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Knit Picks Brava Bulky

Acrylic that Doesn't Feel Like it


Knit Picks Brava Bulky

Knit Picks Brava Bulky.

© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

There are a lot of great things about acrylic yarn -- it's washable, non-alergenic, hard-wearing. But sometimes all that durability, and the fact that it's made out of petroleum, can lead to a yarn that doesn't feel like anything you want to work with or wear.

Not so with Knit Picks Brava. This 100 percent acrylic that comes in three weights is a nice feeling yarn that's also a pleasure to work with. It would be great for kids' garments, home decor and more.

About the Yarn

  • Content: 100 percent acrylic
  • Yarn weight: bulky
  • Gauge: ball band says 3-3.75 stitches per inch on size 10 to 11 US needles (6-8 mm); I got 12 stitches and 13 rows per 4 inches, or 3 stitches and 3.5 rows per inch, on size 10.5 needles (6.5 mm)
  • Yardage: 136 yards per 100 gram skein
  • Color availability: 20 solids
  • Color used in swatch: Umber Heather
  • Care instructions: machine wash, tumble dry low


Brava Bulky is a really nice yarn. It gave me no trouble at all. I cast on for a generous swatch and, of course, this being a bulky yarn, it knit up to more than 4 inches in no time. I almost didn't notice the knitting, that's how easy this yarn was to work with. This yarn would be a great choice for last-minute gift knitting for someone you don't want to give hand-washable items to.

The stitches came out so straight and even and the swatch is so flat that it's almost hard to believe. I didn't have any trouble with splitting stitches or any other issues with this yarn at all.

The yarn is soft both in the knitting and in the swatch, and it doesn't curl considerably in Stockinette. A quick wash dealt with most of the curling I was experiencing.

On 10.5 needles I got a nice fabric that's full but not firm and has decent drape for a bulky yarn.

Uses for Brava Bulky

Because this yarn makes such crisp, flat stitches, the first thing I thought of when knitting with this yarn is that it would be great for stranded knitting or other colorwork projects. The colors would pop nicely and bring some interest to what is otherwise a somewhat nondescript (in a good way, if that's possible) yarn.

I worked my Bulky Knee Socks in a yarn that has to be hand-washed; using something like Brava would make a lot more sense because you'd still get a lot of warmth but in a machine washable form.

Another great pattern on the site that would be nice worked in this yarn is the Bear Hug Sweater, because this yarn would show off the texture of that pattern nicely.

Really you could use this yarn for a wide range of projects, from kids' sweaters to a nice big throw for the back of the couch.

Bottom Line

Like other Knit Picks yarns, Brava Bulky provides a good yarn and a generous yardage at a good price. As of this writing a skein retailed for $2.99, meaning you could knit those socks for about 6 bucks. Even the biggest of the sizes for the sweater would run you just over $20.

No matter what you decide to knit out of this bulky beauty, you're sure to enjoy how fast your work will appear before you, how nice the yarn feels on and off the needles and how well your project wears into the future.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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