Cosy Autumn Knits – Ultra Alpaca Chunky

Cosy Autumn Knits – Ultra Alpaca Chunky

Falling leaves and blustery days means that the wearing and making of cosy knits can truly start! We’ve certainly started to feel the nip of Autumn air in London, so we’re excited for the new chunky yarns that are coming to Loop. First to arrive is the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

Ultra Alpaca Chunky in 7288 Blueberry Mix. Staircase Cables
Ultra Alpaca Chunky in 7288 Blueberry Mix. Staircase Cables

Much like our popular Ultra Alpaca Aran, this Chunky version is a mix of fine alpaca and Peruvian wool. While the alpaca makes a soft yarn with a slight halo, the wool gives it a little more structure than just pure alpaca. The two ply twist means a subtle texture to the knitted fabric, which you can see in this little cabled swatch we whipped up.

Our sample also shows the subtle heather to this beautiful yarn. As well as a selection of tweedy mixes some solid colours also make up this warm palette of 21 colours. Each is one a rich jewel shade to knit and wrap yourself in to defend against the grey and cold!

 

To accompany this new yarn the Ultra Alpaca Chunky booklet by Berroco has all the inspiration for snug knits. Especially the cute smile of a model who obviously loves her toasty cardigan!

Simultane in Ultra Alpaca Chunky. Colours 7292 Tigers Eye Mix, 7214 Steel Cut Oats.
Simultane in Ultra Alpaca Chunky. Colours 7292 Tigers Eye Mix, 7214 Steel Cut Oats.

Norah Gaughan, an established Berroco designer, is known for her detailed and elegant knits. She adds her signature look by making a simple jumper special with eyelet details and flattering slits.

Madison Delaunay (sample in 72182 Indigo Mix) and (Top to Bottom) 7285 Oceanic Mix, 7292 Tigers Eye Mix, 7207 Salt and Pepper.
Madison Delaunay (sample in 72182 Indigo Mix) and (Top to Bottom) 7285 Oceanic Mix, 7292 Tigers Eye Mix, 7207 Salt and Pepper.

We also have a sample ready to squish and try on in the shop. The chevron shaped Duchamp, modelled here by Loopette Ali, takes four skeins of the amazingly named ‘Berry Pie Mix’ – yum!

Duchamp in Ultra Alpaca Chunky colour 72172 Berry Pie Mix
Duchamp in Ultra Alpaca Chunky colour 72172 Berry Pie Mix
Duchamp in Ultra Alpaca Chunky colour 72172 Berry Pie Mix
Duchamp in Ultra Alpaca Chunky colour 72172 Berry Pie Mix

Or show off your cables with a two tone jumper and cute coloured cuffs.

Rythme in colours 7292 Tiger's Eye Mix, 7214 Steel Cut Oats, 7279 Potting Soil Mix, 72186 Caribbean Mix.
Rythme in colours 7292 Tiger’s Eye Mix, 7214 Steel Cut Oats, 7279 Potting Soil Mix, 72186 Caribbean Mix.

Looking for the ultimate project to commit to over the colder months? The art deco inspired texture of this sweeping wrap makes a striking garment. Who needs a coat when you have your knitting!

Robes Poems colour 7279 Potting Soil Mix.
Robes Poems colour 7279 Potting Soil Mix.

Chunky yarn is always so satisfying for little projects, which also give you the opportunity to have fun with colour combinations.

Ultra Alapca Chunky. CW from L Orpheus (7245 Pitch Black, 7207 Salt and Pepper), Cendras (7214 Steel Cut Oats, 7236 Chiatu, 7201 Winter White, 7292 Tiger's Eye Mix, 7206 Light Grey), Apollonaire (7285 Oceanic Mix). Loop, London
CW from L Orpheus (7245 Pitch Black, 7207 Salt and Pepper), Cendras (7214 Steel Cut Oats, 7236 Chiatu, 7201 Winter White, 7292 Tiger’s Eye Mix, 7206 Light Grey), Apollonaire (7285 Oceanic Mix).

Plus those generous souls at Berroco also have a free pattern to give to you lovely lot! The Casa Sonia scarf is great for beginners with a mix of knit and purl stitches. Download your copy from the Berroco website or email us if you want a paper copy included with your purchase of Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

 Free Pattern! Casa Sonia in Ultra Alpaca Chunky 7207 Salt and Pepper

Free Pattern! Casa Sonia in Ultra Alpaca Chunky 7207 Salt and Pepper

While we’re speaking of giving things away, it’s time for another competition. This week you could win a copy of the Ultra Alpaca Chunky Booklet 349 and one skein in the colour of your choice! Just comment below letting us know which colour you would chose (you can see all the scrumptious colours here) and we will pick a name out of the hat next week. This competition will close at midnight on Wednesday 3rd September.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Ultra Alpaca Chunky at Loop, London

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66 Comments on “Cosy Autumn Knits – Ultra Alpaca Chunky

  1. They all look sooo beautiful, but I’m a sucker for blues, and am yearning for a hat or cowl in the Indigo Mix. It would look great with my beige Winter coat. ❄⛄❄

  2. I’d pick Caribbean Mix, so I could dream of sunnier climes as winter draws in! So lovely to see such beautiful brights to liven up the colder months.

  3. Oooooh, the oceanic mix if I was lucky enough…. the colours remind me of the sea on a winters day but any colour would be good as they are all so scrummy x

  4. I would choose the oceanic mix although the blueberry mix is a very close second as it looks so wonderful in your cabled sample! Fingers crossed and here’s hoping, thanks for the giveaway to give hope at sadness of the end of summer.

  5. The Berry Pie Mix brings alive what autumn means to me: blackberries out of hedgerows, autumn leaves & ploughed fields.. Am bursting to try this yarn, having made several garments with the Ultra Alpaca Aran which, so far is my favourite yarn by far!

  6. Just wonderful these colours! I would love Berry Pie Mix as I would love to make a Berry Pie to eat but can’t as I am away from home for a while. So I would knit instead

  7. Love knitting with chuncky yarn and although I love all of the colours here I would definitely pick out the Lavender Mix as my all time favourite. I would probably make a hat and a pair of mitts with this great colour.

  8. As soon as I saw the Apollonaire mitts in 7285 Oceanic Mix, I knew I had to have them! Chunky yarn is perfect to knit with in the winter when you need a quick project to snuggle!

    • Chianti for me. Such a rich colour. The days are much cooler now here in NE Scotland. This wool would make a cosy hat to wear when walking Archie, the dog.

  9. I would love to wrap my neck in any of the beautiful greens to match my Irish green eyes :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  10. What a lovely range of colours. I would choose the Potting Soil to help me when playing hide-and-seek with my grandchildren in the woods this autumn!

  11. All the colours are gorgeous. So warm and cheery for a dull winter’s day. My favourite though is the warm pink shade (7236). Reminds me of the yummy raspberry cake that I just polished off.

  12. Eggplant looks so luxurious and regal and the yarn is so soft and warm. I see a soft an cosy winter scarf… maybe with some cabling for interest and texture.

  13. Love Norah Gaughan designs and the yarn looks lovely,warm and snuggly for the cold weather ahead !! All the colours look lovely but especially like the Light Grey

  14. I’m getting a couple of hanks of the salt and pepper and the steel cut oats to make a baby blanket for a friend who is due in November! Its going to be a crochet number and I need to work out what size hook I need to work it with.

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