Chunky cardigans cost a lot to make. Fact. Gram for gram you get far fewer yards per skein in a chunky weight. I know that I get enough wear out of my A Walk in the Woods cardigan to make the hefty yarn bill for the suggested yarn absolutely worth it, but not everyone wants to spend that much on their hobby.
With frugality in mind I decided to hunt the shelves for a Cheap and Cheerful chunky suggestion and one that just happens to be a perfect sub for my A Walk in the Woods Cardigan.
Price – around £2.70 per 50g ball (RRP is £3.19 but everywhere I looked had it cheaper)
Fibre – 70% acrylic, 30% wool
Weight – chunky
Yardage – 82 yds
Range – 30 colours, a mixture of solid, heathered (flecks of colour added) and marled (multiple colours twisted together). Mostly quite natural colours.
It’s nice to crochet with there is no squeaking and only a very little tendancy to split. It doesn’t feel or smell particularly woolly but it is quite soft yet feels rugged and hardwearing. Compared to the Berocco Peruvia Quick that I swatched for the cardigan too and the Artesano Wool that the original sample is made in, the Click is much lighter and drapier when crocheted. It also has a lot more sheen to it than the pure wool does.
The range of colours is really nice and very wide for a budget brand. (And handily has three shades perfect for making the cardigan (Flock, Camo and Hustler))
To make the cardigan in Sirdar Click Chunky would cost between £32 and £62 depending which size you make. This is a whopping difference from the recommended yarn which comes in at between £85 and £153 depending on size.
You will notice a difference between the pure wool and the acrylic option but the Sirdar Click Chunky will make a very nice cardigan in its own right.
Side by side photo of the Sirdar Click Chunky (top) and the Berocco Peruvia Quick(bottom)