Loops & Threads Eco Cozy Watercolors is a new line of recycled yarn available exclusively at Michaels Stores. Today I’ll be sharing my Loops & Threads Eco Cozy Watercolors yarn review with you. I’ll be sharing my experience working with the yarn as well as showing you this yarn worked up in a crochet swatch in various stitches so you can see how this variegated recycled yarn works up.
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Let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:
Loops & Thread Eco Cozy Watercolors Yarn Label Information & Other Details:
- Current Number of Colourways Available: 16 Check them out here on the Michaels website.
- Yarn Type: Roving
- Fiber Content: 100% Recycled Polyester
- Weight: 6 (Super Bulky)
- Ball Size: 150g/5.3oz
- Yardage: 145 yd / 133 m
- Suggested Hook Size: 9 mm (M/N-13)
- Suggested Needle Size: 9mm (US 13)
- Gauge: 10 sts x 14 rows = 4″
- Care: Hand Wash Cold. Dry Flat. Do not bleach, iron or dry clean.
- Other Yarn Weights Available?: Yes! The Eco Cozy line has a solid-coloured set of yarns that are a bulky (5) weight yarn available on the Michaels Website.
Check out the video version of this yarn review:
I recently went to my local Michaels store and found that they have started to receive and display some of the spring 2022 yarn lines. There were only a few new yarns available and the one that interested me most was Loops & Threads Eco Cozy Watercolors so I bought 2 balls of the Violet Blooms colourway and brought them home to test them out.
What Does Eco Cozy Watercolors Look Like In Crochet Stitches?
I did a crochet swatch using a 9mm Furls Streamline crochet hook with this yarn and started my swatch with a few rows of single crochet stitches, followed by some half double crochet and double crochet rows. As I crocheted, I noticed that the colour changes in the yarn were very short so I decided to add some tunisian crochet knit stitches at the top of my swatch.
Due to the short colour changes, I found that I had stitches in my swatch that were made of 2 different colours. This was particularly noticeable the taller my stitches got. The result looked a little messy to me. This could by using planned pooling and paying attention to when the yarn changes colours.
I feel that yarns with short colour changes like this lend themselves better to shorter stitches like single crochet or knit stitches. The tunisian knit stitch section of my swatches had the cleanest colour transitions and looked the tidiest to me so I will likely use my Eco Cozy Watercolors to create a project with the knit stitch.
What Is Eco Cozy Watercolors Like to Crochet With?
Crocheting with Eco Cozy was enjoyable. It slid off the hook with ease and was generally not a problem to work with. There were some issues with splitting due to the fact that sections of the yarn had lost its twist. It happened every few rows so it wasn’t a huge problem.
Things to Keep In Mind About This Yarn
- Pilling: This is a roving style yarn and has a bit of a halo (aka fuzzieness). This yarn may have a tendency to pill over time. When caring for items made with this yarn, make sure that you don’t agitate the fabric or rub it together as this will promote additional pilling.
- Do a Gauge Swatch: This yarn is labelled as a super bulky weight yarn but feels closer to a size 5, bulky so make sure you take the time to do a gauge swatch.
- Try It With Planned Pooling: A yarn like this would be perfect for a planned pooling project. Check out this planned pooling tutorial to learn more about how to do it.
Caring for Projects Made With This Yarn:
- Since this yarn is handwash only. I wouldn’t recommend it for baby projects. New moms usually won’t have time to handwash something a million times.
- Projects need to be laid flat to dry
- If blocking, wet block or lightly steam block. If you do steam block, take care not to get too close to your fabric to avoid damaging it. If you overheat your project or touch it with something hot, you run the risk of ruining your fabric and yarn.
Loops and Threads Eco Cozy Yarn Crochet Patterns
At the time that I’m writing this, the yarn is so new that there are no patterns designed specifically with this yarn yet. However, I have compiled a list of free patterns below that could work with this yarn:
As patterns become available by other designers, they will be able to be found on the yarn pattern page on Ravelry.
Overall, I think it’s really cool that makers are able to find recycled eco yarns now at big box stores like Michaels. Working with Eco Cozy Watercolors was enjoyable but it didn’t knock my socks off so I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy more in the future.
Have you worked with Eco Cozy Watercolors? I’d love to hear your experience working with this yarn. What did you think about working with it? What did you make?
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