The second of our six new yarns for fall/winter 2016, Berroco Ginkgo™ is a delightful combination of silk and wool in a DK-weight yarn. This yarn is super soft and comfy, making it perfect for garments and accessories alike.
Ginkgo is made up of 52% silk and 48% wool that’s blended together before being spun into the two plies that make up the yarn. This combination of fibers that take dye differently means that the finished yarn has a pleasing speckled effect.
You can see how the silk and wool are blended together in this photo—the silk has a nice sheen to it, the wool is soft, and the plies are slightly underspun to give the yarn more loft and bounce.
When knit up, this effect blurs to created a heathered fabric. The recommended needle size for this yarn is a US Size 8 (5 mm); I used a US size 6 (4 mm) for my swatch. The fabric has a great drape and is lightweight.
Berroco Ginkgo is great in stockinette stitch, but it also works up nicely in a variety of textured stitches and eyelet lace, as evidenced in the six patterns that make up Booklet 376 Berroco Ginkgo. Jessamyn is a seamless knit cardigan pattern, worked side-to-side in a cartridge rib stitch. Tala is an asymmetrical shawl with an eyelet stitch pattern. Aini combines eyelets, textures, and fringe for a chic boho-inspired scarf knitting pattern.
The subtle heather effect of the yarn also works well for colors, as shown in Nadia, a seamless colorwork sweater knit from the bottom up, and in Janna, a loopy cowl knit in varying width of stripes. For a simple, quick hat knitting pattern, look no further than Azusa.
We also released our first free pattern in Ginkgo: Tannin is a long stole that starts with a strip of knitting in which eyelets and texture are employed to resemble an acorn and oak leaf pattern. Stitches are then picked up to work the eyelet check pattern for the main body.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this great new yarn! Let us know in the comments below.