My Lion Brand Secret Santa Yarn Hat and Scarf – Finding Joy in Simpler Stitches


December 30, 2018 by Robin, Avon Rep and Owner at Imperial Crochet

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I decided to treat myself to a package of Secret Santa yarn from Lion Brand. I thought it might be a fun surprise and it was inexpensive enough for 9 skeins of yarn.

I suppose I should have known better because I’m really picky about my yarns but when I opened the package, I was quite underwhelmed, to say the least.

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This is the cute bag the yarn came in!

The bag it came in was adorable but the colors and types of yarn I received were nothing like anything I would ever buy myself. If you’ve never ordered one of these, the package comes with 9 skeins of yarn, 3 skeins each of 3 different yarns.

I grabbed the 3 skeins of Homespun that mine came with and a pattern I’d used before with other bulky yarn thinking I’d make a gift for someone and quickly got annoyed with how hard it was to see my stitches.

Homespun is a variegated acrylic blend yarn with a chunky 5 weight. I tossed the wrapper it came in and don’t remember the color name but mine is a gray, pink, and purple mix. You can see the texture in my photo below. Not only is the yarn bulky but it has a string running through it holding the quite-fuzzy yarn strands together.

Homespun yarn
A close-up view of my homespun yarn.

I almost gave up but then I decided to try a larger hook and a simpler stitch so I spoke not a word but went straight to my work. A single crochet stitch with my #10 Clover crochet hook made the yarn so much easier to work with, in fact, after a while, I could blindly feel where the stitches went and suddenly… (actually it was a few hours) what to my wondering eyes did appear…

slouchy hat and scarf
A beautiful slouchy hat and scarf set.

I have to admit that I love the way this hat and scarf set turned out so much that I selfishly kept it for myself! It’s super soft, nice and warm and goes great with my all-black jacket. Its unique texture and color scheme give it a fun homemade rustic look that you can’t find in any of the chain stores.

There’s no pattern. I just winged it by making a rectangle-style hat and I didn’t count any rows or stitches or anything for the scarf either. When it was done, I added a cute faux fur pom pom to top it off!

I’m really happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave this yarn another chance. And now… I can’t wait to see where the rest of my Secret Santa yarn stash will take me!

How about you? Have you ever been disappointed with a yarn you’ve purchased only to discover that you really do love it?   Or maybe you didn’t end up loving a yarn so much after thinking you would? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. I love hearing from my readers!

“Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!”

16 thoughts on “My Lion Brand Secret Santa Yarn Hat and Scarf – Finding Joy in Simpler Stitches

  1. I found this loopy yarn at a thrift store and it was cheap, something like 50 cents a skein. I purchased a bunch of it thinking I would use it as doll hair or clothes but when I actually tried to work with it, it was terrible. Couldn’t even turn it into doll hair. I still have it but not sure what I’m going to do with it but I’m sure inspiration will hit me someday. 🙂

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  2. Happy New Year, Robin 😊🎆🥂🍾🧶
    Homespun yarn is definitely not the easiest to work with. I’ve heard a lot of complaints. But, like you, I find that a larger hook is the solution 😍 And, as I found out yesterday, the yarn makes awesome pompoms 😁 You created something beautiful…I can’t blame you for keeping it. 😊💕

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  3. I love your hat and scarf! So beautiful! I have heard so many people complain about Homespun, but I found it pretty easy to work with. Larger needles are great for this yarn and obviously a larger hook gives great results, too. I’ve not heard of the Secret Stash of yarn before. I will have to take a look next year and see about getting a bag for myself. Great job with your Homespun. I look forward to seeing what else you create from that secret stash 😉

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