The trees are every imaginable shade of green. We’ve already flipped the heat off and the air conditioning on a few times. Planning for our 6th annual summer camp is in high gear. It’s spring at last!
When thinking about which cool, no- or low-wool yarns to feature this year, we realized there weren’t any we loved more than Berroco Modern Cotton and Fibre Company Luma, so we’ve re-stocked both in lots of new colors.
Modern Cotton gets its lovely hand from a blend of Pima cotton and Modal rayon. On the needles it’s a joy to work with, and once off it’s super easy to care for. Use this workhorse worsted year-round for blankets and afghans, wool-free clothing, and soft shawls and wraps – whenever you want a fabric that has a little drape, a lot of silky shine, and great stitch definition.
We now have a model of Diggory*, a child’s pullover from Berroco that really shows off how well Modern Cotton shows off stitch patterns.
I had to give up trying to get all the new colors into one photograph.
I recently heard Luma described as “the perfect DK.” Agree. This yarn was designed for light, comfortable layering, which means you can reach for it any time of the year. The fiber blend is 50% merino wool, 25% organic cotton, 15% linen, 10% silk. The new colors are yummy. Below, Chambray.
Our shop sample of the Stone Point Poncho* is still one of our most popular models. Easy to see why, since it’s so easy to wear.
We have a mindless (and so far nameless) knitting pattern* to recommend. It’s a project you start in the summer to have ready for winter. It’s ideal for when you need to knit something foolproof, maybe when you are a passenger in a car, plane, bus, train, or boat? First you pick a silk/mohair yarn.
Brigid created our model with five colors of Sugar Bush Yarns Drizzle silk/mohair. It’s more a recipe than a pattern – it’s that easy:
Cast on 100 stitches, join to work in the round. Knit 50 round stripes, then 20 round stripes, and bind off. Done!
Make it solid. Make it even stripier than ours. Use the needle size that makes a fabric you like. Brigid used a US 8/5mm, but you might prefer going down as small as a US 6/4mm or up to a 5.5mm. One thing’s for sure: you will love wearing so much airy mohair fluffiness when the cold weather returns!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!