Lion Brand's Lion Wool is probably one of the first wool yarns most new knitters are exposed to. Available almost any mass-market place where yarn is sold, it's a ubiquitous basic but one that's well liked for its good quality and dependability.
With a good range of colors and a great felting ability, you might just make this yarn one of your go-to basics for knitting with wool.
- Content: 100 percent wool
- Yarn weight: Medium
- Gauge: Ball band says 16 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches on size 8 U.S. knitting needles; I got 16 stitches and 21 rows per 4 inches on size 8s.
- Yardage: 158 yards per 3 ounce (85 gram) ball
- Color availability: 17 solids and 4 multis
- Color used in swatch: 149 (Pearl Gray)
- Care instructions: Hand wash in cool or warm water, lie flat to dry. No bleach or iron.
Lion Brand Lion Wool may have been the first wool yarn I picked up when I started knitting again after college, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who was sucked into the world of wool through the good graces of this hard-working staple. The yarn is available all sorts of places, in a wide range of colors, but that doesn't mean you should pass it by for being too mass market.
Sometimes I find the yarn just a little scratchy, but it's not unwearable even close to the skin. It knits up quickly and easily on decent sized needles, making it a good choice for new knitters who need a forgiving yarn.
The stitches are nice and even and the good stitch definition makes this yarn a good choice for textured knitting, while the range of colors is ideal for colorwork. Even just simple stripes look great in this yarn.
It curls a fair bit in Stockinette Stitch, but most of it blocked out. The yarn has a distinctly sheepy smell when water hits it, so you might want to pass on this one if you've got a sensitive nose. But it also felts beautifully.
Uses for Lion Brand Lion Wool
Lion Wool is a great choice for simple knit projects for beginners and those with more experience who like a hard working yarn at a good value that they can find no matter where they are.
It's also a beautiful choice for felted projects, particularly those worked in multiple colors. Try this yarn for any wooly project you like, from sweaters and throws to scarves and felted items.
As of this writing, you could get a ball of Lion Wool for about $6. A big, bulky scarf might cost $12 in this yarn, while a school-aged child's sweater would run about $30.
A big benefit of this yarn is that you can find it in all the major craft stores, so when you're somewhere that doesn't have an indie shop and you just need some yarn right now, you're pretty likely to be able to find this one. As mentioned earlier, the fact that it's everywhere shouldn't be a reason to overlook this yarn; if you try it you might like what you see.