Knitfield Aran Wool Grey Mist
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Knitfield Aran Wool Grey Mist

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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.

Size Guide

Sweater Sizing Guide for Edel MacBride

UK 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16 16-18
US 2-4 4-6 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
Chest 36 ins
92 cms
38 ins
96 cms
40 ins
102 cms
43 ins
110 cms
46 ins
118 cms
50 ins
126 cms
Length 26 ins
66.5 cms
26 ins
66.5 cms
27 ins
69 cms
27 ins
69 cms
28 ins
72 cms
28 ins
72 cms
Sleeve 17 ins
44 cms
17.5 ins
45 cms
18 ins
47 cms
18.5 ins
48 cms
18.5 ins
48 cms
19 ins
49 cms

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

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.

Bullet point summary:

  • Roll up when stored
  • 30 degree hand or machine wool wash cycle
  • Only recommended detergents
  • Squeeze all excess water out after a handwash (roll in a dry clean towel)
  • Dry flat
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Hang-up if you wish, choose the hanger carefully (incase shoulders get stretched)
  • Dry cleaning is allowed, but we prefer washing
  • Often all that’s needed is to hang in the air a few hours to refresh
  • Avoid seat belts and cross - body bags due to fabric abrasion