Rico Creative Cotton Aran. Hmmm…

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I don’t like bad yarn. It makes me sad. I don’t like calling it “bad” either, but there’s something about Rico Creative Cotton Aran that doesn’t make my heart sing…

I didn’t think I’d ever find a yarn that I wouldn’t write a “great” review of, but here I am. At least you now all know how honest I can be…

Let’s start on the highs and work to the lows.

Canyon Crochet Top

60+ colours means the rainbow is covered. And they really are lush. The pastels are to die for and I love how muted they are. I bought this yarn as it was the yarn used by Grace in her Forget-Me-Not Top pattern and when I saw hers, I knew I wanted mine to be identical.

The colour we both used was quite simply: Light Blue. I used 6 skeins and be warned- these 50g balls are like magic dust. The stitch definition is great, the yarn is super soft- and in part that’s down to it having only a very loose twist running through it. Great for softness, bad for splitting.

It’s cheap. It’s an okay quality cheap cotton that’s great to make home decor items and clothes that you’re okay with bunging in the washing machine from time to time. I don’t want to sound so negative, but the problem is, you lose a lot of yarn thanks to the dreadlocks of poor twist you find wrapped up in most balls. 6 balls led to 10+ knots or what I call “poor construction points” where the structure is… well I don’t know how else to put it… awful.

Truth is, I’ll probably buy this again. Rico Creative Cotton costs between £1.50-£2.50 for a 50g ball- so it’s the cheaper end of the yarn spectrum, which is great if you haven’t got the pennies to throw at yarn. There are better things on the market, but if this is your choice then be prepared for some creative cutting and re-joining of yarn.

What are your experiences with this yarn? Are you a lover or a hater? And what is the ultimate decider on whether you buy yarn or not- construction or price point? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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