Barrington 3.0

I’ve been a little busy over the last month organizing a photo shoot for the 3rd incarnation of the Barrington Braid scarf. Yesterday, with the help of Amy Rampfl we completed that little journey during a photo shoot of the new design. In the beginning it started out as just a cowl version of the scarf. However, because of the yarn that I used this time around, it turned out to be much more. Stay with me for a second here …

You may have heard me rant in the past that manufacturers need to increase the size of their skeins as the size of the yarn gauge increases. For example, 100g of aran wight yarn is approximately 175m and goes a good distance in knitting. The problem I’ve found is that once you go past aran weight yarn, chunky/bulky/ultra bulky, instead of increasing the size of the balls/skeins to account for the fact that the yardage is less, manufacturers tend to keep them the same. I understand certain reasons for this, but the main reason for NOT doing this is that as a knitter, you don’t want to have to deal with a million ends after making a piece of fabric. Not to mention that since the yarn is bulkier, weaving in these ends is a much more difficult job as you often have to split each end, meaning you have twice as many to deal with.

Luckily, Cascade Yarns (and no they are not paying me for this post), has seen the reasoning behind this. Their Eco+ yarn comes in 250g skeins that have 437 meters (478 yards) of yarn! One skein of this will make a moderately cabled cowl – usually. I chose to put the Barrington Braid into a cowl for this the third version, and needed a little more than 1 skein for it. So I decided to add a contrast color accent as well, which meant that I’m at 3 skeins of yarn for this cowl. In for a penny, in for a pound, right? So I decided to get 2 skeins of each color and make 2 cowls with reversing color combinations. After the first 2 cowls were made, I realized I still had heaps of yarn left over, so I made 2 matching neck warmers with the same contrast color edging. I made them with buttons so that you could wear them in several different ways, and/or, button them together to give you even more options!! And guess what? I still have enough yarn left over (30g or 53m) to make a pair of fingerless gloves! I’d say that’s a pretty good value – thanks Cascade!

So here’s a few photos showing what you can do with 4 skeins of the Eco+ … and I haven’t made the fingerless gloves yet. You can also use just 2 and reduce the amount of cabling if you don’t want to get 4. Either way, it’s a great value and I’m glad to see this yarn in large skeins.

dino neck warmer




The rest of the pieces will be seen soon in the next post. Oh, btw, the pattern(s) will be available soon.

Hugzzz 😎

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