Why I love Red Heart Super Saver yarn, a reprise

This weekend was full of things to do.

On Friday, I attended to necessary errands and activities thinking that on Saturday I would have time to crochet.

Then Saturday came, and while I managed to cut lengths of yarn and ribbon for the braided straps I want to make to use as the handles of a newly designed granny square bag, I did not get them sorted into color groups and braided. That, I thought, could wait until Sunday.

Then Sunday came, and just as quickly, Sunday went.

Which left me nothing new to share with my gentle readers, so instead, I am sharing this post about “Why I love Red Heart Super Saver yarn,” which is just as true (if not truer) than it was more than six years ago when I originally wrote this post:

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At the risk of slipping off my soapbox and hurting myself, it is with some trepidation that I step up and proclaim my wholehearted and unbridled enthusiasm for Red Heart Super Saver yarn.

In the world of fiber, Red Heart Super Saver yarn is often singled out as being “scratchy.”

I could point out that my favorite yarn is very affordable (which it is), that it is machine washable (which it is), or that it has a huge assortment of colors (also true), but the fact is I flat out like Red Heart yarn and enjoy making things with it.

While I am not going to tell anyone that my favorite acrylic yarn feels like a soft, cotton knit, I can assure my gentle reader that where my skin is concerned, the only thing that scratches more than sheep’s wool is steel wool.

But be that as it may, my purpose in this post is to explain why I love acrylic yarn, and what it is about Red Heart Super Saver in particular that makes it my go-to fiber.

About two-and-a-half years ago, I began work on my annual state fair project. I don’t remember the precise sequence of ideas I had that led me to this:

crochet blanket made from over 1000 crochet squares
Pixelghan

but after several weeks of making little squares and joining them in a variety of ways, I decided that I absolutely had to make a large square composed of 1681 much smaller squares.

One of my goals in working on this project was to use as many colors as I could and to juxtapose them, one against the other without a buffer or neutrals of any kind.

In order to make the project I had envisioned, I needed, at a minimum, 41 colors of yarn (I ended up using more than this), and Red Heart Super Saver (along with some Red Heart Classic) offered me the choices I needed to take this project from pipe dream to pixelghan.

Because of the size of the project and density of the stitch (I used a 3.5mm hook with a worsted weight yarn), cotton was not an option as it would weigh an awful lot and, since the project was (and is) slated to hang on a wall, the weight of the fiber used in the project would distort the shape, and it was important that the piece remain a recognizable as a square even when hung.

In addition to the wide variety of colors and washability, Red Heart Super Saver has a structural integrity that the “soft” acrylics don’t offer, making it the perfect vehicle for crocheting sturdy tote bags as well as all manner of hyperbolic planes.

And if you do have a project that you want to soften, I have found that soaking a completed object for 20 minutes or more in a tub of water with a cup or so of vinegar, tends to soften the yarn enough to give it more drape.

And while, as a devotee of this yarn, I might not belong to a terribly exclusive club, I do belong to a very inclusive one, where everybody is invited to join in the fun.

Now, I need to carefully step down from my soapbox and get back to my crochet.

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In the intervening years, I have continued to be a devotee of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, welcoming new colors (flamingo and oatmeal, to name two) with enthusiasm and mourning colors lost (light fuchsia, kiwi, and magenta), and I have gone on to make some projects I dearly love, including this cookieghan:

cookieghan crochet blanket
The crochet cookieghan

This crochet beach blanket:

crochet beach blanket
Crochet beach blanket

which to my delight was the design featured in a 2014 swimwear campaign for EU Protest that included board shorts and a surfboard:

surfboard with crochet design
A surfboard with my crochet design

and this “Tetrisghan”

tetris inspired crochet blanket
The completed Tetrisghan

which was included (about 50 seconds in — please don’t blink) in this video celebrating 30 years of Tetris:

Tetris 30th Anniversary Video – June 6, 2014 from Tetris on Vimeo.

Without Red Heart Super Saver yarn and it’s combination of a wide selection of colors at a relatively affordable price, I would not have had so many wonderful crochet adventures from the comfort of my own home.

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2 thoughts on “Why I love Red Heart Super Saver yarn, a reprise

  1. I appreciate the repost since I was not around yet when you first wrote & posted this. And I did always wonder…may need to give this classic yarn a try one of these days. 🙂

  2. I think your projects with red heart super saver are all fantastic and very creative . Like you, I love red heart yarns and have been using them forever. Keep up the great work and thanks for promoting red heart.

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