As we announced on Wednesday, our first knit-along of 2017 will be for a fan-favorite Berroco pattern—Mrs Watson, designed by Martina Behm for Portfolio Volume 1. I’ve got the pattern ready to go, now it’s just a matter of waiting until February 1 and figuring out my yarn! This is a Choose Your Own Yarn KAL—all we ask, to participate officially in either the Ravelry forum or the Facebook event, is that you use a Berroco Yarn or yarn from one of our yarn partners (LANGYARNS, Amano Yarns, James C. Brett, or Ístex Lopi). Of course, that’s where I’m having trouble—picking out my yarn!
The pattern calls for Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Light, which is a sport-weight blend of alpaca and wool. It’s available in 33 different shades, so there’s sure to be two colors of Ultra Alpaca Light that appeal to knitters. Another sport-weight contender is Berroco Cosma®, a blend of alpaca, wool, and silk. Cosma has fewer color choices, which can be good if you, like me, are known to deliberate over color choices for ages.
I’m kind of tempted to change things up a little bit, however, and knit Mrs Watson in a heavier yarn. Berroco Ultra® Alpaca would obviously be the option closest to the original, as it’s the same blend of yarn spun into a worsted weight version. And there’s more than enough colors of Ultra Alpaca to consider. Plus, if I wanted to add a bit of a variegated feel to it, I could combine a solid Ultra Alpaca with one of the Berroco Ultra® Alpaca Tonal shades. Berroco Vintage®, which knits at the same gauge as Ultra Alpaca, is another option for a worsted-weight version of this shawl.
For something completely different, there’s Berroco Fiora™, a blend of plant and synthetic fibers that has a gorgeous sheen. It knits at a similar gauge to Ultra Alpaca Light but will behave differently due to the fiber content. This would make a lovely shawl to drape over your shoulders if you just need a little something extra on a warm evening. Another option is Berroco Artisan™, which has a hand-painted effect on a merino and silk blend yarn. The tonal variations in the dye would make for a really interesting Mrs Watson!
I’m kind of leaning toward a really “out there” sort of option, though. Maybe Berroco Remix®? This yarn is really fun to knit with—I’ve got an Astilbe cardigan on the needles using this yarn—and the recycled fiber content is nice and comfortable. But I’m also thinking I may go a little crazy and choose Berroco Inca Tweed®. Something about the tweedy flecks is really calling to me, and choosing this bulky yarn would make for a nice oversized wrap when it’s finished.
I think I’m leaning toward a gold and grey or black combination—it appeals to my inner Hufflepuff, and those two colors go together so nicely. Let me know what yarns or color combinations you’ve chosen for your own Mrs. Watson in the comments!