Before I saw this yarn for real I already knew I will love it. Because mix wool yarns are among my favourite (together with pure cotton). This yarn is 50% merino wool, 25 % micro and 25% acryl. And according to laundry label it is machine washable (at 30 degrees) which makes it perfect choice for almost every project: home accessories, clothes for adults and kids… I would use it also for bags and even amigurumi.
Merino Soft comes in balls of 50g and its yardage is 105 m. So you may purchase exact amount of yarn you need with no worries that lots of it will be buried in your stash as leftovers.
Producer recommends needles size 4-5, but no hook is mentioned. I guess the most appropriate hook would be 4 mm (G) but I’ve also tried a smaller one – 3.25 mm (D) and it worked with the yarn just fine. I think the hook choice will mostly depend on your own style of crochet and your usual gauge. I am a rather tight crocheter.
There is a nice surprise for those of you who prefer to start crocheting with the inner yarn tail (hidden inside the ball). Merino Soft has these tails marked with the labels “easy start”. I tried to pull this tail out of the ball and it works good. But I personally prefer to use the outer tail to crochet.
Merino Soft is the most educative yarn I’ve ever seen. Why? Because every of its 54 shades is named after one of the world famous painters in the histoty of art! You can choose shades either by the colors you like or by your favourite artists. Here is the full color chart. Just pick your shades and create your own masterpiece :)
For my project I chose the yarns without paying attention to the artist it is associated with. But when I got the package today I became very curious to check which styles and epochs I will work with.
So I have:
624 – Renoir. A French artist and leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
625 – Kandinsky. Russian painter and art theorist who is credited with creating one of the first purely abstract works.
609 – Rembrandt. One of the greatest and most famous painters in European art and the most important in Dutch history.
And… 607 – Braque. This name was new to me… I am ashamed but it’s never late to learn, right? So I searched for the information and found out that Georges Braque was major French painter of 20th century!! He is also known as collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. He played an important role in development of Cubism.
I don’t really know if the shades of yarn were associated with certain artists randomly or not. But it seems like Scheepjes team worked very hard on this as yarn shades match the paintings pretty well, don’t they?
Here is a sample I made a few minutes later after I opened the package (are you like me? Getting very excited about new yarn and not able to wait even a second to try it?!). Merino Soft is very (very!) soft, indeed. The stitches are neat and lying nicely. The yarn is easily sliding on the hook, and I would say it is sliding between the fingers as well. So you should be very careful with the gauge, as there is a big chance you can get a looser fabric that you actually wanted. I was afraid the yarn will be splitting as wrapping is not very strong. But surprisingly it doesn’t split at all…
I will start to work on my project today and no, I will not tell you yet what it will be ;-) Let's keep it a secret for a while. I can only say it will be something nice (I hope) to warm you up in autumn. And in a meanwhile you can check Merino Soft yarn via Deramores* and Wool Warehouse* (both retailers ship internationally), Paradise Fibers* (US), or in you local stores.
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*Disclosure: Scheepjes provided me with Merino Soft yarn to write this review and crochet my new project. The opinions I shared about using it are my own and are not influenced by Scheepjes in any way. This post contains affiliate links. I may be compensated for any purchases made through these links.