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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Flicker and Tonal: Free Patterns!

Wow, that was a busy weekend. Thanks so much to everyone who made Close Knit one of their stops on the Portland Yarn Crawl. We had quite a few first-timers, and we hope to see you all again. If you signed up for our mailing list, keep your eyes open for notices of our sales and events. If you entered our raffle, Sally will be contacting you soon if you are one of our winners!

The brand new Berroco Flicker received a lot of attention this weekend, thanks to Sally's simple little hat on display, and at least a few knitters picked up a skein to make Laura Irwin's Side Slip Cloche. Berroco has just released six free Flicker patterns, which you can download individually or as a nice compact eBook. They've included a cardigan, gloves, a hat, a capelet, and scarf, and a crocheted cowl. Take a look...

Also new form Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Tonal. They have taken Ultra Alpaca, one of the greatest worsted weight go-to yarns, and added a little tonal variation. Brilliant.

I know it looks like it might stripe, but I assure you it does not. Of course, there are free patterns for this, too. Ann whipped up a sample of Ostrom for the shop. The pattern calls for three skeins, but Ann found that two skeins made it just perfect.

I love this sweater, Runcorn, which combines the classic Ultra Alpaca and the Tonal.
Ditto is another really nice cardigan. Berroco originally released this for a different yarn, but they have since written it up for the Ultra Alpaca Tonal, too.
Berroco's free pattern library is full of great designs. If you sign up for their Knitbits newsletter, you'll receive instant notice of their newest offerings. Then you'll be able to race down to Close Knit for the newest Berroco goodies!

Thank you to Berroco for the use of the pattern photos (aside from Ostrom).

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