Yarn Review: Ice Cream by Lion Brand


All of my reviews reflect my honest opinion. I do my best to scrutinize aspects of the yarn that I’ve seen are important to knitters and crocheters, and point out the pros and cons regardless of my or the community’s preferences. My opinion is not law and is just a testimony of sorts for those interested in learning about a yarn line before buying it.


Ice Cream is a yarn line by Lion Brand Yarns. It’s marketed as a baby-weight acrylic yarn and comes in a variety of patterns and colors, most of which are pastels.

What’s On the Ball Band?

  • Weight: 3
  • Yardage: 394 yards/ 360 meters per 100 grams
  • Hook: 5mm (H-8)
  • Needles: 3.75mm (size 5)
  • Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic


At the time of this review, this yarn can be found mainly at:


First Impressions

Looking at the yarn (in the mint colorway), the colors definitely came off as “baby item-material” with its light pastel tones. In the skein the yarn felt fairly soft and thin, befitting the weight given on the ball band.

Soft and Silky or Itchy Scratchy? {6/10} {7/10 AW}

After using a couple skeins I realized the yarn’s softness is not consistent. Some skeins were definitely softer than others, although none of them were scratchy or rough.  The skein I used to knit the mint blanket was not as soft as the one I used for the pink heart one, which felt smooth like butter in my hands! Because of this, purchasing the yarn in person is the better choice, but is not absolutely necessary as all the skeins I tried were soft.

After washing {AW} the yarn softens up even more, going from a 6/10 to a 7/10 for softness. I also steam blocked the blankets before washing, although it didn’t make them softer; rather, the blankets held their shape and acquired more drape.


Stitch Definition

This swatch (not washed) was crocheted using the recommended hook, with 20 stitches across, and with four rows of single-crochet, three rows of half-double crochet, three rows of double-crochet, and three rows of double-crochet lace.

The Split Factor 

Crocheting – {7.5/10} a.k.a A Bit of Split: Even though I crochet fairly quickly the yarn barely split while I worked. I used a 5mm Boye hook to make the pink blanket, which is comprised of double crochets. The larger stitches gave the yarn ample chances to split on me, but I didn’t have much issue with it. The yarn is not split-free, however, and did split once in a while, especially in areas where the plies were looser.

Knitting – {6/10} a.k.a Moderately Splitty: Splitting was more of an issue when it came to knitting. I used Chiaogoo Red Lace 3.75mm needles to make the mint blanket, and had the yarn split on me more often than it did while I crocheted. The plies seemed to give way to the needle tips more readily than they did to the crochet head, which often led to backtracking on my last-worked stitch to correct the problem. Despite this the splitting was not a large-enough problem to cause frustration, and definitely warrants a rating above 5.

Knotty or Nice? {4/10} a.k.a Very Knotty

The biggest downfall of this yarn for me was the number of knots I found. When it comes to knots, sometimes you just get a bad skein. In my case, I got a couple of bad skeins in different colorways that I purchased at different times. Out of 5 skeins, all of them had at least 2 knots, and 2 of them had 3 knots. The mint skeins were bought months apart from the pink ones, with the mint skeins coming from a Hobby Lobby store and the pink ones from a Joanns. From my experience knots are consistent problem, so I have to give a score below 5 for this one.

Color the Ways {6.5/10}

At the time that this review was released, Lion Brand’s website offered 18 different colorways for their Ice Cream line. They offer different color patterns such as gradients, stripes, and “sprinkles” in both conventional and unconventional pastel colors. You can find your typical baby blue in their Blueberry colorway, or something with a tint of green in their Mint. Everyone’s favorite pink shade can be found in Birthday Cake and Strawberry. My favorite unconventional colorway was Cookies and Cream. I never thought a baby blanket would look good in shades of grey and black, but this colorway got it right!

While 18 colorways is a decent amount, it’s definitely not a lot either (hence a score below 8). What’s more, the yarn does not come in solid colors, so making solid-colored baby items is a no-go. For a comparison, there are other baby yarn lines that offer over 20 colorways, including ones in solid colors (like La Mia Baby Cotton and Paintbox Yarn Baby, just to name a few).

Squeaky Sheen

Squeakiness – {6.5/10} or Moderate: Just like its softness, the yarn’s squeakiness was inconsistent. Most of the skeins I used did not produce an audible squeak while I worked, but one skein in particular was comprised of yarn that was constantly noisy on my hook. The same yarn felt stiffer and sometimes tricked me into thinking I had some sort of residue on my hands. In all honesty I did not enjoy working with this particular skein at all. Towards the end of the very same skein the squeaking stopped, and so did the icky feeling left on my fingers. I am not sure whether to attribute these problems to shipping and handling processes or the actual manufacturing process, but for the most part, all of the other skeins I worked with were pleasantly silent and free of residue.

Shininess – {5/10} or Moderate: In most lighting this yarn has very little sheen. In harsh artificial light or sunlight the yarn’s shininess becomes much more apparent. I personally prefer the duller matte look, but any gleam the yarn did give off in those rare instances did not bother me at all. If you like yarn with those qualities, then a rating of 5 in this department is perfect. If you don’t care for a middle-of-the-road yarn and want something with more matte or more sheen you might want to look elsewhere.


Softness: 6/10, 7/10 AW

Splitting: 7.5/10 for crochet, 6/10 for knitting

Knots: 4/10, I found 2 knots in every skein and 3 knots in two skeins

Color Availability: 6.5/10, a decent number of interesting colorways, but not a large number and no solid colors to choose from

Squeakiness: 6.5/10, inconsistent squeaking across skeins

Shininess: 5/10, moderate shininess

Price For What You Get: This yarn is pretty inexpensive for its competitors, namely other baby yarn lines. You can get a decently sized baby blanket from less than two skeins, and stores like Joann, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s often have sales and coupons you can use to get a discount. The colors by themselves are beautiful and you do not need to worry about color changes or weaving in tons of ends. I definitely think the yarn is worth the listing price.

And there’s that!

I hope reading about my own experience helped you in some way! Whether you are thinking about making a yarn purchase or were just curious, I thank you for reading!

What parts were helpful to you? Surprising or interesting? What’s your own opinion about the yarn? Were there parts of my review you agreed or disagreed with? Is there another yarn you would like me to review? Comment below or send me a message via my blog or Instagram (@lebydeecreations). I’d love to hear what you think!

Touching Heaven Stitch Pattern

About This Pattern

As I finished up my last semester of college, my mind shifted from a textbook state-of-mind to a more creative one. I’ve always wanted to create a pattern of my own, but if my lack of confidence didn’t deter me, my lack of time did. But now that a huge chapter of my life was coming to a close, I had not excuse!

As I wrote out this pattern I realized how much math and logic went into pattern design. Creating a design that was beautiful yet practical is harder than it looks (kudos to all the pattern designers out there!). But after countless drawings, calculations, and swatches, the pattern came together.

This pattern looks quite fancy but is a relatively simple four-row repeat with stitches most intermediate crocheters already know. I gave it its name because the little arms look like they’re reaching up to touch the heavens. Plus, I created this pattern during a point in my life where God answered one of my biggest prayers: to graduate from college!


This stitch pattern is versatile, and can be used with any yarn and a matching hook. You can use it to make pillows, scarves, wraps, wall decorations, and anything else you can think of!



  • Any yarn of your choosing
  • A hook to match the yarn’s weight*

* The piece should naturally lay flat as you work the pattern repeat. If you find your work curling up after 3 repeats, consider go up a hook size or two or relaxing your tension.

Stitches to Know and Abbreviations

  • Foundation half-double crochet (fhdc)*
  • Front-post double crochet (fpdc)
  • Back-post double crochet (bpdc)
  • Chain (ch)
  • Half-double crochet (hdc)
  • Single crochet (sc)
  • Slip Stitch (slst)
  • Stitch (st)


*Fhdc tutorial: https://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-half-double-crochet/

* The ch1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

* Remember when you fpdc or bpdc the stitch that you would have worked in the previous row is skipped.

Row 1: Fhdc a multiple of 9+4, ch1, turn.

  • For example, fhdc a multiple of 9 like 27, 54, 81, etc, then add 4 more stitches
  • Note: Your stitch count should be in multiples of 9+4. When some people fhdc, they count the starting chain as a stitch, while others don’t. This could lead to an incorrect starting stitch count. Regardless of which method you use, just make sure your first row has a stitch count in a multiple of 9+4.

Row 2: Hdc in each st across. Ch1, turn.

Row 3: Repeat Row 2. Your stitch count should be the same as when you began.

Row 4: Hdc in the first 6 st, make one fpdc around hdc two rows below, (hdc in the next 8 st, 1 fpdc in hdc two rows below), repeat () to last 6 st, hdc in last 6 st. Ch1, turn.


Fpdc around corresponding hdc 2 rows below


Row 4 complete

Row 5: Hdc in first 6 st, (1 bpdc around fpdc made in previous row, hdc in next 8 st), repeat () to last 7 st, bpdc around fpdc made in previous row, hdc in last 6 st. Ch1, turn.

Row 6: Sc in first 3 st, (ch 5, slst around fpdc beneath the bpdc made in previous row, ch5, skip 7st, sc in next 2 st), repeat () to last st, sc in last st. Ch1, turn.


Sc in first 3 st, ch 5


Insert hook beneath the fpdc below the fpdc of previous row.


Slst around post by yarning-over and pulling hook through loop on hook.


Slst complete




Skip 7 st and sc in next 2 st


Row 6 complete

Row 7: Sc in first 3 st, (ch1, working into the st made in the row below: skip 1, hdc, ch1, bpdc around fpdc made two rows below, ch1, skip 1, hdc, ch1, skip 1, sc in next 2 sc), repeat () to last st, sc in last st. Ch1, turn.


Sc in first 3 st, ch1, skip st, hdc in hdc made in row below, ch1, skip 1 st


Bpdc around fpdc made 2 rows prior, ch1, skip 1 st, hdc in hdc below


Ch1, skip 1 st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc. 4 holes were made.

Row 8: Hdc in each st and ch1 space, and fpdc around each fpdc (a.k.a each bpdc made in the previous row). You should have the same number of stitches as you started with in your foundation row.

* Be sure not to miss the ch1 spaces between the sc and hdc of previous row.


Hdc in first 3 st, hdc in ch sp, hdc in next st, hdc in ch sp, fpdc around fpdc, hdc in ch sp, hdc in next st, hdc in ch sp, hdc in next 2 st, etc.



You did it!

Repeat rows 5 – 8 until you have desired length. Then repeat Row 2 and bind off.

I would be thrilled to see anything you create using this pattern! Feel free to send me a photo via email (lebydeecreations@gmail.com) or via social media!

You can find me on Instagram as @lebydeecreations, on Ravelry as Debbycakes, and on Pinterest as LebyDee Creations.


Copyright and Terms of Use

With this pattern you may not:

  • Republish as your own work in any way, shape, or form
  • Modify and then republish this pattern. Modifications on personal crocheted pieces are okay
  • Sell this pattern, modified or not
  • Take the photos or images for use in your own patterns or work

You may:

  • Sell any finished object that uses this pattern
  • Share this pattern via the blog’s link only

My Crafter Journey

My name is Deborah, and I’m the gal behind LebyDee. I am very artistic, and my loves include crochet and knitting (obviously), drawing, God, photography, and various aspects of the medical sciences. I am working toward a career in the medical field, and craft whenever I am not involved in a school or church-related event.

Portrait 2


My craft journey began abruptly:

In the December of 2014 (my sophomore year of college) I came home for winter break, and had no idea what to do with myself. I love to draw fantasy art (mainly dragons), but needed a change of pace. My mom happened to receive a basket of old Red Heart yarn from a co-worker, and it was sitting in my closet collecting dust for years after I tried and failed at knitting (we’ll get to that later). Well, I decided I wasn’t touching another pair of knitting needles with a ten-foot pole, but I had this vague recollection of “some other craft” that involved yarn and “some sort of hook”.


Yeah, talk about being uninformed. I literally Googled “yarn and hook” and came up with what we know as crochet. Not knowing any more than that, I drove to Walmart on the same day and somehow found my way to the yarn isle, an isle I never even knew existed before that moment. I looked at all the lovely-itchy-scratchy Red Heart yarn and picked the ugliest color available for not even my Lord knows why. I found the crochet hooks and managed to figure out which one I needed.

That was the easy part.

Home I went with my new yarn and hook, excited to start this new craft. I sat in front of my laptop and ran a YouTube (you heard me) search and clicked on the first video I saw.

And thus, the struggle train left the station. The yarn and hook were awkward in my hands and I had zero tension control. The scratchy yarn was unpleasant against my skin and I had to constantly stop and rewind the video because what was that maneuver again?

But I didn’t hate it. I was actually enjoying myself immensely, and after a week I found a comfortable way to tension my yarn, and I was making single-crochets like nobody’s business. One week later, I completed my very first scarf, comprised of double-crochets and even tassels (adventurous, I know!).

First Scarf.jpg

Isn’t that the most disgusting scarf you have ever seen? The body is made of Caron Simply Soft and the tassels are Red Heart Super Saver. I unknowingly added and removed stitches throughout the scarf, resulting in the skinny-bloated convoluted mess you see before you.

I love this scarf. It’s hideous of course, and I will never wear it in public or private settings, but it shows me how I started my craft journey, and how far I’ve come.

But another challenger approached…

Remember when I said I would never touch another pair of knitting needles again? Well, God had other ideas.

My college dorm has a shared laundry room, which doubles as the trash/recycle room. The semester after I learned to crochet, I ordered yarn online for the first time. I left the box in the recycle bin in the laundry room one day, only to come back two whole weeks later to find that someone thought it was perfect for the Sock Lost-and-Found. I found it amusing, but quickly moved on.

Fast-forward one whole year. I put a soup box in the recycle bin one night, only to return two days later and find that, again, someone took it out and used it as the new Sock Lost-and-Found box. Now that was a funny coincidence. But three weeks later my gel insoles arrived, and I put the (rather huge) box in the recycle area.

The next morning I found the ridiculously large box sitting in the Sock Lost-and-Found area, awkwardly replacing my soup box. Okay, this was getting ridiculous. I updated my mom on the Sock Box Chronicles, and she joked that maybe God was trying to tell me to start a sock ministry. Ha!


Wait… Wait a minute…

I looked up crochet sock patterns like crazy, and set to work. After I completed a few socks, I started to realize something: I didn’t like crocheted socks. I know a lot of people like making them and wearing them, but I (apparently) was not one of those people. This meant I had two choices: I either give up on sock-making, or learn…to…knit…

Sigh. Google and Ravelry became my best friends, and over the next few weeks I stumbled my way into the world of knitting. I didn’t do myself any favors by starting off with one of the most complicated items of clothing to make, using one of the smallest sizes of yarn. I tackled DPNS and splitty yarn, circular needles that were too short, and yarn chicken. I ended up creating various abominations using YouTube videos for references. Here are a few of them:



The purple…thing… is the product of my very first attempt. Sadly, I was using leftover sock yarn and lost to yarn chicken. The top left Mount-Kilimanjaro-looking “sock” came out that way because I didn’t understand the boundaries between the heel, leg, and foot. The bottom sock that’s a perfect fit for a Keebler elf is the result of my misunderstanding of the instructions.

But I saw signs of progress and, with another month of practice I learned how to make fitting, comfy socks (to see how far I’ve come, follow me on Instagram @lebydeecreations).

Now I am actively expanding my knowledge on the knitting and crochet world, and will hopefully inspire others to do the same. I thank God for this spirit of curiosity and the blessing of creativity, and I hope to grow these gifts during the years to come.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for reading!