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Knit Picks Brava: A Detailed Yarn Review | KT and the Squid

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. The people at Knit Picks 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

Brava


Manufacturer 

Knit Picks


Yardage

Sport: 273 yd/100g, Worsted: 218 yd/100g, Bulky: 136 yd/100g


Fiber Content

100% Primium acrylic


Weight

Sport/2, Worsted/Medium/4, Bulky/5


Washing 

Hand wash.


Price 

$2.99


Where to purchase online

Knit Picks

From the Yarn Company

“Versatility meets affordability; Brava is a 100% acrylic yarn that will keep up with all of life’s adventures! Brava Worsted is a hard-wearing medium weight yarn that works wonders for projects where durability and easy-care is a must. With so much flexibility and a wonderful range of bright and vibrant colors, you will find endless possibilities for Brava Worsted. Make hats and scarves to show support for your favorite sports team, gift baby blankets and garments that new parents are sure to love, or simply use Brava Worsted for your charity projects. ” See more on their website HERE.

Initial Thoughts

Brava is Knit Pick most affordable yarn. For $2.99 you get quite a bit of yardage so this yarn would be great for anyone on a budget or maybe for charity projects.

Brava is a 4 ply yarn and it has a sheen to it but it’ not very dense. It has quite a bit of air in it so that all tells me it will have a decent drape without being very heavy.

I love that Knit picks has so many colors to choose from. I decided to go a little outside my norm and chose 2 colors I usually don’t used, Orange and Pea pod (green). The colors seemed true to the colors online but of course it will depend on you computer monitor.

How it Works up

I was feeling a little inspired with this yarn so instead of working up a few swatch samples I made two cowls. One knit and one crochet. You can find both of these patterns for free on my blog. The Shelton Cowl (knit) is HERE and the Haula Cowl (crochet) is HERE.

I felt Brava was really easy to work with. It didn’t split or anything but there is one thing I should mention. I worked through 2 skeins of the yarn. The first was just fine I found no knot or anything but I did end up having to cut out quite a bit of the Orange skein. There were a few 3 super fuzzy bits and one was just a few yards into the beginning of the skein. I decided to cut that out so I wouldn’t end up with a join a few rows in.

Even with the amount of yarn I had to cut out I still feel like it was a good quality yarn. It was just one skein and like I said the other one had no issues. Had both skeins had issues I would have questioned it.

To block this yarn I washed the crochet cowl in my washer and I think it responded really well to that. It came out much softer and had more drape. The knit cowl needed a little more help. After I washed the cowl I steam blocked it because the edging was curling a little more than I would have liked. It took quite a bit of steam and I think I killed the yarn a bit but I did end up getting it to lay pretty nicely. I’m happy with how it came out.

One thing I saw from Knit Picks was this was a good alternative to their wool. While I agree if you’re allergic to wool this would be a great yarn for you I don’t think it’s very close to an actual wool. But then again I have yet to find  100% acrylic that is. I do however feel it is a great high quality acrylic.

Durability

I washed a small swatch 5 times and rubbed it together between each wash. It held up really well. It started to fuzz up a little but nothing major. I think it will hold up really well to a lot of washing and wearing.

Pattern Ideas

I decided to design two cowls just I felt they would give me a good feel for the yarn. Brava would be perfect for so many projects. Charity projects, hats, scarves, I’d even make a small sweater if I were allergic to wool. It would be great for blankets as well.

You can pop over to Knit Picks website to view all the great pattern they have written just for Brava.

Conclusion

Brava is a high quality affordable acrylic. It comes in a wide variety of colors which will fit almost any project. I think Brava would work well for charity projects and is a great alternative to those who may have wool sensitivities  You can also see more Brava by checking it out 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

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