Look at these pretty cotton yarns from Three Bears Yarn! I’ve never been so excited to receive samples to review until these came. I am glad to be one of the lucky people who could try these cotton yarns, not to mention how far they came from.
Three Bears Yarn is a company located in Lancashire, England (Yes! That far!). Anthony Green, the founder and director of the company is kind enough to send me some samples for reviews. Their company has started in 2015, but despite that it is a young company, their foundation of quality and innovation rooted from 100 years back! They have been producing high quality dyed yarns that are used by many companies since 1915. This includes several of the world’s biggest companies that makes materials used to make cushion and cover furniture and companies that designs new styles of expensive clothing.
With the combination of experience and latest technology, Three Bear Yarns aims to produce the finest quality of yarns for crochet, knitting and other crafts. Their range of products are designed to suit the needs of crafters from the most conservatives to innovative ones. They are also EN71.3 certified, which means their cotton are safe for toy making, like the ones we make, the amigurumi!
Three Bears Yarn offers worldwide shipping of their yarns. They offer 4-ply, DK, Aran and Chenille all of which are 100% Made in Cotton. They have a range of carefully chosen yarn packs that you can try.
Here are the yarns that they sent me.
First are these yummy Aran (in UK) or Worsted weight (US) yarns, these are medium weight yarns. Though Aran and worsted weight yarns are used interchangeably, they are not the same. As I research on both, US worsted weight yarn is slightly lighter than Aran. So, if you are thinking of substituting Aran made patterns with worsted weight, be careful and check on the pattern gauge to see if you will be getting the same output.
What I learned about Aran is that they are mostly 10-12ply. TBY Aran yarns is made up of 8 x 2/27nm so technically, it is a 16ply but in terms of weight of yarn it is only a 12ply! Confusing as it may seems. UK’s definition of yarn ply is different from the US. In England, the “ply’ is referring to the thickness of a yarn, but in America and other countries the ply is the number of strands of yarn. To know more about the conversion you may check it out here.
The Three Bears Yarn cotton yarns are finely combed cotton which gives the yarn its tightness. It is simply, as I quoted from Anthony’s explanation on the New Metric (number of km that makes 1kg yarn) their cotton yarns is into the finer end of the tolerance. Some brands maybe in the middle, and some other to the thicker side. To know more about numeric yarn weights check out this post.
Regardless of weight or thickness, TBY Aran yarns are soft to touch and not bulky at all. Below are some of the Aran yarn colors I got from the package. I love each and every colors they sent me especially the Shamrock Green!
Recommended hook size for TBY Aran yarn is 5mm as written on the tag. It also includes the gauge on how many stitches per cm does this yarn make. The care instructions are beautifully printed in the product tag to let us know the Do’s and Don’ts. Aran yarns are usually used for wearables like sweater, hats, mittens and even blankets. I have a lot of things going on in mind right now on how I wanted to use these yarns for my projects.
Next are the DK cotton yarn. I never knew DK yarns until I learned that there are different kinds of yarn weight. I only know 2 kinds of yarn in my life which are the 4ply acrylic and the 3ply mercerized cotton yarns. Both are the ones accessible for me when I started crocheting. DK or Double Knitting yarns usually refer to as a light worsted weight yarns. Strand for TBY DK yarns may differ from other DK yarns available. As I explained in the above mentioned, TBY DK are in the finer end of the tolerance which yarns are labelled based on their counts. Having said that, projects you can make with these would definitely make a more define stitches.
Below are the lovely colors of DK yarn they sent me. My favorite on this set are Poppy Red and Mermaid Cove.
Last but not the least, are these fine 4ply yarns. I love the pastel shades of these yarns! They are really soft to touch and the strands are fine but surprisingly strong! I always use 4ply in bulky acrylics, so this would be my first time using a finer 4ply yarn. I can’t wait to turn these lovelies into amis! If you love pastel colors, they have swatches that you can’t resist to try. In this set, my favorites are Gentle Green, Baby Pink and Baby Blue! The colors are really nice pastels of pink, blue and green.
Check out this Aurora Amigurumi project I made using 4ply 100% Cotton yarn from Three Bears Yarn!
You can check out their website for more information about the products, which I highly recommend. Also, they are offering a 18 x 50g yarn balls pack, with a variety of colour-way to choose from. And by the way, you can customize any available colors you want by emailing them which I think is awesome! They also give 15% Discount for the celebration of this coming Spring! Just use the code: “SPRING” on check out. Click here to know more about this offer.
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