Thank you to Premier Yarns for providing the yarn for this review!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you are probably aware of at least one of the fun new self-striping yarns with delicious-sounding names that have taken the crochet world by storm. This is a review of one of those yarns: Sweet Roll by Premier Yarns!
(Take note — if you want to try Sweet Roll for yourself, there’s a discount code at the bottom of this post!)
You know how they (whoever “they” are) say you shouldn’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach? Well, the same applies to yarn shopping for Sweet Roll. Seriously, the names of these colors – Cheesecake Pop? Peanut Butter Swirl? Birthday Cake Pop? Just hand me a fork and back away slowly. And while this yarn isn’t actually made out of flour and sugar, it is 100% acrylic, which will be good news to the many of you who are allergic to wool.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on Sweet Roll!
Sweet Roll is a 100% acrylic, #4 medium worsted weight self-striping yarn. There are a generous 245 yards per roll, and 25 different color combinations to choose from. (Click here to check out all the colors!) And, it’s machine washable and dryable.
I had the chance to work with a bright and cheerful colorway called “Peaches & Cream Pop”. It’s a little outside my norm, as I usually gravitate toward neutral palettes. It’s always good to branch out once in a while, though! I was impressed with the richness of the colors. Each Sweet Roll includes three different colors, and this one was a combo of a coral, a pink, and a yellowy-cream.
Every Sweet Roll goes through each of its three colors two times, with equal amounts of each color (about 40 meters per section). Thanks to those evenly-spaced repeats, you can do multi-skein projects without having to worry about wasting any yarn, because the next skein will always match up perfectly to where the previous one left off. This is my favorite feature of Sweet Roll (and I can name quite a few other self-striping yarns that I wish would catch on to this simple but oh-so-helpful concept)! Be aware that the color changes are abrupt (they do not gradually change from one to the next).
I was pleasantly surprised at the softness of the yarn. It definitely has an acrylic feel, but compared to other acrylics in the same price range, it is certainly on the softer side. I tested the yarn with my Jenny Slouch Hat pattern, and the hat had a very nice drape. (I only used one ball and still had plenty of yarn to make a cute pom pom for the top, but ever since I moved my office to the basement to make room for a nursery, my pom pom maker has been M.I.A.)
Sweet Roll comes in a really nice, flat-bottomed ball with a handy starting tail sticking out of the middle just waiting for you to grab. I loved this. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes I feel like I spend way too much time digging through, and occasionally destroying, a skein of yarn looking for that end! Sweet Roll could not have made it any easier.
And it’s well-wrapped, so after the first few yards, the yarn comes out of the ball with virtually no resistance. I went through an entire ball and never pulled out a tangle. And, with the flat bottom, the yarn doesn’t roll around everywhere; you can set it on the table in front of you and not even think about it. Win!
The creators of Sweet Roll really took into account many of the desires of crocheters (and knitters, I’m sure) everywhere. From the uniformity of each roll, allowing for creating multi-skein projects with no headaches, to the practical function of the center-pull, flat-bottomed ball, this yarn is a good, solid choice for striped acrylic projects. If I could add any feature to it, I would have made the color changes gradual, but that’s really a matter of personal preference. Overall, this yarn is a nice, affordable choice with plenty of color schemes to suit any style.
Have you used Sweet Roll yet? Let me know what you think in the comments!