Another yarn fan favorite is my speckled Rose Garden colorway. There are bits of red/deep pink, green, blue, and sometimes yellow comes out of the green, all on a white background. Combine it with the deep pink semi-solid Petals and the dark green semi-solid Calyx and you have the makings for a winter holiday shawl!
As I work toward offering a non-synthetic selection of yarns in support of a sustainable textile product line, this BFL sock fits the non-synthetic supply goal. The yarn is a tough 4-ply, perfect for socks and other wearables.
Instead of nylon, this long-wool fiber makes a sock yarn with an overspun finish. Durable yet soft, this yarn will help you work toward climate friendly garments that will not wear out on the first hand-wash. Eventually, I will also do away with superwashed yarns because the chemical processes required to alter the fiber has its own environmental consequences.
**All colors in the photos are as close as I can get to actual colors. Tones and hues may vary slightly from what you see here because of the way colors are rendered on different screens.
Super Fine Fingering: 435 yards, 4-ply, 100% NON-superwash Merino
Super Fine Sock: 435 yards, 4-ply, tight spin, 100% Superwash BFL
Light DK: 230 yards, 4-ply, 100% Superwash Merino
Medium Worsted: 218 yards, 4-ply, 100% Superwash Merino
Jumbo Bulky: 106 yards, 3-ply 100% Superwash Merino
Yarn is sold in 100g skeins/hanks unless otherwise noted. Yardage is an estimate not exact. Make sure you order enough for your project.
Lace Mohair (50g): 459yds/419m
Super Fine (Baby, Fingering, Sock): 438yds/400m
Fine (Sport): 287yds/262m
Light (DK): 231yds/211m
Medium (Worsted): 218yds/199m
Medium (Aran): 181yds/165m
Bulky (Chunky): 109yds/99m
Standard knitting needle and crochet hook sizes are mere suggestions. You will need to consider many factors to determine the actual size tool you'll need for a specific project. The way your hold your yarn, tension on the yarn, the complexity of your project, and more will figure into the size of your tool for a specific project.
We recommend that you first make a 6" to 8" square swatch in the item pattern using the recommended size tool by the designer. Then, wash and block the swatch and measure its gauge.
To measure the gauge of your swatch, choose a row in the middle of your swatch and lay a ruler or measuring tape on it. Count stitches across 4" of length, then divide by 4. This will give you the number of stitches per inch.
Likewise, measure the number of rows per inch using a ruler or measuring tape in the middle of the swatch for 4" vertical length. Count the rows inside that 4" and divide by 4. This will be your rows per inch.
If you have too many stitches or rows per inch, use a bigger tool and swatch again. If you have too few stitches or rows, use a smaller tool and swatch again. You may need to adjust how you hold the yarn to obtain a close gauge.
Swatching may seem time-consuming but it's more time consuming and frustrating to spend hours working on a project only to have it end up too small or too large for your needs.
Suggested Tool Sizes
Lace: 000–1 (US) 1.5–2.25mm (metric)
Super Fine (Baby, Fingering, Sock): 1 - 3 (US) or 2.25 - 3.25mm (metric)
Fine (Sport): 3 - 5 (US) or 3.25 - 3.75mm (metric)
Light (DK): 5 - 7 (US) or 3.75 - 4.5mm (metric)
Medium (Worsted, Aran): 7 - 9 (US) or 4.5 - 5.5mm (metric)
Chunky/Bulky: 9 - 11 (US) or 5.5 - 8mm (metric)
Steel: 6, 7, 8 (US) or 1.6–1.4mm (metric)
Regular hook: B1 or 2.25 mm (metric)
Super Fine (Baby, Fingering, Sock): B1 - E4 (US) or 2.25 - 3.5mm (metric)
Fine (Sport): E4 - 7 (US) or 3.5 - 4.5mm (metric)
Light (DK): 7 - I9 (US) or 4.5 - 5.5mm (metric)
Medium (Worsted, Aran): 7 - I9 (US) or 5.5 - 6.5mm (metric)
Chunky/Bulky: K10.5 - M13 (US) or 6.5 - 9mm (metric)
Care Instructions for Woolens
Handwash gently all your wool items in only cold water with a mild wool wash, do not agitate or wring, just squeeze gently.
Then, lay the item flat on a towel and roll it up, then press to remove excess water (stepping on it is acceptable!)
Unroll the towel and remove the item, dry flat out of direct sun, and block it, if necessary.
If you happen to have a laundry spinner, these are fantastic for getting water out of your hand-washed items, which means drying time is faster.
Got a stain on your woolens?
Check out this guide for removing it.