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The next big thing February 15, 2015 11:48 1 Comment

YottaWinter is the time to start thinking about cozy, soft knits - both for projects and for wonderful things to wear. Even better if they’re quick projects. That way you can both knit and wear them before spring arrives!

This is truly the year of the big yarn. I don’t mean the “next big thing yarn,” I mean BIG yarn. We’re seeing chunkies and bulkies pop up everywhere this autumn, and nothing is more fun than a special hand-dyed bulky. Julie Asselin’s Yotta is my new favorite.

Here’s the thing: I’m not always a bulky yarn fan. They can be rough or they can look like roving for little kids. It takes a special bulky to win my heart. It has to be soft enough to feel good in my hands and garment, and look sophisticated enough to create a nice look. Yotta does both.

MelanieMy sample skein arrived in a variegated (I’m offering Julie’s lovely semi-solids to you) with a range from purple to orange. The texture is soft, not toothy at all, and it has a brushed hand that makes you want to pet it. The single strand is thick, like a pencil roving, but has enough twist to stay put. It also feels like it’s the tiny bit felted, meaning it’s going to hold up nicely when knitting.
Yotta gauge
I wanted to find just the right pattern, so I chose one that Julie herself designed for Yotta. Melanie is a cross between a cowl and a necklace, and interesting combo that lightens up the thickness of the yarn. It’s available for free on Ravelry. Yotta would also make a great Gap-tastic Cowl.

You can see the wonderful stitch definition here. This a fashion-forward, modern-looking yarn. Anything you choose to make with it will have a young, edgey vibe. This is the yarn to take down to your local coffee house, grab a cup, then sit outside on the sidewalk and knit. And when you’re done, do the same and wear your new cowl.