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Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky

Serenity Chunky from Premier Yarns' Deborah Norville Collection.

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Warm and Chunky:

Deborah Norville is probably best known as the host of “Inside Edition,” but she’s also a longtime crafter who has released her own line of yarn, Serenity, from Premier Yarns.

The yarn is available in sock, sport, worsted and bulky weights and a variety of bright colors. They’re all made of soft, durable, washable fibers, perfect for any project that needs to stand up to the rigorous of daily use. This review will look at the bulky yarn, called Serenity Chunky Weight.

Specifications:

  • Content: 100 percent acrylic
  • Yarn weight: Bulky
  • Gauge: Ball band says 3 to 3.75 stitches per inch on size 9 to 11 US needles; I got 12 stitches and 16 rows per 4 inches (3 stitches per inch) on 10.5 needles
  • Yardage: 109 yards per 3.5 ounce (100 gram) skein
  • Color availability: 20 prints and 15 coordinating solids
  • Color used in swatch: Citrus
  • Care instructions: Machine wash inside out, warm water, gentle cycle; tumble dry, low heat; do not bleach or iron

Knitting:

The yarn is very soft, without the plasticy feel you sometimes find in acrylic yarns. It was very easy to work with and I encountered very little splitting though the yarn is composed of two plys that are easy to separate.

In the swatch I like the colors a lot better than I did in the yarn itself. There is little curling in Stockinette, though some curl remained after blocking. It has good stitch definition and the stitches are fairly even through the swatch.

The yarn feels soft and warm to work with and has a nice spring to it. The knit swatch has a huge amount of horizontal stretch and a little vertical stretch.

Uses for Serenity Chunky Weight:

This yarn would be a great choice for any project that you want to be able to knit up quickly and have a warm, soft, durable and washable finished product.

As I was knitting the swatch I immediately thought of children’s hats, scarves and mittens (if you didn’t want to knit such projects out of wool), but it would also be a nice choice for a colorful afghan or an easy-to-care-for sweater.

It's a great choice for quick gratification and easy care projects without feeling like it's completely manufactured, making it good for gift knitting to people you can't trust to care for hand washables.

Bottom Line:

Serenity Chunky retails for around $4.50 a skein. The wide range of colors and interesting prints (many of which make stripes as opposed to the more mottled appearance of the color I used) will make it a useful yarn for a wide range of projects.

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