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4-ply

4-ply

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

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 will need to work around 34rows. The WPI is usually 14 in woollen and 18 in worsted spun yarns.

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  • Pure Jacob White 4-ply Worsted Spun Knitting Yarn

    The historic Jacob sheep are famous for their horns and striking two-coloured coats of dark and light wool.  The breed is believed to have come to the UK from the Middle East, possibly via Spain.  Spotted Jacob sheep can be seen in Egyptian wall paintings dated to 1800 BCE.

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  • Pure Jacob 4-ply spun marl yarn

    The striking two-coloured coats of Jacob sheep inspired us to create this unique yarn, with three distinct bases combining variations of the natural fleece colours, which are then made into a spun marl, much more subtle than the traditional plied versions.. 

    The yarn comes in 4-ply and Double Knitting and is worsted spun giving it a smoother handle and wonderful stitch definition, making it ideal for garments and shawls.  Despite its smoothness, Jacob is also hardwearing enough for outerwear and accessories, even socks.  

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  • Blacker Swan Falklands Merino Blend 4-ply knitting yarn

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    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 is in production.   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 we turn the fine white fleeces into luxurious worsted spun single flock yarns.

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  • Tamar Lustre Blend 4-ply yarn

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    Our beautiful semi-worsted lustre yarn is spun from the fleeces of fine British rare breeds, including Teeswater, Wensleydale and Leicester Longwool.  The natural grey of the Leicester Longwool makes asubtle base shade in silvery mid grey.  To give some body and bulk, we base the lustre fibres on a grounding of 30% Cornish Mule, which also has lustre as well as additional softness.

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  • Lyonesse 4-ply yarn

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    This special 50/50 blend of natural linen and soft white Falkland Island Corriedale/Merino wool is worsted spun for a soft, smooth finish.  The wool adds presence and memory to the yarn, while the linen contributes crispness and strength. The combination creates a light yarn with good stitch definition, which will retain its block wonderfully.

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