I’m sharing my review of King Cole Homespun DK yarn today, along with a collection of patterns using this yarn, and a giveaway for your chance to win a skein along with a crochet hook with a handcrafted handle. Read on for details!
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King Cole Homespun DK Yarn Review
As a King Cole Brand Ambassador, I get the opportunity to crochet and knit with so many fabulous yarns! Last year, I was first introduced to the King Cole Homespun DK, a yarn which is available from your local yarn shop or online at LoveCrafts or Wool Warehouse UK.
The first project I made with Homespun DK was the Ollie Slouchy Beanie, followed by the matching Ollie Cowl. Before I get into my review, let me share some yarn facts. King Cole Homespun DK is available in 1.75 ounce (50 gram) center-pull doughnut balls. Currently, there are 13 different colors available. The fiber content is 22% superwash Merino wool, 22% alpaca, 23% polyamide (nylon), 23% acrylic, and 10% viscose (rayon). Each ball includes 191 yards (175 meters) of yarn. The yarn uses neps — small clumps of yarn — to add texture and color to each ball. As the name suggests, Homespun DK is a DK yarn (#3/light) weight category. Homespun DK projects can be machine washed at up to 30 degrees Celsius/86 degrees Fahrenheit and dried flat. I would recommend washing on a cold, delicate cycle (such as woolens). Projects made with this yarn can be dry cleaned (tell your dry cleaner it is labelled with the “P” symbol so they know which solvents to use).
Watch Susan and Joanne from King Cole introduce Homespun DK in the video below. They also show off some of the knitting patterns using Homespun DK that you can get through your local yarn shop or online (see below for links).
Even though Homespun DK blends synthetic and natural fibers, it has the look and feel of a natural fiber yarn, with a gentle twist and slightly uneven thickness due to the neps. It has a very lightweight feel and the fiber content means that it is great for keeping warm. Similarly, the colors have a muted, natural look but the neps add little pops of color. You can use Homespun DK for all the types of patterns you would make with light weight (DK/#3) yarns in a wool and alpaca blend: garments, accessories, and so on. There are some lovely cardigans, vests, pullover sweaters, and accessories in the video above!
King Cole Homespun DK Pattern Roundup
If you’re looking for projects to make with Homespun DK, I’ve pulled together several I found online to get you started.
- Ollie Cowl by Underground Crafter (that’s me): Premium, two-skein, crochet pattern
- Ollie Slouchy Beanie by Underground Crafter (that’s me): Free, two-skein, crochet pattern
- Tibbs by Rebecca Velasquez: Free, one-skein crochet pattern
There are also several King Cole Homespun DK pattern leaflets that you can buy online.
- 5791 includes a knit cardigan pattern
- 5792 includes two knit patterns for a v-neck cardigan and a waistcoat (vest)
- 5793 includes two knit poncho patterns
- 5794 includes two knit sweater patterns
- 5795 includes two knit sweater patterns
- 5796 includes two knit short-sleeve top patterns
- 5797 includes two knit patterns for a cardigan and a waistcoat (vest)
- 5798 includes six knit patterns for accessories (two hats, two sets of wristwarmers, a snood, and a shawl)
- 5799 includes two knit patterns for men’s sweaters
- 5800 includes two knit patterns for a men’s waistcoat (vest) and sleeveless top
Check your local yarn shop for more King Cole pattern leaflets featuring Homespun DK.
After reading my review of King Cole Homespun DK, you are probably ready to get your hands on this yarn! You can buy it now from your local yarn shop or online at LoveCrafts or Wool Warehouse UK, or enter the giveaway below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, December 10, 2022 for your chance to win one skein of King Cole Homespun DK yarn in 5012 Peony, an ergonomic crochet hook with a polymer clay handle by Punky Peach Crochet in size US G-6/4 mm, and a Knitty City measuring tape.