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Aran and Chunky

Aran and Chunky

These thicker yarns are good for outdoor use and quicker knitting.  Why not try some slipper socks or make a big bag on huge needles and then put it in the washing machine at 60 degrees, and tumble it dry to felt it?

Normally each 50 gram ball of Light Aran or Aran yarn will be around 70 metres (76 yards) long and Chunky will be 55 metres (60 yards) long, but this varies from breed to breed, so to be on the safe side you should work on plus or minus 10%. See our advice sheets and download the one on ball yardages.   Our thicker yarns are all made as woollen spun, as the weight of worsted spun versions would make garments too heavy in our opinion and the woollen spun yarns are more economic as they stretch farther.

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 aran, on 5mm/US 8, UK 6 needles, you will get 18 sts and 22 rows to a 10cm/4" square. The WPI is usually 9 in woollen spun yarns. For Chunky, using 6mm needles, you will get 14 sts and 18 rows to a 10cm/4" square and the WPI will be around 8 for woollen spun yarn.

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  • Pure Texel Aran Grey yarn

    A rare chance to try the wool of Texel sheep, usually better known for meat. The yarn is soft and naturally coloured, again rare for this breed. Well worth a trial as this limited edition is a one-off. Learn More
  • Cornish Garden Sport weight

    For our 14th Birthday, we have combined some soft fine and rare English Merinos with a few other special things. The yarn has 40% blended white and fawn Merino with Romney, plus 17% fawn and grey Shetland, 26% blue-faced Leicester and 17% recycled noils from our mill. The Merino and Shetland provide natural colour and the Shetland reduces the Merino/Romney bulk. Then the Blue-faced Leicester adds lustre to enhance the dye shades as well as reducing bulk further and adding drape. The noils add texture and interest to both natural and dyed shades and are more environmentally sustainable than ahimsa silk or bought-in nepps. The resulting yarn is a warm, pale fawn-grey, happy to take a complementary darker brown-grey and four bright dye shades for a cheerful birthday palette. The noils and fine fibre make for a machine spun yarn with a natural handle and a pleasing slightly uneven style. Learn More
  • Oxford Down Aran Yarn

    With Rare Breed Society support and careful breeding, the breed has recovered from Critical status and is now classified as At Risk. Learn More
  • Norfolk Horn Aran Yarn

    With Rare Breed Society support and careful breeding, the breed has recovered from Critical status and is now classified as At Risk. Learn More
  • Hill Radnor Aran Yarn

    With Rare Breed Society support and careful breeding, the breed has recovered from Critical status and is now classified as At Risk. Learn More
  • Classic British 2-ply Aran over-dyed Blue yarn

    This traditional range is based on a blend of British breeds white wool, combined with 30% Blue-faced Leicester and Mule wool from our selected supplier farms, mainly in the Westcountry.  The white comes mainly from Portland, Southdown and Ryeland sheep and the added Blue-faced Leicester and Mule soften this handle to make comfortable, light and warm garments or will felt well for accessories.  Our Classic British yarns are good for all types of projects and are priced to give value for money and provide an economic alternative to our rarer, special and luxury yarn ranges.

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  • Classic British 2-ply Aran natural Grey yarn

    This traditional range is based on a blend of British breeds white wool, combined with 30% Blue-faced Leicester and Mule wool from our selected supplier farms, mainly in the Westcountry.  The white comes mainly from Portland, Southdown and Ryeland sheep and the added Blue-faced Leicester and Mule soften this handle to make comfortable, light and warm garments or will felt well for accessories.  Our Classic British yarns are good for all types of projects and are priced to give value for money and provide an economic alternative to our rarer, special and luxury yarn ranges.

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  • Devon Closewool Aran Yarn

    With Rare Breed Society support and careful breeding, the breed has recovered from Critical status and is now classified as At Risk. Learn More
  • Cove Chunky knitting yarn

    So, let’s talk about our beautiful colour palette and its inspiration. Both the Shetland and the Norfolk Horn fleeces provide natural, fawn-grey shades, compared to the rich and creamy tones of the Blue-faced Leicester. Therefore, the yarn base is an overall pale, heathered ivory – or South Cornish sandy, pebbled colour, not dissimilar to the natural Norfolk Horn. Over this we have added a deep gold, more reminiscent of the north Cornish beaches and a glorious sunny day. Next we decided to include a pinkish grey which picks up the pebbles, rocks and cliffs on a warm summer’s sunset. Then naturally the other component of a Cove is the sea itself and we have chosen no less than three sea and sky shades: a pale blue for the almost colourless sky on hot Cornish days and two deeper sea blues, shading from a pale calm turquoise to a deeper stormy teal. We hope that within this special colour palette you will be transported to our stunning Cornish seaside, come rain or shine! Cove shade names are: - Natural base: Beach = Treth - Deep Gold: Dunes = Towan - Pink Grey: Pebble = Kelester - Pale Blue: Sky = Ebron - Teal: = Steren - Pale Turquoise: Wave = Mordon - Deep Teal: Dark Sea = Dulas Mor Importantly, for the yarn specification, we have, as ever, chosen a woollen spun base to add a longer life and more character. We decided to focus on two yarn weights, the ever popular 4-ply plus a lovely bulky version. Each of them will work to the normal, recommended needle size. However, if you give them a little freedom with an extra 0.5mm, they become softer and with more drape. Therefore, we would recommend taking the needle and crochet hook sizes up one or even two levels to get the best from this yarn. Learn More
  • Pure Texel Aran White yarn

    A rare chance to try the wool of Texel sheep, usually better known for meat. The yarn is soft and naturally coloured, again rare for this breed. Well worth a trial as this limited edition is a one-off. Learn More
  • Pure Texel DK Grey yarn

    A rare chance to try the wool of Texel sheep, usually better known for meat. The yarn is soft and naturally coloured, again rare for this breed. Well worth a trial as this limited edition is a one-off. Learn More
  • Pure North Ronaldsay Aran Fawn knitting yarn

    The small and very hardy North Ronaldsay sheep are banished to the beaches on their native island, so a move to the mainland and grass can be very welcome!  These northern short-tail sheep produce a double coat of mixed fine and coarse hairs which we spin together for a medium soft yarn full of character, which comes in a range of shades from white to dark grey, and occasionally a lovely tan shade.

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  • Pure North Ronaldsay Aran Dark Grey knitting yarn

    Pure North Ronaldsay Dark Grey Aran knitting yarn Learn More
  • Pure Texel Aran Dark yarn

    A rare chance to try the wool of Texel sheep, usually better known for meat. The yarn is soft and naturally coloured, again rare for this breed. Well worth a trial as this limited edition is a one-off. Learn More
  • Pure Texel DK Dark yarn

    A rare chance to try the wool of Texel sheep, usually better known for meat. The yarn is soft and naturally coloured, again rare for this breed. Well worth a trial as this limited edition is a one-off. Learn More
  • Pure Texel DK White yarn

    A rare chance to try the wool of Texel sheep, usually better known for meat. The yarn is soft and naturally coloured, again rare for this breed. Well worth a trial as this limited edition is a one-off. Learn More

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