Mera is a versatile top layer, whether you are going out or lounging at home. It has the look of a poncho but it is really more like a roomy sweater with garter stitch edging, side vents, and a generous neck. The back and front are worked flat from the bottom up until they are joined at the shoulder using a 3-needle bind-off. Stitches are picked up and worked in stockinette stitch for the turtleneck collar. Finally, the side seams are sewn. Mera is designed to fit extremely loosely, shown on the model with 22" of ease. The finished chest measurements are 48 (54, 61, 68)" with lengths of 25 (26, 27, 28)". The sweater can be hand washed and dried flat. Berroco rates this design as intermediate diffuculty.
At a glance, you might mistake Aero for a brushed mohair. It has that same fluffy volume and warmth but its main component is alpaca, which is mixed with nylon and wool. It has been dyed in a long color repeat, so the knitted fabric has wide bands of color that blend from one color into another. Light and lofty, Aero is a bulky weight yarn and is knit in this project at 3 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.
The kit includes the pattern and yarn. For this project you will also need:
- straight or circular needle in US size 13 (OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE)If you adjusted the needle size to get gauge, adjust the needle sizes below accordingly
- straight or circular needle in US size 11
- 16" circular needle in US size 11
- 2 stitch holders or waste yarn to hold stitches
- 1 stitch marker
- tapestry needle
Mera is shown in color 8017 Cirrus. If you would like your sweater to be in this color, simply order the kit above using the pull-down menu to select the size. If you would like to pick your own color, see our Aero page to view the options. Then return to this page, order the kit, and tell us your color choice in the box above.