The third yarn in our new lineup for Fall/Winter 2016, Berroco Millefiori™ is a super-soft, super colorful blend of wool and acrylic worked at a worsted weight gauge. Let’s take a look at this beautiful yarn!
Millefiori is a single-spun yarn that’s 50% wool and 50% acrylic. This blend, when dyed in vibrant hues, allows for deeply saturated colors with a dramatic, almost glow-like sheen. The yarn is a little bit thick-and-thin, with some parts spun a little more tightly and some less spun, but it’s a very subtle difference—overall, the yarn is even and creates a nice fabric when knit up. I knit my swatch on US size 7; the recommended needle size is a US size 8 (I am notorious for knitting looser than our recommended gauge, so I always go down at least one needle size).
Millefiori means “a thousand flowers” in Italian, and we chose this name because of the gorgeous colors of the yarn. I worked up my swatch in the Lupin color. As you can see, the 8 shades of Millefiori are all gorgeous! I
We’ve got six patterns in booklet 377 Berroco Millefiori that are designed specifically for this yarn. Cilka is an open-front, waterfall cardigan worked in pieces to show off the beautiful color variations. Jolana is an easy-to-knit ruana; the fronts are knit separately and then joined for the back. Katka is a simple fisherman’s rib hat worked in one ball of Millefiori.
Kaleen is a simple slip-stitch cowl in two shades of Millefiori. Ruza is a pair of brightly colored mittens, with extra-long cuffs to keep out the chill winds of winter. Finally, Kveta is an easy-to-knit triangular shawl with fringe worked as you go. One of our sales reps, Andra, made an extra-large Kveta—see her notes on Ravelry.
This week’s free KnitBits pattern is Dayflower, a crocheted throw made with Millefiori. We love how this beautiful yarn works up in crochet!
Which shade of Berroco Millefiori is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!