I’ve been crocheting for about six months now. I first learned how to crochet when i was a little girl, but sort of abandoned it as I discovered things like latch hook and needlepoint. Six months ago I finally gave in to the yearning to try crochet again and picked up a few soft yarns and a crochet hook when I was at a local craft store. From that day on, I was (no pun intended) hooked.
I’ve mostly crocheted with bulkier yarns – I found they are very easy to use and work up very quickly. They are also super-soft, which is a necessity to me.
The Bonbons yarns from Lion Brand are on the opposite end of the spectrum from what I’ve been working with until now. They are small, much thinner weight (classified as “fine” or “sport weight”), and not as plush. However, I was pleasantly surprised once I started working with them! They crochet up into a silky, gauzy beautiful project.
The Bonbons come packaged eight mini-skeins to a package. The skeins appear quite small – just the size of a couple of golf balls – but don’t be fooled, there’s more than enough yarn in that package to make a variety of projects.
And each “Bonbon” is a different color, so in that single package, you basically are getting a “mini stash” of yarn. Although the Bonbons aren’t cheap ($7.99 suggested retail price for the full pack of eight skeins of yarn), it’s lovely not to have to select and coordinate colors that work with each other by yourself. Trying to choose multiple colors for a project can be incredibly time consuming: all of the yarn has to be the same gauge and the same fiber content, and the colors need to work well together. Lion has done all that work for you!
Bonbons are available in a wide variety of color palettes and materials. I worked with “Celebrate“, which consisted of bright, saturated colors with a strand of metallic fiber through each.
I decided to make a scarf using double crochet. The foundation chain was a bit tricky because the yarn is fine, but once I began crocheting the project came together beautifully.
I wanted to make a literal rainbow for my daughter (who is seven) to wear around her neck. So I just made the colors flow as they would on the color spectrum.
Because we live in Florida, and scarves are more of an accessory than a way to keep warm, the thinner nature of the yarn and the resulting gauzy/airy nature of the scarf is perfect for cooler spring days.
Although I wasn’t sold on the Bonbons slightly rough texture upon first opening the package up, as soon as I began crocheting, I realized that the texture of the skein does not translate into the finished project – as the yarn is worked, it stretches and softens. The finished scarf is VERY soft, and even the metallic fibers are supple and smooth.
There are a few things to note about the BonBons: they do stretch, so make your project slightly *smaller* than you think it should be. After my daughter wore her scarf for a few hours, it had stretched significantly. After a gentle wash, the fibers returned to their “regular” size (this yarn is washable but check package instructions for your specific fiber contents) but in hindsight I should have made the scarf MUCH shorter and been a little more “tight” with my crochet stitches.
But after I was done with the scarf, I had plenty of yarn left over from the original package of BonBons to make another full-size scarf or a similar sized project.
All in all, working with the BonBons was a great experience. Now I’m completely addicted to working with thinner gauge yarns. By using this fabulous yarn, I realized that not all crochet has to be thick and bulky – and that I can get a lot of project from just a few skeins of yarn. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy up all the BonBons in all colorways, and I can imagine an endless amount of possibilities with them: hats, scarves, shawls, doilies and flowers…the possibilities are endless. One package of these sweet, non-bulky yarns will definitely spark your creativity!
- Pre-coordinated color sets
- Silkier than they initially seem
- Generous quantity in package
- Stretches when worked, so plan your project’s size accordingly
Lion Brand BonBons Yarn are available in seven variety packs: two acrylic packs (Brights, Pastels), two cotton packs (Beach, Nature), two metallic packs (Party, Celebrate) and one combination metallic/cotton pack (Jingle Bells). The cotton and acrylic skeins are 28yds each, while the metallics are 38.3 yards. MSRP is $7.99/package.