A year ago, when I decided to design for children, Bergere de France were the immediate choice of wool suppliers as there was a huge variety of soft wool, mostly machine washable. Recently we have been appointed Concept Partners of Bergere and are running our own designs alongside their excellent magazines.
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These are the Bergere yarns specially suitable for children.
Our biggest is 50/50 wool/acrylic Alaska, a Chunky twist of thick singles which has a cable look. I’ve designed an oversize coat with handwarmer pockets for a child age 6 to 8. It keeps its shape on a hanger. I think the deep profile of the twist keeps the yarn from slipping. We’ll see when kids push their hands right down the deep pockets. Pattern available. Level: easy
50/50 wool/acrylic, 6mm needles, 55m per ball. Machine wash 30%
Toison is a frothy, lightweight boucle yarn. We stock 2 shades: Princess, a girly pink/white and Blason, a silver/white mix; both combine well with Teddy (see below). 20% wool, 80% man-made, 6.5mm needles, 70m per ball. Machine wash, wool cycle.
Teddy is a fluffy, cuddly yarn, good for toys and for edging garments (gives a sheepskin look to toddler jackets). 100% polyamide, 5mm needles, 80m per ball. Machine wash, wool cycle.
Sport is our best Aran weight yarn for children, good for texture without bulk. We stock most of the colours. 51% wool/ 49% acrylic, 4.5mm needles, 90m per ball. Machine wash, wool cycle.
Ideal is our best selling DK style, a light DK with enough wool content to provide warmth. We stock 25 colours. 40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polyamide. 4mm needles, 125m, Machine wash as wool
Barisienne is new to us, a soft but hardwearing 100% acrylic DK. Bright colours and good volume. We stock 17 colours of this very affordable yarn. 4mm needles, 140m. Machine wash as wool
Caline is a 4 ply yarn with some bright and some subtle colours. 20% wool. It teams well with Ciboulette, a baby 4 ply, 25% wool all in pale shades. Both are machine wash and tumble dry.