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Weaving in ends with Mykonos

One of our new yarns, Berroco Mykonos™, is a little different from the rest. Mykonos is a core-spun yarn, which means it’s really two yarns, one wrapped around the other. The core of Mykonos is a super strong linen, which give this yarn its beautiful drape. The linen is covered in a wrapper of rayon which gives it the shimmery, slippery surface. Lovely to work with and to wear but how to weave in the ends?

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Berroco Fiora is a Cotton Blend Yarn for Summer

The weather’s finally warming up here in New England so I’m looking at my warm-weather knits and trying to figure out what to wear. One of the key components of knitwear for summer is picking a yarn that will be lightweight and comfortable against the skin, and cotton blend yarns such as Berroco Fiora® fit that bill perfectly.

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How to Read Knitting Charts for the Odora Shawl

We’re chugging away on our Odora Shawl KAL! For anyone who is knitting with us but is new to lace knitting, you might have some questions about the chart repeat section that shows up on Chart 2. Understanding knitting charts can be really easy once you understand the mechanics, so let’s take a look at part of Chart 2 so we can understand how everything’s working. Read more

Julia Farwell-Clay: Designer to watch

The designer Julia Farwell-Clay has a great gift for clever knitting. Her work reflects her brilliant mind, with clever twists on traditional motifs and technique. All that said, what always gets me about her work is how she uses patterns. Julia’s Metronome, designed for Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, is a perfect example of what I mean.

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Eco-friendly Recycled Yarn: Berroco Remix

Last week, designer Kristen TenDyke described in detail the construction of her Homa Sweater, designed in Berroco Remix®. Kristen talked about why she chose to use Remix for this sweater, and had previously written a review about Remix on her website. I had not yet knit with Remix, so I figured that today, to coincide with the announcement of our giveaway winner, I’d take a look at this recycled fiber yarn!

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Playing with Crochet Motifs

For our 2nd Annual Mother’s Day quick gifts pattern, I wanted to crochet a small accessory. I’ve been loving finding new ways to use crochet motifs lately (as you can also see in my Provence/Vera patterns in our Spring ’16 collection), and I thought it might be fun to use motifs to make a headband.

Of course, when designing, things don’t always go exactly as we expect. I found a lovely square motif and crocheted one in Berroco Mykonos, and while I liked it, I didn’t really think it would make a good headband. And I was starting to doubt the whole idea of a headband for this project. Hmmmm…

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But as stared at the motif, I felt there was something kind of interesting about the corners…

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Suddenly, I had a whole new idea—a necklace, using just a piece of the motif. I took the motif diagram and circled around a section of it that created a kind of tear-drop shape, like a medallion. Then I played around with some simple stitch patterns to use for the rest of the necklace—et voila! A whole new thing that I hadn’t even thought of at the start.

Epilogue: As I was writing the pattern and making my new chart, I thought, “I know I’ve used this cluster symbol in a crochet chart before.” As I looked through other crochet charts I’ve made for Berroco, I realized that the motif I started with was the same one the Brenda York adapted for her shawl design Stardust, from our Spring ’16 collection!

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It just goes to show how different yarns can affect a pattern, because I didn’t even recognize it.

-Alison

 

Odora KAL Cast-On

Hopefully you all have your yarn in hand for the Odora KAL cast-on today? The Design Team and I have cast-on and we’re flying through chart 1. I love how satisfying the early progress is when knitting top-down shawls.

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