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Spun locally by yarn experts in Kilcar, Donegal using 60% fleece raised on Irish farms and 40% virgin wool from NZ to bring softness to the tougher Irish.
This 'original' of the wool store here is a three ply Aran (worsted) weight knitting wool, proudly spun in Donegal since knitting began.
This selection has been chosen and quality checked by Edel. Besides Aran it makes wonderful interior products (Our Ulster Blanket) and knits beautiful in all plain knitting too, stockinette, garter stitch, moss, double moss.
Depending on your project and needle choice it will fall between 14-18 stitches per 4 ins (10 cm) square knitting width, tested on stockinette.
Our needle preference is 5mm for Aran body work with either a 4mm or 4.5 mm needle on bands. Otherwise on stockinette projects 5.5mm is a good gauge.
Yarn will deliver in approx 250gram skeins, or request in notes for a pre- wound delivery for no extra charge.
Yardage 450 yards (410 metres) per 250g
Care as for all wool products, cool wash, non-bio, reshape and dry flat.
To make a crew neck Aran sweater up to a size 44ins chest and 27ins long you will need to purchase four. Most of our sweaters weigh between 800-950 grams in this yarn (4 hanks).
While our sweater patterns are a work in progress, check out the Success scarf or the Love scarf, both aran patterns by Edel at Knitfield Ireland on Ravelry and also the Veronica Poncho pattern on Ravelry. We will be happy to send you a complimentary download of one pattern with a purchase of this yarn.
All dyed colours conform to the EU REACH standard.
Ethically sourced fleece and spun in Donegal for generations.
Sweater Sizing Guide for Edel MacBride
These are the actual garment measurements.
Chest is measured under the point where the sleeve and body meet.
Length is measured from the centre shoulder point to below the waist.
Sleeve here is the underarm length of the sleeve including the cuff.
More measurements may be given in the garment description.
How to care for me
Maybe you’ve never owned one of me before?
Here’s my experience so far;
I’d prefer not to be stuck in that dark press but when I must go in there just roll me up loosely first.
I don’t need much washing although my Italian cousins say that I’m a gorgeous natural thing and washing improves me!
When washing make it no higher than 30 degrees and please only a wool recommended detergent. Squeeze all the water out after handwashing me, even roll me up in a towel to do this! Dry me flat on my back.
Keep direct sunlight away from my cables!
Edel and many of her long-term clients machine wash my friends. Hopefully they never put them in the drum at higher than 30 degrees or with nasty biological stuff!!!! The horror.
I’m terrified of the tumble dryer, please never do that to me.
Through Summer if you don’t need me (I hope you will), store me in an airtight zip bag please and I’ll get a rest with no disruption. I hope to spend a lifetime with you, but if you want to give me to a friend or send me to a charity store for a break that’s OK.
My wool is so healthy to wear and antibacterial, plus you’ll be living off the compliments.
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