Sweet Snuggles Stripes by Loops & Threads Review

Close up image of a ball of Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Yarn
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During my last trip to Michaels, I was fortunate enough to have gotten there just as the fall lines of yarn were being put out for shoppers. I may have purchased far more yarn than I planned to but hey, at least I can share what I bought with you here. One of the yarns I purchased was the new Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes and I’ve worked with this yarn quite a bit since purchasing it so I wanted to share my review of Sweet Snuggles Stripes with you.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with blanket yarns. My personal favourite blanket yarn is the Bernat Blanket. I love how quickly I can make a blanket with it (and amigurumi too) but, I struggle with it’s lack of stitch definition. Last summer I needed to make an obsence amount of baby blankets for baby shower gifts and using blanket yarn helped me pump out over a dozen blankets in just a few short months. (You can find my go-to baby shower blanket pattern HERE and a free amigurumi pattern using blanket yarn HERE).

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Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review, let’s go over the yarn label info so you can get an idea of what we’re talking about:

Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes:

  • Current Number of Colourways Available: 14
  • Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
  • Ball Size: 200g
  • Yardage: 87y/80m
  • Suggested Hook Size: 11.5mm
  • Suggested Needle Size: 12.5mm
  • Crochet Gauge: 4 sc x 4 rows= 4″
  • Knitting Gauge: 6 sts x 8 rows = 4″

Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Vs. Bernat Blanket

So when I saw that the Michael’s brand Loops & Threads had come out with a blanket yarn, I was drawn to it and had to check it out. The Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes yarn was on an endcap and there were so many pretty colour combos it was hard to choose. This self-striping yarn is incredibly soft and it felt like love at first squish. I didn’t love the yardage though. Each ball of Sweet Snuggles Stripes yarn has only 87 yards/80m to a ball. It’s a size 6, jumbo weight yarn (as with most blanket yarns) but the price tag is the same as a ball of Bernat Blanket. So here in Canada, Michaels sells a 300g ball of Bernat Blanket yarn for $11.97 and that 300g ball gets you 220 yards/201 meters of yarn (I didn’t even need to look at a label for that… that’s how often I’ve used this stuff lol). Sweet Snuggles Stripes is a 200g ball and it’s regular price is $11.99/ball for the 87 yards. I was fortunate enough to get it on sale for $6.99/ball. Sorry Sweet Snuggles Stripes, but Bernat beats you on value.

A ball of Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Yarn

What Does it Feel Like?

This yarn is CRAZY soft. As I worked with it I wanted to just keep touching it. It kind of feels like chenille and velvet had a baby and made this yarn. I personally think it’s softer than Bernat Blanket yarn but the value of the Bernat Blanket can’t be beat on this one.

Colour Changes

This is honestly what sold me on giving this yarn a try. My Aunt and I both use Bernat Blanket yarn alot and the colour changes in the Bernat Blanket yarn tends to become a topic of discussion anytime one of us is using the Bernat Blanket Stripes. The colour changes are ugly and tend to be two ends of yarn wrapped with some thread to hold them together. Not pretty. To be honest, I cut those parts out and just sew in my ends, which, I guess defeats the purpose of the self-striping yarn, but I buy self-striping yarn for the colour pallettes. The colour changes in this yarn are abrupt BUT they are clean. The colour stops and starts on the same strand and there are no ugly joins. I knew my Aunt would love that so I picked it up to show her.

The jags of colour in Sweet Snuggles Stripes are short. I tried a ridiculous amount of hook and stitch combinations to try to get an end of row colour change that would result in a project big enough to be used (I was aiming for a small blanket for my daughter) and just never found anything that worked. I ended up trying a mitered corner which, was very pretty but the colour changes happening all over the place made it look sloppy and I lost steam. Bernat Blanket yarn I’ve almost always been able to get at least 3 full rows of stitches in a lapghan size project before having to change rows. The more I worked with the yarn, the more frustrated I became and the more convinced I am that this yarn is better suited for knitting projects.

Crochet swatch worked up in shades of purple Sweet Snuggles Stripes
Crochet swatched worked up in Sweet Snuggles Stripes

I bought 4 balls of this yarn to make a blanket for my daughter and after using up two full balls of the yarn, I doubt I’ll get a project big enough for her to use (she is 3). Since I cannot return the yarn, I may turn it into a comfy play mat for her to lay on in her room while she plays. It may make a fun and super-sized amigurumi as well but my need to control the colour changes makes me not overly ambitious to start something like that with this yarn right now.

Check out the video review of this Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes and see the swatch I made with this yarn:

At the time I did my video review, I mentioned that this yarn may be great if you were to have a solid coloured yarn to work into your project with the Sweet Snuggles Stripes. A solid coloured Sweet Snuggles yarn has since become available on the Michaels website. It has a bit more yardarge (109 yards) than the Sweet Snuggles Stripes so investing in a couple of those balls may make this yarn salvageable for me. I estimate that I’d probably need another 3 more balls to make something useable but that starts to make this a pricey blanket.

Overall, I really want to love this yarn because it is so soft and those clean colour changes are big plus. But when I can get a similar product with better yardage for the same price, it’s hard for me to say that I would be willing to make Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes part of the regular line up of yarns I would use. At the end of the day, value wins out for this yarn addict.

What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? Are you ok with mid-row colour changes? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

While you’re here, you may like checking out some of my other reviews and free crochet patterns:

12 thoughts on “Sweet Snuggles Stripes by Loops & Threads Review”

  1. Hi! Thanks for your review. I’m not a very advanced crocheter. I haven’t crocheted much at all over the past several years but I recently found the sweet snuggles yarn and fell in love with it so I decided to make a blanket. I really enjoyed working on the blanket because the yarn was so wonderful feeling, but I’m really disappointed in the final product. I can’t stand the color change in the middle of the rows. At the beginning of the blanket the mid-row color change was bothering me but I figured that it would look random enough when it was all said and done. It didn’t. It just looked stupid. I also hate how it looks where I joined a new ball of yarn in. Like I said, I’m not a very skilled crocheter – I was taught that to join a new ball of yarn in you just tie a knot with the two ends of yarn and leave it the ends long enough to weave into the blanket and it is never seen. It’s always worked for me in the past with smaller yarns. This time, where I weave it in is bulky and I can’t manage to weave it in so that this isn’t a visible nub of yarn. Is there a better way to join thick blanket yarn? If I can find a better way to join the yarn I may make another blanket using their solid colors. (By the way, did you know they have several solid colors in this yarn?)

    Thank you!
    Tara

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    • Hi Tara,

      I did see that they have since come out with the solid colours for this line. I just haven’t decided if I want to invest more to complete the project given the cost of the yarn.

      I’m sorry you had issues with your project too. To join the balls of yarn, leave a tail of 6 – 8 inches minimum and on the last yarn over of your stitch, add your new yarn. Like you are changing colours. This way, you can weave in the ends or crochet over them and avoid the knots. I use this technique for all yarn weights. I hope this helps. If you need further clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m happy to help.

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  2. Has anyone had problems with this yarn shedding, or literally falling apart on the ends? I’m making baskets which will be lined with foam, but don’t know what to do about the shedding problem.!
    Thanks,
    Mo

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      • I love the feel of this yarn. It also came in a color scheme of my husband’s favorite football team. Luckily we found it on sale several times so we were able to save quite a bit of money. The blanket is over 6 feet long, so it will end up being well over $100 blanket. I have had problems with it coming apart at the ends but I might try fabric glue, but hoping that doesn’t make for hard spots throughout the blanket.

        Personally, I don’t mind the color change midstream. It just gives each blanket it’s own unique look.

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    • Hi Mo,

      I have had issues with it falling apart at the ends but I might try fabric glue on the ends. I’m hoping that won’t make those areas too rigid or cause hard spots throughout the blanket. I need to do something about it because I am afraid to wash it without taking care of the ends first. And this blanket definitely has to be washed prior to use because it sheds like crazy. Whenever I crochet using this yarn I get fuzz all over the place, including my clothes.

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  3. Hi can anyone help me? I’m making a 72in by 66in blanket using just a regular double crochet stitch. I have 438 yards of yarn, will that be enough?

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  4. Thank you for your review. I have only made a white blanket (with Bernat baby blanket yarn) and had seen this Snuggles at Michael’s, so squisy! But your review and other comments has informed my choice.

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  5. I am a beginner when it comes to crocheting. I have favored Bernat yard but wanted to make a spiderweb blanket for my grandson. Loops and Threads had the perfect colors so I got the sweet snuggles and began. Throughout the time making this blanket the fluff was everywhere. It took me a while to do this and when I finally finished, I like to wash my blankets before I gift them. My brand new washer was filled with the yarn that had totally exploded everywhere. It had totally fell apart not where I had changed colors, but throughout the whole blanket. All that money and time I had spent gone. I was so angry and frustrated I will stick with my trusted brands from now on. The biggest disappointment was informing my grandson that his blanket wasnt coming!

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