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I tried this pattern a couple of years ago and it was definitely a very popular choice around here. It’s a great project that doesn’t require too much brain power but makes a great gift! It works up relatively quickly with a bulky weight yarn like Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Mecha, or budget friendly Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Yarn Options


  • 5mm/US8 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 double pointed needles
  • stitch marker
  • FREE Pattern
  • Our Project Notes





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As soon as I saw this FREE pattern I knew I wanted to share it, but I figured I’d better wait until the heat settled down, and all the best yarn options had arrived. I love the elegant shape and texture in this “swancho” (it’s like a poncho, but with little sweater sleeves). If the textured panel seems a little daunting you can omit it and just knit the front panel like the same as the back, in stocking stitch.

You can use any chunky weight yarn (something that knits up on a 6mm/US10 needle). Berroco Vintage Chunky is soft, machine washable, and comes in a spectrum of great colours. Cascade Eco is made with 100% Peruvian wool that comes in both dyed and undyed natural colours, and is the most cost-effective choice, especially as the sizes grow). For a stunning statment, use Malabrigo Mecha, a gorgeous hand-dyed, machine washable, buttery soft single ply merino wool.


  • Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X)
  • Bottom edge – 55 (59, 64, 68, 71, 76)”
  • Length – 24½ (25, 25½, 26, 26½, 27)”

Yarn Options

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Cascade Eco: 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins

Malabrigo Mecha: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 5.5mm/US9-16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9-29″ circular needles
  • 6mm/US9-29″ circular needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry or darning needle




FREEBIE Cabled Throw



Chunky Aran Cabled Throw

Whenever clients come into the store wanting to make a blanket or throw I always recommend this pattern, the Chunky Cabled Aran Throw. I have several clients who have made it with Berroco Vintage Chunky, it always comes out beautifully and they are always thrilled with the results. The yarn is soft, easy to care for (machine washable), easy to work with, and affordable. This is definitely a project that will be treasured!

Popular Colours

People usually make of this blanket in neutrals (especially when they are making them as gifts), but if you want another colour and we don’t have it in stock just contact us and we can order more for you!


  • 50″ (127cm) wide x 55″ (140cm) long


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CATARRATTO & Berroco Summer Silk

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Berroco Summer Silk

Berroco Summer Silk is a sumptuously buttery soft blend of cotton and silk.  It may seem like a luxurious choice, but it has incredible yardage, twice what other yarns usually offer. It’s the perfect choice for garments, accessories, and general cuddling.

This yarn makes a gorgeous sweater, like Catarratto below, or check out the FREE Sweatshirt Sweater, Pavement by Veera Välimäki, 001 by Veronika Jobe, or Fairchild by Bristol Ivy.

  • 45%Silk, 43% Cotton, 12% Nylon
  • 50g-220m/240yds
  • 4.5mm/US7 needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 hook
  • knitting gauge: 22 sts & 32 rows = 4″/10cm
  • crochet gauge: 20sc & 22 rows = 4″/10cm
  • Hand wash in cold water. Lay flat to dry.
  • Made in Italy
  • Patterns using this yarn
  • Patterns suitable for this yarn

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Casual and comfortable, this pullover will be a favorite in all seasons! Catarratto is worked in the round from the bottom up until the armholes, and then worked flat the rest of the way up.


Note:  This garment was designed with approximately 4 to 6 inches of ease (to fit oversized).  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size. Shown in size 44″

  • Finished Bust: 40(44, 48, 52, 56, 60) inches
  • Finished Length: 24(24, 24½, 25, 25½, 26) inches


  • Berroco Summer Silk: 7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) balls
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 29″ circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 16″ length circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • 1 stitch holder
  • Waste yarn to hold stitches
  • Pattern

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Shaped Capelet with Braided Cables


Shaped Capelet with Braided Cables

I love this little garment, it’s the perfect cover to throw over your shoulders for chilly fall days. It’s knit sideways and includes some very cleverly hidden shaping (which creates gentle drape and and unfussy, elegant fit.


  • circumference at lower edge: 38 ½ (44 ¾, 51 ¼)””
  • length from top of neckband to front hemline: 13 ½ (14 14 ½)”
  • length from top of neckband to back hemline: 16 ½ (17, 17 ½)”
  • shown in smallest size


Yarn Options

Berroco Vintage:  4 (5, 6) skeins

Cascade Eco:  2 skeins

Malabrigo Mecha:  4 (5, 6) skeins


Other Materials

  • 6mm/US10-24″ circular needles
  • 5mm/US8-24″ circular needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers
  • 5.5mm-I/9 crochet hook
  • Pattern via Ravelry/Interweave


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FREEBIE XL Sock Monkey

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Mr. & Mrs. Sock Monkey

Go big or go home with an extra special, extra large toy sock monkey! Use machine soft, washable, and pretty Berroco Vintage Chunky. The pattern is free, and it’s knit in the round – which means less seams!


Height: 35″ (89cm)



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Monkey Colour COMBOS


FREEBIE Garter Ear Flap Hat

Garter Ear Flap Hat

People get busy around this time of year, so I thought I’d send out some knit-spiration in smaller portions.  It’s also baby season, so what could be better than a knitterly little hat as a gift?  You can use any worsted yarn, but we saw the pattern knit up by MySweetSaina with Malabrigo Rios and thought it looked sublime (she used the colours 43 Plomo and 57 English Rose)! If you want to use a yarn that’s a little less dear try Berroco Vintage or for a cotton Cascade Avalon, all three yarns are machine washable.


  • Baby (Toddler, Kid, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
  • Finished Circumference: 14 (16, 17 3/4, 19 3/4, 21 3/4, 23 1/2)”
  • Finished Height: 7 1/4 (8, 9, 10, 11 1/2, 12 3/4)” from bottom of ear flap to top of hat, not including tassel


  • Malabrigo Rios: 1 skein
  • 5mm/US8 – 16″ circular needles (12″ for Baby size)
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles (12″ for Baby size)
  • 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • 5 removable stitch markers (1 stitch markers of a different colour to indicate end-of-round)
  • FREE Pattern

Other Yarn Options


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