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Rowan Big Wool


Rowan Big Wool

Rowan Big Wool.

Sarah White

Long Live Big Wool:

Rowan yarns are known the world over for their quality. The company , based in England, produces a wide variety of yarns, particularly wools, silks, and cottons. Rowan Big Wool is a chunky merino yarn that is easy to work with and fun to wear.


  • Content: 100 percent merino wool
  • Yarn Weight: Super-chunky
  • Gauge: 7.5 stitches and 10 rows make 4 inches with size 19 US needles according to the yarn label; I got 10 stitches and 12 rows in 4 inches with size 15 US needles
  • Yardage: 80 meters (about 87 yards) per 100-gram skein
  • Color Availability: 28 shades, mostly solids, some multicolors
  • Color Used in Swatch: Cloak (color 34), a black and gray multi


Rowan Big Wool is warm and fuzzy but not at all itchy. It was very easy to work with, and very rarely was the yarn split by the needle (I used both Denise interchangeable needles and Boye circular needles with this yarn.)

I like the way the yarn looks knit up on size 15s. The stitches are close together and the knitted fabric is solid-looking when unstretched. Using larger needles would result in a more open fabric, which I'm sure would be nice as well.

The yarn only curled slightly when knitting in stockinette stitch and the stitches are even.

This yarn knits up very quickly and is a pleasure to work with.

Uses for Rowan Big Wool:

This yarn is quite stretchy, making it nice for projects that should conform to the body, such Fingerless Gloves.

It would also be a great choice for a sweater or even an afghan, though it would take many, many balls of yarn to knit an afghan with this yarn.

This yarn is super-chunky, but it feels amazingly light and is comfortable to wear close to the skin. It develops a bit of a halo as it is handled, but not enough to detract from the stitching. Merino wool is known for being soft, non-irritating and stretchy, so it is a great choice for all sorts of quick-knitting projects, like the Coffee Cup Cozy.

Care of Big Wool:

Rowan Big Wool should be hand washed in cool water and dried flat out of direct sunlight. Do not allow the garment to soak, and do not wring it out when you rinse it. The yarn can also be dry cleaned.

When you wash the garment, you will need to reshape it to its original dimensions. The yarn can also be ironed with a warm (not hot) iron and a damp pressing cloth.

Bottom Line:

Rowan Big Wool retails for around $15 a ball, which would make a large project pretty pricey. But it's a wonderful treat for a pair of gloves, a truly warm winter hat, or any other little project you've been wanting to make.

The color range is exceptional and the yarn is incredibly touchable. Once you knit one project with it, you'll want to start saving up for more.

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