This week I’m taking a look at Berroco Mixer®, a thick and thin yarn that’s perfect for summer knitting. Mixer blends cotton, polyester, rayon, and nylon into a thick and thin tape yarn that creates a one-of-a-kind fabric. Read on for more about Berroco Mixer.
Mixer is a unique yarn in the Berroco line up. The fibers are mixed in a way to create shifts from soft cotton to a shimmery nylon in a yarn that is mostly a DK weight but changes gears now and then to a thin but sturdy laceweight. The resulting fabric, knit on the recommended US size 7 (4.5 mm) needle, is lightweight and airy, perfect for summer garments. I highly recommend using wood or acrylic needles when knitting with Mixer—the yarn is just slippery enough that you might find it difficult to keep the stitches on the needles if using metal needles. And speaking of it being a slippery yarn, we’ve found that using a ball winder can be tricky with this yarn. I wound the yarn into a ball by hand and had no problems with it, so keep that in mind when you get ready to use Mixer.
Mixer also comes in a wide range of colors to suit any summer knitting needs. I chose to use #8144 Jive for my swatch—I love how the blues and greens remind me of bird feathers or mermaid scales.
Need some ideas on how to use Mixer? We’ve got fifteen patterns in this incredible yarn, including Thelma, from Booklet #354, and Carico and Damele, from Booklet #373. We even have a free crochet pattern using Mixer, called Shirley.
Enjoy knitting with Berroco Mixer!