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Berroco Latitude

Berroco Latitude.

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A Different Knitting Dimension:

The combination of cotton and rayon in a multicolored, twisted yarn makes Berroco Latitude an intersting yarn to knit with and to use for summery accessories and other fun projects.

Specifications:

  • Content: 48 percent cotton, 48 percent rayon, 4 percent "other fiber"
  • Yarn weight: Medium
  • Gauge: Ball band says 20 stitches and 30 rows on size 5 US knitting needles; I got 19 stitches and 29 rows on size 5 needles
  • Yardage: 109 yards per 50 gram ball
  • Color availability: 7 multis
  • Color used in swatch: Dalkey Island
  • Care instructions: Hand wash in cool water, dry flat, no bleach.

Knitting:

Berroco describes Latitude as being made of a "subtly variegated base yarn" wrapped with a "coordinating micro binder." It looks like a ribbon yarn on the ball, but looking closer reveals the base yarn to be thinner and more string like, tightly wrapped with the second fiber.

On the ball it feels silky thanks to the rayon, but it acts a little stiffer than it feels when you knit with it.

The stitches are very open when knit with the recommended needles, but they close up nicely when blocked. The whole experience reminded me of knitting with string, though it was not difficult to work with and didn't split at all.

Uses for Berroco Latitude:

Latitude has a nice organic look, with stitches that aren't completely even but that aren't really messy, either. Stockinette Stitch curled minimally, most of which blocked out. And after blocking the stitches mostly fall completely in line. I'd use this yarn for accessories like a funky belt, bag or hair band, a spring or summer scarf or even a summery top.

It could probably also be used to interesting effect as a trim or to make a stripe in a project knit mostly in another yarn.

Bottom Line:

Berroco Latitude may initially take a bit of getting used to given that the feel and the way the yarn behaves don't completely mesh, but after a few rows you'll begin to understand the yarn and enjoy the process.

I found the yarn online for $7.85, making it pretty reasonable for a yarn you'll use in small quantities for accessories, but maybe a little pricey for a whole top for some knitters. Still, the yarn is interesting to work with and lovely knit up, so it's worth a look if you like yarns that are novel without being "novelty."

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