Ice Yarns ‘Alara Batik’ + ‘Lorena Print’ review

Alara Batik

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Details

Alara Batik is an 8ply cotton/acrylic blend Turkish yarn.

  • It comes in 50g balls with 140m per ball.
  • 50% cotton, 50% acrylic.
  • A 4 mm hook or needles are recommended.
  • Gauge is not specified
  • IceΒ  Yarns have 19 variegated shades available. Coming soon to my online store.
  • The label recommends a warm machine wash.
  • It is labelled as a number 3 weight yarn which is equivalent to an 8ply or double knit (dk)

Lorena Print

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Details

Lorena Print is an 8ply cotton/acrylic blend Turkish yarn.

  • It comes in 50g balls with 160m per ball.
  • 55% cotton, 45% acrylic.
  • A 3-4 mm hook or needles are recommended.
  • Gauge is 30 rows by 24 stitches to 10cm x 10cm.
  • Ice  Yarns have 23 variegated shades available. Coming soon to  my online store.
  • The label recommends a warm machine wash.
  • It is labelled as a number 3 weight yarn which is equivalent to a 8ply or double knit (dk).
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My Observations

  • I found Alara Batik and Lorena Print cotton blend very similar to work with by comparison.
  • Both are a soft cotton blend I would be happy to make clothing and accessories for baby through to adults as well as home decor.
  • I enjoyed crocheting with both yarns equally.
  • I expected the Lorena Print to split a little because of the looser construction, but neither yarn split at all using an aluminium hook.(These are my standard go to hooks, so I haven’t tried with another type of hook)
  • I bought one colourway of each yarn to try and I loved the way both colours crocheted up.
  • The hats pictured have been crocheted on a 5mm hook.

Differences

  • The construction of the Alara Batik has a tighter twist compared to the Lorena Print.
  • After crocheting with both yarns, the exact same pattern slouch hat, I found the hat made from the Lorena Print yarn to be slightly smaller than the Alara Batik.
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Lorena Print-5mm hook
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Alara Batik-5mm hook

Unfortunately the original free pattern is now unavailable.

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Ice Yarns 'Alara Batik' + 'Lorena Print' review
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Review on Ice Yarns Alara Batik cotton blend yarn.
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