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Yarn Review: Sirdar Tiny Tots by Nicky

Hi everyone, it's Nicky here and nice to be back doing my second product review. 

If you have read my previous review or tutorials you’ll know I’m much more of a sewer than a knitter so when I do knit I usually go for smaller items that I won't get fed up with, and there is nothing better than knitting for little ones so it's been lovely to be given the opportunity try out Sirdar Snuggly Tiny Tots Yarn for Minerva Crafts. 

I also enjoy the fact that small knits are so transportable so I can be out enjoying the sun while still being productive… after all we never know how long it will last!

The Tiny Tots Double Knit yarn comes in 29 different colours ranging from brighter shades with multi coloured flecks to softer shades with neutral or white flecks. For my example I have used Little Bee 986 & Snug 932. These are from the softer of the shades but I love the fact that they still have a nice vibrancy.

The yarn is an Acrylic and Polyester mix but has a lovely almost cotton texture with flecks/bobbles that add an additional feature. I knitted from a standard DK baby pattern using the stated needles, 3.25mm for the rib & 4mm for the stocking stitch. The 4mm needle matched the ball band suggestion and I found that they produced the correct tension for me, which is a surprise as I'm usually a loose knitter so please make sure you take the time to knit a tension square before you start your creation.

The pattern I used consisted totally of 2x2 rib and stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row), changing colours after a set number of rows. I carried the unused colour yarn up the edge of the piece by twisting at the end of each row on that side. The pattern stated 1x 50g ball of each colour and I finished with some to spare.

The texture of the yarn was easy to knit with and the bobbles didn't effect the knitting process at all but I did find them a problem when I first started to put together. They prevented me stitching the pieces together as they stopped the yarn from sliding through. 

This was solved when I realised they are on a separate thread wound around the main yarn and could easily be removed from a piece. This enabling the same wool to be used to sew as I normally do.

The finished result was a soft knit that happily went into the washing machine on a standard 40’ wash. I didn't try the tumble dry but it naturally dried quickly, always a plus for baby sizes! Unfortunately I can't add a pic of this cardigan being modelled as grandbaby no3 not due quiet yet & it was too big for teddy!

I really liked this wool and would recommend it for tiny tots…… and for the not so tiny ones too, I'm looking at the Fab Fluoro shade for some funky Glastonbury Leg Warmers for myself :)

Thanks for reading my review!

Nicky @ SewandSnip

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