Yarn – Bernat Mosaic in Medusa
Blogger – MichelleCrochets
Did I mention I'm sensitive to animal fibers? Not allergic, just sensitive. Acrylic yarns - along with plant fiber yarns - are what I use as often as I can. I was going to use this week's post to talk about my progress on my Scalloped Edge Cardigan, but I thought I'd take a minute and talk about the Bernat Mosaic yarn itself - it is so new, I'm sure those of you who haven't tried it or found it in a store near you are wondering about it.
The colorways are beautiful. The Medusa colorway is the one I'm using for this project. I don't honestly think my pictures do it justice - hopefully my words will. The colors flow from a deep eggplant purple to dark dusty lavender, from dusty rose to the color of a ripe peach, followed by a magenta that melds nicely with an olive green, and the balance of the skein is an autumnal yellow that ends in a burnt orangey red. Each color has an exceptionally long repeat - one color in the stitch pattern nearly extends the width of the cardigan. Since this is a crocheted stitch pattern, that is saying quite a lot about how long that repeat really is.
Taking the color out of the mix, what is the yarn itself like? Each skein was a little different. The first one had a few sections of yarn that were fairly thick - near to an Aran weight - but many more sections that were tightly spun into a ropey sport weight. The second skein had the opposite - many sections of the bulkier, very few of the more tightly spun. I haven't broken open the third one yet, so I'll be interested to experience other variations.
Now for the feel. Holding the skein in my hand, it felt soft - not unlike a nice wool, but not as soft as merino. Once I started to work with it, it did seem a bit scratchier than that first feel suggested. According to the folks at Bernat, the yarn was spun specifically to mimic the feel of wool, but with the easy care of acrylic. Comparing it to other acrylic yarns, I would say it is a bit rougher than the Bernat Satin, but in the same vein. I haven't steam blocked my swatches though I expect the yarn will soften as it often does when met with a bit of heat. I believe acrylic aficionados will be pleased with it.
Next week's post will deal with the challenge of using a variegated yarn with long repeats in a garment that has sections. Oh boy!