Yarn Review – Bernat Premium, a Better Kind of Cheap?

Welcome to the first Yarn Flight review. Today I’m looking at Bernat Premium, a yarn exclusive to Walmart. Unfortunately, shortly after writing the review I discovered this yarn is listed as discontinued, and is now only available in Canada. I don’t know ho long it will be available up here, so if you like this yarn, you may want to stock up.

Specifications

Bernat Premium Yarn
Bernat Premium Yarn in Gold

Weight: Medium (4), worsted
Material: 100% Acrylic
Amount: 198g, approx. 329m (7oz, approx. 360yds)
Suggested Gauge: 10×10 (4”x4”) = 13sc by 14 rows
Suggested Hook: 5mm (H/8)
Washing Instructions: Machine wash on cool, tumble dry on delicate, do not bleach, do not iron, do not dry clean.
Price: 3.97CAD

First Impressions

My first thought on seeing this yarn was “Boy, that’s cheap, why do they call it ‘Premium’?” This costs about a dollar less than Redheart Supersaver for the same amount of yarn. I probably wouldn’t have bought it (how can anything that cheap be good?), but it was the only yellow yarn I could find on short notice. It feels a lot softer than Supersaver. A definite benefit. It doesn’t feel as nice as Bernat Satin, but what could I expect at that price? Read on to find out!

Working with it

I was surprised by how easy this yarn is to work with. True, it doesn’t feel as nice as more expensive acrylics (and certainly not as nice as most natural fibres), but is wasn’t nearly as stiff and scratchy as Supersaver. What really surprised me was that the hook rarely split the yarn. It happened, but not as often as it did with many much more expensive yarns. A definite plus, there.

Into the Wash

I didn’t really need to wash the headband I made, but I wanted to see what happened. I followed the instruction for machine washing and drying. Afterwards, it came out even softer than before. It would make a really cozy blanket. Trying the headband on, it was a little bit bigger, but not enough to cause a problem. It was a bit fuzzier, which would be great on most projects, but there was no pilling at all. The one seam in the headband was a bit looser, but that might have been my own fault. I didn’t weave the ends in as firmly as usual. However, that’s something to watch out for if you’re using this yarn. (Fortunately, I found the thread end, and tightened the seam up again.) How this yarn will stand up to repeated washes remains to be seen.

Conclusion

Pros:

  • Cheap, cheap, cheap!
  • Good colour range (38 colours including varigated and tweeds)
  • Easy care
  • Really soft after washing

Cons:

  • Stretches a little after washing
  • Seams can come a bit loose in the wash
  • Only available at Walmart Canada, and maybe not for long!

Overall: 7.5/10

There are certainly better yarns out there, but if you’re looking for an inexpensive acrylic, this one is worth checking out.

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