Recently, I was asked to do a pattern test that called for Knit Picks “Curio #3”, a crochet thread I had never used before. When pattern testing, I always try to get the exact yarn called for in the pattern because even similar yarns can change the way a design turns out. I’m so glad I tried it. Read on to find out why,
*Disclaimer: This is an unbiased review based on my own experience with Knit Picks “Curio #3”. I did not receive any yarn or compensation for writing this review. However, I am an affiliate and will receive a small commission if you purchase through the affiliate links in this post.
Let’s read the label, shall we?
About the yarn
The 2-ply yarn is woven tightly enough that I didn’t experience splitting as I was working with the yarn. The stitch definition is crisp because of the tight twist. The lustrous sheen makes this a great choice for any project that features special stitching.
In the 2 balls I used, there were no imperfections or places where the yarn was tied together. Gosh, how I hate it when that happens! It creates a bump in the fabric you can’t get rid of. I was glad I didn’t experience any of this.
Yarn vs Thread
Yarn can be made with many different types of fiber and in numerous combinations, depending upon the qualities the manufacturer is choosing to create. When choosing yarn for a project, one must consider many factors when deciding whether or not it’s an appropriate choice.
Thread on the other hand, crochet thread is usually made from mercerized cotton that’s meant for creating doilies or used in filet crochet. Oftentimes, the resulting fine gauge fabric can be starched for items that need to hold a certain shape.
What is thread weight?
Thread weights are measured differently than yarn weights. In the case of yarn weights, the higher the number, the thicker the yarn is. That’s pretty easy to remember.
However, with thread weight, the lower the number, the thicker the thread. If you’re interested in knowing more about crochet thread and thread weight, The Spruce Crafts has a great article about it HERE.
What projects are appropriate for Curio #3?
Crochet thread of this weight is best when used for doilies, coasters, table cloths, curtains – any home decor that features lace or filet crochet. It can also be used for amigurumi. And, recently, crochet thread has been popping up as the yarn of choice for summer beach wear and garments.
What I like…
I used Curio #3 when pattern testing the Sweet Season Bag by designer Jennifer Olivarez. Jennifer designed the bag to be an alternative to plastic bags. I love the unique gusset design of the bag. Plus, it was a straightforward make with an easily acquired stitch pattern. It’s worked in one piece with minimal seaming.
I prefer DK and worsted weight yarns for my projects. I find yarns thinner than these weights difficult to work with so I was a little hesitant to work with weight-3 crochet thread. I found Curio #3 to be very easy to handle, especially using the recommended hook size E. This is a yarn that could change my mind about my weight preference.
The price point is perfect for the cost-conscious among us. Coming in at just $3.99 a ball, your next project with crochet thread won’t break the bank.
Curio #3 comes in a large range of colors including jewel tones, pastels, neutrals plus black and white. It isn’t difficult to find a color suitable for your project.
You might also like to know that this yarn is Oeko-Tex Certified Standard 100. When trying to find a yarn or thread that’s skin-friendly, look for this designation. To learn more about Oeko-Tex certification, click HERE.
What I don’t like…
Not a thing!
Would I recommend Curio #3?
Where can I buy Curio 3?
You can buy Curio #3 on the KnitPicks or WeCrochet websites. They are the same company, each focusing on its own niche but offering the same yarn selection.
Remember, this is my opinion and mine alone. I’ve received no outside help from any individual or the company who sells the crochet thread.
If you’re looking for patterns…
…here are a couple of suggestions. Click on the one you like and it’ll take you right there.
Some free patterns from WeCrochet – be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page