Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller's Full o' Sheep yarn is a great go to basic at a good price that is likely to get a lot more knitters working with wool.
The soft texture and slightly thick and thin nature of the yarn makes for a knit fabric that is cozy from a yarn that's easy and fun to work with.
- Content: 100 percent wool
- Yarn weight: medium
- Gauge: Ball band says 16 stitches and 20 rows per 4 inches on size 9 US (5.5 mm) knitting needles; I got 15 stitches and 20 rows on size 10 needles
- Yardage: 155 yards per 100 gram skein
- Color availability: 12 solids
- Color used in swatch: Passionfruit
- Care instructions: hand wash cold, lay flat to dry; no iron
Full o' Sheep is a nice singles yarn with a slightly thick and thin feel that will remind knitters of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted yarn. To me, on first inspection, the yarn smelled a little bit, but more like a dye smell than a wool smell (the colors are very vibrant). But on washing the swatch didn't give up any dye, and whatever the smell was has dissipated some with exposure to air.
At any rate, it's a nice, fuzzy, woolly yarn that's loosely spun but easy to knit with. I only had a little bit of splitting with it (working with ebony needles) when I tried to knit a little too fast. Once I slowed down a bit it was smooth sailing.
There was not a lot of curl with Stockinette Stitch, and virtually all of it blocked out. The finished swatch is nice and smooth, with good stitch definition and row upon row of nice, even stitches.
Uses for Full o' Sheep Yarn
This would be a nice go to, low-priced wool yarn for a variety of projects, from sweaters to afghans, hats and scarves to felted projects. The bold colors all look great together, making this a fun choice for colorwork projects, from simple stripes to more intricate designs. I'm thinking in particular of the Fair Isle cardigan pattern in Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'N Bitch Nation, though that calls for a bulky yarn.
The slightly heavier than standard weight of this yarn makes it knit up a little faster than your run-of-the-will medium weight yarn, making it a good choice for projects that need to be completed in a hurry.
At just under $5 a skein, this is a great, well-priced wool that's nicer than you might expect from a mass-market product. An average woman's sweater would cost about $35 using this yarn, which is certainly reasonable.
This yarn is sure to be a popular choice among knitters looking for a reliable wool for a variety of medium-weight projects.
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