The Spring 2015 issue of Knitscene is here!


This issue arrived at the shop on one of the coldest days this winter, giving us plenty of warm-weather projects to look forward to.



This cabled tee is knit in Berroco Maya, a lofty blend of cotton and alpaca, and the lightweight pullover below uses two shades of Malabrigo Lace.


Along with patterns for tanks, tees, shawls and other accessories, there’s an article on knitting pockets–an easy way to customize a sweater.


Come by the shop to pick up the latest issue of Knitscene and peruse other recent magazines and books. We hope you find inspiration here!


Norah Gaughan, Vol. 16.

The latest collection of patterns from designer Norah Gaughan is now here! Take a peek inside volume 16.


For modern shapes and styles and unique garment-construction techniques, we turn to Norah Gaughan. This latest group is knit all in beachy blues, with warm-weather yarns like Maya and Modern Cotton.

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Each garment is decorated with a lace motif, often set against simple stockinette.


Come by the shop to see Norah Gaughan’s latest, and flip through her older booklets, too. See you there!

Berroco Peruvia: now on sale!

UPDATE: As of 12/26/2014, we are totally sold out of Berroco Peruvia! *************************************************************

It’s always bittersweet news when yarns are discontinued. On the one hand, we’re sad to see good yarns go. On the other, we’re happy to announce that said yarn is now on sale. We’re now offering Berroco Peruvia at over 25% off!


Peruvia is an aran weight single ply wool with 174 yards on each 100 gram skein. It’s fuzzy but sturdy, suitable for felting projects, and comes in a range of heathered shades. One skein is enough for a hat or a pair of mittens; a few more will make a scarf or shawlette.


Sale yarns have been going very quickly lately… come by the shop soon to snag a few skeins of Berroco Peruvia before it disappears!

A reminder: all sales are final on discounted yarn. There can be no returns or exchanges, nor special orders–the discount applies only to what we currently have in stock. Thanks! 

Hello, Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

Meet the newest yarn from Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

DSCN3709 A bulky weight blend of wool and alpaca, Ultra Alpaca Chunky is the newest addition to Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca line.


Each 100 gram skein boasts 131 yards, enough for a hat or a pair of mitts. With a suggested gauge of 3.5 stitches per inch on a US #10, this is instant gratification yarn, perfect for cozy accessories and warm, jacket-like sweaters.


Berroco booklet #349 features patterns for Ultra Alpaca Chunky, a collection of accessories and garments.

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A sample of one of these patterns, “Duchamp,” now hangs at the shop, knit in a cheery red.


“Duchamp” is a textured shawl, a modular knit whose construction is sure to keep you interested as you stitch.


Look out for this free pattern tucked into the Ultra Alpaca Chunky cubby–a cozy textured scarf, knit with just 3 skeins.


Come by the shop to see Ultra Alpaca Chunky and plan some instant gratification knitting of your own!

Back in stock: Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Fine.

These mighty big boxes arrived from Berroco last week, with over 30 pounds of Ultra Alpaca yarns in each one. New colors made up some of the weight, as did some old favorites; the rest was a new yarn entirely, but that’s for another post. The unpacking, sorting, storing, and displaying took Anne and I most of a day!


Good old Ultra Alpaca. This 50%/50% blend of wool and alpaca is a classic, with the structure and elasticity of wool and the drape, halo, and softness of alpaca.


It comes in reasonably-priced, 100 gram hanks with 219 yards each; enough yarn to make a small scarf, a hat, or a pair of mittens. Ultra Alpaca comes in a wide range of colors, from fun brights to classic neutrals; I’ve always particularly admired the heathered shades.


Ultra Alpaca is a great sweater yarn, too, as Mindy here can attest. A bit of show and tell: Mindy came in the other day, having heard about our big Berroco shipment, to show off her very first sweater, knit during a “Start Your First Sweater” class here at the shop. She used Ultra Alpaca in a heathered charcoal and a friendly top-down seamless cardigan pattern from our pattern binder. Look at the fabulous result!


We also got new colors in Ultra Alpaca Fine, a fingering weight blend of wool, alpaca, and nylon. Its fiber content and gauge suggest socks, but Ultra Alpaca Fine is equally at home in larger garments, and especially shines in openwork scarves and shawls.


The alpaca content gives it a bit of a fuzzy halo, something to keep in mind if you’re planning a project that requires sharp stitch definition–those fuzzy fibers can obscure delicate texture patterns a bit. That said, those fuzzy fibers also give the finished fabric softness and warmth. 



Come by the shop to see all the new colors in Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Fine, and keep them in mind for sweater, sock, and shawl-making this fall. Stay tuned for the newest Berroco yarn, or come by the shop to see it before it hits the blog!

Norah Gaughan, Vol. 15.

A new Norah Gaughan collection is something to look forward to, and her latest has just arrived at the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. Look no further than the teacart for Vol. 15!


Using a variety of Berroco yarns and a muted color palette, Gaughan’s designs draw inspiration from maritime motifs this time around. Twisted cables suggest knotted ropes, and muted colors suggest foggy shores.


Come by the shop to see Norah Gaughan’s latest, or peruse her back catalog–all are worth a look, full of interesting shapes and intriguing textures. See you at the shop, hopefully before our Annual Inventory Sale ends on July 31st–all our books, yarns, needles, hooks, bags, notions, and all else are 15% off this month!


Just a reminder–all sales are final on sale items; there can be no exchanges, no returns, nor will we special order. Discount applies only to in-store purchases. Thanks! 

Interweave Crochet.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet has arrived!


This Spring 2014 issue is full of crochet accessories and garments, many of them in fine, lightweight yarns and stitched in openwork patterns for warm-weather wear. I was particularly impressed by the garments in this issue, for adults and children alike, and spotted some familiar yarns, too–an elegant sweater in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, and another in Fibre Company Acadia.





Look for this issue of Interweave Crochet on the teacart among the latest publications!

Hello, Berroco Modern Cotton.

Meet Modern Cotton, a brand new yarn from Berroco!


Modern Cotton is a worsted weight blend of 60% cotton and 40% rayon, perfect for warm-weather knit and crochet projects, or year-round for those allergic to wool. Modern Cotton is soft in the hand with excellent stitch definition, qualities that this little cabled sweater illustrates nicely. You’ll find it at the shop, hanging on the wall above the worsted weight yarns.


The pattern is “Diggory,” from Berroco booklet #345, which puts this brightly-colored, easy-care yarn to good use in all manner of baby and children’s garments.




Modern Cotton is also a very good value, with a relatively low price tag for the yardage. That along with its soft feel and machine-washability made me think blankets. The range of colors both neutral and bright brought to mind the Purl Bee’s delightfully simple garter stitch baby blanket pattern, “Super Easy Crib Blanket,” a riot of color in seven shades.




Berroco has also released some free patterns for Modern Cotton, like the lacy “Saurey” baby blanket, and two women’s sweaters: “Joyce” and “Sanpoku,” a tee and a cardigan, respectively. Norah Gaughan used Modern Cotton in her most recent Berroco booklet. Modern Cotton will do well in any pattern calling for worsted weight yarn where the drape of plant fibers is welcome. Check it out when you’re next at the shop, along with the “Diggory” sample, which can give you a good sense of how the yarn behaves in knitted fabric. See you there!


Norah Gaughan, vol. 14.

The latest collection of patterns from designer Norah Gaughan is now here! Take a peek inside volume 14.


For modern shapes and styles and unique garment-construction techniques, we turn to Norah Gaughan. This latest group is knit all in pale neutrals, many of them decorated in angular eyelet patterns. The shawl on the cover was knit in Berroco Maya, a lightweight blend of cotton and alpaca.



Gaughan designs for Berroco, and while we may not carry every yarn she suggests, we have many Berroco yarns and even more substitutes. Come by the shop to see the latest Norah Gaughan, and check out volumes 1-13 if you haven’t yet!


New colors in Berroco Maya.

Last April, we ordered our first bundle of Berroco Maya, a worsted weight blend of cotton and alpaca spun up into a stretchy, lofty chainette. We were delighted to learn that Maya now comes in a wider range of colors, and ordered another bundle twice the size of last year’s.


There are many pleasant qualities that set Maya apart. The combination of cotton and alpaca is soft and light, thanks in part to its chainette construction. A chainette yarn is basically a knitted tube, and the inherent stretchiness of knitted fabric transforms that mostly-cotton fiber into smooth and stretchy yarn. It also creates a loftier yarn than plant fibers usually offer, much lighter in weight than we might normally expect from a worsted weight cotton yarn. And have I mentioned: Maya is machine-washable, which makes it ideal for baby and children’s things, especially for those who live in warm climates or may be sensitive to wool.


Our big bundle of Maya also included a hand-knit sample of a lacy, cropped sweater from the latest Maya booklet.



We’re always delighted to have generous, garment-sized samples like these, because they give the best sense of how a yarn behaves in knitted fabric. Come on in and try it on for size, study the stitch definition, feel the weight and texture of the thing with your own hands.


While you’re at it, peruse the Maya booklets for pattern inspiration.




When you’re thinking warm-weather knitting, remember Berroco Maya. See you at the shop!