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PROJECT The Beach Wrap (Full of Colour)

This will be the last project with Berroco Summer Sesame, I PROMISE! I just finished a new iteration of our Beach Wrap, this time made with some COLOUR to brighten things up. I was playing around with combining two multi-coloured yarns to see if I could take it to a greater depth, make it even more interesting, and of course knit the project up faster on larger needles. I held two strands of complementary colourways together, and just let them do their thing. You can also try holding two strands of the same colour but starting at different parts of the colourway.

Please see the notes below for a bit of strategy to help keep your colours consistent. When I started I was in a rush and I didn’t pay attention to where the yarn was in the colourway … when it was time to start the second balls of yarn my project evolved from a shawl into an exercise in letting go of expectations/the outcome/control and surrendering to the flow. Can you see in the picture above where things kind of shift? I like to think of it as a shawl of multiple possibilities, different paths and choices. When things just don’t want to go the way you wanted, the best thing you can do is let go and lean into the faith that life is working for your highest good (and maybe find the humility to accept that you may not know what that is).

The Beach Wrap has been a super popular project since its debut, and it makes a great canvas to paint on. It was created with accessibility in mind – I wanted it to be simple to knit, and incredibly wearable. The simple welted texture is random, completely reversible, and creates a classic, timeless look. The pattern is knitted on the bias, increasing in width as you go, so you can make it any size you like and you never have to worry about running out of yarn. We’ve written the pattern with a line-by-line chart, to help you keep track of your rows (a beneficial thing for everyone, but especially helpful for people with learning disabilities, brain fog, mommy brain, COVID brain, messy brain, etc). And the final bonus – it’s a FAST knit on 6.5mm/US10 (think quick gift)!

Notes

  • On this version we did three full pattern repeats, then worked 43 rows on the 4th repeat, then bound off. Our goal was to work until we ran out of yarn, which we did.
  • When you choose your yarn, try to choose skeins that start at or around the same point in the colourway.
  • When you start your project note whether you are taking the yarn from the inside or the outside of the skein, so you can do the same with the second ball.
  • If you want your dominant colour muted/toned down pair it with colour 5250 Sand

Size

  • 98”/245cm long (from tip to tip)
  • 23”/58cm deep (at longest point)

Materials

TRUNK SHOW Berroco Spring/Summer 2022 to June 13

Berroco has sent us a Trunk show – a handful of their summer samples to explore, and they are here in store until June 13th! Its a great way to check out different yarns, see how they knit, and explore patterns you might not have considered otherwise.

It takes a loooong time to load a project up to our online store, so I’ve only put the projects that I think are really special. If you want to make one of the others just contact us and we’ll make that happen the older fashioned way.

Sapphire

Sapphire was my favourite new pattern for Spring/Summer this year from Berroco. It’s such a sweet and wearable little top that looks good on all types of bodies. It looks sweet over a summer dress, or you can wear it with pants, a skirt – it goes with everything. The pattern was designed with Berroco Vivo, but thre are lots of yarn options you can go for (see below for options). To make the arms longer pick-up the sleeves and knit down in pattern stitch to your desired length.

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Construction

Sapphire is a classic dolman sleeve V-neck cardigan in an all-over textured stitch. Back, Right Front, and Left Front are each worked separately, with increases forming the dolman sleeves. Pieces are sewn together, then sleeve cuffs and button band are picked up and knit.

Size

Note:  Since this garment has a dolman sleeve, the bust measurement is very forgiving.  Go by the waist measurement when selecting your size.

  • Waist: (32½, 36, 40½, 44½) [48½, 52½, 56½, 60½] {64½, 68½, 72½, 76½}” / (82.5, 91.5, 103, 113) [123, 133.5, 143.5, 153.5] {164, 174, 184, 194.5} cm
  • Length: (17½, 18, 18¾, 19¼) [20, 20¾, 21¼, 22] {22¾, 23¼, 24, 24½}” / (44.5, 45.5, 47.5, 49) [51, 52.5, 54, 56] {58, 59, 61, 62} cm
  • Shown in size 36″ / 91.5 cm. Recommended ease:  Approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.

The Yarn

Berroco Vivo is a bright and cheerful cotton yarn that features a delightful color flow. Tropical colors in a cottony soft fiber make it perfect for summer tops and accessories. Plus, it’s machine washable, making a great choice for summer tops!

  • 100% Cotton
  • 100g/290m (317 yds)
  • DK weight
  • 4mm/US6 needles 
  • 4mm/G hook
  • Knitting gauge: 5.5 sts = 1″ or 22 sts & 30 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Crochet gauge: 5 sc = 1″ or 20 sc & 25 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Made in Italy
  • Machine wash delicate, lay flat to dry

Gauge

  • 22 sts and 32 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Moss stitch, on larger needle

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

The pattern designer, Åsa Buchta, made herself a Sapphire using Berroco Remix Light (see below for details).

Yarn Substitutions

Want to make this sweater, but in a different yarn? We recommend the following:

Berroco Pima Soft

  • Soft as a cloud, if you like things simple this is a gorgeous option!
  • 100% super soft pima cotton with a bit of texture. (50g/113m, $9.97/ball)
  • (8,  8, 8, 11) [11, 11, 13, 16] {16, 18, 18, 21} balls

Berroco Remix Light

Berroco Summer Sesame

  • A great option if you want colour that’s a little more grown-up.
  • A machine-washable blend of cotton & acrylic that’s light, comfortable and colourful. (100g/270m, $21.97/ball)
  • (4, 4, 4, 5) [5, 5, 6, 7] {7, 8, 8, 9} ball

Berroco Vintage DK

  • Another great, affordable option for a spring/autumn cardie
  • A soft, machine-washable blend of wool & synthetic thats’ also affordable – great for lighter sweaters in cooler weather. (100g/266m, $9.97/ball)
  • (4, 4, 4, 5) [5, 5, 6, 7] {7, 8, 8, 9} skeins

Riveria

Riveria is one of those simple summer knits you love making AND wearing. It’s made in one piece from the top-down with Berroco Pima Soft, a super-soft cloud cotton. To make longer sleeves just keep knitting down instead of making the ribbing.

Construction

Riveria is a cheerful, simple cotton tee with a lace yoke. It’s worked from the top-down, in the round, to underarms, then divided for body and sleeves. The body is worked in the round to lower edge (the lace yoke pattern is charted).

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The Yarn

Berroco Pima Soft is a new, CRAZY SOFT, 2-ply yarn made with 100% pima cotton. It’s slightly textured, making it much more forgiving to knit with than a smooth cotton (which also makes weaving in ends and finishing easier). It’s perfect for anything you want to make, from tees, tanks, sweaters, chemo-hats, babies, blankets, cushions – you name it. It’s a DK weight (21 to 22 sts/4″ on a 3.75mm/US5 to 4mm/US6 needle) so it isn’t too heavy for warm weather or if your internal thermostat runs warm. It’s lovely for crochet and knitting, and is just right for all climates! It’s great for knitting and crochet, and I think it would also make a nice texture in a punch needle project.

  • 100% Pima Cotton
  • 50g/113m (123yds)
  • DK weight
  • 3.75 – 4mm/US5 – 6 needles
  • 21 to 22 sts & 29 to 30 rows = 4″/10cm
  • Hand wash in cool water, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Peru
  • PATTERNS USING THIS YARN

Size

  • Bust: (32½, 36½, 40½) 44½, 48½, 52½, 56½ {60½, 64½, 68½}“ / (82.5, 93, 103) 113, 123, 133.5, 143.5 {153.5, 164, 174} cm
  • Length: (20, 20½, 21) 21¾, 22¼, 22¼, 22½ {23, 23, 23½}” / (51, 52, 53.5) 55, 56.5, 56.5, 57 {58.5, 58.5, 59.5} cm
  • Shown in size 36½“ / 93 cm.
  • Recommended ease: 2–4” / 5–10 cm positive ease.

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

  • 4mm/US6 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 32″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 32″ circular needles
  • 5 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • scrap yarn

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Goshen

Goshen is one of my favroutie samples that came with the trunk-show. It’s a strudly little purse-sized bag you can wear over your shoulder or across your body. The pattern is designed with Berroco Medina, but you can also use Berroco Summer Sesame (3 balls), which might be easier to work with because it has some texture. Additional yarn alternative are included below (should you want to make it a solid colour, or marled, etc). I would 100%, no question make this for myself and/or as a gift.

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Construction

Goshen is worked with 2 strands held together throughout. It is worked flat and seamed.

Size

  • Bag portion measures approximately 12″ wide x 11½” high (not including strap),
  • Strap is 34″ long (includes tapering, strap is measured from top of bag opening)
  • The finished project weighs 252g, so there is extra yarn left-over to make your strap longer.
Taking a picture of a bag on your body is decidedly challenging …

The Yarn

Berroco Medina

Warm colors ebb and flow in this long-color repeating yarn that is ideal for summer accessories and garments. Berroco Medina blends cotton, acrylic, and viscose in a DK-weight yarn with gorgeous colors.

Gauge

  • 23 sts and 26 rows = 4″ over pattern stitch with 2 strands

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

Other Yarn Options

In case you don’t want to wait for a kit (since the pattern is free online), here are some other yarn options that are in stock in store:

Enjoy sampling a few textured stitch patterns in this flattering spring tee. Vincas features a boxy shape and slight drop shoulders. 

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Size

  • Bust: (37¾, 41, 43¾, 46¾) [50, 53, 56] {59, 62, 65, 68]” / (96, 104, 111, 119) [127, 134.5, 142] {150, 157.5, 165, 172.5} cm
  • Length: (21½, 22, 22, 22½) [22½, 23, 23½] {24, 24½, 25, 25}” / (54.5, 56, 56, 57) [57, 58.5, 59.5] {61, 62, 63.5, 63.5} cm
  • Shown in size 41″ / 104 cm.
  • Recommended ease: Approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.

Materials

  • Berroco Pima Soft:  (7, 7, 8, 8) [9, 10, 11] {11, 12, 13, 13} balls, shown in4633 Coral
  • 4mm/US6 needles (straight or circular)
  • 3.5mm/US4 needles (straight or circular)
  • 3.5mm/US4 needles – 16″ circular needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • 2 stitch holders
  • Waste Yarn
  • FREE Pattern

Keshi

Keshi is a luxurious lace shawl that’s *surprise* worked in the round and cut open at the end! The cut stitches are then dropped and knotted to form fringe. Lace pattern is charted. Kit is $83.97 + tax and includes yarn & pattern.

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Size: Approximately 84″ / 213 cm long x 15½” / 39 cm wide 

Materials

  • Berroco Isola:  4 balls, sown in 8928 Burano {$20.97/ball}
  • 4mm/US6 – 32″ circular needles
  • 3 stitch markers (1 a different color for beg-of-rnd)
  • Pattern

Varya

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A casual tee with a diamond lace motif and split hem. Back and Front hems are worked separately, then joined and the body is worked in the round to the underarms.  Piece is then divided for back and front which are worked flat. Stitch patterns are charted.

Size

  • Bust: (38, 42, 46) [50, 54, 58] {62, 66, 70}” / (96.5, 106.5, 117) [127, 137, 147.5] {157.5, 167.5, 178} cm
  • Length: (21½, 22, 22½) [22½, 23, 23½] {24, 24½, 25}” / (54.5, 56, 57) [57, 58.5, 59.5] {61, 62, 63.5} cm
  • Shown in size 42″ / 106.5 cm. Recommended ease:  Approximately 4–6″ / 10–15 cm positive ease.

Materials

  • Berroco Meraki (50 grs): (6, 7, 7) [8, 9, 9] {10, 11, 12} balls #6009 Adore {$10.47/ball}
  • 4mm/US6 – 32″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 16″ circular needles
  • Scrap yarn to hold stitches
  • Pattern

Auden

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Auden is an all-over lace cardigan. Worked from the bottom up, fronts and back are separated and stitches are cast on for the sleeves. The fit is a relaxed and flattering kind of piece. Stitch pattern is both charted and has written instructions.

Size

  • Bust: (37, 41, 44½) [48½, 52, 56, 60] {64½, 67½, 72}” / (94, 104, 113) [123, 132, 142, 152.5] {164, 171.5, 183} cm – This includes a 5″ / 12.5 cm opening at the center front.
  • Length: (25½, 26, 26) [26½, 26½, 27, 27] {27½, 27½, 28}” / (65, 66, 66) [67.5, 67.5, 68.5, 68.5] {70, 70, 71} cm
  • Shown in size 41″ / 104 cm. Recommended ease: approximately 2–5″ / 5–12.5 cm positive ease

Materials

  • Berroco Remix: (4, 5, 6) [6, 7, 7, 7] {8, 9, 9} balls, sown in colour 3903 Almond
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 32″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles
  • scrap yarn to hold stitches
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Pattern

Tay

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Have fun mixing stripes and textures in this simple and polished pullover. The sweater is made in pieces and seamed for a classic fit.

Size

  • Bust: (35¼, 38½, 41½) [44¾, 48, 51¼] {54½, 57½, 62½}” / (89.5, 98, 105.5) [113.5, 122, 130] {138.5, 146, 159} cm
  • Length: (22¾, 23, 23¼) [23½, 24, 24¼] {24½, 24¾, 25}” / (58, 58.5, 59) [59.5, 61, 61.5] {62, 63, 63.5} cm down center back
  • Shown in size 38½” / 98 cm. Suggested ease: 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.

Materials

  • Berroco Zinnia (50 grs): (5, 6, 6) [6, 7, 7] {8, 8, 9} balls each #7111 Marzipan (MC) and #7133 Peach Cobbler (CC) {$15.47/ball}
  • 4mm/US6 – 32″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5mm/US8 – 32″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • 5mm/US8 double pointed needles
  • 2 stitch markers (2 different colors)
  • Scrap yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • FREE Pattern

Kattegat

Grab this shawl for the next time you need a touch of warmth! Worked in garter stitch with a lace edging it’s a simple and satisfying shawl.

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Size: Approximately 54″ / 137 cm across top x 14″ / 35.5 cm wide (at widest point)

Materials

Cosette

The classic tee, updated: knit flat from sleeve to sleeve with a shaped hemline and relaxed fit. Just the kind of modern take on a traditional garment to carry you through the warm days of summer. Try substituting Berroco Summer Sesame for a fun, colourful effect!

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Size

  • Finsihed Bust—36(40-44-48-52-56-60)”
  • Finished Length—22(22-22½-23-23½-23½-24)”
  • Shown in size 40″

Materials

  • Berroco Pima 100: 4(4-5-5-6-6-7) hanks #8431 Chrysanthemum
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 29″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 16″ circular needles
  • Waste yarn to hold sts
  • Pattern

PROJECT Sapphire in Berroco Remix Light

SAPPHIRE IN REMIX LIGHT

This iteration of Sapphire was whipped up by Åsa Buchta, the garment designer. It was originally envisioned in Berroco’s new multicoloured summer yarn, Vivo, but a great design should be able to grow beyond its yarn. Åsa made a version of this wardrobe staple for herself using one of our summer staples, the very wearable and very affordable  Berroco Remix Light (see below for more info on the yarn) – you can read more about her version on Berroco’s Blog. I think her sweater looks amazing over a summer dress, and I love that it looks great on bodies of all shapes and sizes (the pattern is VERY size-inclusive and goes up to a 76.5″ waist). For more yarn recommendations see below; the options aren’t endless, but they are definitely abundant!

FYI a real-world, physical sample of the original version of Sapphire will be visiting the store next week with Berroco’s Spring/Summer Trunk Show!

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PATTERN

Sapphire is a classic dolman sleeve V-neck cardigan in an all-over textured stitch. The back, right front, and left front are each worked separately, with increases forming the dolman sleeves. The pieces are sewn together, then the sleeve cuffs and button band are picked up and knit. See Details on Ravelry

THE YARN

Berroco Remix Light is a multi-seasonal yarn that’s so comfortable you’ll find the garments made with it become some of your favourites (you know, the one you wear over and over and over again, until you get tired of the colour so you make another in a new colour … etc). It’s super soft, light, breathable, machine washable, and it’s made in France from an eco-friendly blend of 100% recycled fibres.

It’s great for people who are allergic to wool, and light enough for perfect for people whose bodies run warm and wearing a knit is more about dressing and less about warmth. Its popularity also stems from its INCREDIBLE yardage – it’s a DK weight yarn that comes in a 100g/400m skein (for those of you who don’t live in a yarn store, that’s like a bonus 150m to 200m). Remix Light is great for sweaters, tanks, tees, blankets, socks, scarves, shawls, bags, etc. It’s great for everyone: babies, kids, adults. It also works beautifully for colourwork, especially stranded/fair isle. 

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  • 10% silk, 9% linen, 27% cotton, 30% nylon, 24% acrylic
  • 100g/400m (432 yds)
  • 3.75mm/US5 needles
  • Knitting gauge: 22 sts & 32 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Crochet gauge: 20 sc x 22 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Machine Wash in cold water, delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry.
  • Read more about how Berroco Remix and Remix Light are made HERE

SIZE

Note:  Since this garment has a dolman sleeve, the bust measurement is very forgiving.  Go by the waist measurement when selecting your size.

  • Waist: (32½, 36, 40½, 44½) [48½, 52½, 56½, 60½] {64½, 68½, 72½, 76½}” / (82.5, 91.5, 103, 113) [123, 133.5, 143.5, 153.5] {164, 174, 184, 194.5} cm
  • Length: (17½, 18, 18¾, 19¼) [20, 20¾, 21¼, 22] {22¾, 23¼, 24, 24½}” / (44.5, 45.5, 47.5, 49) [51, 52.5, 54, 56] {58, 59, 61, 62} cm
  • Shown in size 36″ / 91.5 cm. Recommended ease:  Approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.

GAUGE

  • 22 sts and 32 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Moss stitch, on larger needle

MATERIALS 

YARN SUBSTITUTIONS 

Want to make this sweater, but in a different yarn? We recommend the following:

Berroco Pima Soft

  • 100% super soft pima cotton with a bit of texture. (50g/113m)
  • (8,  8, 8, 11) [11, 11, 13, 16] {16, 18, 18, 21} 

Berroco Summer Sesame

  • A machine-washable blend of cotton & acrylic that’s light, comfortable and colourful. (100g/270m)
  • (4, 4, 4, 5) [5, 5, 6, 7] {7, 8, 8, 9} balls

Berroco Vintage DK

  • A soft, machine-washable blend of wool & synthetic thats’ also affordable – great for lighter sweaters in cooler weather. (100g/266m)
  • (4, 4, 4, 5) [5, 5, 6, 7] {7, 8, 8, 9} skeins

NEW Playful (re-run)

I don’t know why the formatting on this post went crazy … sometimes technology just doesn’t read our minds and things go sideways. I guess the way we choose to deal with the belly-flops is as important (if not more) than our successes? Anyway, that’s the story I’m telling myself today! So here is a re-run of our Playful Wrap, hopefully, the pictures will play nice this time. Have a great long weekend!

Playful

Playful is a great little project for travel or any other time when you want something portable and simple on your needles. It’s a little scarfy-shawly thing that works up quickly, making it very giftable and equally wearable. We used two contrasting colours of Berroco Summer Sesame (5238 Orchid, 5250 Sand) and took advantage of its natural self-striping abilities. The yarn’s texture also adds a little depth to the garter stitch, giving it a quasi-earthy richness (I love garter worked with textured yarns, they look so artisanal).

The Pattern is a freebie, and the project only requires one set of needles and two balls of yarn, so overall I think this project is an accessible little spring/summer treat.

Size

  • length: 14″/37cm high at widest point
  • width: 70″/175cm tip to tip

Materials

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Combining Colours

The striping works best when your yarns have a decent amount of contrast. In our case, the purple yarn is a reasonable amount darker than the beige. Any of the colours available in BERROCO SUMMER SESAME will work well with 5250 Sand as a contrast – you can’t go wrong with a neutral!

If you use two colours that are too close in value (the amount of lightness or darkness) or colour then you won’t see your stripes. For example, 5249 Alloy (black), 5242 Ocean (dark blue), and 5238 Orchid are all very dark, and you won’t see much contrast if you combine any of them.

Neutral colours, like natural, beige, grey, and black are often ideal contrast colours. Dark blues like Navy can also make a very clever contrast colour.

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Your reward for making it to the end… gratuitous bird photos! Never one to miss his 15 minutes of fame, Gru hopped up on the mannequin towards the end of the photography and made cute faces.

KITS Blanket of Joy in Worsted or Chunky

MDK Blanket of Joy

As per your request, I’ve reshuffled the Blanket of Joy kit to include both a worsted weight (4.5mm/US7 needle) and a chunky/bulky weight (6mm/US10 needle) option. I had to play around a bit with the colours for the Chunky weight, but getting the project done faster may have more value to you than having the colours ‘just-so’. Additionally, a few people found the pattern unclear in some places (myself included) so I made revisions to clarify everything and even drew up a chart for you to keep track row by row.

The Blanket of Joy is a simple knit, which is also important right now … Keep It Simple, am I right? Simple bands of colour are knit in offset segments of stocking and reverse stocking stitch to create an easy, graphic combination of colour and texture. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most brilliant! Need some help with weaving in the ends? Check out our Skills Page!

Size

  • approx 50″ x 76″ (125cm x 190cm)

Kit Includes

Kit Does NOT Include

  • 4.5mm/US7 or 6mm/US10 – 36″ (or longer) circular needles
  • Tapestry/darning needle

Colour & Change

In the book Joyful, Ingrid Fetel Lee talks about the revitalization of the run-down, crime-ridden city of Tirana, Albania … which was initiated with the very easy and affordable approach of painting buildings bright colours. I’ll leave the details for you to read up on (the book was really good), but if painting a run-down building bright orange can initiate the transformation of a city, maybe it’s not too far a stretch to posit that a joyfully coloured blanket can initiate positive change in a life?

PROJECT Summer Nightshift

Nightshift

We finished this wrap last month, but then we sold through the yarn and I had to wait for our re-stock before blabbing about it to you (we now have plenty on hand now).

I decided to give the Nightshift wrap by Andrea Mowry a warmer weather makeover and a little bit of streamlining! The pattern is pretty straightforward and well written – the colourwork is done with slipped stitches, a simple technique anyone can pick-up, and the edges are worked as you go, so there is minimal finishing. We used Berroco Summer Sesame, a soft, light-weight, machine washable, and easy to work with cotton blend yarn with an ombre colourway and a bit of texture that gives it a bit of dimension.

The original pattern uses 6 different colourways of a gradient yarn, so I simplified things a bit by using only 2 colours Berroco Summer Sesame, and leveraging its natural ombre colour gradation. The substitution served a few functions:

  1. The colours took care of themselves, we didn’t need to pay attention to colour changes: the main colour (background) is 5250 Sand, the contrast (bumps & blips) is 5252 Kaleidoscope.
  2. It made following the pattern simpler. We started with the set-up section, then just repeated section 1 nine times.
  3. We didn’t need to use 6 different colours of yarn, which cut the cost of the project in half and brought it into a comfortable & affordable range.
  4. You don’t have to worry about choosing the wrong colours. Using 5250 Sand as the background, you can choose any of the other colours of Berroco Summer Sesame and they’ll look great together. If you want a darker background I think either 5242 Ocean or 5238 Orchid would look great as the main colour with 5250 Sand as the contrast colour (the inky blue of Ocean sets my heart aflutter … dark blue can be such an effective non-neutral).
  5. The aesthetic is very wearable. You can gift this and anyone can wear it. The yarn is also suitable for vegans and anyone who has allergies to animal products.
  6. There are fewer ends to weave in!

Size/Dimensions

  • 55″/140cm wide (tip to tip, measured across top)
  • 31″/79cm deep

Materials

Potential Colour Combinations

  • Main Colour: 5250 Sand, Contrast Colour: any of the other colours!
  • Main Colour: 5242 Ocean, Contrast Colour: 5250 Sand
  • Main Colour: 5238 Orchid, Contrast Colour: 5250 Sand

Other Project Ideas

You can use Berroco Summer Sesame to make some of the other ‘Shift’ projects by Andrea Mowry.

  • It would make a really pretty spring/summer Shifty pullover, but you’ll want to go up to a 4.5mm/US7 needle and down a size or two in the pattern.
  • You can also use to to make The Shift cowl, you’ll again want to go up to a 4.5mm/US7 needle, and you’ll probably only need 1 skein in each colour.
  • Inclinations Shawl: use a 4.5mm/US7 needle and 3 to 4 balls of yarn.

PROJECT Four Points Blankets (Baby + Throw Sizes)

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KNIT Four Points Blanket

I’m in the Dominican Republic this week … but I promise I’m still thinking of you! While I’m gone, here’s a popular favourite ….. the four points blanket is a great project all year round. It’s available in both knit and crochet, and you can make it in a baby blanket size or as a throw. It’s a simple composition and can be made in a number of different yarn options. The patterns are free, so you can read them over and see if they work for you without committing. If you want something a bit more jazzy, try the Easy Puzzle Blanket, which uses 6 colours.

MODIFICATIONS

  • use 3.75mm/US5 to 4mm/US6 needles
  • for a crib (throw) size cast on approximately 140(204) sitches. You will pick up & knit the same number of stitches.
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CROCHET Four Points Blanket

The original version of the Four Points Blanket was made in crochet … inspired, isn’t it?!

MODIFICATIONS

  • Use a 3.75mm to 4mm crochet hook
  • chain approx 123(178) sts for baby(throw) size, and and pick up the same number of stitches.

YARN OPTIONS Baby Friendly Staples

1. Berroco Vintage Baby

Berroco Vintage Baby is a new yarn that just cam out this spring. It’s very similar to it’s sibling Vintage DK, but it has a slightly silkier texture and comes in 50g balls. It’s soft, easy to work with, machine washable, reliable and is generally great on both the skin and the wallet. The yarns in the Vintage line are a blend of wool and synthetic, and generally work well for people with sensitive skin. We carry this yarn all year.

  • KNIT 4 Points Baby: 3 skeins in each of 4 colours ($59.64)
  • KNIT 4 Points Throw: 5 skeins in each of 4 colours ($99.40)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Baby: 4 skeins in each of 4 colours ($79.52)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Throw: 7 skeins in each of 4 colours ($139.16)
Berroco Vintage Baby: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Vintage Baby: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Vintage Baby: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Vintage Baby: 4 Points Blanket Combos

2. Berroco Vintage DK

Berroco Vintage DK is a staple around here, we sell tons of it for every kind of project for babies, grown-ups, and everything in-between. It’s soft, easy to work with, machine washable, reliable and is generally great on both the skin and the wallet. The yarns in the Vintage line are a blend of wool and synthetic, and generally work well for people with sensitive skin. We carry this yarn all year.

  • KNIT 4 Points Baby Blanket: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours ($79.76)
  • KNIT 4 Points Throw Blanket: 4 skeins in each of 4 colours ($159.52)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Baby Blanket: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours ($79.76)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Throw Blanket: 4 skeins in each of 4 colours ($159.52)
Berroco Vintage DK: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Vintage DK: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Vintage DK: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Vintage DK: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Berroco Vintage DK: 4 Points Blanket Combos

3. Cascade Ultra Pima

For several years Cascade Ultra Pima has been the go-to yarn for these projects. Its silky soft texture is seductive, and it’s ideal for babies as it’s machine washable, allergy-friendly and excellent for warm climates (no animal fibres in it), and comes in a bunch of great colours.

  • KNIT 4 Points Baby Blanket: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours ($95.76)
  • KNIT 4 Points Throw Blanket: 4 skeins in each of 4 colours ($191.52)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Baby Blanket: 2 skeins in each of 4 colours ($95.76)
  • CROCHET 4 Points Throw Blanket: 4 skeins in each of 4 colours ($191.52)
  • 3.75mm/US5 to 4mm/US6 needles/hook
Cascade Ultra Pima: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Cascade Ultra Pima: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Cascade Ultra Pima: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Cascade Ultra Pima: 4 Points Blanket Combos
Cascade Ultra Pima: 4 Points Blanket Combos
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NEW KIT Zelie Crochet Top

Zelie

Whenever I find something up to scratch for the crocheters I like to include it … there aren’t enough pretty patterns for crochet. This top is also a fairly simple piece, so you don’t need to be especially experienced to make it.

Zelie is a boxy, loose-fitting, simple summer crochet top that lets the yarn do all the work. The back and front are worked separately and seamed – that’s it, it’s just two pieces. It’s made with a simple half-double crochet stitch throughout. It’s a K.I.S.S. top (Keep It Simple Sister)! I also really like the way this yarn crocheted up – it’s like a colourful camo …. so you can blend seamlessly at the botanical garden.

Need a little review? See our CURATED LIST OF CROCHET SKILLS!

The Yarn

Berroco Summer Sesame is a soft, light, and comfortable summer yarn with texture and colour. Its bright, happy shades of colors ebb and flow to make this self-striping worsted weight yarn a perfect summer choice. This cotton blend yarn is light to the touch, breathable, easy to work with, and machine washable. 100g/270 m (295 yds). 47% Cotton, 44% Acrylic, 9 % Nylon. Machine wash separately in cold water on delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry. Made in Italy.

Size

  • Bust: (36, 40, 44) [48, 52, 56, 60] {64, 68, 72}” / (91.5, 101.5, 112) [122, 132, 142, 152.5] {162.5, 172.5, 183} cm
  • Length: (20, 20½, 21) [21, 21½, 21½, 22] {22½, 23, 23½}” / (51, 52, 53.5) [53.5, 54.5, 54.5, 56] {57, 58.5, 59.5} cm
  • Shown in size 40″ / 101.5 cm. 
  • Recommended ease:  Approximately 4–8″ / 10–20 cm positive ease.

Gauge

  • 20 hdc and 13 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in hdc with larger hook

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order but we are stocking this yarn in the store on a regular basis through the spring and summer – you have the option to order it any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. 

KIT Berroco Etta

Etta

It may be a chilly spring here in Canada, but that doesn’t mean that warmer weather isn’t going to come down the pipeline! Etta is a pretty summer tank perfect for everyday wear. The subtle lace yoke makes is a simple charted stitch pattern that makes knitting this top in one piece a breeze. We sold a bunch of these kits last year and our clients were really happy with the results!

BTW, If you prefer a bit more coverage check out Etta’s cardigan-cousin Azzura …. or if you’re feeling a little preppy maybe make it a twin-set?

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Yarn

Berroco Summer Sesame is a soft, light, and comfortable summer yarn with texture and colour. Its bright, happy shades of colors ebb and flow to make this self-striping worsted weight yarn a perfect summer choice. The cotton blend is light to the touch, breathable, easy to work with, and machine washable. It has a little bit of texture, making it easier to work with and also a bit more interesting than a smooth yarn. Summer Sesame is great sow tops & tees, tanks, sweaters, scarves, wraps, shawls, blankets, even socks!

Size

  • Bust: (32½, 36½, 40½) [44½, 48½, 52½, 56½] {60½, 64½, 68½}” / (82.5, 93, 103) [113, 123, 133.5, 143.5] {153.5, 164, 174} cm
  • Length: (20½, 21, 21½) [22, 22½, 22¾, 23] {23½, 23½, 24}” / (52, 53.5, 54.5) [56, 57, 57, 58.5] {59.5, 59.5, 61} cm
  • Shown in size 36½” / 93 cm.
  • Recommended ease: 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

PROJECT Ezra Baby Cardie

Ezra

Ezra is a simple little baby/toddler cardie that’s great for knitters new to making sweaters or anyone who just wants a simple knit. It’s worked from the top-down in one piece in garter stitch with a simple detail in the shoulder seam to make things a little interesting.

We used Berroco Pima Soft for its incredible softness, and its texture gives the garter stitch a slightly rustic feel. We used a 4mm/US6 needle (because that’s what I could find), but I think the project would knit up better on 3.75mm/US5, so that’s what I have listed below. More yarn options are listed below.

Size

  • 0-3 mo (6 mo, 1 yr, 2 yr)
  • 19 (21, 23¼, 25½)“ [48.5 (53.5, 59, 65) cm] body circumference

Materials

More Yarn Options (machine washable)

More Yarn Options (hand wash)