Ice Yarns Limited Edition Pastel Cotton Yarn Review
This yarn is a limited edition spring/summer yarn from Ice Yarns. It's a 50% cotton, 50% acrylic blend of yarn that works great for summer items. So far I have made several tops, a summer dress for my little pup, and a few bras with this yarn. The website says its a weight 4, but it is a chain-woven yarn, so it's a bit thicker than your average weight 4 yarn. Unless your pattern calls specifically for chain-woven, it may be a tad hard to get the pattern correct without some tweaking. I am affiliated with this website, but I am not sponsored to write this in any way, so my opinions on the yarn are completely my own. At the bottom of this article I will link to the patterns I currently have available for this yarn.
- This is a really good yarn for those living in hotter areas, or for the summer months if you live in northern Minnesota like I do. It's amazingly breathable, and the chain-woven blend makes my crochet stitches look tighter, so it covers everything if you're making garments from it.
- It is decently soft, not amazingly—somewhere in between Red Heart Super Saver and Caron Simple Soft. I'm putting this in the pros list because it is very comfortable as a wearable yarn and doesn't irritate my skin in any way.
- It has a good color selection—while supplies last, because, as listed above, this is a limited edition yarn. All color blends are on more of the pastel level because of the white strand used as the chain weaving.
- The cotton acrylic blend makes the stitches have good retention. When I work with 100% cotton yarn, the stitches have a tendency to stretch and not snap back to their original shape. This makes garments made last longer than normal cotton while still being breathable, and your garments will last a long time.
- It's very affordable: it comes in packs of 8, and each ball is about 87 cents. This makes each package cost between $5 and $8, depending if you buy it during the sales. One shirt uses between 4-5 balls, so each package can make several garments, depending on the size of your clothing.
- Some areas of the yarn are a tad bit thicker than others, making uniform stitches hard with the puffy areas, especially when making garments. You occasionally have to alter your tension to make up for it.
- The chain weaving can be a little loose in some areas, making it easy to snag your yarn while working. However, some stretching can fix the snags, so it's not terrible.
- It's listed as a weight 4, but the chain weaving makes it a bit thicker than your average weight 4 yarn. This makes it hard to follow patterns that use a weight 4 or a weight 5 yarn if they are meant to end up a specific size.
- Occasional knots. As I have been working with it I've found 1-2 balls per package that have the occasional knots in them. It's not all balls, so it's not super bad, but knots can be annoying. Out of all the yarns I've ordered off of this website, it is the only blend that I have found knots in.
Conclusion and ratings
Overall: I would give it a 7/10. The knots are the downside that gets to me the most, and without those I would honestly give it a 9/10.
Softness: I would give a 6/10. Definitely softer than most yarns, especially for the price given.
Price: 10/10. I can make 2 garments for about $10 after I pay shipping. I can barely get clothes that cheap at Walmart, and all of these are custom-fit.
Stretch: I would give it about a 7/10. It doesn't have a whole lot of give, but it definitely gives more than your average cotton yarns. This matters to me because I make garments, and most are made to be form-fitting. So being able to stretch to my body is a huge plus, and I haven't ran into many problems with it.
Color Selection: 5/10. It has a beautiful array, and even with selling out, it has over 10 colors available. They all are on the pastel spectrum, however: so those wanting darker colors don't have too many options. The picture at the beginning of this article is one of the darkest blends I've found so far.
I personally love this yarn. The pros seriously outweigh the cons, in my opinion, and I have ordered many packages of this personally. I hope to get more for myself before they sell out, and I do recommend this yarn.
Patterns With Pastel Cotton
- Tantalizing Lace Crochet Crop Top
Simple and sexy crochet crop top to accentuate anyone's summer wardrobe. This pattern fits great and has instructions listed for how to size it up or down to fit your individual body type.