In addition to our six new yarns for fall, we have two pattern collections that feature Berroco yarns with new colors. Our Booklet 381 Cozy is one of those collections—six patterns worked in new shades of Berroco North Star® and Berroco Gusto®. Today we’re looking at Berroco North Star, an alpaca-nylon blend yarn.
The official start date for our Greenwood Shawl KAL is fast approaching—Monday is August 1 and that’s when we get to start knitting this awesome asymmetrical shawl from designer Martha Wissing. If you haven’t already pulled together your materials, there’s still plenty of time to head to your local yarn store to choose your Berroco Ultra® Alpaca and purchase the Portfolio Volume 2 book (you can also purchase the individual PDF if your store participates in the Ravelry In-Store program, just ask!).
Knitted skirts and dresses were once a staple of the knitter’s wardrobe. Just as every fashion show used to end with a wedding dress, no magazine was complete with out at least 1 dress if not a dress and 2 piece knitted suit. Exquisite day dresses with smart jackets hand knit with an exciting new fiber, rayon, on US size 1, 2 or 3 were all the rage in the 1930s and ’40s. In the 1950s, mohair was all the rage; in the 1960s, sheath and mini-dresses.
A few weeks ago, I looked at Berroco Ultra Alpaca; this week we’re taking a look at it’s baby sibling, Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Fine. This fingering weight yarn is used in the Teeter Totter shawl (did you see the post with alternate colorways?) from Berroco Portfolio Volume 2, as well as in two patterns from Berroco Portfolio Volume 1 (and many more)!
Finally, the day of reckoning has arrived, and we have a winner in the Berroco Portfolio Volume 2 KAL! Thank you everyone who voted—we had more than 1,300 responses! Five projects received more than 100 votes, and two of those had more than 200 votes—in fact, the top two projects were very, very close in the end. Read more
We’re so happy to include knitwear designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre in Berroco Portfolio Vol 2! These two are no strangers to working together—they’ve previously published New England Knits and Weekend Hats, both with Interweave/F+W Media. Their third book, Weekend Wraps, is scheduled to hit shelves on August 2. Weekend Wraps is a collection of 18 knitting patterns for cowls, scarves, shawls, shrugs, and even a super cute poncho in Berroco Peruvia Quick. This collection features work by 15 designers, including the North Star Cardigan, designed by yours truly.
As much as I love writing about Berroco yarns, I love hearing other people talk about the yarns even more. Ellen from Crazy For Ewe in Leonardtown, Maryland, wrote about her experience with a Berroco Cotolana™ trunk show and kindly shared her text and images with us. I’m going to quickly talk about the yarn and show a swatch, and then Ellen’s going to take it away! Read more