Recently, I was sent a couple of cakes of Lion Brand Mandala Tweed from Yarn Canada! I was so excited to try this yarn out and share about my experience here on my blog! Although I was sent this yarn for free, I want you to know that all of my opinions shared about this yarn are my own honest opinions.
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First of all, I want to start off by saying that Yarn Canada is awesome! If you are a fellow Canadian crocheter, you’ll know that our selection of yarn in our stores here is sometimes (or often) underwhelming. I am always seeing fun new yarn (and sweet yarn hauls) shared on social media and, more often than not, we can’t get that yarn in our stores here. Yarn Canada does a great job at offering a variety of yarn to Canadians at an affordable price. Plus they offer free shipping for orders over $55 CAD.
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Yarn Details and Specifications
On the Yarn Canada website, the current price to purchase a cake of this Lion Brand Mandala Tweed yarn for $11.99 CAD. While this may seem a bit steep initially looking at the price, keep in mind this is a large cake of yarn! It is much bigger and compacted than I expected after seeing it online. With one cake, you could easily make a large infinity scarf or a baby blanket. If you are making a larger blanket, two would most likely be more than enough, depending on the stitch you are using.
Here are the specifications on the yarn wrapper. One cake weighs 7oz/200g and includes 658yd/520m of fun colorful yarn! It is machine washable and dryable. The yarn is 100% acrylic. This is labeled as a number 4 worsted-weight yarn, which I’d say is accurate. It does feel a little thicker than regular Mandala yarn, which I find runs on the lighter end of the worsted-weight spectrum.
My Thoughts and Experience with Mandala Tweed Yarn
When I was contacted by Yarn Canada, they let me decide the colorway I wanted them to send me. There are three colorways in Mandala Tweed to choose from and I picked the “Seven” colorway because I love anything with bright colors! The tweed effect in this yarn is created by twisting together two colors of yarn while the yarn is also self-striping. This makes for twice as many colors going on in this yarn than in a regular self-striping yarn. It is pretty awesome!
It took me a little while and some experimenting to decide what to make with this yarn that would display the colors well. I found the variety of colors in a skein to be super exciting, but also a little overwhelming in deciding what to create with it. This yarn would make beautiful blankets, ponchos, cardigans, scarves, and much more. Plus the color changing takes the guess work out of figuring out color changes, matching colors, etc.
I decided on making an infinity scarf using a similar stitch style already on my blog so it could be another colorful, coordinating piece to add to my Criss Cross Stitch Collection of crochet patterns.
Here’s a little look at the scarf that I designed with my cake of Mandala Tweed.
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Overall Review and Recommendation
As for the Mandala Tweed yarn, I really enjoyed working with it! It worked up really smoothly and really didn’t split or catch on my hook at all. My favorite crochet hooks glided through the yarn easily and smoothly! It was also very exciting as each new color combination was coming up in the cake. This created a fun rainbow effect in my crochet project.
If you are hesitant to try out this yarn, I’d recommend you give it a go. Expect lots of color (either bright or muted, depending on the colorway) and a very soft and squishy finished result.
Keep an eye out for the Criss Cross Ridges Scarf crochet pattern coming to the blog very soon!
I hope you enjoyed reading this yarn review! I wish you a wonderful day and happy crocheting!
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