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Shetland Aran Worsted Naturals

Hello everyone, long time no see! we have had a jam-packed summer in the shop and as you probably know last week was our first in-person Shetland Wool Week since before 2019! So to mark the occasion we launched a new yarn which is now available online, Shetland Worsted Aran in 5 natural shades:

Left to Right: Shetland Black, Dark Grey, Moorit, Light Grey and Fawn.

we already have this yarn in a range of 12 solid shades, but adding these undyed ones opens up a whole new world of possibilities! This yarn is spun in the same way as our Shetland Heritage range – in that they are worsted spun from combed tops. This spinning process removes a lot of the shorter fibres which can make Wool feel itchy to some (for more information see our blog post here) The resulting yarn then feels much softer than you would normally think for a Shetland Yarn.

We are currently working on reworking some of our older patterns to work with this new range but a couple of our patterns like Gremista Gansey and Aran Harpa already use the Worsted Aran range so would be ideal in the undyed colours, the yarn is a standard Aran thickness so any Aran pattern should work – including these two we have for the WYS ranges: Alana and Finlay.

black, dark grey, moorit, fawn, light grey and snaa white

We haven’t added a white in the undyed colours as we already have Snaa White and Optic White which work perfectly as you can see above. The natural colours of Shetland Wool are precious to us and we are happy to be able to use them in another range – this all helps at adding value to the coloured wool, something we are passionate about.

So you can find the new shades alongside the dyed ones on the online shop here, we look forward to seeing what you make with it!

a quick swatch worked up in Shetland Black and Light Grey
  • Shetland Aran Worsted: 50g ball 61m/66yds
  • 100% Real Shetland Wool
  • Suggested Needle Size: 4mm
  • Tension: 22 sts and 24 rows over 4 inches using 4mm needles over stocking stitch.
  • 22 sts and 20 rows over 4 inches using 4mm needles over Fair Isle.
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