Yarns by type

Yarns by type

Our range of over 150 knitting yarns are all made from natural wool, mohair and alpaca, and all come from British sources, mostly the UK, but also the Falkland Islands. They are normally in 50g balls, unless otherwise described on the Details tab on each individual product page. They are woollen spun unless otherwise stated.

Remember that natural fibre varies for each animal and balls of yarn will differ slightly within the legal tolerances in both length and weight. As most of our customers are looking to knit up a particular pattern we have listed them according to weight: 4-ply and finer, 5-ply guernsey yarns, Double Knitting, Light Aran and thicker.

We also list some yarns by type or range, to link together yarns with similar characteristics, which are usually available in both DK and 4-ply versions. These are our Blacker Swan, Elegance and Classic ranges, as well as new, dyed and luxury yarns and Natural Yarn Company yarns from farms who have used our mill to process their fibre.

You will see, when you get to each individual yarn product page, that we have added some icons to attempt to describe the yarn handle for you.

  • There may be one, two or three little sheep symbols - the more sheep, the softer the yarn! 
  • There is also an icon which shows the type of fibre, graded in three types from coarser to medium to finer.

It is possible to have soft yarns from coarser fibres, so we hope the combination of these symbols will aid your selection.

For more detailed information on TENSION/GAUGE, please refer to the 4-ply and finer, DK or Light aran, aran and chunky pages which give data on needles and swatches.

We have also listed by origin for those interested in a particular breed or location. Please look at Yarns by origin for these.

To find out more about how fleece varies from one breed of sheep to another, go to meet the animals. Look at the knitting patterns we have on sale and check out our free knitting patterns.