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Review of Berroco Vintage Yarn

February 7, 2011

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You may remember that I recently used Berroco Vintage for my Murphy Dog- Danger craft's Tofu the Gentle Dachshund Knitting Pattern and it was amazing. You may also remember that I am a bit of a natural fiber proponent. And while Vintage contains some natural fiber, its majority is man-made with 10% Nylon, 50% Acrylic and 40% Wool. That being said it is amazing stuff. It retains the stretch of wool and wool's stitch definition but it is soft in a way totally different from any wool I have worked with. Its hand was peculiar; I could have sworn that I was knitting up some chenille. It had that soft, particular chenille feel to it but the tendencies of wool. It was amazing and I loved it more than I thought I ever could.

Berroco Vintage is a worsted weight plied yarn which means it is several strands of thinner yarn wound together to make up a worsted weight yarn. However, I experienced very little splitting. I would say that it splits significantly less than wool and considerably less than cotton. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being no splits and 1 being all splits, I would rank wool at a 7, cotton a 5 and Berroco at an 8 or 9. It was very good. The color variety also makes it a good choice for a multitude of projects. This yarn would make a great choice for a Fair Isle sweater or multicolored baby blanket. The color selection is not limited to a few select colors for the season but a gradiation of colors in each family making it a 'go-to' yarn for any project.

This yarn is a good choice for beginners because of its forgiving nature or not splitting and stretchy nature. But it is also great for the experienced knitters because of the color choice and fantastic stitch definition. The super soft nature lends it well to children's patterns. The blend of acrylic and wool gives you the best of both worlds. There is no itchy wool feel and it is washable. This is a great stash yarn because of its many virtues.     

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Natural fiber yarns, such as wool, may be very expensive. This is especially true if the yarn must be imported and is organic. Nylon yarn is an alternative which can resemble the look and feel of wool, cotton, and even suede for a lower cost. It can be used in place of these natural fiber yarns to create any number of garments, accessories, or even home decor.

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