With summer winding down, I’m scheming about what to knit next for a fall sweater. The pattern Bly, which launched in Knitbits back in February, is one of my favorite designs from the last year—so versatile and wearable! Knit seamlessly from the top down, there is minimal finishing to do at the end. I designed this pattern to show off the fabulous new marled shades Berroco Indigo that launched with the spring 2016 collection. I love Indigo for cool evenings in the spring, summer, and early fall, but for cooler months I need something a little cozier. This week I’m talking about my top picks for yarn substitutions for Bly.
Berroco Ginkgo is a silk wool blend with a two-tone effect that echoes the marl. This yarn is next-to-skin soft and perfect if you want to dress your knits up a bit—I’m day-dreaming about the shades Amber, Moonstone, or Pewter, but they’re all good!
If you like the idea of a wool-silk blend but your wardrobe preferences tend to be more casual, Berroco Artisan is a dreamy sweater yarn. The fibers have been given a good hard twist which results in a hard-wearing, textural 2-ply that has all the softness of silk with a more rustic appearance. This yarn is dip-dyed for a tonal effect so I do recommend working from 2 skeins and alternating every couple rows to avoid pooling.
And then there is Ultra Alpaca—you can’t go wrong with a classic. Our beloved work horse yarn, a blend of 50/50 highland wool and alpaca, is available in 75 shades, 100g hanks. There is a reason this yarn has been around for 10 years now.
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