Fleece Artist Back Country
New this fall is Fleece Artist Back Country, a gorgeous, super-soft, hand-dyed merino yarn. It’s a bulky weight so it won’t take forever to knit, and it’s machine washable, so it’s a great choice for babies and kids. The super soft merino texture means it’s especially lovely for anything that touches your skin. One skein makes a cowl or hat, two make a scarf or infinity scarf, and 4 are enough for a baby blanket. Plus, it’s made right here in Canada – you can’t go wrong!
- 100% Superwash Merino
- 125g/115m (125 yds)
- Bulky Weight
- 6mm/US10 needles
- 16 sts = 4″(10cm)
- Machine Washable
- Made in Canada (Nova Scotia)
- Pattern Ideas
We used one skein of Fleece Artist Back Country to make Annabella’s Cowl (above).
I just finished this little neck-a-ma-thing, and it turned out really well! The pattern is Annabella’s Cowl, and the yarn is Fleece Artist Back Country, a super soft, machine washable merino wool made right here on Canada’s East coast. The yarn wasn’t exactly like the ones they called for in the pattern, so I used a larger needle and cast on fewer stitches (you can find all of our modifications in our project notes on Ravelry).
The project only took one skein of Fleece Artist Back Country, and I’m happy with the size – not too big, not too tight. The pattern was extremely easy, it’s definitely beginner friendly (probably a good project for a novice once they’ve learned knit and purl. It’s a great knit in front of the TV kind of project, especially if you need to whip up a gift in a rush.
More Yarn Options
The pattern was originally designed with a yarn like Handmaiden Maiden Hair, which would knit up beautifully on 5mm/US8-16″ circular needles (only 1 skein required). It would also be yummy made with Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk (use a single strand and 5mm/US8 needles (two skeins) for a light, airy version, or two strands held together and 6mm/US10 needles (4 skeins) for a thicker, cozier neckwarmer). If you want a yarn option that’s a little less precious try Berroco Vintage Chunky (1 skein) with 6mm/US10 needles.