weight of 100% cotton.

Upon first inspection I can tell it’s really soft and it’s has a matte finish. It’s light but there’s not a lot of air in the yarn (which will keep it cool).

It’s a cable plied yarn with 8 total plies (4, 2 plies twisted together). I love when cotton is cable plied. Cotton can be weak but with all those plies it’s strong. It also adds great stitch definition to the finished fabric.

 

I Also really love the color they sent me. Have I mentioned before how much I love this color blue? 😉

 How it Works up

Swatching with Avalon was really fun! I could have kept going with playing with different stitches but alas, I had other things to do like feed my family dinner.

The stitch definition is great! It’s almost too great. You can see in this photo my ridges are pretty noticeable because I tend to purl looser than I knit so you want to try to be really consistent with your tension. I couldn’t fix it with blocking.

Of course, when I used more textured stitches and when I crocheted the inconsistencies in my tension weren’t noticeable at all.

I almost went through a whole hank and found no knots or funny bits n the yarn. It’s a great quality yarn!

It responded really well to just a little seam blocking. I also feel like you could get away with just throwing it in the wash to block. The finished fabric has a nice drape but it doesn’t feel weighted down. I like this because it will be great for garments for all sizes. Kids to adults!

Durability

I washed and dried this swatch 5 times and rubbed it together in between each wash.

These photos are of the swatch right out of the dryer. You can tell it really doesn’t need much blocking. I love a yarn you can wash and not worry too much about weird wrinkles.

Overall, the yarn held up great. The stitch definition is still there and there’s not pilling starting to form (which I was worried about because of the acrylic in the yarn). I think it’s a pass in durability!

It’s hard to tell since the color I have is on the light side but there may have been a slight loss in color. I had to look really close to even notice it though.

Pattern Ideas

There are SO many things you could make with Avalon! Sweaters, cardigans, light weight tops, bags, home decor, hats…It would make fore a really cute slouchy hat!

Avalon has wonderful stitch definition so pick a stitch that you can either keep even tension or one that hides imperfections.

Patterns to try with Avalon

Airy Avalon Slouchy Hat by Marie Segares

Summer Fun Tank by Karen McKenna

Parameter Poncho by Aurora Sisneros

Moss Street Market Bag by kraftling

Conclusion

Cascade’s Avalon is a great staple to keep around. It’s a worsted weight cotton blend that’s not too heavy. machine washable, and extremely durable. It has great stitch definition and would be perfect for summery garments and accessories the whole family will love. You can also see more Avalon by viewing it on Ravlery 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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