The Berroco Spring launched in January featuring 3 new yarns for 2016 and a collection of new patterns to go with them. Here in the northeast United States, temperatures have settled in to seasonal norms (high today of 28F) and I’m more anxious to start new projects that will keep me cozy while I knit then I am to day dream about summer vacation.
The pattern collection for Booklet #368 has been an early favorite for PDF sales. The book features Mykonos (142yds / 130m, 66% Linen, 26% Nylon, 8% Cotton) a slinky, shiny core spun yarn that is cool to the touch and perfect for knitting in balmy weather. We love the jewel-toned palette of the Mykonos yarn line but if you’re like me, seasonally it’s still a little early to think about knitting with a yarn that breathes summer.
Cosma (164yds / 150m 60% Alpaca, 30% Wool, 10% Silk) is a perfect alternative. Cosma has a multi-plied and refined twist, creating a knitted fabric with a similar look to Mykonos but more suited to a cold weather climate. This classic yarn is perfect for light weight, wearable sweaters and accessories that transition from winter to spring and fall to winter.
Melina from booklet #368 is a long sleeved raglan cardigan with super flattering peplum style waist shaping. Melina knits up at a gauge of 24 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in St st on US 4, perfect for Mykonos or Berroco Cosma.
Doria shown in Mykonos on the right, is another piece that translates perfectly to Cosma, shown in shades 2403 “Lily” and 2460 “Lotus” on the left. Doria is a super easy pullover knit in garter stitch at a relaxed gauge of 21 sts and 34 rows = 4″ on a US 6 needle. Doria is a great first sweater project for newer knitters. But stripes aren’t for everyone so we made Maris (also pictured at the beginning of the post). Maris features the same easy breezy garter stitch and flattering boat neck line as Doria with a longer length.