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Yarrow in Cumbria

Yarrow is a loose-fitting circular yoke pullover worked seamlessly from the top-down. Inspired by the classic Scandinavian-style and created by French designer Marie-Amélie Madignier, Yarrow is worked top-down and ends with a slightly puffy effect at the wrist.

It was a challenge to choose the shades for Yarrow—the palette of Cumbria is a very harmonious one with so many possibilities for fabulous combinations! How could we decide between them? In the end, we decided on a warm palette with the muted orange of shade Catbells, playing against the neutrals of White Heather and St. Bees Beach in the yoke.

But we couldn’t wait to see more options and so we called in one of our favourite knitters who knit up a few gorgeous swatches to give us a good idea about what the other colour options look like.

There are so many different strategies that would also work beautifully for Yarrow! A winning combination is always 2 neutrals and a pop. In this case, the main colour is Scafell Pike, with the darker neutral created with Grey Stoke, and a popping contrast shade of Helvellyn to liven things up!

Another winning strategy is to keep it all in the family: the blues in this case! Choosing a single colour with 2 (or 3) values is easy on the eye! The darkest blue of Derwentwater, the lightest blue of Windermere and the lightest cream of Blencathra make for a harmonious yoke.

In this variation on the theme of neutral + neutral + pop equals sweater success, we used the darker Grey Stoke for the main colour, with Cowberry providing a medium shade to the pop of cream in White Heather.

This combination really feels like an embrace of the shades of winter, with snowy Blencathra providing the background for darkly cool Blackbeck and a subtle shadow of Isel to play in the colour-work yoke.  

With the deep, rich shade of Hollyberry as the main colour, the orange-y tones of Catbells and the brightness of White Heather create a fizzing colour combination for the yoke in this swatch.

Last, but not least, we have a combination playing the subtlety of Fair Hill—a shade of Cumbria yarn that contains a multitude of colours all by itself—against the deep blue of Eden Valley with a flash of yellow from Buttermere adding excitement to the colour scheme.

This pattern is the fifth from our new collection The Almanac Series, a seasonal guide to knitting with The Fibre Co. yarns. This collection will feature a new design every month, and each in a different yarn according to the qualities of the yarn to match the season. Yarrow is our design for January’s Yarn of the Month; Cumbria.

England’s stunning north-western landscape with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells inspired this classic worsted-weight yarn made from fine Merino for softness, wool from the English Masham sheep for a beautiful heathered colour and Argentinian mohair for strength and lustre. Fabrics made from Cumbria are soft yet strong, making it a perfect yarn for everyday knitwear.

What colours will you use to knit your Yarrow? Don’t forget to share it with us! Please use the #YarrowPullover when you post about it on social media and tag us with @thefibrecompany on Instagram and @TheFibreCo on Facebook when you post so we can admire your beautiful projects!

Learn more about Yarrow and Cumbria in this video.

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