There have been a lot of suggestions and showing off of yarns in the KnitBritish ravelry group of the yarns being used in the Scollayalong, which casts on on the 17th July. I wanted to share with you some of my personal yarn favourite British yarns. It isn’t mandatory that you knit your Scollay in British wool for this KAL, but there will be a prize at the end of the KAL for a Scollay made in UK wool…just saying!
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100% Wensleydale wool from the heart of Yorkshire, this is a really delightful yarn! I used this yarn for my Lush cardigan and really loved the stitch definition. The knitted fabric has a soft halo and gorgeous lustre and the best bit is that I find it hardly pills! Wensleydale wool has a slight crisp hand-squish-grab, but feel of the knitted fabric is quite soft – everyone who saw my lush at EYF were pleasantly surprised that while it looked rustic it was soft next to the skin.
| West Yorkshire Spinners BFL
– from £4.85 – 6.90
BFL is a truly classic British breed wool for hand-knitting. It is available in natural colours, as well as 7 gorgeous dyed shades and you will find this a soft, bouncy and a really strong yarn. Cashmere-soft against your skin there is a little lustre on this too. I have knit a lot of items in this yarn including a baby lush and a nursery pillow – texture just works so well in this yarn.
| Blacker Westcountry Tweed
I adored reviewing this yarn last year and I always envisioned knitting a sweater in it.
It is a blend of Black Welsh Mountain yarn and Teeswater cross and is full of woolly character; soft, lofty and with lovely neps that really bring the knitted fabric to life. Check out that stitch definition! I reckon the reverse stocking stitch and lace will look great in this yarn
| Wendy Ramsdale
Ramsdale is 100% wool made from a blend masham fleece and is available in 10 really fantastic colours. It is a single ply yarn and so makes a slightly different looking knitted fabric than the other yarns mentioned here. With a slight fuzzy halo it is incredibly tactile and again the colours, all named after Yorkshire towns, are really delicious. A budget friendly yarn too.
| WYS Aire Valley
Aire Valley is a workhorse of a yarn that packs a mighty punch in its 100g/230m ball. This is a 75% British wool, 25% nylon blend, machine washable wonder. Fantastic for knitting garments that are a little easier to care for. I knit a Vivid blanket in this for my new-phew and its a cracking yarn, which seems to only bloom and get softer with each wash despite that little dash of man-made fibre. This yarn is also BritYarn’s yarn of the month for July! There is a great range of colours and lots of choice for your Scollay cardigans!
It’s not too late to sign up. We will be casting on the KAL on Friday 17th July and we will be KAL-ing right up to 25th September.
Which yarn are you going for yourself?