Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Round-Up

When you find a yarn that you absolutely love, it is so much fun designing crochet and knit pieces with it!  Such a yarn must be versatile, good quality, come in a range of colours, be easy to work with, and preferably be widely available so that everyone can easily get a hold of it!  This blog post is dedicated to one of my favourite yarns from a company that I’ve had the pleasure of regularly collaborating with: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick by Lion Brand Yarn!  If you peruse Instagram and Ravelry, you’ll see that many makers LOVE using this yarn, and it’s no wonder why.  I will share some of my favourite qualities about this yarn and revisit some of my blog posts throughout the years that all use this wool blend yarn!

Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is a super bulky (level 6) yarn that has a unique composition: 20% wool and 80% acrylic.  This means that you get the benefits of wool (soft and warm) and the ease of having it being machine washable with the mostly acrylic composition.  It comes in a huge assortment of colours (85 options on the Lion Brand website) ranging from solids and tweeds to stripes and metallics.  Some of my favourite colours include Fisherman (a beautiful neutral cream), Mustard, Grey Marble, Starlight and Wheat.  This yarn is widely available in local craft stores such as Michaels, JoAnn’s and Walmart and available online on sites such as Amazon.  Another amazing quality about Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is that the ends can be FELTED together with a felting needle (see HERE) since it has some wool in it!  This means that you do not need to tie knots when joining another ball of yarn, and you do not need to weave in ends when finishing a project: you can simply felt the ends together or felt the end to the rest of the piece!  I did a comprehensive blog post about this technique HERE, and you can check out my felting video below- go to the 0:27 mark to see me felt Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (you can also view this video on YouTube HERE)!  This yarn works up beautifully with knit and crochet projects, and I will now show you how I’ve used it in my projects throughout the years!

 

The first project I designed with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick was my “Long Double Crochet Cowl” back in January 2013!  I adore this beautifully rich colour and how it brightens up any winter outfit.  This scarf is a simple beginner’s project, and it gives a very full and voluminous look since it wraps around the neck twice!  Check out the free pattern HERE!

My very first campaign with Lion Brand Yarn was for the #scarfie project (selfie + scarf) several years ago.  I designed the “Twist Cowl“- a textured cowl with two different designs on each side and with a built-in twist.  Depending on how it is twisted and worn, more of a particular pattern can be displayed!  Check out the free pattern HERE!

This yarn is so versatile as the next thing I crocheted with them were home decor items: baskets!  These stunning baskets are a staple in our home, and they are so helpful in storing everything from yarn and socks to toys and hats.  The stiffness of the baskets is achieved by holding two strands of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick together with an 8 mm hook.  Find the blog posts for these crocheted baskets HERE and HERE (links to the free patterns can be found there)!

When I rediscovered my love of knitting a year and a half ago, there was no doubt which yarn I wanted to knit with!  I used the colour Fisherman to knit this cute Fisherman’s Rib Hat (so fitting!) and I LOVE how it turned out!  This is actually not a very beginner-friendly hat design, but I am so proud of myself that I managed to work through it as my first knitted hat thanks to a very helpful video tutorial.  I love making these hats as gifts for friends, and I actually knitted them for Myla’s preschool teachers as Christmas gifts too!  Each hat uses less than one skein of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn including the pom pom!  You can find my blog post about this Fisherman’s Rib Hat HERE!

One of the knitting challenges I wanted to tackle was fair isle knitting!  I love the look of the little “hearts” or “arrows” created when switching colours in stockinette, and I think the mustard/white and black/white colour combos look so striking!  I followed a pattern by Kathleen of Country Pine Designs to create these hats, and I know Kathleen loves using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn for all her hat designs as well!  Read more about these beautiful hats in my blog post HERE!

This is what the Fair Isle Hats look like when worn!

After I shared all the fun projects I was knitting, many of you mentioned how you wanted to learn as well!  Thus, I decided to create a comprehensive “Simple Knit Series” to introduce beginners to the basic stitches of knitting with accompanying simple and modern designs.  To practice the Garter Stitch (just knit stitches), I designed the luxurious “Simple Garter Stitch Cowl/Scarf” which is created by holding a strand of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick with a strand of Homespun.  To practice the Stockinete Stitch (knit and purl stitches), I designed the “Simple Stockinette Hat” with no increasing or decreasing with a faux fur pom pom ontop!  To practice the Seed Stitch (alternating knit and purl stitches), I designed the “Simple Seed Stitch Headband” and made sizes for myself and the girls!  I wanted to use a widely available, beginner-friendly yarn for this entire series, and I am so happy that I used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick!

I love gifting hats to babies, and our friends have been having lots of babies haha!  I’ve been using left-over skeins to knit newborn hats, and I love how stretchy they are as you never know how large a baby’s head is going to be- there is such a large range!  If you are interested in the pattern I came up with for my knitted baby hats, do let me know!

As you can see, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is one of my favourite yarns and it is a staple in my yarn stash.  On a recent trip to Michaels, I scoped out some of these gorgeous colours as shown in the picture below: Constellation, Metropolis, Fossil, and Moonlight!  With so many colours available, you are bound to find what you are looking for, and its wool content gives finished items such a luxurious and warm feel.  Being able to felt the yarn ends is a HUGE bonus, particularly if you are working on a large project.  This leads me to a little hint about one of my upcoming designs coming in the fall: a throw blanket using Wool-Ease Thick & Quick!  It took me a while to figure out the design and what stitches I wanted to use, but I am thrilled with what I’ve come up with!  I can’t wait to show you in the coming months!

Lion Brand Yarn has generously offered to provide a GIVEAWAY for my readers so that some of you can work with this amazing yarn!  THREE winners will each receive 2 skeins of Wool-Ease Quick & Thick in the colours of your choice!

***To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below and tell us which of my above projects you would like to try OR what colours you would choose (or BOTH)!  See the assortment of colours HERE on the Lion Brand Yarn site!  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only (sorry, overseas readers) and will close on Sunday, July 16th at 8 PM MST.  You can also enter through Facebook and Instagram as I will be choosing one winner from the blog, one from Facebook, and one from Instagram!  Hope you enjoyed this round-up and that you’re as excited to work with Wool-Ease Quick & Thick as I am!

  • Megan Price

    I would LOVE to make the Fair Isle Hats or any of the Simple Knit Series designs.

  • Amy McKeever

    Love the baskets – they’re on my list to make.

  • Janie S.

    Favorite color…Moonlight. I would love to try the Babies Hat Pattern….please do share it with us!!!

  • Melissa

    I would make the hats but for my daughters size. And the baskets too 🙂

  • Ariel

    I would love to win for that mustard yellow to make a fair isle hat 😍😍

  • Nicole Acuna

    I’m in love with the fair isle hat pattern! It’s so perfect:)

  • Amanda

    I am in love with the yellow and both the grays that have flecks in them. Those would make awesome for making cozy hats, which, those patterns are adorable btw. I think I might need to make me some for the winter!

  • Jess Ica D

    I would make either the fishermans rib hat or the fair isle hat

  • Terrie Faria

    I love the color of constellation, all the earthy tones. I like the scarf, cowl, I prefer to crochet, but I would happily knit this one!

  • julia Caraballo

    I would make the Fisherman Rib hat in Metropolis, love it!

  • Alisha Johnson

    I love the Fair Isle hats! I would also like to try felting the ends of the yarn. I love all of the colors, but my favorite colors are Moonlight and Constellation!

  • Andrea Grimaldi

    I love the baskets!

  • Angela Wang

    I love scarves so I’d love to give the Simple Garter Stitch Scarf a try!

  • Carol

    I love all your patterns! And my favorite Wool-Ease Thick & Quick colors are Fossil as show here and Grey Marble.

  • Annette Matthews

    Fair Isle hats with mustard and white!

  • Madelyn

    I’d love to make the fair isle hat. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Erinne

    I love the baskets! I’d probably make one from granite, but there’s so many colours it’s hard to choose!

  • Heather

    Beautiful! I’d love to try the knit hats and basket for sure!!….and how to choose a colour I love them all! 💛

  • Mary Clare Struthers

    I’ve been wanting to learn to knit for a while now, so learning how to make your knitted baby hat would be awesome!

  • carol

    i use this yarn to make scarfs and hats for my son its one of his favorites also

  • Melissa Barratt Johnston

    I knit and crochet, I would love to try your knit beanie and I might, I even have a few skeins of bulky yarn in my stash from Christmas!

  • Jessica

    I’d love to make some of your baskets in gray marble!

  • Serena

    I would love to make any of those hats…or the baskets!

  • Deborah W

    I love all the projects but would probably make the Simple Seed Stitch Headband in Fossil. It’s so cute!

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  • Cheri H.

    I would love to knit one of the Fair Isle hats. I really like the mustard and cream colored Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.

  • ooooo …. yes, please. Oatmeal &/or Wheat for baskets. (swoon).

  • Maria

    The baskets in the mustard color😊

  • Terri Smith

    I would love to do the infinity scarf. I did your pattern fee the cowl and it was so easy and came out beautifully! I really like black black and white mixed.

  • This past weekend, i was just looking on your pattern basket, planing to crochet a pair for my plants 😀 but the wool i have doesn’t seem bulky as the Lion Brand Yarn’s “Wool-Ease Thick & Quick” you’ve used.
    Then i would love to make them in the natural color or the same wheat one 🙂

  • Erminda

    I made the cowl for a gift before. I want to make the long scarf in purple or mustard

  • Stephanie

    So many great projects!!!! I’m thinking either the super scarf or baskets…. I would lovvveeee the mustard or wheat 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Oh goodness. I never realized how great this yarn could be! I’ve used it a handful of times for simple loom projects, but now I’m excited to expand. 🙂
    I’m very new to needle knitting, so I’d love to give the simple cowl a try to see how it goes! I end up wearing a lot of neutral colors (partly because I’m a little lazy, but mostly because I’m afraid that I’ll look washed out or sick!) so something like obsidian would look wonderful for me.

    Thanks for the opportunity and for showing me some really fun ideas!

  • Rebecca B.

    I would make hats or infinity scarves. I really like the Cilantro, Glacier, and Taupe colors.

  • Elizabeth Kisielewski

    I am most interested in scarves and throws. Some of my favorite colors are denim, wheat, toffee, and marble.

  • Donna Calamari

    I have been making hats so I’d love to try your design and the fair isle. I have the Wheat color and Licorice in my stash right now. I want to try kale and raisin and spearmint and barley and lemongrass and I could keep on going.

  • Lisa T.

    Thanks for the Simple knit series and also the chance to win for this giveaway! I love T&Q as well and would love to try the Fair Isle hat in mustard and white combo. Have a lovely summer!

  • Bonnie

    I like the Long Double Crochet Cowl in Raspberry like you made it, but I don’t see that color at the LB web site, so I choose the Poinsettia color.

  • Rosalin Afan

    I tried make cowl used the same yarns and it turned out to be so cute! because these particular yarns are so thick that made it easier and fast to work with. I would try the hat this time because it is so fun to wear it in the winter.

  • Garnét Wing

    I’d try to make the fisherman’s rib hat. I only know how to crochet (very limited experience with knitting), so this would be a nice small project to get started reading a pattern.

  • Phoebe Leung

    I’d love to make that toque with the fossil color <3

  • Cora Shaw

    I love the baskets! I also love the mustard, crimson and blossom colours.

  • Cilene S Magnine

    I would LOVE to make the Basket Pattern in Toffee…!!!

  • Mary Leonardini

    I love the wheat!!!

  • Monica

    I would love to make a basket or an infinity scarf with either the fossil or denim color both are such beautiful colors.

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    Fair Isle Hats
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  • Shannon

    I would love to use Lion Brand in Wheat and Denim Blue to make the “Long double Crochet Cowl”.

  • Zot

    I’d like to make the fair isle hats with astroland or wild strawberry against a plain black background.

  • Sandra Donald

    I would like to make the Chunky Crocheted Baskets

  • Thu Huynh

    I would love to make a basket with the color Desert!

  • Ally

    I love the mustard yellow and I would make a scarf or cowl with it!

  • Isabella Dior

    I would make the warmest sweater on earth for someone who seriously needs it – a person who works outdoors to make living, year round. He’s the nicest man in the world, but doesn’t have a lot of money. I’ve watched him in the winter, when it’s so cold and snowy, out there working hard with inadequate clothing. I’d make it using “Fisherman” and watch him stay warm.

  • Rose Nishiyama

    I want to make a couple of those pom-pom hats for my grandkids. They need something warm for their heads during winter and there’s enough wool in the Wool Ease to make it warm.

  • Therese Radice

    I love the cranberry and camouflage , and I would gift it to my daughter.

  • lesley

    i made the twist cowl last year but am really excited to make the baskets!!

  • Ann C.

    I would love to make the baskets!

  • Mackenzie Burke

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to make chunky baskets outta the Toffee!

  • ImDesertOlive

    I really like Abalone!

  • Nancy Wang

    I would make baskets with blossom and wheat!

  • April Fitzsimmons

    Baskets!!!! Love all the colors but fishermen is my go to!!!

  • Juliana

    I would love to make a Fair Isle Hat in Fisherman and Starlight!

  • minibea12

    Fair Isle Hats look great!
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  • Elizabeth Sarah

    I’d love to win checkerboard for your fluffy scarf! 😍

  • Christie Yuen

    I would love to make one of those baskets (or a few)!

  • Mairi Saffarese

    I love the Long Double Crochet Cowl. I think it would look awesome in the new Kale colour!

  • Angeline

    I love the baskets! With my second baby on the way I could use some more organization. Perhaps a couple tiny hats are in my future too!!

  • Melinda

    I would love to make those baskets you made, and Sequoia would be the color I’d like to use for them. Thank you for the chance to win. 🙂

  • Sarah

    I would love to make (and wear) your fair isle hat. How pretty. I think I would make it in the gold & white shown above. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lorraine Munro

    This is my favorite yarn whenever I’m in the store, I’m always drawn directly to it. I’d love to make your huge infinity scarf with the fossil colour.

  • nkam1

    Love your baskets! Fishermens would be a perfect choice for me to try these : )

  • Rachel Ballew

    I really love the garter stitch cowl scarf! I think the Astroland color is pretty!

  • Sarah Ravel

    Definitely the baskets. Always a big fan of starlight colourway 😊

  • Amanda E. White

    I’ve been wanting to tackle fair isle knitting so your hat pattern would be a perfect one for me to try (and I just love the yellow and white together!)

  • I’d love to try out the twist cowl! I love the light neutral colours, so anything like wheat, oatmeal, or fossil will work!

  • Sandy

    Huskies is the color I like and the cowl scarf so maybe the color should be Celebration.

  • Lori J

    I love the Fair Isle Hats and the baskets, but it’s so hard to choose because there are many I love. Same goes for the colors of

  • Lori J

    It’s so hard to choose because there are so many great patterns. I love the Fair Isle Hats and the basket patterns. Same goes for the yarn. Sooo many great colors, such as Cranberry, Marble, Twilight, Toffee. I love them all!

  • Sharon

    I would love to make the knitted baby hats. They are adorable!

  • Natalie M.

    Cowls & baskets…I like Hudson Bay for cowls; perhaps I’d use my nieces respective college colors for baskets since we need to double up : )

  • bobbi318

    I would love to make the long double crochet Cowl

  • Patty Baca

    I would love to make the baskets.

  • Nikki McComas

    I would make the Fisherman’s Rib Hat.

  • Sheila Miller

    Would love to make baskets for my office.

  • Love the baskets in oatmeal and cilantro!!!

  • Sheila Farrell

    I would love to try the baskets. (To put more yarn in! )
    And of course, what Canadian wouldn’t want the Hudson’s Bay color?

  • Cerridwen Johnson

    I like the baskets!!

  • Amy Sizemore

    I would try the long double crochet cowl, in any color

  • Hannah Sue Richardson

    I would knit up your simple garter stitch scarf/cowl, it looks so warm and comfortable, and I really admire beautiful simplicity in design. Can you imagine how beautiful that would be knit in Glacier or Moonlight?! 😍😍😍

  • Flo

    I would love to knit your Fair Isle Hats. I have never done fair isle before and this looks like a great project to start with. Also, I love your blog! It is very helpful and fun!

  • Lynda Hitchcock

    i would like to try making the Simple Garter Stitch Cowl/Scarf with wool-ease in a cream color.

  • Amanda Nappier

    With my baby due in the next month, I’d love to work with the baby hat pattern. It’s one of the cutest I’ve seen! <3

  • Daeshamaree Brown

    My favorite of the patterns is definitely the seed stitch headband.

  • Jeanne Lawrence

    Being a container freak, I would definitely like to try the baskets. They’re just what I need yarn baskets to hold my yarn.

  • Tanya Francis

    I’d like to try the Fisherman’s hat in the cream color.

  • Julie

    Id try the fishermans hat in fossil

  • Jennie O’Connor

    Love those baskets!. And hat! and can’t wait to see the throw pattern!

  • Alexia McCabe

    That blue jay color would make absolutely amazing baskets.

  • Lori Brenig

    I love the bright colors, my favorite is Parakeet. I also like the range of blues. Love this yarn!

  • I would get Russet for my color. Gorgeous red!

  • sampoulter

    I think Fossil or Moonlight would make a beautiful afghan — and I need to make one for a soon-to-be-married nephew!

  • Malarie

    Those fair isle hats are stinking adorable! Such a unique motif design. I use wool ease in that heathered charcoal colour and it’s one of my favourites 🙂

  • Christy

    I want to do the Garter Stitch Cowl and seedstitch headband.
    I’d love any color because This is a gift

  • Katie Lukes

    I’d love to try the baskets or hats in fisherman!

  • Karen

    I would love to make a basket!

  • Mary Henaghen

    I love the baskets, especially in neutrals like Oatmeal

  • waitingonjc7

    I would love to make the Fair Isle Hat in Black and Fisherman. :0)