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Lion Brand Yarn Casey

A Speckled Yarn for Babies

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Lion Brand Casey

Lion Brand Casey is a speckled yarn with a white background.

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

It seems like knitters always have a need for yarns that are good for knitting for babies and kids -- soft, hardwearing and machine washable, as well as cute.

While a yarn that's predominantly white might not be the best choice for messy toddles, Lion Brand Yarn's Casey is a nice, soft, pretty yarn that would be good for baby blankets, summery hats and sweet little dresses for wee ones.

About the Yarn

  • Content: 60 percent rayon from bamboo, 40 percent nylon
  • Yarn weight: light
  • Gauge: ball band says 22 stitches and 30 rows per 4 inches on size 7 US (4.5 mm) knitting needles; I got 17 stitches and 25 rows per 4 inches after blocking
  • Yardage: 125 yards per 50 gram ball
  • Color availability: 7 predominately white colorways with colored spots
  • Color used in swatch: Sorbet Spots
  • Care instructions: machine wash cool, tumble dry low

Knitting

Lion Brand Case is a really easy yarn to use. It's soft, a little silky from the bamboo-derived rayon and a pleasure to knit with.The yarn is mostly white with short runs of different colors running through it. These "spots" are big enough that you'll knit a couple of stitches in the contrast color each time you come to it.

It happened that the swatch I knit up is almost completely made up of dots of light and dark brown, but the colorway I used also has bits of orange, yellow and blue.

Because the individual color repetitions run in somewhat long sections, this yarn might be one to avoid if you're knitting a really small project (like a washcloth or baby booties) because you might not get the full range of colors in your project.

On the other hand, the brown spots on my swatch are a little reminiscent of animal print, which could be fun, too, on the right project.

Whatever you use it for, Casey is very easy to work with, knitting up faster than you might expect a lightweight yarn to and with no splitting (it's a five-ply yarn, and each of those strands is made up of two plies, so there's a lot of potential there). It's really smooth and produces wonderful, even stitches. The yarn has a lot of give and expands considerably when wet, so do any blocking you do with this yarn carefully.

Uses for Casey

As mentioned at the top, this is really a yarn made for baby knits. From a simple slip stitch blanket to a cute hat and sweater set, any summer baby would be happy to have this soft yarn next to their skin.

It would be good for older kids as well (provided they don't get too messy) particularly for tops and cute dresses.

Bottom Line

Lion Brand Casey is a really nice yarn to add to your arsenal for baby and kid knits. The colors are nice without being too cutesy, the fiber is silky smooth, nice to knit with and comfortable to wear.As of this writing Casey retailed for $4.49 a ball, and there are patterns on the Lion Brand website using two balls for a baby sweater and three for a blanket. If you wanted to knit both it would run you about $23, which is an entirely reasonable sum for welcoming a new person to the world.

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

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