Friday, December 9, 2011

Full Circle Bulky Yarn Review

Staccato Beanie
Rating: ***** (5 out of 5 stars)

Knit Picks Full Circle Bulky Yarn
Content: 100% Wool
Weight: Bulky
Yardage: 110 yards (100 meters)
Grams: 100 grams
Care: Hand wash / Dry flat

Knitting Gauge: 3 – 3.75 sts = 1”
Recommended Needle Size: 10/6mm – 11/8mm needles
Crochet Gauge: 8 – 11 sc = 4”
Recommended Hook Size: K – M hooks

Number of Colors: 15
Price: $6.49 / Ball

Available only for a limited time!
Manufacturers Description: “Take part in completing the cycle with Full Circle – a limited edition yarn that is made from recycled fibers! Full Circle is spun from a blend Merino and Highland wool fibers that would have otherwise been discarded. This allows the mill to reduce waste and conserve our valuable resources. A wonderful single ply bulky yarn, Full Circle works up into a dense fabric that is perfect for winter woolens to keep you warm. As with all Special Reserve yarns, Full Circle will only be around for a limited time!”

Full Circle Bulky Review
Loft and substance. Full Circle Bulky is a single ply yarn, so although it’s a bulky weight it has a nice airiness to it. At the same time, it’s not so lofty as to be insubstantial (like thinner yarns that have a generous halo making them knit up at larger gauges). 

Warmth. This yarn is 100% wool. It’s warm and cozy and comfortable. Anything knit in Full Circle Bulky will be nice and toasty.

Single ply yarns have a special place in my heart. The rustic look of them appeals to me, so I was thrilled when the Full Circle yarns came out. (There’s also a Full Circle worsted weight.) My only regret with this yarn line is that it’s a limited edition! 

I love the colors of Full Circle. I wish I could get a skein of each and make a collection of hats! All the colors are heathers, so they have a wonderful depth. They’re also rustic and earthy, even the purples. In the lineup we have 3 blues, 3 greens, brown, tan, grey, black, 2 purples, orange, red, and an orange/red. 

Working With Full Circle Bulky
My first thought was, it knits so easily! I always work with Knit Picks Harmony wood needles and this yarn glides right over them. It made my knitting a real pleasure.

I decided to sit back and knit with this yarn the Friday after Thanksgiving. After the chaos of the holiday I needed a nice quick and easy project. Full Circle Bulky was the perfect choice, since, as I noted above, it’s a very comfortable and comforting yarn. The bulkiness is great for quick knit accessories like hats, chunky mittens, and cowls. I might even consider knitting a sweater in Full Circle Bulky, but I’m not 100% sure about that. Maybe a cardigan and not a pullover. That’s not to imply it’s scratchy and ill suited for next to the skin wear. Not at all. It’s actually quit soft. However, it’s very warm and I think such a warm bulky sweater would have me overheating. Perhaps if you live in a colder climate than Long Island it wouldn’t matter. 

If you like single plies, wool, bulky yarns, and quick projects than Full Circle Bulky Yarn will be a great fit for you. This yarn will only be available for a limited time, so I recommend buying a skein or two or three in your favorite colors as soon as possible.

Fiddle Knits Patterns Using Full Circle Bulky
Staccato Beanie

*Yarn was received complimentary from the manufacturer for test knitting & designing purposes. Reviewer was not paid, contracted, or obligated to review the yarn or product in this review.