EDIT: As of September 13, 2021 Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ Graph It yarn is showing in stock on the Yarnspirations website!
As of August 17, 2021 Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ Graph It yarn is showing in stock on the Joann website, although customers are reporting orders are being cancelled due to lack of availability.
Thanks very much to @crypt.cutie on Instagram for giving me the heads up about this new yarn! Be sure to check out her gorgeous colour-blocked loop yarn sweaters on her instagram page and in her depop store!
Up until now, Alize Puffy More yarn from the Turkish-based company Alize yarns was a unique product: a bi-coloured double-stranded loop yarn, which allowed finger-knitters to make beautiful mosaic-style colour work patterns, which had the benefit of being double-sided, giving blankets a very polished look.
This yarn has been increasingly popular in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and subsequently North America, with knitters paying to import the yarn from sellers on Etsy and Amazon.
So really, it's no surprise that Bernat has released a North American version of this beautiful yarn, called Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ Graph It yarn.
At this point, the only place I've found this yarn listed online is on Joann's website here, where it is listed as out-of-stock, and it seems like it will only available in a limited number of colours.
At the time of this blog post, this product does not seem to be listed on the Yarnspirations website or Amazon or anywhere else that I could find, but I would expect that once distribution starts, knitters will have multiple options for purchase.
Based on the information in the Joann's listing, it seems that the skein weight of the Graph It yarn will be similar to Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ yarn (180g/6.4oz), so larger skeins than the Alize Puffy More yarn, and with more yards per skein than the Alize Puffy More.
While information on loop size is not currently available, I presume that they will be similar in size to the Alize Puffy More loops (given that Bernat Alize Blanket-EZ yarn and Alize Puffy yarns are virtually interchangeable, except for skein size). EDIT: Turns out loop size is slightly different - the Bernat loops are 25% taller!
I've updated my Loop Yarn Conversion Chart and Loop yarn sizes: How do they compare? blog post to reflect this new information and have added instructions on how to adjust your yarn quantity from one brand to the other.
EDIT (October 3, 2021): Yarnspirations has added this instructional video:
Have you seen this product in store? Have you used it yet? Let us know!
Hey everyone – sorry for your experiences with order cancellations on Joann – I checked Yarnspirations today and they now show it in stock there! Good luck!
Today (Sept 11) I placed an order for this yarn on Joann’s website (two different colors) and the items were canceled for being unavailable. I hope they’ll be available soon. Can’t wait to start a blanket. It should be extra thick and comfy.
Yarnspirations now has 13 patterns posted on their website. If you filter for Bernat, then scroll to the bottom of the product line section, it has it listed as Bernat Alize Blanket Ez Graph-it. The yarn itself is not available yet. (And I did get my yarn from Joann, working on a scarf right now.)
Oh no! I hope you get your order. It still shows available for sale to me when I view it from Canada or the U.S. and I was able to add some to my cart, but I’m not quite ready to purchase some myself yet. If you do get your order and have a chance to knit with it, let us know how it goes!
Looks like Joann either pulled it from sale or sold out. I ordered some yesterday but don’t know if I will get it or not. Their web developers are horrible, so yesterday may have been an error.