Well, apparently I am a sucker for deadlines since I am in back to back Design Wars Challenges! This time around I am competing against Viktoria from Crochetrend in a Hat Challenge! This means that I got to pick any yarn I wanted to design a hat with. I chose Red Heart Yarns Comfort Sport. This is not a yarn that I have local to me so I was really excited for my order to arrive!
My first thought? These skeins are HUGE!!! I had this really cute idea in my head of the skeins next to my baby and everything looking adorable. Turns out babies don't take direction well. Or at all. And they're squirmy. I should have known this since she is my second, but I was in denial. I'll leave the cute baby photos to the professionals ;)
What I will do is tell you about is this yarn!
- The skeins really are massive! I'm talking about 1144 yards in each one! That's a LOT of yarn!
- There aren't any dye lots. This is always a great selling feature since there is nothing more frustrating than running out of yarn during a project and not being able to get an exact match. Although, with this much yarn/skein, you won't run out if you are using it to make hats!
- Machine washable/dryable. Nice and easy care. I could see this yarn working really well for a blankie or ami, something that a child would hang on to and need a lot washing.
-Only 16 colors. 16 isn't too bad. There are only 7 colors in the rainbow, right?! However, this line is missing grey. Grey is my go-to when it comes to mixing and matching. Not as harsh as white (which there are 3 shade of, white, cream and crystal white) and not as hard to use in dim lighting as black. There also isn't a nice green (also a go-to of mine).
-Although this yarn is soft, it does start to leave a halo when working with it. I don't mind the halo on some yarns, like Unforgettable, but in this yarn it isn't as visually appealing.
Overall, I do enjoy this yarn! Nice and soft to work with, doesn't tire my hands, easy care and no dye lots! I think that if I ever do get around to making my first afghan, I will look to this line for my yarn choices!
Now, on to the exciting part!!! My Design Wars Project!
I would like to introduce you to the Steff Slouch!
This pattern is written in sizes Toddler, Child and Adult. It has two options for finishing. The button band (above) or the functional ties that cinch up the back (below). I absolutely love the texture of this hat! It was so much fun to design this, and I hope that you love it too! Don't forget to vote for your favorite Hat design! You can do so by clicking this link.
Until the Steff Slouch is ready for release I thought that I would offer you 50% off all of my Hat patterns in my Ravelry Shop, no code needed! Offer good from Nov 30-Dec 6, 2015.
My name is Pam! I'm a 30-something WAHM of two amazing children! I live in beautiful Northern Ontario with my husband, kids and our feisty Westie, Rigby.