It made me think about the preconceptions that can come along with an acrylic yarn and I decided to write my feelings about it :)
Now I am not an expert on this matter - having only a few years under my belt - but in the years I have been crocheting I have tried a number of yarns and there are definitely some acrylic yarns that are scratchy and do indeed squeak! In my experience Stylecraft isn't one of them. It has an improved quality, a new cleaner look and an even softer handle making it very pleasurable to work with. I have never found it splitty and I have certainly never experienced squeakiness. It is hard wearing and washes well. The price point is fabulous for a good quality product.
I have to admit that I do enjoy working with natural fibres and have also found acrylic/wool mixes great to work with. I have loved working with Bamboo and cashmerino and cotton.
I have made a number of throws recently with Bergere Yarns. Sport, Magic+, ideal and Caline. one is in a gallery in town looking for a new home and two are waiting to have tutorials done and then will reside in our living room :) The cost of making these (for the yarn only) is well over £50. To create them in Stylecraft special Dk or special Aran would cost around £15- £20 including postage!
Quite a difference in price!
The finished throw (top image) in the Bergere yarns has a quality look and feels quite luxurious (as you would hope from yarn that costs that much) but the throw I have in my sunroom (second image) that I made a couple of years ago from Stylecraft DK, looks equally beautiful. It has washed well and has taken a great deal of hard wear from kids and animals combined!
We can't all afford to use natural fibres or wool mix blends and large projects could end up being an extortionate price. If cost is a factor or you need a hard wearing end product I think Stylecraft yarns are hard to beat. It doesn't feel like I have dropped far down the scale in quality and working with it is a pleasurable experience. The range of colours and the possible combinations are a definite plus point.
I think that there are different yarns for different requirements and that Stylecraft Yarns fit the bill for a quality product at an affordable price. It is soft enough to use for baby clothes and blankets and has great yardage per ball. Importantly - because not all bargain yarns look great after a few months of wear - the finished article looks good after wear and tear and washing.
I know you might think that I am bound to say that as I stock it :)
The truth is that if it wasn't the case I wouldn't stock it. There are certain cheaper brands that I won't ever stock and some ranges in other brands that I will never stock even though they sell really well because in my experience and based on research I have done these products fall short.
My aim is to stock quality yarns but that doesn't necessarily mean the just highest price point yarns.
All in all I think Stylecraft is a great yarn at an affordable price that delivers a great end product that washes well and is long lasting.