Saturday, February 11, 2012

Using Berroco Yarn For Your Next Project

Skeldon Cardigan--Berroco Campus Pattern Book #301
Knitting, even for beginners, is a wonderful hobby. Every project begins with an idea, and a yarn selection. Berroco Yarn is an ideal fit for any project. There are a number of yarns to choose from including: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Berroco Pure Pima, and Berroco Sox. Berroco Yarn patterns are also available online. For the beginner, using the Berroco Ultra Alpaca or Berroco Pure Pima to knit a pair of finger-less Lacis gloves is a wise idea. If this project seems challenging, it is easy to search the Berroco Yarn patterns for something more suitable.

When selecting a yarn, it is important to carefully read about the fiber, hank weight, hank length, knitting gauge, needle size, and care instructions. Once a decision is made, the process is fairly simple: find the right gauge needles and knit a test swatch.

It is always better to knit a larger swatch than necessary - to make more accurate measurements and to see how the yarn will look after being knit. Moreover, experts often recommend washing and drying the test swatch. This will allow for a real world appraisal of what to expect from the finished product. Ultimately, if the goal is to knit something useful, it is worth the additional effort. Besides, failure to skip this important step may result in a waste of time, effort, and money.

With the test swatch complete, it is time to start knitting. In this case, finger-less Lacis gloves. And logically, many beginners turn to the Internet for advice. There are a number of excellent resources available, but to keep things simple Berroco Yarn offers How-To information. The website is user friendly and the instructions are fairly straightforward, especially for visual learners. Beginners should keep in mind that it is often helpful to watch a number of instructional videos, numerous times. Beginners should also remember that it is difficult to watch and knit at the same time.

Knitting with confidence will take time, but eventually the stitches will stay on the needles and patterns will begin to emerge. Since the first project is simply practice for the next one, it is okay to make some mistakes - and mistakes will happen, so it's a good idea to stay positive.

When the project is finally complete, it is time to start looking forward to to the next thing. Possibly a more challenging project. Socks using Berroco Sox perhaps.

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