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Crochet Stitches Made With Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

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Crochet Stitches Made With Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

I'm not a fan of Red Heart Super Saver. In fact, I really don't like the yarn at all any more. When I was a kid, I crocheted with the stuff nonstop -- miles and miles and miles of it. I have foggy memories of callouses and abrasions on my hands in the spots where my fingers came in contact with my yarn. As much as I crocheted at the time, that could have happened with any yarn; it isn't something that was unique to RHSS. But, I am sure the roughness of the RHSS did not help the situation.

Since I know that many of you love using the stuff (or at least, your craft supply budget loves it better than, say, cashmere or silk) I've been making an effort to give the Red Heart Super Saver another chance. I still don't like it, but there are things I do like about it. For example, the color palette. Aren't these colors pretty? The color names are "Ranch Red," "Warm Brown," and "Buff." I like 'em.

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November 10, 2010 at 9:05 am
(1) Susan says:

Hate it! The yarn is horrible to work with: hard on the hands, stiff, scratchy and it splits easily so the hook goes through instead of around the strands. I find that Bernat Super Value is not quite as hard on the hands and not always more expensive. Still wouldn’t want to make clothes out of it but like RHSS it has great colours so sometimes for small toys that is what I end up using.

November 10, 2010 at 9:41 am
(2) Amy says:

Susan, thanks for the info.

Now that you mention it, I do remember the yarn being really “splitty” to work with when I was a kid. I haven’t had that problem as much lately, but it really used to be an issue for me.

I don’t think I have tried Bernat Value yet…I will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.

Another good point, about the toys. I know a lot of amigurumi enthusiasts who swear by RHSS. Its texture is apparently well-suited for that, or so I am told.

November 10, 2010 at 9:48 am
(3) Amy says:

One of our readers, Louise in Maple Ridge, just submitted a yarn review of Red Heart Comfort. I thought I’d point it out; since it is a review of a different yarn, it will not show up on the Red Heart Super Saver page I linked to above.

Thanks for the review, Louise!

Thanks also to DeAndrea for submitting a Red Heart Super Saver review as well. I really appreciate it.

-Amy

November 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm
(4) Newlyweds Guide Francesca says:

I’m sorry to hear the yarn is such a pain to work with. But the photo is pretty neat. It gives you a chance to look up close at the detailed work. Very impressive.

November 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm
(5) Juli says:

I dislike working with RHSS because of the scratchiness. I do like the colorways but the texture takes away from that. I prefer Caron Simply Soft or Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn.

November 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm
(6) Susan says:

The colors are nice, though. I especially like that vibrant red!

November 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm
(7) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

You don’t make it sound appealing, so I don’t foresee giving it a try. I’d be more likely to try something soft and not too fuzzy.

November 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm
(8) Susan_Oregon says:

I’m working with it now — I needed 8 colors for the pattern I’m working, and they have to blend nicely. No one else had enough of the colors I needed. The pattern (“Grape Trellis” from Woman’s Day Prize Winning Afghans 1988) has a background of single crochet with appliqued grapes. I made a test square, then washed it warm, applied a large amount of fabric softener to the wet fabric, let it sit for over an hour, then rinsed and dried flat. It really improved the texture for touch-ability — so, love the colors, hate working with the yarn and try to make it better before gifting it.

November 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(9) Jennifer says:

I actualy like Super saver yarn. My budget really likes it. I find so many cool colors to work with, and when using large gauge hooks it seems to solve many of the problems that have been discribed. I tend to use an M sized hook or larger with it and it works well.

November 14, 2010 at 10:10 am
(10) Norma says:

I use it to teach people with so they learn the feel. I agree I like the Caron or Bernat to make items. I also get them to use the warm up america squares so after making 4 single crochet, 4 dbl , etc they have an Afghan they can either donate or keep. I will say I made some summer afghans to keep my feet warm and stand up to dogs and grandkids and the yarn does live up to its durability!

January 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm
(11) Michelle Lopez says:

Just and FYI. Red Heart Super Saver is now made in the USA. The one you are getting for really cheap at some of the big box stores is still the old stock. The USA ones are a bit more but the quality is vastly improved. Its still not even close to my favorite yarn (Alpaca) but its better.

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