Love at First Touch: Bernat Velvet Yarn Review

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Firstly, I think it is important to describe this product and then I will follow on with a review I personally wrote regarding my own experience using this yarn.

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So, let’s get started…. Bernat Velvet is the most beautiful soft lush feeling yarn I have ever used. This 10 Ply yarn, which is made from polyester, comes in 300-gram balls and has 12 beautiful soft shades ranging from, smoky, rich pastels to more natural darker colours, all featuring a natural shine. This velvet yarn works up into a lush, velvety knitted or crochet stich and is so gorgeously soft it just glides through your fingers when you are working with it, which makes this velvet yarn the ideal to use for any projects for your home décor, wonderful soft and lush for blankets and cushion covers, it is also great for scarves and beanies, it is so warm and soft on those cold wintery days and nights.

When I discovered this yarn I just knew it would be love at first touch. When Bernat Velvet became available for our company to purchase, of course I jumped at the chance and made an order straight away. Once my order was delivered I began to have a play crocheting a few different stich swatches just to see how it worked up and how each stich looked. Not only where my high expectations for this yarn met, but, as I described earlier in this post this beautiful Bernat Velvet yarn simply does just glides through your fingers with every new stich you make. Confirming everything about this yarn I just love.

Whilst researching velvet yarn I did discover that there really isn’t too many patterns available which use Bernat Velvet yarn, so I thought I could create a couple of my own patterns to share with you and show you all just how amazingly plush and beautiful this velvet yarn can be to work with, and maybe answer a few questions you may have along the way.

What is polyester velvet?

Polyester Velvet. is a seductively lustrous yarn with a featherlike softness and gorgeous sheen. It offers outstanding durability, insulation and wrinkle resistance.

What are the advantages and disadvantages I found using Bernat Velvet yarn?

It was all advantages for me, I found it so soft and lush, gliding through my fingers. There were no disadvantages for me.

What would I recommend creating, using this velvet yarn?

I can recommend using Bernat Velvet yarn for any of your home décor projects, but why stop there? The Bernat Velvet is a very versatile yarn and it only really comes down to your personal choice and what you want to create using it. I have found a few scarves, shawls and blanket patterns online that I will also share with you later in this post.

These projects will definitely be going on my “winter to do crochet list”, can you imagine how snuggly and warm you would be having a velvet scarf, velvet shawl or velvet blanket wrapped around you in the colder months of the year! Yes Please…

What is all the hype about Velvet?

As you have probably noticed, velvet décor is everywhere, whether you’re after a boho, vintage or retro inspired ‘look’, you are sure to see velvet featuring in most home décor and fashion magazines, media, and being used to style home transformations. From scatter cushions in all shapes and sizes that will make your room pop, gorgeous lush blankets and throws to fashion and accessories. Most boutiques and high-end stores all display and sell velvet décor, not to mention the substantially high price tag attached. So why give them your money when you could make your own, giving it your personal touch and flare and the bonus is, your bank statement will thank you.

Is it at an affordable cost and most importantly worth its price?

Yes, it is definitely worth the cost! Considering you are getting over 300 grams in each ball, I would say it is absolutely worth the cost. I only used 3 balls to create a lush cot blanket or lounge chair throw (see pattern below).

So, as you probably guessed by reading this review I have had a very positive experience using the Bernat Velvet yarn and would highly recommend it for knitting and crochet projects. If you would like to give this yarn a go to see for yourself just how divine it is and feels, please follow this link and it will direct you over to American Yarns. There you can choose from a selection of colours and make your purchase today, and in the coming weeks I will also make sure to share and include some other ideas and patterns I have found using Bernat Velvet yarn. We would love to hear your own experiences, opinions and feedback, both positive and negative after trying the Bernat Velvet yarn. Everyone has their yarn preferences and can experience different results but, in my opinion, it was truly love at first touch.

If you would like to make a gorgeous snuggly cot blanket or a lounge chair throw, below you will find the FREE pattern I used and wrote, available to you all.

Velvet Yarn Home Decor

Pattern

White Velvet Baby Cot Blanket or Lounge Chair Throw

This beautiful velvet blanket can either be a baby blanket or a throw for your lounge chair. Not only is this velvet yarn easy to work with, the feel is soft and lush and an absolute pleasure to use.

Measures = 130 cm long 100cm wide
3 x balls of White Bernat Velvet yarn
Size 5mm crochet hook.
Darning needle

Abbreviations

SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
TR – Treble Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
SL – Slip St
CH – Chain
ST – Stitch

Tips
To begin your bottom row, I found my stitches were to tight, please ensure you crochet loose chains on bottom row only.
Row 1
Chain 102 turn SC into second St and continue SC until end = 100 SC.
Row 2 to 3
Turn Ch 2 DC x 100, Turn CH 2 DC x 100 = 2 rows of DC
Row 4
Turn DC into first ST CH 1 skip next ST, DC into next CH 1 repeat across. = 50 Gaps
Row 5 to 7
Turn CH 2 DC into each ST = 100 repeat again = 2 rows

Row 8
Turn CH 2 SC into each ST make sure you finish on the back row.
Row 9
Turn CH 2 Bobble pattern (SC x 1 TR x 1 into same ST, Slip ST into next ST) repeat across. = 50 Bobbles
Row 10
Turn CH2 SC into each ST = 100
Row 11
Repeat Bobble ST across
Row 12
Turn CH2 SC into each ST -= 100
Row 13
Repeat Bobble ST across – you should have 3 rows of bobble ST with SC rows in between.
Row 14
Turn CH2 SC across = 100
Row 15
Repeat rows 2 to 14
Row 28 to 50
Turn CH2 HDC x 100 repeat next 22 rows
Row 50
SC x 100
Row 51
Turn CH 2 repeat Bobble ST across (SC x 1 TR x 1 into same ST, Slip ST into next ST)
Row 52
SC x 100
Row 53
Turn CH 2 repeat Bobble ST across (SC x 1 TR x 1 into same ST, Slip ST into next ST)
Row 54
SC x 100
Row 55 to 61
Turn CH2 HDC x 6 rows
Row 62
SC x 100
Row 63
Repeat Bobble ST (SC x 1 TR x 1 into same ST, Slip ST into next ST)
Row 64
SC x 100
Row 65
Repeat Bobble ST (SC x 1 TR x 1 into same ST, Slip ST into next ST)
Row 66
SC x 100
Row 67 to 89
Turn CH2 HDC x 22 rows
Repeat beginning of blanket Rows 2 to 28
Repeat bottom of blanket from your first section of rows 2 to 28
Finish off with a row of SC to match bottom end of blanket.
Continue around blanket with SC stitch to create a lovely boarder.
To Finish darn ends into blanket with large darning needle.

8 thoughts on “Love at First Touch: Bernat Velvet Yarn Review

    • Pauline says:

      Hi Lisa, yes it can be made to any size, just increase the stitches from 100 to whatever length you wish. Good luck it is such beautiful yarn to use.

  1. Laurie says:

    Pauline, I really had a very negative experience with this yarn. To begin with, I purchased the taupe/coffee online, and was very disappointed to find it was almost pink–not appropriate for the project I had in mind. The slickness of the yarn affected my tension while crocheting, so I switched to knitting. Still having the tension problem, I then switched over to a knitting loom, which resolved the problem. However, I found to my chagrin that this yarn cannot be washed in a machine, even on delicate/hand wash cycles (front load). Apparently the water causes the yarn to stretch, and it creates indiscriminate loops in the final product (I had made a shawl, two scarves, and four hats). I am sick, because I now have about 200 ounces of this yarn that I will have to donate–most people are unable/unwilling to hand wash items, and I honestly can’t see anyone being able to hand wash an afghan. . .I have never had a bad experience using my machine for delicate/hand wash items, but I have learned a very valuable lesson here, to never purchase yarn that is not machine washable. I hope I am able to keep someone else from making my mistake.

    • DebbsSeattle says:

      I just received my Velvet yarn yesterday and began swatching last night thinking that I really wanted to knit a throw in Stockinette. I whole heartedly agree with you as to the tension issues. I cannot get it even no matter the pattern – I did not try going smaller on my needles yet. However, this is telling me the yarn does not “want” a fussy formal fabric made from it. I switched to crochet and did find that the Pebble Stitch (or Lemon Peel stitch – *DC, SC, DC* on Row #1, *SC, DC,SC* on Row #2) made a nice fabric. I am going to continue tonight with some different stitches in crochet and see if I can get the perfect match – thinking a shell stitch will be the ticket..

      I was reading that some users refuse to not machine wash it. They acquired large zipper close lingerie bags and washed it in machine on cool gentle then squished water out in towels and flat dried. They were reporting success. The other option of course is to make small wearables from it. This yarn would feel fabulous on a bare head for chemo caps. The small sized pieces would be easy to hand wash for the recipients and be so comforting during wear. Since you are planning on donating the yarn anyhow, why not feed your crafting addiction and just make a TON of caps to donate to the cancer treatment centers in your area. You could also make baby caps and support your local Foster Care Program. Even though the tension is still an issue – they don’t need to be perfect just warm and soft and functional, it would make quick little projects that you could complete in one night of sofa surfing and tv watching.

  2. Mary Jean Wesche says:

    I am loving this yarn, it works up well, like working with butter. No issues with knots or loops. It feels as elegant as it looks. I am, however, having a difficult time with this pattern. Is there a chart with this pattern? I have been crocheting for more than 60 years, and only a few time have I had an issue with a pattern, there is something missing. Please, can you assist?

  3. Lora M says:

    I loved the feel of this yarn and immediately bought 36 balls in 6 colors. I teach crochet classes at an RV park and was sure the ladies would love it too. However, I also found that tension was an issue and any pattern needed to have some bulk or definition like waffle weave or basket stitch. My main gripe is it’s impossible to use as a pull skein as it knots horribly as the skein collapses AND every ball I’ve used so far has had 7 to 10 breaks and ties in the yarn. Several also had a large wad of loose yarn stuffed inside. Probably to make weight I’m guessing. I wrote to Yarnspirations and they offered me $20 credit towards more yarn and assured me their quality control was excellent. Needless to say, I won’t be buying any more!

  4. Melissa says:

    Can you please clarify what is meant by: Repeat bottom of blanket from your first section of rows 2 to 28. …am I to repeat rows 2-28 (again?)

    A full image of the blanket would be great to understand the finished look. Thanks!

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