What's up with Homespun?

Personally, I liked homespun, when I made my first afghan, and the only reason I don’t have it anymore was because it was my first afghan, I had cut off all the loose ends, instead of weaving them, and then washed it. it came apart in a hurry. However, I liked the texture, and the colors. And if I ever come back to a project that I like that I want to use it in, I’ll use it again.

I bought Homespun to make myself a sweater. Beautiful purply blue colour! And so soft. AND it didn’t feel itchy! Well, I did struggle through the back, changing needles to see if any would make the yarn move. Nope. I found the yarn so sticky that I hated knitting with it. It was laborious, and this simple sweater should have been done quickly. The dog loves the back piece. It’s in his crate. :lol: I won’t use it again, because I like yarn to move! samm
p.s. I did try again to finish the sweater, before I gave the back to the dog. Second time round I decided it wasn’t worth the time and aggravation. Oh well.

My experience with Homespun has been mixed. I made a customer a scarf using Homespun with fun fur & she mentioned to me that the scarf shed on her wool coat. That is my biggest complaint about this yarn…I also agree with the variety of shades Lion brand offers with regard to this yarn & therefore making it appealing to use. I also made an adorable poncho using Homespun…I would not wear anything that might cause the yarn to shed.
This yarn can be very frustrating to use & wear! Of course this is just my opinion:pray:

Thanks for this thread! I’ve been wondering the same thing for awhile, but didn’t think to ask! :rollingeyes:

I made a shawl with it and although it was tricky to work with and the yarn seemed to split a lot, the shawl came out so cuddly soft! So I guess it’s a trade-off.

I can’t handle Homespun. I thought it looked soft and fluffy and who doesn’t want that? It was a nightmare. I never even finished the scarf I was working on. Now that I’ve used quality yarns (which, again, don’t have to be expensive), I don’t think I could go back to it. It’s not that it’s acrylic - even though I use primarily wool and/or alpaca, I admit there are some nice acrylics out there - it’s that it’s BAD acrylic. It has an almost soapy feel to it, to my hand, and it sticks to itself in ways I can’t begin to explain. And many of the skeins I’ve tried had tangles inside and so I spent countless hours in a futile attempt to wrangle the stuff. All in all, I just didn’t find it to be worth the hassle.

I have used it for a 6 year old boys sweater, a afghan and various hats, scarves. It does help to knit looser that usual so it glides nicely. I really love the way it feels, it keeps its silkyness nicly. My sons sweater has been washed a TON of times and I’ve never had it shed or turn into a stiff ukky thing. It is still a soft snuggly sweater. I have knit with it on bamboo metal and mylon, and I only disliked the metal, because I was knitting on dpns and they fell out more than the bamboo. I have never had any trouble with “bunching” So, the thing to do is get 1 skein and do a scarf or something just to see if you like it. :thumbsup: Oh, stay away from the non Lion brand stuff that looks like it…(joanns??)… Ecckkky… One touch was enough for me.

One thing that I have found with ANY yarn is it’s a personal thing. Some don’t like wool AT ALL, some are allergic to it or different animal yarns. I have used it several times and it’s been great for what I was making…

I wouldn’t use it for a stitch pattern, but for a garter stitch scarf or blanket I think it’s great…

It’s kinda like knitting needles… I CAN’T stand plastic AT ALL… I prefer metal but not quicksilver or nickel plated… wood is ok, just not my first choice… But there are A LOT of others that LOVE plastic…

I agree to get one skien (they are cheap) and try it. It you like it great! You have another type of yarn to choose from, if not then you didn’t spend a lot on it and you can go into it knowing that you may or may not like it and don’t have to put a lot of time into it…

I made my DD a capelet out of it and at that time I was knitting english. Hated the yarn; it kept worming and was generally awful. But I received 2 skeins of it in a barn red color that I just loved and decided to knit myself a shawl. I was continental knitting by this time and had no worming problems at all. And although it is acrylic, it is cozy and soft and I’ve never had a shedding problem. Tho’ since I use the shawl a lot, it gets washed a lot and maybe the excess fibers have gone down the drain. I wouldn’t use it for much, but I did have two exact opposite experiences. I thought that was strange. And you have to crochet fringe on it, cuz regular fringe does ravel.

Such lovely colors, such icky yarn. Like Hildegard, I was seduced by its looks and betrayed by its character. (There’s a lesson there somewhere.) People have been complaining about it for ages; I wish Lion Brand would reformulate it to improve its knitting qualities – but keep the colors.

Too bad, because a lot of their yarns, some synthetics and blends included, are pleasant to look at and nice to knit with.

colors are beautiful, but my needles kept getting stuck in the loopies. won’t use it again.

I’ve found that I can’t even knit with it using my usual Continental method. I have to switch to English, which, if you know me, is a big NO. So, I’m afraid I have to say I hate it.

I actually like Homespun, BUT for very specific reasons. I love it for afgans that are gonna get used a lot! I have made several through the years, and they are still lovely, many washes later.

When I use Homespun, I only knit with two strands on big needles or hooks. Anytime that I have tried to use a single strand or smaller needles, the material produced just doesn’t feel right.

Again, as many have said, this yarn is not typically appropriate for patterns to show-off the stitch pattern, as you simply won’t see it with Homespun, but for simple patterns it makes the coziest, snuggly afghans.


I’ve used Homespun for a baby blanket and for a prayer shawl.

GARTER STITCH ONLY is what I’ve decided for that yarn. Anything else is a waste of time, because you can’t see the stitch definition at all.

But, after those two items, I was THROUGH with Homespun. I gave it all to the Prayer Shawl ministry at my church. They can [U]have[/U] it!

If I make another prayer shawl, it will be with worsted or sportweight yarn. I think I would enjoy knitting one that way.

Homespun was the first yarn I bought in large enough quantity for a sweater project, I was planning on the hoodie on the label. At the time, I thought it was really pretty, and I loved the texture because I thought it would make the knitting look “fancier” :rofling:

I started a child’s jumper instead, and after doing left armhole shaping on (ummm) both sides, I scrapped it and had 4 skeins of homespun sitting around for 2 years. Its still in a bag to get donated to the local soup kitchen (they do a knitting group around the year and give their projects as gifts to the people who use their services). I have to get down there and donate it at some point.

I hated the fluff of it, and after a little while, I hated the way it felt in between my fingers. It was the purply indigo color though, I saw a poppy colored scarf in Homespun that a newbie did last winter and thought it looked REALLY pretty, so no, I don’t really know what’s up with homespun.:??

ew ew ew. They should discontinue this yarn. I can’t even think about it. I hate the feel of it so much it actually makes me naseous when i touch it. I crocheted one afghan out of it for my mom, and stopped before the length was where I wanted because I hated it so much. It actually completely turned me off to novelty yarns. Since, I always always knit with yarns that are smooth and use more complicated stitch patterns rather than stuff like fun fur. So I guess you could say it shaped my knitting style a bit. But it should still all be burnt.

I started a hooded pullover in the Homespun yarn (the free LB pattern) and I hated the loopiness of the yarn. I thought it was annoying to work with. Will never use homespun again.

(Didn’t even finish the sweater but I can’t blame THAT entirely on the homespun as there are many non-Homespun sweaters I have not finished, too… :blush:)

Once upon a time, a yarn monster happened upon me and vomited in my lap. This was extraordinary and magical vomit, however: it was called Homespun.

As I knitted with it, it squeaked, resisted sliding up my needles, and generally felt disgusting and vomit-y. Even worse, the working yarn bunched into a horrific wormlike creature and I spent most of my time trying to smooth it out.

I swore to never use it again, no matter WHAT pretty colors this yarn monster could vomit. Yet somehow, the resulting scarf that I was creating (GS, size 10.5) was absolutely beautiful (and machine washable).

I’ve heard it’s better to use it on big needles for afghans and such…but I’m not sure I can take it.

I don’t like Homespun because the yarn splits so badly, but I made a sweater for my grandson (see pic)for Christmas year before last with Homespun and he has practically worn it out. He is 7 and told me “the girls at his school love it!” :lol: It has lovely colors and shading, but isn’t a very soft knit and like I said it does want to split on you a lot. I would go for it as it can make a lovely item.

Is that a basketweave stitch, nonny? I used it in some scarves doing k6, p6 for 6 rows then p6, k6 for 6 rows and repeat. On sizes 11 and 13. Came out pretty nice.