Last spring Classic Elite Yarns introduce Canyon, a pima cotton/alpaca blend as part of our MountainTop Collection. There was such a great response; we decided to offer it in colors as well! Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Cerro

Like Canyon, Cerro is 85% Pima Cotton and 15% Alpaca. On the surface one might think that alpaca seems like an unlikely fiber to partner with cotton. After all, one is notorious for being a spring/summer fiber; while the other is known for being a warm fiber – best for cooler climates. However, when combined they both play to each other’s strengths. Cerro is a smooth and silky yarn (thanks to the cotton) with drape and softness (thanks to the alpaca) all while retaining amazing stitch definition. 

Being a sport weight yarn makes it even more versatile. Pullovers and cardigans are warm, yet tanks and tees are cool. And shawls and scarfs made from Cerro are warm, but not bulky.

Our Sunny Day book has some beautiful patterns made in Cerro - a tank, a cardigan (crochet!), a pullover and a couple of wraps. All perfect for transitioning into spring (which I swear is coming…although I am no weather man, nor have I ever worked for the Farmer’s Almanac…so please don’t ask me when exactly).

Clockwise from top left: Arpina, Eliana, Kalinda, Abelona and Marisol

Now…I am not normally a knitter who works with cotton. I knit MUCH looser than most knitters; which makes working with a slippery fiber, like cotton, difficult (this means even smaller needles, as well). But Cerro and Canyon have changed my mind.  Walking though the warehouse and looking at the beautiful colors of Cerro, my mind has starting racing about what I am going to cast on for first.

I took a ball home the other night to play with and am LOVING it. It’s got a great hand to it. The toughest part will be figuring out what to make and in which color!

Don’t forget to revisit some of the great designs from last year’s collection in Canyon (check them out here on Ravelry). Because it is the same base as Cerro, it is an easy substitute.

Clockwise from top left: Ceniza Shawlette, Angelica, Sweet Cicely, White Clover, Canyon Baby Cardigan and Star Lily

Knit on!

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