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Alternative Super Bulky Yarns to Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick

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Alternative Super Bulky Yarns to Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick

Searching for an alternative super bulky yarn?

You've come to the right place!

I've been looking for alternatives super bulky yarns to knit with.

I usually knit with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn, which will be referenced as LBT&Q from here on out.

It's an affordable super bulky wool that's easy to get your hands on.

I've been asked a lot "What yarn can I use instead of LBT&Q?" So I decided to do some doing some research & testing of my own.

I've tested several different yarns that claim to be Super Bulky and I was surprised by how much of a variance there is in the yarns.

I expected them all to be about the same thickness but only 5 come close to matching LBT&Q.

For my test I knitted some swatches of each one to get a better idea of how they compare to one another.

What I've learned is that not all super bulky yarns are created equally.

When I'm knitting a pattern, gauge is a vital part of the equation and when knit up a gauge and it's no where close to what the pattern calls out, major disappointment, crying and/or a small tantrum will ensue.

PS. There's a chart all the way down at the bottom of the page.


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Here's the pattern for my gauges :

CO 23 STS
Rows 1-5: *K* {garter stitch}

Row 6 {RS} : K5, P13, K5
Row 7: *K*

Repeat rows 6-7 10 more times

Row 28-31: *K* {garter stitch}
Row 32: BO in all knit STS

Lion Brand Thick & Quick Knitting Gauge

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 10 sts x 15 rows

This is my go-to yarn.

It makes for a quick & affordable project.

Rico Essentials Super Bulky Knitting Gauge

Rico Essentials Super, super chunky yarn

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 10 sts x 15 rows

This is a lightly spun wool/acrylic blend yarn.

In my opinion, this yarn will felt pretty easy.

Phil Alaska, Phildar Knitting Gauge

Phil Alaska, Phildar

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 10 sts x 16 rows

100% Laine wool
This is a lovely cream color. It's a nice stretchy yarn.

This looks to be a tiny bit thinner than LBT&Q, but I would recommend it as an alternative, especially if you're looking for an all wool alternative.

I used almost 1 whole ball to make this swatch, it didn't go very far.

It's about 33 yards, so 3 balls of this makes 1 skein of the LBT&Q.

Millamia Knitting Gauge

Millamia

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 9.5 sts x 15 rows

100% wool. {it doesn't specify what kind.}

My first thought when casting-on, was "buttery soft."

This is a bit thicker than LBT&Q, but I would still recommend it as an alternative if you're knitting something where the gauge is flexible and especially if you're looking for a 100% wool alternative.

This is some super squishy yarn :)

I'm loving how it's working up!

Kim, Lang Knitting Gauge

Kim by Lang Yarns

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 10.5 sts x 17 rows

68% Wool, 29% Alpaca, 3% Polyester

This is a "fluffy" yarn and the alpaca gives it a woolly look to it.

It reminds me of flyaways when my hair is up and a few hairs are being unruly.

My stockinette stitches are uneven, but the garter stitches look beautifully plump and are squishy, which is very important. That being said, if my project called for a garter stitch or seed stitch, I would consider using this yarn, otherwise I'd pass.

I think the stockinette stitch would look nicer if I went down a needle size, but I wouldn't be able to obtain the same gauge.

Virgina by Lang Yarns

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 10.5 sts x 15 rows

100% wool, again not sure what breed of wool.

This is a nice 100% wool alternative.

The gauge is close to LBT&Q.

This is a medium spun, 1 ply, super-wash yarn.

Cloudborn Superwash Super Bulky Yarn

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 9 sts x 14 rows

This is 100% superwash highland wool

The gauge is a little bulkier than LBT&Q.

It's very soft and I love the dark gray!

Cascade Lana Grande Gauge

Cascade Lana Grande Yarn

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 10 sts x 15 rows

This is 100% Peruvian highland wool

My gauge is almost identical to LBT&Q.

It's not as dense as LBT&Q making it a lovely fluffy yarn :)

Rowan Big Wool Gauge

Rowan Big Wool Yarn

Needle size: US 11
Gauge: 10.25 sts x 15 rows

The label says: made with merino wool. 100% wool. It doesn't specifically say it's made with 100% merino wool, so I don't know if it's a blend or not.

My gauge is almost identical to LBT&Q.

This is a tiny bit thinner.

It's not as dense as LBT&Q.

It has beautiful stitch definition.

Other Super Bulky Yarns
VS
Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick

Yarn BrandComparisonMy Gauge
Adriafil LlamaWay too thinNA
Cascade Boliviana BulkyA little too thinNA
Cascade Lana Grande YarnVery close10 x 15
Cascade SpuntaneousA little too bulkyNA
Cloudborn Superwash Super Bulky YarnA little too bulkyNA
GGH HuskyToo thinNA
Lang Yarns KimA little too thin10.5 x 17
Lang Yarns VirginiaVery close10.5 x 15
Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick YarnSame10 x 15
Lion Brand WowWAY too bulkyNA
Madelinetosh A.S.A.PToo thinNA
Malabrigo RastaA little too bulkyNA
MillaMia Naturally Soft Super ChunkyVery close9.5 x 15
Phil Alaska, PhildarVery close10 x 16
Red Heart GrandeA little too bulkyNA
Red Heart IrresistibleWAY too bulkyNA
Rico Essentials Super Super ChunkyVery close10 x 15
Rowan Big Wool YarnVery close10.25 x 15
Schulana GrandinoToo thinNA
Spud & Chloe OuterToo thinNA
Stylecraft Weekender Super ChunkyWay too thinNA
Tahki Yarns Big MontanaToo bulkyNA
Crazy Sexy Wool by Wool and the GangA little too bulkyNA
Wendy SerenityToo thinNA

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