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Lion Brand Wool-Ease: A Detailed Yarn Review | KT and the Squid

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Yarn Name



Lion Brand


Worsted weight:
Solid, Heather, Twist:
3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls

Fiber Content

Most yarns are about 80% acrylic, 20% wool


Sport/light/3, Medium/Worsted/4, bulky/5, super bulky/6


Machine wash, tumble dry.

Price Range


Where to purchase online

Amazon, Craftsy, Jo-Ann, Wool Warehouse (UK),

From the Yarn Company

“Wool-Ease® is a 4-ply worsted-weight yarn that is so beloved by knitters and crocheters that it inspired an entire family of yarns. Wool-Ease® is appreciated for its versatility and value. It has the feel, warmth and softness of wool, combined with the easy care of machine wash-and-dryability.” See more on their website HERE.

Initial Thoughts

Would you believe I have never tried Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease? I haven’t. Several people have had so many good things to say about it I finally decided to give it a shot.

There were so many colors to choose from and I love that it comes in several weights as well. I picked one skein of worsted and one skein of chunky to review. In the skein it’s the kind of yarn you just want to squeeze. It’s really soft and just feels like a nice cozy wool. The great thing is, it’s mostly acrylic so eve though it has that wool feel it’s easy to care for.

Wool-Ease is a 4 ply yarn with a medium twist. The yarn has a lot of air in it. This makes it plump and will make for a warm fabric when stitched up.

How it Works up

It was really fun to play with stitches. I had no issues with any splitting and in all the yarn I worked up I found no knots or inconsistencies in the yarn.

The finished fabric is light, airy and plump. I love that stitches easily pop. It gave the fabric great texture. The stitches also opened up very nicely so it’s a very versatile yarn.

The fabric has a nice drape without being heavy. It will make for a nice warm sweater that isn’t too bulky. The fabric also has a nice stretch and spring back to it. Great for cozy socks! 

To block my swatches I tried steam and wet blocking. I also just threw one in the wash and it responded well to all methods. With each method the stitches relaxed beautifully so I’d experiment on your gauge swatch to find the method you like best for this yarn.


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

The yarn was a bit fuzzy to start with (which is not a bad thing) so I was worried it would pill up pretty fast. The yarn is still really soft and it looked perfect up until the last couple washes. It’s hard to tell in the photos but it almost looks like it’s about to start felting. Because of this I might suggest hand washing when you can or even just avoiding the dryer.

Pattern Ideas

Wool-Ease is such a popular yarn there are several great patterns out there.

It really is a workhorse yarn so it would be great for so many projects. I could see a soft cozy sweater for anyone (men, women, kids…). It would be great for garments, hats, cowls, scarves, slippers, socks, home decor, blankets…

Because it’s easy to care for it would be good for gifts too.

Click HERE to check out the patterns on Lion Brand’s website


Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease is a workhorse yarn you’ll use to again and again. I think it would be a great yarn for beginners and the more experienced. The yarn is soft and cozy and has a great woolly feel. It’s affordable and because it comes in so many colors and so many weights the possibilities are almost endless. You can also see more Wool-Ease 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 🙂


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