4-ply

4-ply

These knitting yarns are for finer, softer knits, but with around so many, you might wonder where to start. See the options for choosing, by colour, breed or yarn type in the panel on the right. 

Select Shetland, Gotland, Hebridean/mohair or our ranges to discover the choice of natural and dyed shades available.

Our 4-ply is also suitable for machine knitting. Normally each 50 gram ball of 4-ply will be around 175 metres (190 yards) long. As this varies from breed to breed, to be on the safe side you should work on plus or minus 10%. Please see our advice sheets and download the one about the length of wool in a ball or hank.

TENSION/GAUGE: to be sure of tension, you should always knit a sample tension swatch. Generally the knitter is one variable but the pattern is another, depending on the intentions of the designer! As a guideline: for our woollen spun 4-ply, on 3mm/US 3, UK 11 needles, you will get 28 sts and 30 rows to a 10cm/4" square, while for less elastic worsted spun yarns you will get around 28 sts but only around 34 rows. The WPI is usually 14 in woollen and 18 in worsted spun yarns.