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. Amy says:

    Ooh I’m so excited for autumn knitting, I can’t wait! I love the patterns and the blueberry mix colourway is beautiful!

  2. Anne G says:

    I would choose the Oceanic Mix for Duchamp – warm & cozy for the cold Western Canada winter ahead.

  3. Johanne B says:

    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. ❄⛄❄

  4. Amelia says:

    Wow, what great patterns! I would love to dive in with a skein of Tiger’s Eye Mix. Thanks x

  5. Anne Marie says:

    Oceanic Mix for me too! They are all so lovely.

  6. Beth says:

    I’d go for Garnet Mix- gorgeous, deep colour! I think I’d make a hat or some mitts- so cosy!

  7. So many beautiful colours. I think it would have to be Tiger’s Eye Mix

  8. ana says:

    Beautiful colours!! I’d love to have Salt & Pepper. Thanks for the giveaway

  9. Sarah says:

    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.

  10. Lorna hayton says:

    Id love the garnet mix so warm and cozy against the gray skies of a Scottish winter

  11. Merry says:

    I love the berry pie mix. Such a pretty combo of red and purple.
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  12. Sheila Hayes says:

    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

  13. I would like to knit the fingerless gloves in winter white to keep my hands warm as I type as the cold weather approaches.

  14. Vicky says:

    I love the Garnet mix. Could use it to replace my favourite red cable hat I lost last year :(

  15. mrs robinson says:

    Just perfect for some autumnal knitting! Beautiful colours – and names! Think my favourite is Irwyn green mix

  16. Susan says:

    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.

  17. Lynda says:

    Emerald Mix is my favourite. A splash of bright colour on a winter sea!

  18. Hanna Woods says:

    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!

  19. Tracy says:

    Irwyn Green Mix for me.

  20. Kirsty says:

    The Tiger’s Eye mix is delicious. I’d love to win some!

  21. Suzan Minton says:

    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

  22. Linda Rumsey says:

    The chunky yarn looks so warm and soft, I’d love to try a skein in Eggplant!

  23. Annie Wells says:

    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.

  24. Nina says:

    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!

    • Kate Duncan says:

      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.

  25. Celia Maughan says:

    Feeling a bit ‘all at sea’ today so it would have to be the gorgeous Oceanic Mix.

  26. Maria says:

    Oh how I love these beautiful jewel colours! I’d love the Emerald Mix one to make a splendid cowl with! Here’s hoping, fingers crossed xx

  27. Jonne says:

    Madison Delaunay in Pitch Black would be wonderful.

  28. sandra mathieux says:

    It seems a very versatile yarn with lovely colours.

  29. Amanda Thornton says:

    The lavender mix is a beautiful color and would make a great fast knit for a toddler cap this autumn!

  30. Jules says:

    What fabulous colours and I love the designs in the booklet, Tigers Eye mix for me please.

  31. Mrs Mary Volkering says:

    Great giveaway! Tiger’s Eye Mix for me please.

  32. Jackie Stent says:

    What beautiful flecky, heathered colours. I love the Blueberry mix of your cable sample!

  33. Marlies says:

    Eggplant :)

  34. Sarah says:

    Fab colours to choose from… think I’d choose berry pie mix or oceanic mix.

  35. Tara Fiebach says:

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

  36. Emma says:

    Berry pie mix for me!

  37. Lynne says:

    I’d choose the Caribbean mix as it reminds me of the gorgeous colour of the Caribbean Sea.

  38. Eileen says:

    Beautiful colours, it’s so difficult to choose a favourite, but I think it must be Oceanic!

  39. Andrea B says:

    I would choose Berry Pie Mix – how can you not smile?

  40. Julia Hawkins says:

    I would love the turqouise

  41. Janet says:

    Fabulous autumn colours! I’d go for Salt and Pepper. Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. Kaat says:

    Difficult choice, so many beautiful colours. Love the oceanic mix or berry pie mix.

  43. Brenda Johnson says:

    Steel cut oats looks pretty good to me. Will make a lovely scarf or cowl if I’m a lucky girl!

  44. Mils says:

    I would choose eggplant to remind me of the heather coloured Scottish hills

  45. RENE WALKIN says:

    Tiger’s eye for me please-a lovely spot of warmth for a grey day.

  46. Julie Glasel says:

    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!

  47. Anett says:

    Looks so cosy and I like nearly all the colours, but I would go for Steel cut oats.

  48. Deborah says:

    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.

  49. Donna says:

    Would love the Azure Mix-so fresh.

  50. mel says:

    Berry mix would be my choice.

  51. It’s hard to chose, all the colours are so lovely. Leaning towards Chianti (7236, it’s scrumptious!

  52. Kira Mason says:

    Love them all! Caribbean mix for me please.

  53. Johanna says:

    these colors make me almost like autumn :) peat mix would be lovely

  54. Margaret says:

    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.

  55. Tanya says:

    I’d pick Irwyn Green Mix, but they are all lovely.

  56. sally says:

    Steel cut oats would be a good choice for this and would go with a lot of nice things.

  57. Liz says:

    There’s too much purple in my stash at the moment – so I’d go for Chianti, as it’ll add a wonderful pop of colour to winter!

  58. Cathy says:

    Lavender Mix is my favourite!

  59. alicia says:

    One of the reds would cheer up a cold day.

  60. Annie says:

    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

  61. Anne says:

    Steel cut oats would be my choice for something warm and snugly!

  62. Asha says:

    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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