Make room in your stash for another awesome new yarn from Malabrigo! Caracol Yarn by Malabrigo is a fun, unique super bulky merino yarn that is just as much fun in hank form as it is knitted up. Not to mention, it’s machine washable so it’s pretty darn usable. Ok, so maybe you won’t need to make room in your stash since you’re going to want to play with Caracol right away.
Plus, this week Caracol is 10% off!
Why does this yarn look so cool!? That’s what we all said when we first saw it, so I bet you’re asking the same question. Here’s the deal: First, they take a thick and thin single ply of superwash merino wool yarn. Then, they crisscross it with either a black or white binding thread. This makes the yarn almost look like it’s wearing fishnet stockings. Well, at least that’s the case with my favorite color, Lettuce. That’s because this one is a beautiful range of greens to yellow, and the binding thread is black.
Malabrigo kettle dyes this yarn after it’s been constructed, so when they put a white thread on it, it’s really cool to see the results. The binding thread takes the dye differently, creating a more subtle netted effect. For example, check out Cereza red. This one had white binding thread, and you can see how it is just a hint lighter than the wool. Either way, it’s a beautiful contrast – every color of this yarn is intriguing.
Aside from the lovely colors, you might also be interested to hear about how soft this yarn is. Even fluffier than it looks, Caracol is as soft as you’d expect it to be – and more. This would be an absolute luxury on your feet as a pair of bulky slippers. Since it’s machine washable, Caracol would make stunning home accessories. I certainly wouldn’t mind having a set of couch pillows made out of it! This yarn would also feel amazing around your face and neck… I smell a new design forming, you’d better keep an eye out!
In the meantime, if you’re hank-ering to knit something with Caracol right away I recommend the Chic Knits Maximus - Pattern download. We have a sample of this at the shop made out of Malabrigo Rasta Yarn, and the weights of these two yarns are comparable. I like Rasta too, but I’d love to see (and feel) how this cowl would look out of Caracol.
Due to the large amount of texture this yarn has on its own, you’ll want to avoid spending too much time on fancy stitch patterns; most of that stitch work will likely be lost in the loveliness of the yarn. For something very simple to make out of Caracol, try The Big Easy Cowl. Sometimes simple is the way to go when you’re working with a yarn that has as much personality as this one.
So there you have it – this yarn has sparked so many ideas here at the shop, we can’t decide what to make first! If you’re feeling inspired yourself, catch Caracol while it’s on sale – it’s 10% off from now until Saturday, December 10th!Related items of interest: