What's your go-to yarn?

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Zara Family of Yarns
from Filatura Di Crosa! 
The Sand Dollar Pullover

Do you have a yarn that you choose over and over? I do—Filatura di Crosa Zara. This year is Zara's 25th Anniversary, so I thought it was a good time to profess my love.

Zara is actually a family of yarns, available in six weights from #2 Fine to #5 Bulky, and offered in a variety of color types, including rich solids, heathered Mélanges, overdyed Chiné shades, and tonal prints. The quality of the individual fibers and unique twist of ZARA result in incredible stitch definition and lack of pilling unmatched by any other Merino yarn. Zara is also superwash, so no worries about felting!

Kathleen's Zarina baby set

I was introduced to the Zara line of yarns in 2005, with a baby sweater and hat set, shown at right, that called for Zarina, a sportweight baby yarn. I really enjoyed knitting with it! I gave the set to a friend at a baby shower, and she adored it. That baby wore it until it absolutely didn't fit her anymore, and a little bit beyond that!

Like I said, the little yellow set was just the beginning. I knit the fabulous Sand Dollar Pullover, shown at left, out of Zara Plus, an Aran-weight yarn that's also 100% superfine merino superwash.

I enjoyed knitting this sweater because of the interesting construction, and the yarn really showed that off, especially in the beautiful sand dollar motif in the middle.

There are lots of other Zara projects that I've knit, from sweaters to accessories. It's really a workhorse family of yarns.

One of the things that's so wonderful about Zara is the pattern support. There's something for everyone in the Zara pattern collections.

I particularly admire the assortment of lovely cable projects. Zara has beautiful stitch definition, which is important in cable work. Why put all of those hours of knitting into a cable project if the cables don't turn out clear and crisp?

Here are a couple of my favorite cable patterns, from the booklet, The Best of Zara.

Allover Cable Cardigan in Zara color #1493 Crimson Center Cable Pullover in Zara color #1757 Pale Teal

I invite you to check out the Zara family of yarns, plus all of the fabulous patterns to knit.

It's sweater weather, you know, and Zara is the perfect sweater yarn.


P.S. Have you used Zara yarn? Share your experience with us below in the comments!

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