Monday, December 15, 2014

Bernat Blanket Review

I do not consider myself a crafty person typically. But every winter I do find myself sitting and crocheting.  And every year I am able to make at least one item for a gift.  This year, I have made a very exciting discovery.  There is a fairly new line of yarn that has me head-over-heels with crocheting this year.  It is the Bernat Blanket Yarn.

Crocheted Cowl by the author
My first project was a cowl that I made for myself.  I very loosely followed a different pattern I had found on the internet. The good thing about just winging it was that I ended up with a cowl that I love. The bad part is that I can't replicate it exactly since I didn't count stitches or pay close attention to how many rows.  I can tell you that I started with joining a chain in order to make a loop around my neck at what I thought was a desired length.  I completed the second row of single stitch. Then I used rows of double stitch, with one row of decreasing.

My second project was an easy scarf pattern. I am making a gift for a child at the school.  He has asked me to teach him to crochet and since that first lesson he has been busy making gifts for his family members.  I thought he might like to have a scarf of his own. The scarf is 8 single stitches across each row. Easy peasy.  

After I finish his scarf, I think my next project will be a throw or blanket. Perhaps the one featured in the following video. 

This video is a bit long, but excellent in showing a step-by-step blanket pattern with this yarn. It shows steps from start to finish.  Please note, how soft and lush this yarn appears.  It feels even better than it looks. 









Bernat Blanket Yarn, Mallard Wood - photo by Amazon

Bernat blanket yarn can be found at craft stores as well as online.  It is a Gauge 6 - Super Bulky Chenille yarn.  It comes in ball size: 300 g/ 10.5 oz, 201 meters/220 yards. It is machine wash and dry.  When I bought my first ball, it seemed a bit pricey. But I have made two scarves so far, and haven't gotten to the end of that first ball.  


Crochet Hooks for Bulky Yarn - photo by Amazon
I wasn't prepared to crochet with this yarn since it was an impulse purchase. I saw the yarn, touched the yarn, and had to have a ball of it right then.  I didn't have a pattern and I had no plans to crochet that weekend. I knew that I didn't have any hooks that were large enough so  I did purchase a set of crochet hooks for bulky yarn. I'm happy using the N hook.  The size N hook gives me a really nicely sized stitch.  


This Bernat Blanket yarn (and I'm sure I'll try the Bernat Baby Blanket yarn soon) is amazing stuff.  You can bet that my crocheting this season will not end with just these two scarves. If you like to knit or crochet, I urge you to check out this luxurious yarn.

Bernat Blanket Yarn,Vintage White - photo by Amazon
Bernat Blanket Yarn, Silver Steel - photo by Amazon





Written by Dawn Rae
Disclosure: In affiliation with Amazon.com, Dawn Rae is a content writer who may earn compensation from the sale of  Amazon  products.

14 comments:

  1. From one crocheter to another, I know how exciting it is when you discover a fun new project or yarn. Now you've gotten me interested in getting down to the yarn store to check out this Bernat blanket yarn. It looks and sounds wonderful.

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    1. You will have to let me know what you think of it. I just love this yarn.

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  2. What a fabulous discovery! How cool is that?!!! It is exciting to see a new yarn or fabric that calls to us to make something. I haven't seen this yarn, nor have I ever crocheted with an N hook! Now, I simply must have both. Your cowl is beautiful and I do know what you mean about not being able to replicate something because we "improvised" as we went along. Awesome review!

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    1. Oh gosh, it was so cool. You'll have to let me know if you give the yarn or the "N' hook a try.

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  3. This yarn looks awesome. What a neat way to make a nice warm scarf or other garment!

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    1. I wish I was advanced enough to make some kind of shrug or sweater with it. It is so cozy! Thanks for the visit!

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  4. I love the cowl you made, it is beautiful and the colours are gorgeous! That yarn is a wonderful find :)

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    1. They don't offer a lot of colors at this point, but I adore the colors they do offer. It was a wonderful find and I'm still excited about it.

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  5. I love the cowl too! beautiful colors and it looks amazing! Oh yes, I would wear that for sure. I haven't crocheted in years (don't dare start, I'll get hooked and get nothing else done), but you sure are giving me the urge to start it up again! Terrific tip on the wool too, I'll remember that.

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    1. haha Barbara. I understand about not getting anything else done. But I have to say, with this yarn and the big hook, it doesn't take any time at all to do a scarf. My dishes barely had time to pile up. :)

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  6. I love the fact that you taught the child to crochet and he's making gifts with his new craft talent. Bravo for the both of you! Your cowl is lovely and I'm sure it will help keep you warm this winter. I used to crochet all the time, before computers came into my life!

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  7. I saw this yarn at a craft store this week. It seemed so soft and cuddly and I cannot wait to try making a cowl. I knit and I am sure that I will get good results from this Bernat Blanket Yarn.

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  8. this looks gorgeous. another one on my to-do list

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