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.
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!
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.
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!
Or show off your cables with a two tone jumper and cute coloured cuffs.
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!
Chunky yarn is always so satisfying for little projects, which also give you the opportunity to have fun with colour combinations.
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.
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!