Red Heart has changed dramatically over the years. Recent additions to their yarns proves this point. While their Super Saver acrylic is still around, they have expanded their products. Today’s acrylics are softer and they come in a wide variety of colors, style and weight of yarn.
In the super bulky category, Red Heart Boutique had an offering made out of chenille with large faux fur pom-poms attached to the yarn. It is called Chic, and the yarn is a mixture of polyester and modacrylic. The yarn has a soft spongy texture which tends to grip the needle. Dropped stitches due to the yarn sliding off of the needles is not a concern. Instead, there is a bit of difficulty in getting the yarn to glide smoothly along the needle. Another minor challenge is knitting the pom-poms on the right side of the fabric. Getting them in place is easy, not adding extra stitches when anchoring them can be an issue. Counting your stitches in the rows with the pom-poms is highly recommended.
There is a one skein project available on their website, with a video on how to work with the yarn on the lower portion of the page. The recommended needle size is US 15 (10mm) with a gauge of 8 stitches and 12 rows equaling a 4×4 inch square.
This soft yarn makes a fabric with a nice drape. The resulting scarf is warm with interesting texture and dimension due to the pom-poms and the mix of chenille yarn with faux fur. Is this a good yarn for a beginner project? Yes, it is a good yarn for a beginner, however, it might be better to use it on a second or third project, not for your first one. While the scarf works up quickly, it is not an easy care yarn. It requires hand washing and laying flat to dry or taking it to a dry cleaner.
Another member of the Red Heart super bulky family of yarns is their Light and Lofty. This one is a textured acrylic with a silky feel and unlike Chic, it easily moves from one needle to the other. Bamboo needles are better when working with Light and Lofty to help prevent dropped stitches. Some knitters may have a tendency to pet this yarn while working with it. Try not to because that creates patchy areas where the yarn bunches up in the project.
One of the featured patterns on their website for this yarn uses two skeins to make up a warm and feminine looking wrap. Like the scarf with Chic, it is made on US 15 (10mm) needles and also has a gauge of 8 stitches and 12 rows equal a 4×4 square. It is wider and longer than the scarf made with Chic. There are few more stitch variations in the pattern making it a nice one for a beginner to learn how to do increases and decreases to create an open fabric. Light and Lofty is an easy care fabric. Items made with Light and Lofty can be washed and dried in machines or sent to a dry cleaner as needed.