www.berroco.comKnitBits #660
Knitting with Cotton for Summer

The weather is finally (finally!) getting warm here in New England and as such, we’re starting to think about what to make for warmer weather. Cotton and other plant fibers have long been the preferred material for creating summer garments, as they tend to pull heat away from the body and remain cool. But cotton yarns can also get really heavy—for me, cotton was not my first choice for summer crafting.

Earlier this year, however, Berroco launched our new yarn Elba. This 100% cotton tape yarn is my new number one choice for summer knitting. Because of the construction, it’s lightweight and springy, the way a wool yarn might behave, but remains cool and warm-weather appropriate. The phrase “tape yarn” always kind of confused me, but it really just means that instead of a rounded yarn, the yarn takes on a ribbon or tape–like appearance, lying flat when stretched on a surface such as a table.

Elba is fun to knit and great to wear for summer sweaters and cardigans. Booklet #369 features 6 patterns knit in Elba, including Aveline, Abree, and Tazia. This week’s free pattern is Dory, a cardigan designed by Amy Christoffers for Elba.

Single Pattern PDF

Dory, free pattern

Knit in pieces and seamed, this cardigan features a gansey-inspired textured stitch pattern at the shoulders.

Knit in Berroco Elba™
Skill level: Intermediate
PDF Pattern Instructions

Berroco Elba™

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