Colorful, fun knitting and crocheting with Berroco Brio

If you love yarns with vibrant colors that create visually stunning fabrics, you’ll love to knit or crochet Berroco Brio®! This super-bulky yarn works up quickly and comes in nine incredible colorways.

Berroco Brio is a blend of 49% wool, 48% acrylic, and 3% other—in this case, it means the strands of sparkly fiber that are interspersed throughout the ball of yarn.  We recommend knitting the yarn on a size 15 needle, or using a size 16 crochet hook (10 mm for both of those tools). I made the mistake of grabbing the needles I had closest to me, which were size 10½ needles—so my swatch is a little wobbly! But it shows the important of making sure your finished fabric is what you want—the bulging sides are kind of cool, and could make an interesting feature in a project! Berroco Brio swatch

You can kind of see the sparkle effect in the top photo, but here’s a closer detail shot. This shows how the yarn is spun—a single spun strand that is overspun in some parts and underspun in others. In my swatch, the overspun sections (where the fabric pulls in) are the parts that have the sparkly fibers spun in, while the underspun sections are less dazzly—but look at the gorgeous colors!


My swatch was worked in shade #9495 Tango—the same color that was used in this week’s free pattern, Quinoa. This headband is easy to knit has a simple stitch pattern to show off this yarn to its best advantage. You can get two headbands out of one ball of Brio, so grab a couple of balls and knit up gifts for friends and family members on your holiday gifting list!

Quinoa headband knit in Berroco Brio

We’ve got a few other patterns in this cheerful yarn, including Woolsey, a crocheted shawl pattern, and Caley, a really cute pullover with a deep ribbed collar.

Woolsey crocheted shawl pattern in Berroco BrioCaley pullover knitting pattern in Berroco Brio

What would you knit or crochet with Berroco Brio?

3 thoughts on “Colorful, fun knitting and crocheting with Berroco Brio

  1. I really like the Caley pattern, but I’d like to knit a larger, tunic sized version to wear over leggings and a Turtleneck. Does this sound possible?

    1. Hi! I’m sure it’s possible—the pattern is written to fit up to a 46″ bust, but it would be pretty easy to upsize it (the cast-on number is in multiples of 6, so you’d just add 6 stitches for every 4″ of finished bust measurement you’d want). The largest size is written at 18″ long from underarm to hem—you could very easily grab another ball or two of Brio and just work the body for more rows (there’s no shaping in the body, so that’s easy). Let me know if you make these modifications and knit your own Caley!

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