Berroco Vintage is another stash essential. It has been a little while since we've done a Stash Essentials post, but what with fall (and crisp, cool weather) just around the corner, we bet we're not alone in wondering what sweater-quantities of yarn our stash holds. If yours doesn't hold any, or you'd like to increase what's there, Berroco Vintage is a great choice. Vintage is available in three weights — DK, worsted, and chunky — and thanks to its acrylic content (it's a blend of 52% acrylic, 40% wool, and 8% nylon), it's machine washable! We are rarely in a position to champion a yarn with such a high synthetic fiber content, but truly, Vintage knits up without a squeak and creates a beautiful and even fabric that's easy to take care of — it's hard to argue with that!
Berroco Vintage worsted in Cerulean, Forget Me Not, and Neptune
We love Vintage for sweaters, thick socks, blankets — anything, really. Thanks to its very affordable price-point, Vintage is just the sort of yarn you won't feel guilty about stocking up on, and won't have any trouble finding projects to use it for. That's a stashing win-win in our books, and here are some of our favourite Vintage projects.
1. Gramps, by tincanknits — Newly availalble in adult sizes (!), Gramps is the kind of classic cardigan that becomes the go-to of everyone who has one, from parents dressing their kids to adults who need another layer. The contrast button bands and elbow pads are a fun way to add a splash of colour to an everyday-neutral cardigan, or the perfect place to compromise for a kid who can't decide between his or her two favourite colours.
2. Beagle by Norah Gaughan — Knitting a sweater for the man in your life can be a daunting task: will he like the pattern, how long will it take, will he wear it? Berroco Vintage has the benefit of not being scratchy, keeping its shape nicely, and wearing well — all things that are likely to mean this sweater gets worn. That Norah Gaughan's pattern is an engaging knit is an added bonus.
3. Owls and/or Owlet by Kate Davies — Wildly popular and totally classic, these sweaters (for adults and kids, respectively) are speedy and satisfying to knit, and cozy and stylish to wear. If you haven't yet knit yourself an Owls sweater, what are you waiting for?
4. Relax by Ririko — This is one of those effortlessly elegant pieces that works perfectly for the workweek and the weekend. We love the flowing shape, the fitted sleeves, and the eyelet details, all of which combine to make it a sweater you're sure to wear at least once a week.
5. Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho — If your fall accessories need a little refreshing, this is a quick and easy project that you'll no doubt want to wear everyday. As a matter of fact, you should probably make a few in different colours.
6. Rye by tincanknits — Whether you're new to sock knitting or just want a knock off a few pairs before the weather turns cold, Rye is great option for the whole family.
Berroco Vintage DK in Mushroom, Oats, and Chana Dal