It’s getting to the time of year where we want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and a blanket and, well, knit. But the days of knitting whatever yarn we can get our hand on are long gone. There are many local brands producing quality, stylish British yarn in the UK from local wool.
Pantone released a report featuring the top 12 stand-out colours featured in the AW19 collections showing at London Fashion Week. So, to make sure your winter knitwear is on-trend we’ve picked out the best yarns for you!
A delightfully golden colour, this yarn by West Yorkshire Spinners will brighten up any rainy day. It is a 100% British yarn and can be knit on 5mm needles.
Bluefaced Leicester Aran Yarn (Honey 289) £4.12/500g
A staple shade that can be worn alone or as a complement to any shade. Jo Storie’s yarns are spun in the heart of Yorkshire. This chunky yarn is a perfect blend of soft Bluefaced Leicester Wool and luxurious Baby Alpaca. For 7mm needles.
British BareFaced Chunky Yarn (Silver Birch) £17.00/100g
This ethereal blue hue brings a splash of colour to any outfit. This yarn from Kettle Yarn Co is made from yak wool, silk and ethically sourced merino. Yaks have a minimal environmental impact, living on sparse grassland, making their wool a sustainable option.
A festive dark, forest green that you’ll start to notice as the leaves turn golden; this is the ultimate winter shade. This 100% Aran lambswool from J.C.Rennie brings the forest to your home. Best suited to 5mm needles.
(Forest 285) £5.95/50g
A distinctive muted tone which will stand out on a crisp wintry day. Pastels work well with delicate knits, so we have chosen this 80% Falkland Wool 20% Mulberry Silk wool from West Yorkshire Spinners. Knit on 2.75mm needles.
(Portobello 525) £13.79/100g
No yarn selection is complete without a rich, deep red, bringing sophistication and depth to any pattern. We’ve chosen a fibre top (centre shade) that is a wonderfully bouncy blend of 65% Organically Farmed Falklands Merino and 35% Zwartbles. When spun, the yarn is incredibly bouncy and shiny. Zwartbles is also great for needle felting and wet felting.
Harvest Hues Fibre Top
If you’re still looking for more inspiration or for knitting equipment, take a look at British yarns in the knitting section of YouK!