Category: Yarn

Featured Yarn 42 | Berroco Captiva. Cotton blend

I’ve just finished a project for another publication, and I am so glad that editor of crochet magazine gave me the opportunity to discover Berroco Captiva yarn!

Captiva’s satiny feel and subtle shine give it an air of sophistication. Created by wrapping a shimmering filament around a smooth cotton blend, this machine washable yarn comes in a wide range of elegant shades. Give your imagination free rein and just think of all the spring/summer tops, cardis, scarves, shawls, pullovers & more you can create with fantastic “Captiva.” Beautifully crafted in Italy of 60% cotton, 23% polyester and 17% acrylic.


Berocco Captiva HankBerocco Captiva Color Chart


Fiber Content: 60% cotton, 23% polyester and 17% acrylic
Yardage: 1.75 oz (50 g)/98 yd (90 m)
Gauge: 18 sts x 25 rows = 4” (10 cm) with US #8 (5 mm) knitting needles; 16 sc x 18 rows = 4” (10 cm) with H/8 [5 mm] crochet hook
Weight: Worsted weight (#4 Medium)
Care: machine washable. Lay flat to dry. 


shoppingcart-small where to buy: jimmy beans wool, webs, amazon just to name a few. 

Alla Koval Designs

Let it Snow | Feza 3N In Person ;)

Feza 3N Scarf02


According to my last post, sure I couldn’t resist and ordered a hank of Feza 3N ;o)

And you know, I was really amazed at how soft and pleasant to touch the yarn is, even though kniting with US #30-50/19-20 mm needles can be truly a challenge! But I wanted to try the idea of weaving this yarn through crocheted base in Mesh pattern. Shown on the picture below is (tr, ch2) pattern, but I think my favorite is the pattern of the scarf above, where ch-5 sps and puff stitches met ;o) And weaved every other ch-5 sp Feza 3N yarn brings to scarf such lovely, cozy and unusual look. The mannequin is child size (6-8 years) for reference.

Feza 3N Swatch


A wonderful and lovely week everyone!!

Alla Koval Designs

Featured Yarn 41 | Feza 3N Super Bulky

Have you ever knitted with yarn that was this big? I have not, but I would love to try this one someday. But I would try some different (NOT knit or crochet) projects with this yarn. I think I would play with project like this:

1. With worsted weight (#4 Medium), or probably thinner crochet a basic piece (it’s can be scarf, shawl or rag – you name it) in net pattern (something like [tr, ch 3] repeats, or probably [trtr, ch5] – I need to see this yarn first ;o))

2. Weave through every ch-3 sp lengthwise Feza 3N yarn, leaving 5-6” yarn tails on both ends, which is a king of fringe and NO weaving ends at least ;0)

And if work with contrasting base and Feza 3N, it may be really interesting look!

Well, let me introduce, 3N yarn by Feza!

Super bulky, super lofty and super snuggly!

Feza 3N is a super bulky wool blend yarn with a hint of lycra. It’s a lightly twisted wool roving available in all natural shades.


10545406783_e005ca1f2e(2)  Feza 3N Colors Card


Fiber Content: 97% Australian wool, 3% lycra
Recommended Needles: US # 35 – 50/19 – 25 mm
Recommended Hook: US S/19mm to U/25mm
Yarn care: Hand wash in cold water


shoppingcart-small where to buy:  Noble Knits (AMAZING custom service and SUPER FAST shipping!!), Stitch Diva Studious, Coveted Yarn… just to name a few.



What would you crochet with this kind of yarn? I would love to hear all of your opinions!

Featured Yarn 40 | Omega Cotton #5

I’ve just finished summer project with Omega #5 Cotton and must admit that I’ve got an absolute new favorite yarn to work with!! I really have no idea how I’ve “existed” without Omega’s yarn, seriously! ;o)

This cotton has exceptional quality, texture and durability and just perfect for summer & spring crochet projects. Each ball is 1.76 oz 164 yards and comes in 21 colors (I wish Omega would have more colors).


Omega Cotton5 Details

Omega Cotto5 Color Card Omega Cotton5

Fiber Content: 100% cotton
Yardage: 1.76 oz (50 g)/164 yd (150 m)
Gauge: 26 sts = 4” (10 cm) with US #3 (3 mm) knitting needles; C/2 2.75 mm crochet hook
Weight: Thread weight (#0 Lace)
Care: machine washable


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P.S.: I’ll show you a new design just in a few (I traditionally, still need to sew buttons and take the pictures).

Now I’m hurry back to my book routine ;o)

Have a lovely day and see you soon!

Featured Yarn 39. Omega Trigo. Cotton

What a lovely mercerized cotton with such interesting texture! Mona sent me a skein of Trigo to try and I liked this yarn so much (and 2 designs for my book already made with this one ;o). The only thing, they had not enough colors of this yarn. But now some bright and lovely new colors added, yay! This yarn is great for delicate blankets and kids garments as well and for modern and fun projects.


Omega Trigo

Omega Trigo Ball

Fiber Content: 100% mercerized cotton with a rustic look  
Yardage: 3.52 oz (100 g)/295 yd (270 m)
Gauge: 27 sts = 4” (10 cm) with US #3 (3 mm) knitting needles; C/2 2.75 mm crochet hook
Weight: Sport weight (#2 Fine)
Care: machine washable

Available colors:

Omega Trigo Color Card


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Featured Yarn 38. Patons Silk Bamboo. DK Weight

What a lovely yarn I’m working with now for a project for my book (guess which color I’ve chose ;o) If you never worked with Patons Silk Bamboo I would highly recommend this yarn!

  • Luxurious blend of silk and Viscose from bamboo—marvelous drape, supple softness and an elegant sheen
  • Colors are vivid and on-trend
  • Knits and crochets beautifully, stitches slide effortlessly
  • Bamboo is an eco-friendly fiber


Patons Silk Bambool

Patons® Yarns   Patons Silk Bamboo Color Card

Fiber Content: 70% viscose from bamboo, 30% silk  
Yardage: 2.20 oz (65 g)/102 yd (93 m)
Gauge: 22 sts x 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) with US #6 (4 mm) knitting needles; 16 sc x 20 rows = 4” (10 mm) with G/6 4 mm crochet hook
Weight: DK weight (#3 Light)


shoppingcart-smallwhere to buy: Mary Maxim, Knitting Warehouse, eBay … just to name a few.

Featured Yarn 37. Debbie Bliss Andes. Alpaca & Mulberry Silk Blend

Looks as I’ve got a new addiction… I’ve just finished a gift for my special friend – Meringue cowl, knitted with Debbie Bliss Andes and must to admit that I completely felt in love with this yarn, such a gorgeous fiber gem from Debbie Bliss!! For velvety softness and lustrous sheen, make sure to discover the wonders of superb "Andes" yarn, you will love it for sure! By combining luxurious cultivated mulberry silk with super soft baby alpaca, Debbie has created a lovely option for all your DK-weight projects. You’ll revel at the luscious feel of this yarn as you knit and crochet with it and when you wear it next to your skin in sweaters, scarves, shawls & more. Beautifully crafted in Peru of 65% baby alpaca & 35% mulberry silk.

Fiber Content: 65% Baby Alpaca, 35% Mulberry Silk
Yardage: 100 m (110 yds) per 50 g (1.75 oz)
Weight: Light (DK)
Gauge (st./4 in.): 22 stitches/4 inches
Needle Size(s): US 6 (4 mm)
Made In: Peru

Debbie Bliss Andes Skein Debbie Bliss Andes Shade Card


great places to buy: Yarn Market, Webs, Jimmy Beans Wool and make sure to check Revelry.


P.S.: And for your knitting pleasure, the Meringue Cowl pattern is almost finished and will be available for download for free just in a few (well, this afternoon to be exact ;o)

Featured Yarn 36. Valley Yarns Southwick. Pima Cotton Blend

This Italian import combines the softness of pima cotton with the beauty and drape of bamboo fiber. Valley Yarns Southwick is a joy to knit and the feel improves even more once finished. This yarn is perfect for spring and summer knitting basics as well as more intricate stitch detail. 

Valley Yarns Southwick Logo

Valley Yarns Southwick Ball Valley Yarns Southwick Color Card

Fiber Content: 52% Pima Cotton, 48% Bamboo   
Yardage: 105 yards per 50 g (1.75 oz)
Gauge: 2 stitches = 1 inch on US #5-7 needles.
Weight: Worsted
Made In: Italy
Care: Hand wash with Eucalan.

From the catalog: “gorgeous pima cotton blended with ecofriendly bamboo. fabric will be lightweight and drape nicely. cables and textured stitches will show beautifully.”


places to buy: Webs, Ravelry and make sure to check eBay stores.

Featured Yarn 35. Trendsetter Yarns Flamenco. Ruffling Mesh Yarn

New for 2011: Flamenco by Trendsetter – ruffling mesh yarn. A flouncy styled
ribbon that when spread open, looks like a fisherman’s net, Flamenco is a truly
unique yarn. By knitting the top edge, it opens up to about 3 inches and creates
beautiful openwork ruffles. You can use Flamenco alone or with any other plain
or textured yarn.

I’ve just ordered mine. Can’t wait to play with ;o)

Trendsetter Yarns Logo
 Trendsetter Flamenco Scarf Trendsetter Flamenco Color Card

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic  
Yardage: 40 yards per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Gauge: 2 stitches = 1 inch on #13 needles…makes cool ruffles.
Weight: Chunky/Bulky
Made In: Italy
Care: Hand wash. Lay flat to dry. Cool iron. Do not bleach. Dry clean without

Spread open mesh. Turn mesh sideways. Turn end back to hem. Knit through
open woven box at edge one hole to one stitch. See video tutorial HERE.

Trendsetter Flamenco Yarn Trendsetter Flamenco Scarf1

Use this for scarves, wraps, trim on garment edges, bridal accessories …well
anywhere you want a ruffle. The possibilities are endless! 


great places to buy: here (grab a deal!), here and here just to name 
a few.

Featured Yarn 34. Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima. Cotton

I am working with Ultra Pima from Cascade and must admit I felt in love
in instant ;o) This is super soft DK-weight Pima Cotton with a wonderful
feel and sheen. With 220 yards per skein and lovely range of colors this
machine washable cotton works  just perfect for almost any spring and
summer project.
Cascade Ultra Pima

Cascade Ultra Pima SceinCascade Ultra Pima Shade Card01

Cascade Ultra Pima Shade Card02 Cascade Ultra Pima Shade Card03
Pima cotton is also called Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton. It is considered
to be one of the superior blends of cotton, and is extremely durable and
absorbent. This pima cotton is grown in Peru, which is where pima cotton

Ultra Pima has strong vibrant colours, and the yarn has a sheen which
gives knitted garments a beautiful finish.


where to buy: here, here and here just to name a few.

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