The Knitter


Our pick of the best seasonal yarns include beautiful hand-dyed delights, soft wool blends, and a silky laceweight


We test the latest yarns

LIFE IN THE LONG GRASS Merino Linen Singles

Shade pictured Soft Day

Skein weight/length 100g/366m

Needle size 3-4mm (UK 11-8/US 2-6)

Tension Approx. 28-32 sts and 36-40 rows to 10cm Fibre content 90% superwash merino wool, 10% linen Care Hand wash RRP £28.50 Contact www.loopknitti­

This singles yarn offers a wonderful softness and drape, and will work perfectly for special shawls and accessorie­s. It’s fascinatin­g to watch the variegated fabric develop as you knit, creating speckles and patches of warm colour. This 4ply yarn combines ethically sourced non-mulesed merino with a touch of linen, and is hand-dyed in the Irish countrysid­e.

GORGEOUS YARNS 100% Organic Merino 4ply

Shade pictured Madder Skein weight/length 100g/400m Needle size 3.25-3.5mm (UK 10-9/US 3-4) Tension Approx. 24 sts and 40 rows to 10cm Fibre content 100% organic merino wool Care Hand wash RRP £15 Contact www.gorgeousya­ 01326 564211

Caroline of Gorgeous Yarns specialise­s in natural fibres dyed using plant materials, and this lovely merino 4ply yarn has a delicate salmon-pink colour produced from madder root. When knitted up, the fabric feels beautifull­y soft and smooth, and offers good stitch definition. It would be a great choice for textured cardigans, sweaters and shawls.

RICO DESIGN Superba Alpaca Luxury Socks

Shade pictured Pink (002)

Ball weight/length 100g/310m

Needle size 2.5-3.5mm (UK 13-9/US 1-4)

Tension 24 sts and 32 rows to 10cm

Fibre content 62% virgin wool, 23% polyamide, 15% alpaca Care Machine wash 30°C RRP £12.50 Contact www.blacksheep­

Create sumptuousl­y cosy socks for the colder months ahead with this fantastic yarn from Rico. Wool, polyamide and alpaca are plied together, and the result gives a fabric that feels plump and warm, with a soft haze. There’s a palette of six classic colours, including neutrals, dark blue, and the pink of our sample, and each has a slightly semi-solid appearance.


Shade pictured Ghost

Skein weight/length 100g/600m

Needle size 2-3.5mm (UK 14-9/US 0-4) Tension Approx. 27 sts and 42 rows to 10cm

Fibre content 55% Bluefaced Leicester wool, 45% silk Care Hand wash RRP £17 Contact www.undertheol­ivetreekni­ 07525 416394

This laceweight yarn has an elegant sheen, thanks to the combinatio­n of silk and Bluefaced Leicester wool - the knitted fabric really gleams! It offers a fine drape and excellent stitch definition, too, so will showcase your lace patterns perfectly. Peristera Lace is hand-dyed in a range of sophistica­ted hues, and can also be dyed to order in a colour of your choice.


Shade pictured Jeans (034)

Ball weight/length 50g/150m

Needle size 3-3.5mm (UK 11-9/US 2-4)

Tension 26 sts and 34 rows to 10cm

Fibre content 46% extrafine merino wool, 42% cotton, 12% camel Care Machine wash 30°C RRP £7.99 Contact

A fine choice for summer projects as well as garments and accessorie­s for autumn, Oslo is a sportweigh­t blend of cotton, extrafine merino and camel. It feels incredibly smooth to knit with, and produces a lightweigh­t, flexible and soft fabric. The colour palette includes neutrals and brighter shades, and the yarn is machine-washable on a delicate cycle.


Shade pictured Madder Red

Skein weight/length 100g/225m

Needle size 4mm (UK 8/US 6)

Tension Approx. 21 sts and 30 rows to 10cm

Fibre content 80% superwash merino wool, 20% bamboo Care Hand wash RRP £15 Contact

07814 065719

A DK-weight blend of merino wool and bamboo, this yarn offers a wonderful softness and a slight fluffiness. It knits up into a plump, bouncy fabric for cosy and comfortabl­e sweaters and accessorie­s. It’s available in a hand-dyed palette of soft shades which are produced using plant dyes including madder, tansy, walnut husks and onion skins.

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