Woolease Thick & Quick Yarn Substitutes

Wondering what the best yarn substitute for Woolease Thick and Quick yarn is when you are allergic to wool and need a wool-free yarn?

In this review, we will look at 4 different wool-free yarn options that are great substitutes for Lion Brand Woolease Thick and Quick.

I have several crochet and knit patterns that use Lion Brand Woolease T&Q, so I often get asked what is a good yarn substitute for Woolease Thick and Quick if you are allergic to wool?

One of my most popular crochet patterns that uses Lion Brand Woolease T&Q is the Farmhouse Christmas Tree Skirt.

This pattern uses 2 strands held double, so in my reviews, I do a single crochet swatch, and knit swatch, and a dc swatch held double.

In the Woolease Thick and Quick yarn review, we will go over these 4 yarns:

Hobbi Amigo Giga, Premier Basix Super Bulky, Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky, and K+C Alpaca Solids.

If you want to see my video yarn review of these 4 yarns, view it here – 

COZY Rating System

So what system did I use to rate and review these 4 yarns?

I made up a COZY rating system!

I plan on making this a video series on my YouTube channel, so subscribe if you want to see additional cozy yarn reviews!

So what is the COZY rating system?

You know I had to do the acronym play on words, right?

It was begging to be done.

In the COZY yarn review rating system, we go through the cost, offered colors of the yarn, ease of using the yarn, and how the yarn feels.

I will then give it an overall rating out of 10.

So let’s jump in!

First up is Hobbii Amigo Giga yarn:

COST

I rated cost as a 0/10. It was way too expensive.

One skein is listed as $12.10, but with $10 shipping, I ended up paying $23.42. I understand that it ships from Denmark, but to get free shipping, you have to reach $100, so my one skein of yarn ended up being way too expensive.

If the value matched the price, I would not have rated it so harshly, but I was not impressed with the quality of the yarn.

But before we get into another negative, let’s look at the one pro I found of Hobbii Amigo Giga yarn –

OFFERED COLORS

The colors available in this line of yarn is exceptionally good.

61 available colors, with varying shades and hues. I always say more is better when it comes to colors, and you can tell that Hobbii definitely focuses on that.

Because there are so many colors and hues offered, I gave Offered Colors a 10/10.

Perfect score.

EAZE OF USE

For the ease of use, I rated it a 9/10.

I had no problems crocheting or knitting with it. They were easily worked up, and I had no problems with yarn splitting.

Now on to the negatives:

YARN FEEL

The yarn feel is a 4/10.

This is a 100% acrylic yarn, and I feel like it took all the bad parts of acrylic and put it into a skein of yarn.

The fibers look matted, worn, and old.

The yarn feels scratchy. I would not describe it as soft.

And looking at after crocheted and knitting, the fabric still looks matted and old.

The white is Lion Brand Woolease Thick and Quick and red is Hobbii Amigo Giga.

The gauge was off, and I would not recommed this as a good yarn substitute. 

Not only for Woolease T&Q but to use at all.

OVERALL RATING

The overall rating for Hobbii Amigo Giga is 3/10.

One huge thing that makes it be rated so low is that it is incorrectly labeled on the yarn label.

When I got the yarn, I noticed that the yarn label said it was a weight 5.

I was so confused because I specifically only ordered yarn that was a weight 6 yarn super bulky, so I could test it against Lion Brand Woolease T&Q.

After feeling the yarn strand, I knew that there was no way that it was a weight 5 yarn. It definitely felt like a weight 6.

I got on Hobbii’s website to read about the yarn, and I saw that they have a disclosure that their labels are wrongly labeled.

Needless to say, I was not happy with this.

Do not send out incorrect yarn labels. It only creates confusion.

To make the situation worse, you can see that they have the “yarn weight” listed on their website as both “bulky” and “super bulky” to cover their backs because there is so much confusion.

Choose the correct yarn weight, stick with that yarn weight, and send the correct labels.

Second yarn is Premier Basix Super Bulky yarn:

COST

The cost is a 6/10 for the Premier Basix Super Bulky yarn.

This is a newer yarn from Premier, so I could not find it in stores.

I had to order it online, which means I had to pay for shipping (always the worst!), so that’s why I rated it a bit lower.

It cost me $11.64 total.

Not bad at all.

 

The yarn is only $5 on their website, so it is priced very low.

I can’t wait for this to be offered in stores because I think it will fly off the shelves!

Premier does offer free shipping in the US for orders over $75, and free shipping for Canada for orders over $100.

OFFERED COLORS

There are 20 colors offered in the Premier Basix Super Bulky yarn line.

Due to the amount of colors and varying shades, I rated Offered Colors an 8/10 for Premier Basix Super Bulky.

Pleased with their color offering, and I am often asked what super bulky yarns have good shades of red, and you can see that there are 2 pretty shades of red offered.

A cherry red and a deeper red. Both are beautiful.

EAZE OF USE

The ease of use for this super bulky yarn sub is 9/10.

I had no problems with yarn splitting.

It was great to work with, and very easy to knit and crochet.

YARN FEEL

The yarn feel for Basix Super Bulky yarn is 8/10.

Basix Super Bulky is also a 100% acrylic yarn, but unlike Amigo Giga, it has the good qualities of an acrylic yarn.

It is not as soft as a natural fiber, but for an acrylic, it is fairly soft.

It is more a dense fabric than Woolease Thick and Quick, but overall, this is a good substitute for a non-wool Woolease T&Q sub.

OVERALL

Overall COZY score for Premier Basix Super Bulky is 9/10.

This is my number 1 yarn pick for best wool-free yarn substitute for Woolease Thick and Quick.

One really neat thing about this line of yarn is that they tested it against 350 harmful toxins to ensure it is safe for you, your family, babies, pets, etc.

As someone with an autoimmune disease, I really appreciate this extra care.

Bonus points!

The top row in this picture is Woolease T&Q and the bottom row is Basix Super Bulky.

You can see the gauge is fairly similar for the double stranded double crochet and the single crochet.

The knit gauge looks a bit different however. I would make sure to check gauge and go up or down a needle size if it is off for a pattern needing Woolease Thick and Quick.

Third yarn is Yarn Bee Effortless yarn:

COST

Cost is rated 9/10.

This yarn can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, so as long as you have a HL nearby, you won’t have to pay or wait for shipping.

Hobby Lobby runs a 30% off all yarn every other week, so as long as you time it right, you can get this yarn for $6.29, which is a great price for a super bulky yarn!

OFFERED COLORS

The colors available for Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky is okay, but not great.

I gave it a 6/10 for offered colors.

There are 12 colors offered. I know that the picture above is not great, but that’s because Hobby Lobby’s website is not great.  

12 colors is about average for yarn colors in a line. However, there were too many neutrals for my taste.

Purple, yellow, and orange are all missing, as well as a black, which in my opinion is a must for available yarn colors.

EAZE OF USE

Ease of use is 7/10 for me.

As you can see, the yarn sheds.

The yarn is 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca, and with any alpaca blend of yarn, there will be shedding. I did not take points off for that because it is a given.

However, I did take a few points off because the yarn split on me while working with it.

It didn’t split terribly on me, but with natural fibers, that’s not uncommon.

YARN FEEL

Yarn feel for Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky is 10/10 for me.

The softness is perfection on this yarn.

So soft.

Being 20% alpaca, I expected it to be soft, but I liked it more than the other alpaca yarn I reviewed. The K+C Alpaca Solids is not as soft as Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky yarn.

The drape is great, and overall, I like this yarn.

OVERALL

Overall score for Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky is 7.5/10.

And yes, I know you shouldn’t have a decimal in a fraction, but I felt 7 was too low, but 8 was too high.

The lack of colors, plus the yarn splitting made me dock a few points.

But if you cannot wait for shipping, and you have a Hobby Lobby in town, this would be my pick for non-wool yarn sub.

Overall gauge is comprable to Woolease Thick and Quick for held double stranded, as well as knit and crochet.

A good yarn substitute that is wool-free if that pattern calls for Lion Brand Woolease Thick and Quick.

Last yarn is K+C Alpaca Solids yarn:

COST

The cost of K+C Alpaca is rated 9/10.

For an alpaca yarn that has 130 yards in the skein, $7 is a great price!

Joann will also run sales typically, so stack your coupons, and don’t be afraid to ask the workers if you there are more coupons available!

I do it nearly every time I go, and there usually is one that is better!

OFFERED COLORS

For K+C Alpaca Solids, I rated it 7/10.

There’s only 10 yarn colors offered, but I feel like there’s a better selection of good yarn colors, so that’s why I rated it higher than Yarn Bee Effortless.

EAZE OF USE

Eaze of use for K+C Alpaca Solids is a 5/10.

This yarn split very easily. I had to pay special attention when I was knitting and crocheting because I kept on splitting stitches.

It did shed as well, but I heard that if you wash alpaca fabric twice, it will make the yarn stop shedding.

I didn’t try it, but may be worth looking into.

YARN FEEL

Yarn feel is 8/10.

Of course it was soft as it is 20% alpaca.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite as soft as Yarn Bee Effortless, so i knocked it a point.

OVERALL

Overall K+C Alpaca Solids yarn is rated 7/10 for me.

I would not say it is a good yarn substitute for Woolease Thick and Quick, but it was a nice yarn overall.

You can see that the gauge is drastically off for crochet and knit. You would have to adjust the hook or needle size a lot, and at that point, I would rather just choose a better suited yarn than alter a pattern so drastically.

My Overall Pick for Best Yarn Substitute for Woolease Thick and Quick

Premier Basix Super Bulky Yarn is the best wool-free substitute for Woolease Thick and Quick.

It worked up and felt nearly identical to Woolease Thick and Quick, and I liked the yarn so much that I want to get more.

Thanks, friends! If you like this review or have other yarns you’d like for me to review, leave a comment below.

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