Yarn Review: Red Heart Hygge

As a crocheter, I’ve generally played it pretty safe with my yarn choices, opting for the yarn suggested in a pattern, or going with an old faithful for writing patterns of my own. In the name of The Year of Challenge, which you can read about here, I’m now trying to try new and different yarns, especially where design is concerned. First on my list? Red Heart Hygge, a soft, bulky, fluffy yarn.

As a crocheter, I’ve generally played it pretty safe with my yarn choices, opting for the yarn suggested in a pattern, or going with an old faithful for writing patterns of my own. In the name of The Year of Challenge, which you can read about here, I’m now trying to try new and different yarns, especially where design is concerned. First on my list? Red Heart Hygge, a soft, bulky, fluffy yarn.

I first noticed Red Heart a few months ago, when wandering my local Michaels. It caught my eye right away because it looked SO SOFT. The colours were beautiful as well (though Michaels Canada has a more limited colour selection than in the USA or through online providers), soft and subtle. It did take a few more trips and some brainstorming on what I would use this yarn for, but in the end, I settled on two balls of Hygge in Latte to design a new teddy bear.

When I started working on my new design with this yarn, the first thing I noticed was how smoothly it moved through my fingers, but not so smooth that it became slippery.
I did have to do a bit of extra weaving to make sure my yarn tails were well anchored because it was so smooth, but for the whole bear it probably added another two minutes of work total to the whole project. I found it very easy to work with, didn’t unravel, and I could crochet quickly. As a bulky yarn that is definitely on the thinner side, I found it easy to work with a 4.0 mm/G hook, though it might be trickier to drop down below that for making amigurumi.

One of my main concerns with using fluffy yarn is being able to see the stitches that I am working into. Not a problem with Hygge! It was easy as pie to see my previous round of stitches, no more challenging than the yarns I use on the regular. Also, unlike some other fluffy yarns, as I worked I didn’t end up with fluff coming off my yarn and ending up all over the place. This is generally my biggest complaint with fluffy yarn. I don’t think I found a single piece of fluff anywhere that it shouldn’t be!

I also really liked the look that this yarn gave the yarn that I made with it. It was fluffy, but you can still see the stitching, which gave it the old fashioned teddy bear aesthetic that I was going for. If you are looking for a super fluffy look where you cannot see the stitching, this won’t do the job, but for my purposes, it was perfect.

Completed Snuggly Bear using Hygge.

While I have not made any with this yarn, I can see it working up well as crocheted or knit hats, scarves, and mitts! It is 70% acrylic and 30% nylon, which is great for those allergic to wool like myself!

While this is certainly a more expensive Red Heart yarn per yard, I think that it is worth the investment! The yarn is beautiful, holds up well, and looks great on amigurumi! It is a soft, smooth bulky yarn, with just enough fluff to make your project look fluffy without sacrificing the ability to see your stitching. I will definitely be purchasing it again!

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