Introducing Berroco Quechua
08/01/2017                       #720
I hope you're sitting down. Take a moment, find a chair. I'll wait. 

We've got four new yarns to show you for Fall 2017 and the first one, well, it's a doozy. Berroco Quechua™ (KEH-choo-wah) is a stunning mix of extrafine merino, baby alpaca, and yak fibers. You think you've felt soft, warm yarn? Find a skein of this delicious yarn and compare for yourself.

Quechua is a two-ply yarn that knits at a sport weight gauge, making it ideal for light, airy projects to layer as the days start to get cool. This yarn is absolutely perfect for lace stitches but can handle simple cables with ease, as you can see in the patterns from Booklet 389 Berroco Quechua.
Wondering how we came up with the name? We were inspired by the beautiful country of Peru, where the yarn is made. Quechua is the name of the indigenous ethnic group in South America, especially in Peru. Quechua is also the name of the language which is still spoken in areas around Cusco, Peru. 
Flip through the Berroco Quechua Lookbook
This show-stopper is Abayomi, a calf-length duster knit in Berroco Quechua color 1306 Eden. A traditional lace pattern is used to form the panels at the back, front edges, and neckline, and the length can be easily customized to your preference.
Eya is an easy-to-knit, open-front vest pattern worked in color 1354 Palace. The back is worked in one piece, while the fronts and neckband are worked as a separate piece. 
If you like the familiarity of traditional stitch patterns, be sure to check out Abebi. This long stole uses a variation of the feather-and-fan stitch to show off the gorgeous yarn. A bold color such as 1321 Fennel shows off the depth of color the yak fiber lends to this yarn.
Berroco Quechua is not just good for lace patterns—it also shines in unfussy stockinette stitch, as demonstrated in Daraja. This simple sweater is knit from the bottom up in one piece before working the front and back. An easy cable adorns the neckline; drop-shoulder sleeves are picked up and worked down. 
Another favorite stitch pattern, Frost Flowers, is utilized to create a stunning, lightweight cowl in Imbiana. Knit in the round with color 1315 Estate, this long cowl can be worn wrapped around the neck, as shown, or worn long for a more dramatic look.
The mixing of lace patterns and textured stitches in Chichima allows Berroco Quechua to really shine. Knit from the top down in alternating bands of lace and garter stitch elements, this semi-circular shawl is lightweight and cozy.
Download this week's free pattern
For this week's free pattern, we've got a great little crescent-shaped shawl called Ceridwen. An architectural lace pattern is knit lengthwise, then stitches are then picked up along the side of the border. Short rows are worked in garter stitch to form the body.
Find Berroco Quechua Near You

Have you had a chance to work with Berroco Quechua yet? We'd love to hear your experiences if you have! 

Happy knitting,


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