Big Bamboo from Sirdar is a fluffy new yarn that is a blend of 50% Bamboo sourced viscose, 30% Acrylic, and 20% Wool that comes in 12 colors.
At first glance it looks like a smooth yarn with heathery colors, but closer inspection reveals it has a colored chainette construction with a fuzzy white halo. The chainette construction, which resembles an I-cord, is popular because it allows the yarn to work up at a big gauge for quick projects without being heavy. The open construction captures air, which helps keep you snuggly warm.
Generally, chainette yarns have a firm enough construction so you don’t have to worry about snagging the tips of your knitting needles or crochet hooks. In the case of Big Bamboo the halo also helps hold it together. I found the yarn very easy to work with for both knitting and crocheting. It is also very soft and fluffy, which is always enjoyable!
As an added bonus the yarn is machine washable on the gentle cycle, but you should still dry it flat.
There is a free pattern for a two-ball scarf using an easy drop stitch pattern right on the ball band.
For more variety, the book “Big Bamboo Knits” contains 11 patterns including cardigans, pullovers, and accessories.
Some of the patterns have two version–for instance this sweater has a short sleeved, cowl neck version as well as a long sleeve, crew neck version–which increases your options. I’m sure it would be possible to work a long sleeve, cowl neck sweater with some careful pattern reading. If you do mix-and-match elements it would be a good idea to circle or highlight the style and size you are making before you get started.
A cozy cowl, a lace scarf, and this fun hat round out the accessories in the book.
Whether for gift knitting or something cozy for yourself, Big Bamboo will knit up quickly at a suggested gauge of 2.25 sts per inch, so you’ll be finished in plenty of time to combat the cold weather.