Photo from Tahki Stacy Charles website.
This week’s yarn review is of a really unique yarn called Fern Loop-d-Loop that was created by Teva Durham for Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc. Loop-d-loop is a collection of different types of yarn by Teva Durham. Fern is, according to the website, a “lightweight, lacy, wool-blend woven tape yarn”. It looks and feels a lot like a lace ribbon.
Basics of this Yarn
This yarn is a 70% wool, 30% nylon yarn. A 50 gram ball of it equals about eighty yards. This is a machine washable yarn, which surprised me. Awesome.
I purchased two balls each of two different colors of this yarn – Dove Grey and Black. They were on sale when I purchased them (from a store in Tucson when I was visiting this summer). It looks like the black may now be discontinued because there are currently only five colors shown on the Tahki Stacy Charles site:
I would love to work with the blue. And I bet that the rose is pretty. These are solid colors, which makes perfect sense because the detail of the yarn itself would not stand out as much with a variegated hue. I’ve only worked with my grey so far but look forward to trying out the black soon.
The Feel of this Yarn
This yarn basically feels like lace ribbon. If you went to the store and purchased lace ribbon trim to add to a home decor object, it would feel a lot like this, although this may be a bit softer than traditional ribbon.
How I Am Using this Yarn
I had no idea what to do with this yarn when I decided I wanted to start playing with it. I couldn’t find many projects online that were worked using it. The ones that I found were made by Teva Durham (which makes sense, since she made the fiber) but they were knitted, not crocheted. There is no hook information on the yarn label so I figured it was mostly designed for knitting, not that that’s ever stopped me before (see my review of KnitCol yarn!) I’ve actually seen on the website now that there’s a hook recommendation of size M / N, which makes sense since the ribbon is about half an inch thick. However, I actually used an H hook … it would be interesting to try it with the larger hook, too.
Since I wasn’t quite sure how to use this yarn, I tried two different approaches that produced radically different results. First I tried creating an open mesh design using triple crochet with spaces between. I thought that the tall stitch and the open spaces would show off the quality of the yarn.
I thought that the result was kind of interesting. However, it was really stiff and structural. In fact, because of the color and the stiffness, it reminded me a bit of a chain link fence. That was fun, actually, because it made me think of a yarnbombing piece I like with flowers woven between the fence links so I’m going to add some more flowers to this to represent that. I like the piece well enough but I just felt like it was fairly stiff for a wearable piece.
The second approach to using this yarn was to work it with Lover’s Knots. I thought that might make it more drapey and show off the stitches better and it turned out that it was true:
The scarf there is wrapped around a sculpture made by my friend Anna. I think you can tell that it’s much softer than the first scarf. I really like the plush and luxurious feel of the scarf, actually, and think that lover’s knots might be the ideal way to work this particular yarn. The way that you draw up long stitches allows the yarn to just be itself.
CONCLUSION: I am looking forward to playing around more with this unique yarn!