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Fall/Winter 07-08 Pattern Collection
norag gaughan vol.1
norah gaughan
Booklet #264
Booklet #264
Booklet #265
Booklet #265
everything felted
Booklet #266
Booklet #266
Booklet #267
Booklet #267
uptown girl
Booklet #268
Booklet #268
someting about stripes

New This Season

Berroco has lots of knitting news for FALL/WINTER 2007-08:

Not only do we have 3 new yarns and 5 new pattern booklets from our design team, but also 1 new book featuring uber-wearable knit pieces designed by our Norah Gaughan. All these new things from Berroco are coming soon to your local yarn shop. Click here to find a shop near you.

5 new pattern booklets:  Our design team created a 5 booklet collection with an assortment of choices that focus on our new and best selling yarns. Simple geometry, asymmetry, ease, volume and experimental proportions make it easy to revive last year's wardrobe with this season's coats, vests, cardigans, shrugs and pullovers. A slew of accessories, including felted bags and home decor items, are in sync with today's readymade market. Berroco applauds the fashion world's artsy influences as we continue to experiment in promoting fine artisanal quality fibers and designs. #264 Peruvia™ - Eight items in Peruvia™ include knitter-friendly pieces to take the chill off winter. #265 everything felted - Ten home decor and accessory pieces to knit and crochet in our wooly yarns. #266 Jasper™ - Five fascinating garments and three accessories that utilize the random self-striping effects of Jasper™. #267 uptown girl - A collection of eight pieces that speaks volumes about color and texture in our favorite fashion fancy yarns, Memoirs™ and Trilogy™. #268 something about stripes - Seven items demonstrate the variety of effects that modular constructions and multi-directional knitting can create using Keltic™ and Foliage™, our long repeat yarns.

1 new book - norah gaughan vol.1:   Norah Gaughan, our Design Director, creates new pathways of texture, color and layer in her new collection norah gaughan vol.1. She focuses on four of her favorite yarns, Ultra®Alpaca, Ultra®Alpaca Light and Pure®Merino, adding a dash of Metallic FX™. Norah has created 22 strong patterns to engage knitters who are just beginning their creative journeys and those who are experienced travelers.

3 New Yarns Jasper
Ultra® Alpaca Light Pure Merino Nuance

Jasper™ is a fine merino wool roving spun of pre-dyed tops and engineered to create a unique self-striping effect when knit. Its 8 fascinating striated colorways are reminiscent of its namesake stone, picture jasper. The colors seem to intensify when felted. Its soft hand and even stitch quality make it a favorite yarn for natural fiber connoisseurs. Ultra®Alpaca Light is our newest addition to our best selling Ultra®Alpaca family. Available in 24 mélange and solid shades, Ultra®Alpaca Light appeals to knitters who prefer lacier and lighter weight knitting projects. Pure®Merino Nuance is our newest addition to our Pure®Merino family which gains popularity each season. A unique, degrade dye technique renders a chiaroscuro effect, enhancing the style of each knitted item. Available in 5 ultra wearable shades.


FloraKaren from cyberspace wrote,   "I printed out one of your Ultra®Alpaca free patterns, Flora almost a year ago. Unfortunately I didn't check to see whether there were any corrections posted on your website and I knit it up using a single strand of yarn instead of double stranding it. I only used 2 hanks instead of the 4 that were required. I haven't felted it yet. Should I rip it out and start over? What would happen if I felted it as is?"

Karen, if I were you I would try felting the bag that you have knit. It will felt. It may take a couple of washing cycles, but keep an eye on it if you are using a top loading machine. Your bag will be smaller and more delicate than the original Flora, but I bet it will be lovely. The thing that I love the most about felting is the element of surprise and often delight with the experimentation. Good luck and let me know how it turns out.

All the best,

Margery Winter
Creative Director

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