Country Roads Baby Blanket + Yarn Review

Yarn Bee Comfy Classic Yarn

Loudly Sings “WEST VIRGINIA…MOUNTAIN MAMA…”

Holy Moly, it feels like it has been forever since I have been able to post a pattern, or say anything yarn related really. Actually, it has only been a month. But it was the LONGEST MONTH EVER! This month was the start of Online Schooling, and as a middle school teacher and mother of a 4th grader, the last four weeks have been rough. My lesson plans for the second week looked like something from the middle of the year!

These are just the quick notes with assignments!!!

However in the midst of all the craziness, my principal sent out an email that one of our teachers is about to have a baby! And as any yarn enthusiast can attest, it doesn’t matter how busy you are, when someone is having a baby, you get to work. So that is just what I did. I had about four balls of Comfy Classic from Yarn Bee in my stash, but just to be safe I decided to see if I could find a couple more, and maybe in a contrast color. I really liked the squishy feel of the yarn. It seemed durable, and it is machine washable, which ticks most of my baby blanket boxes. it was just my luck that the day I went to grab “just 2-3 more” was a 30% off yarn day. So I bought may have bought all they had in every color.

Review Time:

Yarn bee Comfy Classic is a size 4 worsted weight yarn. You can find it at Hobby Lobby, or the link here. There are a lot of things to like about this yarn. It is really soft, and I can not express how wonderfully squishy it is! It is a combination of Viscose, Polyester & Nylon, so there is a decent amount os stretch to the yarn. When I say ‘decent amount’ that might even be an under statement. This yarn is STRETCHY. it is because of that stretchiness that I ran into a couple of problems. The first, the most minor of issues, is that the yarn can’t be wound into a cake.

Normally I don’t bother winding yarn that comes in a center pull, but after my second skein of trying to access the center pull, only to find nothing but a tangle of yarn barf, I decided to bust out the yarn winder to try and save myself some hassle. Unfortunately, all this did was cause a new issue. Because of the super stretch in the yarn, there is no tension for the winder to keep pulling. this just left me with a tangly, slippy cake that wasn’t very helpful. Down side, I had to ball the yarn. Plus side, I got to use the new yarn bowl my hubby 3D printed for me. Because of this stretch though, I think this yarn would be great for wearables like a sweater or cardigan.

The stretch caused another issue for me. The final blanket shown in the post was NOT the original pattern. At first I wanted to make a Moss Stitch Granny Square in gold with an extra wide navy boarder. The problem with that is, when doing a Moss Stitch Granny Square you have to work in a continuous round, which naturally causes warping, but add that to a stretchy yarn, and you end up with a puckery mess that no amount of blocking can fix. I do really like the stitch definition that this yarn has in Moss Stitch though, and I may use some of the extra I bought to make a patter that works.

This is not a yarn that can be used for every project. And if you are the type of crocheter that works really tight, I may recommend that you avoid it all together. However, I do really, really love how my final project turned out, and I enjoyed the time is spent working with this yarn. It is fun and cozy, and even without the sales price ($3.99/150 yards), it is a great option for larger projects. If you would like to give this yarn a try, keep scrolling and check out my newest pattern, the Country Roads Baby Blanket.

Country Roads Baby Blanket

What you need

  • 6 Yarn Bee Comfy Classic in Gold
  • 2 Yarn Bee Comfy Classic in Navy
  • 6 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Special Stitches

SC: Single Crochet
FDHDC: Foundation Half Double Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
Cross (X) Stitch: Skip stitch, DC in next, go back and DC in the skipped stitch
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet: YO and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the stitch before the one you want to work and the one you want from front to back, then from back to front between the working stitch and the next one. Complete your DC as normal
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet: Done the same way as FPDC, except you insert your hook from back to front instead.

Pattern

Start with 110 FDHDC.

You can replace the FDHDC with a starting chain of 112, and HDC across starting in the 3rd chain from the hook

Row 1: Ch 2, DC in first stitch (turning chains do not count as stitches in this pattern. Do not skip the first stitch) Cross (X) Stitch across to last stitch. DC in last Stitch. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: HDC Across

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 34 times or until blanket measures 29″ (74 cm). Make sure you end with Row 2.

Cut Gold yarn and pull through

Boarder

Attach Navy yarn. Ch 2 and Dc across

Row 1: Ch 2 and DC in first stitch. FPDC in next 9. *10 BPDC, 10 FPDC* Rpt ** to last 20 stitches. 10 BPDC, 9 FPDC, DC in last stitch

Row 2: Ch 2 and DC in first stitch. BPDC in next 9. *10 FPDC, 10 BPDC* Rpt ** to last 20 stitches. 10 FPDC, 9 BPDC, DC in last stitch

Rpt Rows 1 and 2 4 more times. You should have 9 rows total 8 pattern rows, plus starting DC row.

Row 10: Ch 1, SC across

Cut yarn, pull through, and repeat Boarder on other end of blanket.

Finishing

Weave in all ends and use your preferred method of blocking. Enjoy the snuggly goodness!

Don’t forget to post pictures of your finished projects and tag @MangoYarns so I can see your fabulous work!

This pattern and post contents are the property of MangoYarns and its designer. Distributing, publishing, or reprinting of this material is not permitted. Copyright 2020

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