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Blacker Swan Falklands Merino Blend 4-ply knitting yarn

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Blacker Swan Falklands Merino blend 4-ply knitting yarn
Fibre fine
Breed Falkland Island Merino with Shetland
Ball/skein length 4ply c.50g c.175m (c.190yds)
Yarn Thickness 4-ply
Finish: woollen or worsted Worsted
Package approx. 50g balls
Handle fine

Back Story


Blacker Swan, launched in 2012, is based on a partnership started between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short from Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands.  Andrez and Ali have now retired and their last clip will be coming to us soon.   They have handed on the flock to Mike and Donna Evans at Spring Point Farm.  Like the Shorts, the Evans will shear these specialist Dohne merino dual purpose sheep, sort and grade the fleeces and send them by ship to the UK, where The Natural Fibre Company turns the fine white fleeces into luxurious worsted spun single flock yarns.  In order to enhance the base shade and reduce the tendency of Merino to pill, we also add 8% Shetland and dark Blue-faced Leicester wool to our Pale Maiden base yarn and 15% to the Stone and Sand bases.  The small amount of dark fibre increases the depth of dye shades and enhances the special Swan palette. Dusty Miller is pure Merino.

The handle is very smooth, soft and luxurious: possibly the best knitting yarn in the world!  Being worsted spun, the yarn has a bulky, drapey quality and good stitch definition, which will work well for structured and flowing garments and also for textures.

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 this worsted-spun yarn, in 4-ply, on 3mm/US 3, UK 11 needles, you will get 28 sts and 30 rows to a 10cm/4" square, while with DK on 4mm/US 6, UK 8 needles, you will get 20-21 sts and around 28 rows. The WPI is usually 18 in worsted spun yarns.


Customer Reviews (2)

Soft and lovelyReview by Jane
I made Trin Annelie's "Docks" sweater in this. It is beautiful wool, soft and strong enough not to have to worry about it. I can wear the sweater next to my skin, it's so soft and silky. I used the undyed "Pale Maiden" for the main colour. It has a slightly mottled effect which I like. A big success and I would definitely use this wool for a future project. (Posted on 28/04/2017)
Yarn review by Caroline StangerReview by carriestanger
A lovely yarn and I would recommend it: loved everything about it.
It was much softer than I expected, beautifully fine for special garments and silkier than many other natural wool yarns.
There was only one problem with a broken and frayed thread when I was knitting with it, which would need care.
The yarn would be great for fine patterned cardigans, jumpers and shawls, also socks, wrist-warmers and anything special!
I like the natural and over-dyed colours and would like to see a lace-weight for shawls.
I would definitely buy this yarn and would pay the price for a luxury yarn for special projects. (Posted on 22/11/2013)

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