A Tale of Three Crocheted Caps! Part 2

THE PROJECT

To recap, here’s the challenge I set myself:

Find the best yarn to use for this crocheted newsboy cap pattern:

A photo of a crocheted newsboy cap

Swirls Cap by Sophia Kessinger

I figured I’d end up making a lot of these cute caps for myself and other people. So, I crocheted this cap three times using three different yarns.

See Part 1 of this post, if you’re interested in all the yarn and swatching details!

 

 

Now, I’ve compare the three caps to find out which cap looks the best, and which is the best yarn to use when I make more of these caps.

THE EVALUATION

The Caps

A cap crocheted with Caron Simply Soft yarn

Crocheted with Caron Simply Soft yarn

A cap crocheted with Lion Brand Heartland yarn

Crocheted with Lion Brand Heartland yarn

A cap crocheted with Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash yarn

Crocheted with Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash yarn

I used the following three yarns to crochet these caps:

Green: Caron Simply Soft
Brown: Lion Brand Heartland
Blue: Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the ways I compared the finished caps.

Fit

All three caps came out true to the pattern gauge and fit my head perfectly.

Appearance

Brown: Lion Brand Heartland
This cap is the most drapey. The yarn in this cap is dense and not very see-through.
Green: Caron Simply Soft
This cap has a medium amount of drape. The yarn in this cap is also dense, and not very see-through.
Blue: Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash
This cap has the most stiffness and the least amount of drape. This cap is also the most “airy,” in that it has the most space between the stitches and is the most see-through.

Comfort

Brown: Lion Brand Heartland
The inside of the band on this cap is soft and comfortable.
Green: Caron Simply Soft
The inside of the band on this cap is soft and comfortable.
Blue: Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash
As I suspected, the 100% wool fiber content of the yarn used in this cap proved to be somewhat scratchy. The inside of the band on this cap is itchy. I plan to sew a cloth lining to the inside of the band.

THE WINNER

Both the Caron Simply Soft yarn and the Lion Brand Heartland yarn are great yarns to use with this pattern and make great caps.

I would not use the Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash again with this pattern. If I wanted to use a natural-fiber yarn with this pattern, I would try to find a softer wool or wool-blend yarn so that I would not have to do the extra work of sewing a cloth lining to the band of the cap.

Crocheted swatch of Lion Brand HeartlandFor me, the winning yarn for this challenge is the Lion Brand Heartland yarn. It edged out the Caron Simply Soft yarn simply because it is slightly more drapey and it comes in a variety of heathered and tweedy colorways that I like.

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