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Red Heart Designer Sport


Red Heart Designer Sport

Red Heart Designer Sport.

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Light but Solid:

Red Heart Designer Sport is a light weight yarn you'll want to use for many purposes when you want acrylic yarn. It's a nice, hard-wearing yarn sold in no-dye-lot solids, and while the knitting is easy with this yarn, the finished fabric is somewhat firm.


  • Content: 100 percent acrylic
  • Yarn weight: Light
  • Gauge: Ball band says 21 stitches and 28 rows on size 6 US knitting needles; I agree
  • Yardage: 279 yards per 3 ounce (85 gram) skein
  • Color availability: 28 solids, no dye lots
  • Color used in swatch: Aqua Ice
  • Care instructions: Machine wash and dry, no iron or bleach


I found Red Heart Designer Sport very easy to work with. I was using rather sharp-pointed needles (Knit Picks Options) and had no problems at all with splitting, which was nice.

The yarn is soft and has very little of the plasticy feel you sometimes get with inexpensice acrylics. The stitches are pretty even and well defined, making a lovely Stockinette swatch with just a little bit of curling that remains after blocking.

Uses for Designer Sport:

To some extent Designer Sport reminds me of the Deborah Norville Serenity Sport Weight, though that yarn is a little softer. When I was finished knitting up the Designer Sport swatch, it felt really firm, and only slightly loosened up after a wash and block.

While this yarn would be great for kids' clothes, I'd think twice (or at least knit your own swatch and see if you agree with me) before using it for items where softness is a priority like hats and blankets.

I think it would be fine, however, for sweaters and likely would continue to soften as it is used and laundered.

Bottom Line:

Designer Sport retails for about $2.99 a ball, making it a great value for charity knitting and other projects on a budget. The range of colors, with a lot of blues and pinks, certainly makes this yarn an easy choice for baby projects as well.

While it might not be the softest acrylic yarn out there, it's far from disagreeable to work with or to touch. Knit and enjoy.

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