Red Heart Super Saver

Weight: Medium (4)
 
Contents: 100% acrylic
Skein Weight: 7 oz. / 198 g
Yardage: 364 yd. / 333 m
 
Knitting Gauge:
17 sts – 23 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
Crochet Gauge:
12 sc – 15 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
 
Suggested Knitting Needle:
5 mm, US – 8
Suggested Crochet Hook: 
5.5 mm, US – I/9

 

 

Red Heart Super Saver has a bad rep. It is not exactly unearned. It is an inexpensive yarn and you can find it almost anywhere in a craft store that sells yarn. Those two things make it probably the most purchased yarn out there. It comes in a ton of colors – more than 120 – and they have solids, ombres and stripes.

There are things I will purchase Super Saver for and some I won’t. The only color I purchase to make an item to wear is the grey heather. Which is what I used in the Dec Beanie. That is the only color I’ve purchased that has enough softness. The other colors are a little rougher and I will buy it to make a blanket because it will soften over time but not to wear.

Roughness aside, this is a yarn that has solid stitch definition and some more than decent drape. But the feel is a definite drawback. It has gotten better over time – especially with I Love This Yarn worsted being a direct competition. When it first came out, ILTY was about the same amount of money and had a much better feel. Super Saver suddenly became a little softer. Red Heart Super Saver is made in the USA but not all Red Heart yarns are. Some are made in Turkey, which is becoming yarn Mecca.

Though it is not a go to yarn for wearables, I don’t have an issue using this for afghans and blankets to snuggle under while sitting in the chair. It sells for less than $5 for more than 300 yards. That pretty much means it ain’t going nowhere and will be available. If they were to soften it up some more – just a little bit – it might give ILTY yarn a run for the money.