I was on a mission last spring, a mission to find HUGE yarns. Up until recently the only choices were extraordinarily expensive and of poor quality, so I had to pass.
Fortunately our mission was a success, and we now have several supersized yarns in a rainbow of colors!
Yana XL from Amano Yarns is big and beautiful! This 100% hand-sorted, 21.5 micron Peruvian highland wool, is extremely soft and light-as-air. Its tight ply gives the yarn great structure, and it will wear well.
Amano Vol. 4 features two fun designs for Yana XL, along with twenty-five more patterns for other Amano Yarns.
The Ruth Hat knits with just one skein of Yana XL (2 if you want to add the pompom on the top); the Mia Oversized Scarf takes 4 skeins (3 for scarf, 1 for pompoms).
Big Freakin Wool, as the name implies is really big freakin’ wool! This huge, single ply roving-like wool yarn is blended with polyester for a sturdier finish. Any single ply yarn is more prone to shedding, but this one should hold up better than other pure wool (or all acrylic) offerings we’ve seen and is at a much better price. $22/250gms (12 yards).
Keep in mind any yarn that is this incredibly big is always going to have a much larger price tag than the the thinner counterparts. One of the pure-wool options that I sourced early into the mega yarn craze, that practically shed from just looking at it cost $55 for about the same yardage! So comparatively speaking, Big Freakin Wool is a pretty good deal.
I have two free patterns to share with you, featuring Big Freakin Wool.
I love this throw! It is knit with 15 skeins and the Big Freakin Scarf is takes 4. Both are worked with size 35mm needles. You can download the patterns by clicking on the images above.
And don’t forget about Woolstok Jumbo that I introduced to you a few days ago. I absolutely love this yarn, and its unique braided construction makes it another sturdy mega-sized option.
All three of these supersized yarns are worked on size 17 needles and larger, with a huge emphasis on the AND LARGER part. We’ve added needles and hooks to our stock that are insanely large just for these yarns.
If you thought size 35 and 50 needles were crazy big (20 & 25mm), just wait until you check out size 30 & 35mm! They’re so big there really isn’t a standard US sizing counterpart. I think some companies are just randomly assigning US numbers to these sizes. And we now have crochet hooks up to a size U, yes you read it right…a size U (25mm)!!
Fortunately we were able to source supersized needles in hooks made from relatively lightweight woods that aren’t ridiculously priced.
If they start making needles and hooks any larger, I think you’d have to figure out how to grow extra hands to hold them with.
Today I’m giving away one skein of Yana XL, along with the pattern to make the Ruth Hat.
Simply state in the comments which color of Yana XL you’d like to win – you can see the colors here. I’ll randomly select one lucky winner; you have until midnight tonight to get your name in the hat for the drawing. Sorry, drawing is over!