Ice Yarn Variegated Yarns-Lorena Color & Lorena Batik-Review

I look at two variegated yarns from Ice Yarns. 5 ply Lorena Color and 8 ply Lorena Batik. Click on the images for the links to 6 free patterns.

Lorena Color

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Details

Lorena Color is a 5ply cotton/acrylic blend Turkish yarn.

  • It comes in 100g balls with 280m per ball.
  • 50% cotton, 50% acrylic.
  • A 3-4 mm hook or needles are recommended.
  • Gauge is 32 rows by 24 stitches to 10cm x 10cm.
  • IceΒ  Yarns have 9 variegated shades available, 7 of which can be purchased in my online store.
  • The label recommends a warm machine wash.
  • It is labelled as a number 2 weight yarn which is equivalent to a 5ply or sport weight.
Crochet bikini top made with ice yarns lorena color yarn
Bikini Top - 3.75mm hook used

My Observations

  • Lorena Color is a lovely, soft yarn.
  • The construction of the yarn has quite a tight twist.
  • The variegated colour pattern in this yarn is a regular change of one colour of approx 25cm, then the next approx 37cm, then 25cm and then 37cm and so on.
  • Very nice to crochet with and not hard on the hands.
  • There’s a little bit of stretch to the yarn which I believe is due to the addition of acrylic and the tight twist of the yarn.
  • I didn’t find the yarn splitting at all.
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Pin Cushion - 4.25mm hook used
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Produce Bag - 3mm hook used
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Produce Bag - 3mm hook used

Lorena Batik

Details

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

  • It comes in 50g balls with 115m per ball.
  • 50% cotton, 50% acrylic.
  • A 4-5 mm hook or needles are recommended.
  • Gauge is 24 rows by 18 stitches to 10cm x 10cm.
  • IceΒ  Yarns have 11 variegated shades available. Five of these can be purchased in 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.
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Gift Bag - 4.5mm hook used

My Observations

  • Lorena Batik is quite a soft cotton.
  • The twist on this yarn is quite a bit looser than the ‘Lorena Color’ which leads to a softer drape.
  • The variegated colour change in this yarn is quite long compared to the ‘Lorena Color’ and fades in nicely to the next colour.
  • Very nice to crochet with and not hard on the hands.
  • There doesn’t seem to be much stretch, more similar to a full cotton.
  • Because of the looser twist there can be a little splitting going on, but I found if I slowed it down a bit I didn’t have this issue.
  • I love the finish on this yarn. Even though it is not mercerised, it has a lovely bit of sheen to it. The below pictures may give you a bit of an idea.
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Coaster - 4.5mm hook used
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Coaster - 5mm hook used

Check out my free patterns for some ideas for this yarn.

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