Vickie Howell Montoya Merino
Named after her birth last-name, and as an ode to her New Mexican Spaniard heritage, Montoya Merino is the first yarn under the Vickie Howell label. Its lush colors, smooth texture, and squishy feel make it a wonderful choice for anything from cardigans and caps to blankets and baby items!
Be sure to check out our featured patterns using this yarn in our patterns shop!
- Heavy Worsted / Aran Weight
- 100% Superwash Merino Wool
- Hand Dyed by Urth Yarns in Turkey
- 175 yards (160 meters); 100 grams
Machine wash in cold water. Lay flat to dry.
- 3.5 - 4 sts = 1"/2.5 cm
Good to Know:
This yarn is delightfully squishy thanks, in part to being spun with multiple plies. This construction also makes it strong enough to be a superwash wool. The trade-off is that the plies can occasionally come a part. If they were spun any tighter, we'd loose the some of the loft that makes this yarn so scrumptious. If this happens while you're working with it, know that it's completely normal, and will not affect the finished garment. Just keep on stitching!
Here are a few ideas to get you started. See our growing Montoya Merino patterns selection here.
Hashmark Cowl (knit)
Hexi Scarf (crochet)
Natural and animal fibers often benefit from being kept wound in hanks until you're ready to start your project. The reason for that is that the winding process, into a cake or ball, stretches the fibers and if left in that put-up for a length of time can affect the integrity of the yarn, which can in turn change the gauge and drape of the project it's being made into.
So, even though most knitters and crocheters would love to just be able to dive right into stitching the moment that we get our yarn, know that the extra care when using higher-end, quality wool is totally worth it!
Plan on using Montoya Merino for your Block Buster 3 Blocks? Great! Here's what you need to know, if you're planning on ultimately making one of our projects with the year's blocks.
Blanket: You'll need 11 hanks total. We recommend 2 hanks each of five different colors + 1 for an edging/safety extra
Super Scarf: You'll need 6 hanks total. We recommend 1 hank1 each of five different colors + 1 for fringe /safety extra
We encourage you to go with whatever color combos that make you happy. Here are a handful of ideas, though